Latest Psychosis Stories

2011-10-25 13:20:01

A new international survey conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital reveals that while clinicians think it is important to ask patients about their expectations, they often fail to do so and consequently may not respond adequately Patient satisfaction is increasingly recognized as an important component of quality of care. To achieve a high level of patient satisfaction, providers need to identify and address patients' expectations. However, a new international survey...

2011-10-05 14:04:17

Research provides new insight into why some of us are better than others at remembering what really happened A structural variation in a part of the brain may explain why some people are better than others at distinguishing real events from those they might have imagined or been told about, researchers have found. The University of Cambridge scientists found that normal variation in a fold at the front of the brain called the paracingulate sulcus (or PCS) might explain why some people...

Researchers Find Link Between Schizophrenia And Epilepsy
2011-09-19 13:57:00

  A new study has found that people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia are six times more likely to develop epilepsy. Researchers in Taiwan followed 16,000 patients with epilepsy and schizophrenia between 1999 and 2008. The team identified 5,195 patients with schizophrenia and 11,527 patients with epilepsy who were all diagnosed during the nine year period. The findings show that incidence of epilepsy was 6.99 per 1,000 person-years in the schizophrenia patient group,...

2011-08-24 18:36:10

In this week's Journal of Neuroscience, Pitt researchers report progress in understanding how drugs act on dopamine-producing neurons; could enable them to create more targeted treatments The classic symptoms of schizophrenia — paranoia, hallucinations, the inability to function socially–can be managed with antipsychotic drugs. But exactly how these drugs work has long been a mystery. Now, researchers at Pitt have discovered that antipsychotic drugs work akin to a Rube...

2011-08-09 14:51:47

Study also suggests ways to remediate cognitive errors Concern about the capacity of individuals with schizophrenia to consent to clinical research studies has largely focused on impairment due to psychotic symptoms associated with the disorder. Less attention has been given to the cognitive errors that prospective participants make when undergoing a formal assessment of decisional capacity. In a study reported in IRB: Ethics & Human Research, a team of psychiatrists and clinical...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'