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    MedWorm: Schizophrenia

  • A New Generation Cognitive Remediation ProgramA New Generation Cognitive Remediation Program

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    This study examined the efficacy of a novel neuropsychological rehabilitation program in improving negative symptoms and functional outcomes in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Find the best Christmas Sales, Boxing Day Sales and January Sales here.
  • Prognosis of schizophrenia in persons with and without a history of cannabis use.

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    CONCLUSIONS: Schizophrenia patients with a history of cannabis use had a significantly higher burden of lifetime in-patient care than non-cannabis users. Not only does cannabis increase the risk of schizophrenia, but also our findings indicate that the course and prognosis of schizophrenia may be more severe than schizophrenia cases in general. PMID: 25055170 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Psychological Medicine)
  • Common versus psychopathology-specific risk factors for psychotic experiences and depression during adolescence.

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    CONCLUSIONS: The argument that PEs are valid markers for studying the aetiology of schizophrenia, made simply on the basis that they share risk factors in common, is not well supported. PEs seem to be a weak index of genetic and environmental risk for schizophrenia; however, studies disentangling aetiological pathways to PEs from those impacting upon co-morbid psychopathology might provide important insights into the aetiology of psychotic disorders. PMID: 25055173 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Psychological Medicine)
  • Clinical news.

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Authors: Buckley PF PMID: 25061010 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses)
  • Highlights from the 2014 schizophrenia international research society conference april 5-9, 2014.

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Authors: Curley AA Abstract The 2014 Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) Conference, held in Florence, Italy, attracted more than 1,700 attendees from over 55 countries to the stately Firenze Fiera Conference Center from April 5-9, 2014. Providing plenary sessions, special sessions, symposia, workshops, oral presentations and poster presentations, this 4th Biennial SIRS Conference was jointly sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and SIRS. In conjunction with the Schizophrenia Research Forum, a Web project of the Brain and Behavior…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop Schizophrenia: What's Hot Now

  • Schizophrenia Symptoms and Diagnosis
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    What are the main symptoms of schizophrenia? How is a diagnosis of schizophrenia made?
  • How Schizophrenia Is Diagnosed
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    The better you understand the language and the process of diagnosing schizophrenia, the better you can communicate with your doctor. Remember that only a psychologist or psychiatrist can rule out or diagnose schizophrenia.
  • Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Used to Treat...
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:17 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?
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Genes play a key role in developing schizophrenia, although they can't predict the illness on their own. Genes seem to make a person vulnerable to another factor that brings the illness on. Page 2.
  • The Positive and Negative Symptoms of...
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:17 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.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop Schizophrenia: Most Popular Articles

  • Dopamine

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Definition of the term, dopamine
  • Paranoid

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Definition of the term, paranoid
  • The Positive and Negative Symptoms of...

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 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.
  • Schizophrenia: Myths and Facts

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Common myths about schizophrenia
  • Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Used to Treat...

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 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

  • Clinical and Functional Outcomes After 2 Years in the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Multisite Effectiveness Trial

    McFarlane, W. R., Levin, B., Travis, L., Lucas, F. L., Lynch, S., Verdi, M., Williams, D., Adelsheim, S., Calkins, R., Carter, C. S., Cornblatt, B., Taylor, S. F., Auther, A. M., McFarland, B., Melton, R., Migliorati, M., Niendam, T., Ragland, J. D., Sale, T., Salvador, M., Spring, E.
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    Objective: To test effectiveness of the Early Detection, Intervention, and Prevention of Psychosis Program in preventing the onset of severe psychosis and improving functioning in a national sample of at-risk youth. Methods: In a risk-based allocation study design, 337 youth (age 12–25) at risk of psychosis were assigned to treatment groups based on severity of positive symptoms. Those at clinically higher risk (CHR) or having an early first episode of psychosis (EFEP) were assigned to receive Family-aided Assertive Community Treatment (FACT); those at clinically lower risk (CLR) were…
  • Somatic Diseases and Conditions Before the First Diagnosis of Schizophrenia: A Nationwide Population-based Cohort Study in More Than 900000 Individuals

