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  • EEG test to help understand and treat schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia News From Medical News Today
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have validated an EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia.
  • For patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, adjuvant radiation therapy ... - Oncology Nurse Advisor

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    31 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Oncology Nurse AdvisorFor patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, adjuvant radiation therapy Oncology Nurse AdvisorAccording to a new study published in The American Journal of Surgery, researchers have found that for patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, initial radical surgery without adjuvant radiation therapy may be preferred. For the study
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb/Otsuka's Abilify is a Preferred Branded Agent...

    Schizophrenia News
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Decision Resources Group finds that Bristol-Myers Squibb/Otsuka's Abilify is the branded agent with the highest patient share in schizophrenia, according to U.S. psychiatrists surveyed. Abilify is also one of the most preferred branded antipsychotics relative to other branded antipsychotics, according to surveyed managed care organization medical director/pharmacy directors .
  • Internetwork dynamic connectivity effectively differentiates schizophrenic patients from healthy controls

    MedWorm: Schizophrenia
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Increasingly more neuroimaging studies have shown that the complex symptoms of schizophrenia are linked to disrupted neural circuits and dysconnectivity of intrinsic connectivity networks. Previous studies have assumed temporal stationarity of resting-state functional connectivity, whereas temporal dynamics have rarely been explored. Here, we utilized resting-state functional MRI with a sliding window approach to measure the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFFs) in functional connectivity in 24 patients with schizophrenia and 25 healthy controls. We found that there were significant…
  • What Do Hallucinations Feel Like in Schizophren...

    About.com Schizophrenia: What's Hot Now
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    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Hallucinations are part of schizophrenia. This article focuses on what experiencing hallucinations feels like from a patient's perspective.
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  • For patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, adjuvant radiation therapy ... - Oncology Nurse Advisor

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Oncology Nurse AdvisorFor patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, adjuvant radiation therapy Oncology Nurse AdvisorAccording to a new study published in The American Journal of Surgery, researchers have found that for patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, initial radical surgery without adjuvant radiation therapy may be preferred. For the study
  • Accumulated environmental risks have substantial impact on schizophrenia - medwireNews

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Accumulated environmental risks have substantial impact on schizophreniamedwireNewsmedwireNews: Accumulation of environmental risk factors has a “huge” effect on age at schizophrenia onset, German researchers report. They found that individuals with four or more environmental risk factors develop the disease approximately 8 years ...and more »
  • Parasite transmitted by soil and cat faeces may cause fifth of schizophrenia cases - Daily Mail

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Daily MailParasite transmitted by soil and cat faeces may cause fifth of schizophrenia casesDaily MailWhile it has long been believed that most healthy people suffer no adverse effects from a T. gondii infection, recent studies have found evidence of worrying impacts, including an association with schizophrenia, because the parasite is found in in the Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite Penn: Office of University CommunicationsEpidemiological Study Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia ConnectionInfection Control TodayCould your cat be making you…
  • UCSD researchers validate EEG test to study, treat schizophrenia - News-Medical.net

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    UCSD researchers validate EEG test to study, treat schizophreniaNews-Medical.netResearchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have validated an EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia. The findings, published in two separate studies, offer a clinical test that could be used to help diagnose persons at and more »
  • Recovery From 'Schizophrenia': One Man's Journey From Patient to Therapist - Huffington Post

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Recovery From 'Schizophrenia': One Man's Journey From Patient to TherapistHuffington Post"Schizophrenia" is a name, not a disease. It presents in many different ways and has many different outcomes. There is certainly not one cause of "schizophrenia"; there may be hundreds of contributing factors working through bewilderingly complex ...and more »
 
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  • Bristol-Myers Squibb/Otsuka's Abilify is a Preferred Branded Agent...

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Decision Resources Group finds that Bristol-Myers Squibb/Otsuka's Abilify is the branded agent with the highest patient share in schizophrenia, according to U.S. psychiatrists surveyed. Abilify is also one of the most preferred branded antipsychotics relative to other branded antipsychotics, according to surveyed managed care organization medical director/pharmacy directors .
  • The contingent negative variation in positive and negative types of schizophrenia.

