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Latest Psychosis Stories

2010-04-30 13:35:00

Children normally experience flights of fancy, including imaginary friends and conversations with stuffed animals, but some of them are also having hallucinations and delusions which might be the early signs of psychosis. A study of British 12-year-olds that asked whether they had ever seen things or heard voices that weren't really there, and then asked careful follow-up questions, has found that nearly 6 percent may be showing at least one definite symptom of psychosis. The children who...

2010-04-14 07:00:00

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuity of care for patients with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses is often suboptimal, despite its recognized importance. A new retrospective outcomes study, "Continuity of Care in Patients with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder," presented this week at the Quality of Behavioral Healthcare Conference, reveals significant associations between specific interventions and improved rates of 30-day outpatient...

2010-04-12 14:56:01

New study led by University of Montreal scientists identifies genetic association An international study led by Universit© de Montr©al scientists suggests that gene mutations may predispose some individuals to schizophrenia and provides new clues about the causes of this ambiguous disorder. Published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the findings demonstrate that new mutations in the SHANK3 gene are found in schizophrenic patients. "That these de novo or...

2010-03-30 13:55:00

An estrogenic drug that influences neurotransmitter and neuronal systems inthe brain is showing promise as an effective therapy for women who suffer from schizophrenia. A study has found that Raloxifene - a synthetic estrogen currently used to treat osteoporosis - has beneficial effects on postmenopausal women with schizophrenia, with a test group experiencing a more rapid recovery from psychotic and other symptoms compared to control groups. Research project leader and Director of the Monash...

2010-03-11 20:07:30

The study, published online by the journal Biological Psychiatry, is the first study done with monkeys that examines the effects of flu during pregnancy. CHAPEL HILL "“ Rhesus monkey babies born to mothers who had the flu while pregnant had smaller brains and showed other brain changes similar to those observed in human patients with schizophrenia, a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found. The study,...

2010-03-11 08:54:48

In one of the first such studies involving human patients with schizophrenia, researchers at UC Davis have provided evidence that deficits in a brain chemical may be responsible for some of the debilitating cognitive deficits "” poor attention, memory and problem-solving abilities "” that accompany the delusions and hallucinations that are the hallmarks of the disorder. The study, published online March 10 in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests an important avenue of inquiry for...

2010-03-02 08:24:13

Gene network-based analysis reveals unexpected results The underlying causes of the debilitating psychiatric disorder schizophrenia remain poorly understood. In a new study published online in Genome Research March 2, 2010, however, scientists report that a powerful gene network analysis has revealed surprising new insights into how gene regulation and age play a role in schizophrenia. Researchers are actively working to identify the direct cause of schizophrenia, likely rooted in...

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2010-02-28 07:15:00

According to a study released on Saturday, the longer people use cannabis, the more likely they are to experience hallucinations, delusions or suffer from psychosis. The study discovered that those who first used cannabis when they were 15 or younger were twice as likely to develop a "non-affective psychosis," which includes schizophrenia. John MacGrath, from the University of Queensland in Australia, led the research, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.  The...

2010-02-24 14:32:52

Schizophrenia is an incredibly complex and profoundly debilitating disorder that typically manifests in early adulthood but is thought to arise, at least in part, from pathological disturbances occurring during very early brain development. Now, a new study published by Cell Press in the February 25 issue of the journal Neuron, manipulates a known schizophrenia susceptibility gene in the brains of fetal mice to begin to unravel the complex link between prenatal brain development and...

2010-02-03 13:18:58

Between 1997 and 2006, 38% of out-of-clinic suicides by mental health patients were carried out by people absent without leave from the hospital. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry suggest that measures to improve the ward environment or prevent patients from leaving psychiatric wards without staff agreement could avoid up to 50 suicide deaths every year. Isabelle Hunt, from the University of Manchester, UK, worked with a team of researchers to investigate suicides...