    Sorensen, H. J., Nielsen, P. R., Benros, M. E., Pedersen, C. B., Mortensen, P. B.
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    Objective: Schizophrenia is associated with excess physical comorbidity. Yet, to our knowledge, large studies are lacking on the associations with somatic diseases before the onset of schizophrenia. The authors conducted a nationwide study of the full spectrum of treated somatic diseases before the first diagnosis of schizophrenia. Method: Nationwide sample of the Danish population consisting of singletons (n = 954351) born 1977–1993 and followed from birth to 2009, during which period 4371 developed schizophrenia. Somatic diagnoses at all general hospital contacts (admitted or…
  • 2014 Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care

    Weiser, M.
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:57 pm
  • Jumping to Conclusions, Neuropsychological Functioning, and Delusional Beliefs in First Episode Psychosis

    Falcone, M. A., Murray, R. M., Wiffen, B. D. R., O'Connor, J. A., Russo, M., Kolliakou, A., Stilo, S., Taylor, H., Gardner-Sood, P., Paparelli, A., Jichi, F., Di Forti, M., David, A. S., Freeman, D., Jolley, S.
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Background: The "jumping to conclusions" (JTC) data-gathering bias is implicated in the development and maintenance of psychosis but has only recently been studied in first episode psychosis (FEP). In this study, we set out to establish the relationship of JTC in FEP with delusions and neuropsychological functioning. Methods: One hundred and eight FEP patients and 101 age-matched controls completed assessments of delusions, general intelligence (IQ), working memory (WM), and JTC (the probabilistic reasoning "beads" task). Results: Half the FEP participants jumped to conclusions on at least 1…
  • Does Population Density and Neighborhood Deprivation Predict Schizophrenia? A Nationwide Swedish Family-Based Study of 2.4 Million Individuals

    Sariaslan, A., Larsson, H., D'Onofrio, B., Langstrom, N., Fazel, S., Lichtenstein, P.
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    People living in densely populated and socially disorganized areas have higher rates of psychiatric morbidity, but the potential causal status of such factors is uncertain. We used nationwide Swedish longitudinal registry data to identify all children born 1967–1989 (n = 2361585), including separate datasets for all cousins (n = 1715059) and siblings (n = 1667894). The nature of the associations between population density and neighborhood deprivation and individual risk for a schizophrenia diagnosis was investigated while adjusting for unobserved familial risk factors (through cousin…
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    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan

  • Family Members and Caregiver’s Survey

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Are you a family member or caregiver to someone with schizophrenia,bipolar disorder, or other related mental illness? The Schizophrenia Society of Canada is doing research into the experiences of caregivers, and would like your feedback. If you are interested in taking part in this very important research, please click here to proceed to the Schizophrenia Society of Canada research page. Thank you for time and insight!
  • SSC Award Applications are now being accepted – Deadline is September 12, 2014

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Schizophrenia Society of Canada is now accepting applications for their annual awards. Click here to learn more!
  • Schizophrenia Society Annual Awards – Nomination Forms

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan will be handing out awards again this year September our AGM (date pending). If you are interested in nominating someone for any of the following awards, please download the appropriate form and return it to the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan by Monday, July 28th, 2014. Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan Award Nomination Form 2014 Community Spirit Award - This award recognizes a business, corporation or organization for their outstanding community spirit in supporting the SSS in their mission to improve the quality of life of those affected…
  • Letter to Minister MacKay, Minister of Justice

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    23 Oct 2013 | 8:14 am
    October 15, 2013 Honourable Peter MacKay Minister of Justice/ Attorney General of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Dear Minister MacKay, On behalf of the eleven national professional health organizations supporting this letter, we first would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on assuming the role of Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. This position and its responsibilities have implications for all Canadians. We look forward to supporting your work in developing sound, evidenced-based legislation that will serve to both protect the public and…
  • Partnership Program Members Make the Airwaves

    Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
    10 Oct 2013 | 2:40 pm
    As part of Mental Health Awareness week, members of our Partnership Program have made appearances on the local media! Way to go team! Read about Saskatoon’s Matthew Proctor’s appearance on 650 CKOM. And check out Curtis Harman on Global TV.
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    Schizophrenia News -- ScienceDaily

  • Cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients: Closer than ever?

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    For the first time, scientists generated induced pluripotent stem cells lines from skin samples of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and further, they developed an accelerated protocol to induce these stem cells into becoming oligodendrocytes, the myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system implicated in multiple sclerosis and many other diseases.
  • Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison?