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    To insert individual citation into a bibliography in a word-processor, select your preferred citation style below and drag-and-drop it into the document. The authors analyzed the contingent negative variations of 20 medicated patients with schizophrenia diagnosed according to DSM-III-R and 20 age- and sex-matched normal comparison subjects.
  • EEG test to help understand and treat schizophrenia

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have validated an EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia. The findings, published in two separate studies, offer a clinical test that could be used to help diagnose persons at risk for developing mental illness later in life, as well as an approach for measuring the efficacies of different treatment options.
  • Some psychiatric drugs triple the risk of stroke: study

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Some psychiatric drugs cause patients to gain weight. They can also change the way fats and sugars are broken down in the body leading to high cholesterol or diabetes, which are both contributing causes to heart disease and stroke.
  • Cheaper Generics Take Toll, Lilly Profit Plunges

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Eli Lilly and Co said its quarterly earnings plunged 58 percent, hurt by special charges and generic competition for its Cymbalta depression drug, but it affirmed its earlier full-year profit forecast. The U.S. drugmaker on Thursday said it had earned $501 million, or 47 cents per share, in the third quarter.
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    MedWorm: Schizophrenia

  • Internetwork dynamic connectivity effectively differentiates schizophrenic patients from healthy controls

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Increasingly more neuroimaging studies have shown that the complex symptoms of schizophrenia are linked to disrupted neural circuits and dysconnectivity of intrinsic connectivity networks. Previous studies have assumed temporal stationarity of resting-state functional connectivity, whereas temporal dynamics have rarely been explored. Here, we utilized resting-state functional MRI with a sliding window approach to measure the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFFs) in functional connectivity in 24 patients with schizophrenia and 25 healthy controls. We found that there were significant…
  • Meta‐analysis of the association between suicidal ideation and later suicide among patients with either a schizophrenia spectrum psychosis or a mood disorder

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    ConclusionAlthough our findings suggest that the association between suicidal ideation and later suicide is stronger in schizophrenia spectrum psychosis than in mood disorders this result should be interpreted cautiously due to the high degree of between‐study heterogeneity and because studies that used stronger methods of reporting had a weaker association between suicidal ideation and suicide. (Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica)
  • Development and validation of the family coping questionnaire for eating disorders

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    DiscussionThe final version of the questionnaire shows good psychometric properties, and it requires a short time to be completed. The five subscales correspond to those adopted by relatives of patients with schizophrenia, confirming that relatives of patients with EDs need to be supported and informed on how to cope with patient's disturbing behaviours. This questionnaire may be particularly useful for the development of psychoeducational packages for relatives of patients with EDs and the evaluation of the impact of family functioning on the course of the disease. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals,…
  • Concerns About Schizophrenia or Possession?

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
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    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
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    About.com Schizophrenia: What's Hot Now

  • What Do Hallucinations Feel Like in Schizophren...

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Hallucinations are part of schizophrenia. This article focuses on what experiencing hallucinations feels like from a patient's perspective.
  • Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Used to Treat...

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    In the early 1990s a new class of drugs were developed to treat the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. These drugs, the atypical antipsychotics, have proven generally as effective as the antispychotics developed decades earlier, with fewer extrapyrimidal side effects. This list of the atypical antipsychotics provides links to drug safety information from the drug manufacturers' websites.
  • What Causes Schizophrenia?

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    There is some evidence that schizophrenia may be caused by an infectious disease interacting with an underlying genetic vulnerability.
  • Living With Schizophrenia

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Schizophrenia is a chronic disease, and you should plan for times of remission and times of relapse. Even in remission, your residual symptoms (the symptoms you continue to have even when you’re relatively well) will effect all aspects of your life. This article from your About Guide to Schizophrenia gives you concrete suggestions to help you improve you independent living skills and social relationships.
  • Schizophrenia Symptoms and Diagnosis

    schizophrenia.guide@about.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    What are the main symptoms of schizophrenia? How is a diagnosis of schizophrenia made?
 
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    About.com Schizophrenia: Most Popular Articles

  • Schizophrenia Early Signs

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    It is important to recognize schizophrenia as early as possible. Early diagnosis is the foundation for early intervention, which is the path to recovery,
  • Liking the effects of d-amphetamines linked to...

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Genetic predisposition to liking amphetamine linked to decreased risk for schizophrenia and ADHD
  • The Positive and Negative Symptoms of...

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Are you having experiences that seem unreal? Are you concerned about strange behavior in a loved one? Learn to understand and describe the symptoms of schizophrenia, so that you can communicate them to a doctor.
  • Aripiprazole/Abilify Drug Profile

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Aripiprazole/Abilify Drug Profile
  • Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Used to Treat...

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    In the early 1990s a new class of drugs were developed to treat the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. These drugs, the atypical antipsychotics, have proven generally as effective as the antispychotics developed decades earlier, with fewer extrapyrimidal side effects. This list of the atypical antipsychotics provides links to drug safety information from the drug manufacturers' websites.
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    Schizophrenia Bulletin - Advance Access

  • The Contribution of Neuroimaging to Understanding Schizophrenia; Past, Present, and Future

    Sommer, I. E., Kahn, R. S.
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
  • More Treatment for Those Most in Need? A Foregone Conclusion?

    Arango, C., Kahn, R. S.
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
  • Multifactoriality in Psychiatric Disorders: A Computational Study of Schizophrenia

    Pavao, R., Tort, A. B. L., Amaral, O. B.
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    The search for biological causes of mental disorders has up to now met with limited success, leading to growing dissatisfaction with diagnostic classifications. However, it is questionable whether most clinical syndromes should be expected to correspond to specific microscale brain alterations, as multiple low-level causes could lead to similar symptoms in different individuals. In order to evaluate the potential multifactoriality of alterations related to psychiatric illness, we performed a parametric exploration of published computational models of schizophrenia. By varying multiple…
  • Identification of Rare, Single-Nucleotide Mutations in NDE1 and Their Contributions to Schizophrenia Susceptibility

    Kimura, H., Tsuboi, D., Wang, C., Kushima, I., Koide, T., Ikeda, M., Iwayama, Y., Toyota, T., Yamamoto, N., Kunimoto, S., Nakamura, Y., Yoshimi, A., Banno, M., Xing, J., Takasaki, Y., Yoshida, M., Aleksic, B., Uno, Y., Okada, T., Iidaka, T., Inada, T., Suzuki, M., Ujike, H., Kunugi, H., Kato, T., Yoshikawa, T., Iwata, N., Kaibuchi, K., Ozaki, N.
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    Background: Nuclear distribution E homolog 1 (NDE1), located within chromosome 16p13.11, plays an essential role in microtubule organization, mitosis, and neuronal migration and has been suggested by several studies of rare copy number variants to be a promising schizophrenia (SCZ) candidate gene. Recently, increasing attention has been paid to rare single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) discovered by deep sequencing of candidate genes, because such SNVs may have large effect sizes and their functional analysis may clarify etiopathology. Methods and Results: We conducted mutation screening of NDE1…
  • Early Psychosis Intervention Services: A Work in Progress

    Dixon, L., Lieberman, J.
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
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    Schizophrenia Research

  • An integrated eye movement score as a neurophysiological marker of schizophrenia

    Kenichiro Miura, Ryota Hashimoto, Michiko Fujimoto, Hidenaga Yamamori, Yuka Yasuda, Kazutaka Ohi, Satomi Umeda-Yano, Masaki Fukunaga, Masao Iwase, Masatoshi Takeda
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Patients with schizophrenia present with eye movement abnormalities. Some studies have shown that eye movement abnormalities were effective in distinguishing schizophrenia cases from healthy controls (Arolt et al., 1998; Campana et al., 1999; Benson et al., 2012), which suggests that eye movements could be a good biomarker of schizophrenia. Once an objectively defined quantity has been identified from eye movement characteristics, it will represent a beneficial clinical tool to assist in the diagnosis of schizophrenia and the estimation of the potential risk and genetic traits of…
  • Transcriptional regulation of GABA synthesis gene in the prefrontal cortex of subjects with schizophrenia

    Amanda C. Mitchell, Yan Jiang, Cyril Peter, Schahram Akbarian
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Expression of GAD1 GABA synthesis enzyme is highly regulated by neuronal activity and reaches mature levels in the prefrontal cortex not before adolescence. A significant portion of cases diagnosed with schizophrenia show deficits in GAD1 RNA and protein levels in multiple areas of adult cerebral cortex, possibly reflecting molecular or cellular defects in subtypes of GABAergic interneurons essential for network synchronization and cognition. Here, we review 20years of progress towards a better understanding of disease-related regulation of GAD1 gene expression.
  • Prolonged cortical silent period among drug-naive subjects at ultra-high risk of psychosis

    Yingying Tang, Tianhong Zhang, Bradley Edelman, Botao Zeng, Shanshan Zhao, Chunyan Li, Kaiming Zhuo, Zhenying Qian, Hui Li, Qian Guo, Huiru Cui, Yikang Zhu, Lijuan Jiang, Chunbo Li, Dehua Yu, Jijun Wang
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Deficits in gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) inhibitory neurotransmission have been associated with pathophysiological mechanisms underlying schizophrenia. However, little is known about whether these deficits occur before or after the onset of psychosis.
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    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
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  • White matter diffusivity and microarchitecture among schizophrenia subjects and first-degree relatives

    Konasale M. Prasad, Catherine H. Upton, Claudiu S. Schirda, Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, Matcheri S. Keshavan
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Impairments in structural and functional connections are demonstrated in schizophrenia. Certain disconnectional patterns may be biomarkers of elevated risk for schizophrenia. Convergent examination of multiple diffusion parameters and cognitive performance better illustrates pathophysiological significance of such disconnectional patterns.
 
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    Schizophrenia Research

  • An integrated eye movement score as a neurophysiological marker of schizophrenia

    Kenichiro Miura, Ryota Hashimoto, Michiko Fujimoto, Hidenaga Yamamori, Yuka Yasuda, Kazutaka Ohi, Satomi Umeda-Yano, Masaki Fukunaga, Masao Iwase, Masatoshi Takeda
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Patients with schizophrenia present with eye movement abnormalities. Some studies have shown that eye movement abnormalities were effective in distinguishing schizophrenia cases from healthy controls (Arolt et al., 1998; Campana et al., 1999; Benson et al., 2012), which suggests that eye movements could be a good biomarker of schizophrenia. Once an objectively defined quantity has been identified from eye movement characteristics, it will represent a beneficial clinical tool to assist in the diagnosis of schizophrenia and the estimation of the potential risk and genetic traits of…
  • Transcriptional regulation of GABA synthesis gene in the prefrontal cortex of subjects with schizophrenia

    Amanda C. Mitchell, Yan Jiang, Cyril Peter, Schahram Akbarian
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Expression of GAD1 GABA synthesis enzyme is highly regulated by neuronal activity and reaches mature levels in the prefrontal cortex not before adolescence. A significant portion of cases diagnosed with schizophrenia show deficits in GAD1 RNA and protein levels in multiple areas of adult cerebral cortex, possibly reflecting molecular or cellular defects in subtypes of GABAergic interneurons essential for network synchronization and cognition. Here, we review 20years of progress towards a better understanding of disease-related regulation of GAD1 gene expression.
  • Prolonged cortical silent period among drug-naive subjects at ultra-high risk of psychosis

    Yingying Tang, Tianhong Zhang, Bradley Edelman, Botao Zeng, Shanshan Zhao, Chunyan Li, Kaiming Zhuo, Zhenying Qian, Hui Li, Qian Guo, Huiru Cui, Yikang Zhu, Lijuan Jiang, Chunbo Li, Dehua Yu, Jijun Wang
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Deficits in gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) inhibitory neurotransmission have been associated with pathophysiological mechanisms underlying schizophrenia. However, little is known about whether these deficits occur before or after the onset of psychosis.
  • Less is more

    Sheila E.J. Seybolt
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Dear Editors,
  • White matter diffusivity and microarchitecture among schizophrenia subjects and first-degree relatives

    Konasale M. Prasad, Catherine H. Upton, Claudiu S. Schirda, Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, Matcheri S. Keshavan
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Impairments in structural and functional connections are demonstrated in schizophrenia. Certain disconnectional patterns may be biomarkers of elevated risk for schizophrenia. Convergent examination of multiple diffusion parameters and cognitive performance better illustrates pathophysiological significance of such disconnectional patterns.
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Parasite-schizophrenia connection: One-fifth of schizophrenia cases may involve the parasite T. gondii

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism. A new study used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.
  • EEG test to help understand, treat schizophrenia

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    An EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia has been validated by researchers. The findings offer a clinical test that could be used to help diagnose persons at risk for developing mental illness later in life, as well as an approach for measuring the efficacies of different treatment options.
  • Aspirin shown to benefit schizophrenia treatment

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Some anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, estrogen, and Fluimucil, can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments, new research suggests. Research has shown that the immune system is linked to certain psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Research has shown that "antioxidants and anti-inflammatory drugs could not only reduce symptoms associated with the disorders but also prevent the appearance of neurobiological abnormalities and transition to psychosis if given early during brain development," experts say.
  • YouTube as peer support for severe mental illness

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder use a popular social media website like YouTube to provide and receive naturally occurring peer support, researchers report.
  • Increased health risks linked to first-episode psychosis

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness. Patients with schizophrenia are already known to have higher rates of premature death than the general population. Elevated risks of heart disease and metabolic issues such as high blood sugar in people with first episode psychosis are due to an interaction of mental illness, unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and antipsychotic medications that may accelerate these risks, experts say.
 
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    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

  • The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's 26th Annual Conference - The Brain: Mental Health & Psychiatric Disorders

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Friday, November 7th, 20149:00 am to 3:45 pmMcInnes RoomStudent Union Building, Dalhousie University6136 University AvenueHalifax, Nova ScotiaKeynote Speaker"Brain Stimulation in Resistant Depression"Dr. Z. Jeff DaskalakisProfessor of PsychiatryDepartment of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoandDirectorTemerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain InterventionCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthToronto, Ontario To download Dr. Daskalakis' biosketch (PDF), please click here.Invited Speakers"Early Intervention for Psychotic Disorders - Recent Findings"Dr. Sabina AbidiInterim Associate ChiefDivision of…
  • Support for Family and Friends of Persons Living with Mental Illness

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This Monday, November 3rd, 7:00 pmNew MinasA Self-Help Group in Kings County, Nova ScotiaCaring for a loved one who is dealing with a mental illness can require emotional and practical support. You are not alone. This self-help group was started in the fall of 2008 to share personal experiences in response to the need of support for the families and friends of persons living with serious mental illness.While it originated through families involved in the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (SSNS), the group feels it can offer support to families dealing with a wide range of brain illnesses,…
  • Of Sound Faith - Eight-Month Program begins on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    This Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6:30 pmPlease click on the image to magnify it.To download a PDF version of the above flyer, please click here.If you would like to register or if you have any questions, please contact Lesley-Ann Kean, Project Coordinator, Of Sound Faith, by sending an email to ofsoundfaith@live.ca.Also see:Of Sound Faithwww.facebook.com/ofsoundfaith
  • The Kings County Chapter of the SSNS presents "A Beautiful Mind"

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This Wednesday, November 5th, 7:00 pmKentville, Nova ScotiaPlease click on the image to magnify it.Also see:Kings County Chapter of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia
  • The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    This Thursday, November 6th, 6:30 pmMeetingsEvery Thursday Evening6:30 pm to 8:30 pmCommunity RoomAtlantic Superstore – Barrington Street 1075 Barrington StreetHalifax, Nova Scotia Plenty of free parking!The Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street is on the 3, 7, 9, and 41 Metro Transit bus routes.The From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group is open to anyone affected by any type of mental illness, and this includes family members and friends.Free! Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 6:30 pm An Informal ConversationwithLesley-Ann KeanProject CoordinatorOf Sound FaithOf…
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  • Could schizophrenia be caused by a parasite?

    M Tyler
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    A parasite that can be picked up through tainted soil, undercooked meat and cat feces may account for a significant amount of cases of schizophrenia, according to a new study from Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. Researcher Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the university, found through epidemiological modeling methods that about one-fifth of schizophrenia patients develop the mental health condition from the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. The parasite is found in both the brain and the muscles, and some research suggests that antipsychotic drugs can…
  • In bilingual individuals, schizophrenia symptoms may show up in language

    M Tyler
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Speech impairments in bilingual individuals could teach us more about the development of schizophrenia, said researchers at the 27th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress. As Medscape Medical News reports, markers of verbal fluency were seen more in schizophrenic individuals speaking in their first language than in their second. "We found that symptoms of schizophrenia were mostly represented in the second language," Dr. Daria Smirnova, lead study author, told Medscape. The study included 60 Russian immigrants in Israel with schizophrenia. The 'language of health' According to…
  • Could aspirin be a cure for schizophrenia?

    M Tyler
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Common anti-inflammatory treatments, like aspirin, estrogen and Fluimucil may help to improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments, according to a new study presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Berlin. The study included data on 26 double-blind, randomized control trials, providing evidence that schizophrenia symptoms were reduced in patients that took certain anti-inflammatory agents. "Inflammation and oxidative stress seem to be important factors in different mental disorders," said Celso Arango, commenting for the ECNP. "Patients with…
  • Men and women at risk for psychosis experience different emotions and symptoms

    M Tyler
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The subjective experiences of individuals at risk for psychosis differ depending on gender, reports a new study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Women seem to be more concerned with past traumas and a family history of psychosis, while men describe feeling alienated and in need of social connection. For the study, researchers conducted interviews with 27 participants who had a significant clinical risk for psychosis. By understanding how both genders cope with their experiences, intervention approaches can better prevent the onset of symptoms or manage the condition in…
  • Higher drug doses needed for pregnant women with psychosis, study finds

    M Tyler
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Pregnant women with psychosis may need higher doses of antipsychotic drugs, or neuroleptics, in order to maintain the drugs' therapeutic effects, a new study reports. Current drugs have been deemed much more safe for pregnant women in terms of side effects, but physicians often reduce dosage anyway. Yet a reduced dosage may put both the mother and unborn child at risk for harm, as untreated symptoms of psychosis can lead to alcohol or drug abuse, increased risk of suicide and relapse of other psychotic symptoms. The therapeutic range For the study, researchers measured levels of aripiprazole…
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    Schiz Life

  • Mental Health Laws: Schizophrenia Advocacy

    Schiz Life
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Twenty to 25% of the homeless populace in the United States have a serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, those with manic outbreaks, and those with severe depressive episodes. The mental health and legal systems are significantly failing these 9.6 million people creating a critical deficiency of services, such as community-based treatment, psychiatric prescriptions, and living accommodations. As a result, police are typically called to deal with incidents or disruptions triggered by the behavior of someone suffering with a serious mental disorder. Jails are the contemporary mental…
  • Is Schizophrenia 8 Distinct Disorders?

    Schiz Life
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    We have all likely pondered over the many various types of schizophrenia and the wide range of symptoms that can manifest and realized how different some of them are.  It seems like we might be dealing with several distinct disorders from a surface viewpoint.  There has been little support for this concept “under the hood” when considering neurological and genetic factors, until now. “Multiple Genetically Distinct Disorders” Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine reported some intriguing results in the American Journal of Psychiatry on the 15th…
  • Amy’s Story: Living with Schizophrenia

    Schiz Life
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The following is a post by our friend Amy Kay, who has begun, recently and courageously, to voice and share her experiences with schizophrenia on her blog Voice of a Schizophrenic.  We are happy to share her story.. I used to tell people “I have a bad brain.” I am not going to say I suffer from schizophrenia but rather I endure and cope with it. My name is Amy Kay and I have schizophrenia. I do not want to hurt others or myself. Neither do I hear voices and I no longer live in a delusional world. In 2008 during my initial psychiatric breakdown it started with a state of euphoria.
  • New Schizophrenia Dimmer Switch Medication Concept

    Schiz Life
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    As we all know, schizophrenia medication can cause a rash of ill effects in it’s users, often times to the point that the disruption from the medication is subjectively worse than the symptoms of the illness they are meant to treat.  Finding the right balance of medications to properly treat the problem without creating addition side effects can be a long and drawn out process that is frustrating to the patient and the doctor.  However, a breakthrough in this process may have just occurred… Yesterday, the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia published its findings (read the…
  • The 12 Core Functions: Your Therapist and Treatment Path

    Schiz Life
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    The 12 Core Functions: Your Therapist and Treatment Path A sad reality is that many people dealing with the symptoms of schizophrenia simply fail to receive treatment.  There are lots of various reasons why this can happen, but one of the reasons is a resistance and fear in not understanding how treatment will transpire.  This article is meant to give the reader a general overview of what the therapist is thinking and the guidelines they follow to perform their task.  Your treatment will be personalized and tailored specifically to your experiences, symptoms, and receptiveness, but it will…
 
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