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    A link between Medicaid policies on antipsychotic drugs and incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals has been uncovered by a new study. Researchers found that states requiring prior authorization for atypical antipsychotics had less serious mental illness overall but higher shares of inmates with psychotic symptoms than the national average. The study concluded that prior authorization of atypical antipsychotics was associated with a 22 percent increase in the likelihood of imprisonment, compared with the likelihood in a state without such a requirement.
  • Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.
  • Schizophrenia's genetic 'skyline' rising as genetic code linked to illness grows

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    The largest genomic dragnet of any psychiatric disorder to date has unmasked 108 chromosomal sites harboring inherited variations in the genetic code linked to schizophrenia, 83 of which had not been previously reported. By contrast, the 'skyline' of such suspect variants associated with the disorder contained only 5 significant peaks in 2011. Researchers combined data from all available schizophrenia genetic samples to boost statistical power high enough to detect subtle effects on risk.
  • Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcoholism

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    A rare gene variant discovered is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research. People with the variant are around 2 to 3 times more likely to develop schizophrenia or alcohol dependence, researchers report. The study is based on genetic analysis of 4,971 people diagnosed with one of the three disorders compared with 1,309 healthy controls.
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    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

  • Families Matter in Mental Health: An Education and Support Program -- Halifax Regional Municipality

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Please click on the image to magnify it.To download a PDF version of the above flyer, please click here.To download the Families Matter in Mental Health provincial brochure (PDF), please click here.Also see:Supporting Families in Recovery - Capital Health Addictions and Mental Health ProgramFamilies Matter in Mental Health: An Education and Support Program -- Nova Scotia
  • The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This Thursday, July 31st, 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, July 31st, 2014, 6:30 pmA Sidewalk Trip to the Halifax International Busker FestivalThe July 31st, 2014,…
  • Early Psychosis Family Education - Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Please click on an image to magnify it.To download the PDF version of the above brochure, please click here.Also see:Early Psychosis Family Information SessionsEarly Psychosis Family Support Group - Brochure (PDF)Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Information for Family Members (PDF)How to refer someone to the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis ProgramNova Scotia Early Psychosis Program
  • How to refer someone to the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    From the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) website:Because NSEPP is located in Halifax, within the largest of the Nova Scotia health regions; Capital Health, the program provides direct clinical services to residents of the Capital Health district.Referrals to NSEPP can be made by anyone, including mental health care professionals, family physicians, community agencies, educators and school counselors, family members, friends and any young person who suspects they may be suffering from a first episode of psychosis.Criteria for referral of individuals who reside in the Capital Health…
  • Getting Mental Health Crisis Support in Nova Scotia

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Call (902) 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (MHMCT) provides intervention and short term crisis management for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. They offer 24/7 telephone intervention throughout Nova Scotia - (902) 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free) - and mobile response (1:00 pm to 1:00 am) in areas served by Halifax Regional Police including Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford.Note that this video is two years old and it does not mention the 24/7 telephone crisis intervention service that is now available throughout Nova…
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  • Vitamin D deficiency raises schizophrenia risk

    Mara Tyler
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Individuals who are deficient in vitamin D are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have normal levels of the vitamin, report researchers from the Endocrine Society. The study is the first comprehensive meta-analysis to compare the relationship between vitamin D and schizophrenia, said lead researcher Ahmad Esmaillzadeh from the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. "When we examined the findings of several observational studies on vitamin D and schizophrenia, we found people with schizophrenia have lower vitamin D levels than healthy people," Esmaillzadeh said.
  • Study offers new clues into schizophrenia's genetic code

    Mara Tyler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The largest genomic study of schizophrenia patients suggests there may be over 100 chromosomal sites implicated in the disorder, but about 80 of them haven't been reported until now. The study, which comes from researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, reveals that some gene variants responsible for the development of schizophrenia are related to functions like dopamine release in the brain, while others might be associated with things like immune system or heavy smoking. "Some are very familiar genes expressed in nerve cells, and some are results where you scratch your head and…
  • Schizophrenics lose brain volume faster with antipsychotic medications

    Mara Tyler
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Taking antipsychotics is associated with a decrease in brain volume for schizophrenia patients, reports a new study in PLOS One. The loss of volume occurs from a decrease in brain cells and connections, which can happen naturally with age. Yet people with schizophrenia lose brain volume at a faster rate, said the University of Cambridge researchers. So should schizophrenia patients give up their antipsychotic medications because of potential brain volume loss? Not at all, said study author Dr. Graham Murray. "It's important to stress that the loss of brain volume doesn't appear to have any…
  • Memory impairment in schizophrenia may be due to faulty 'noise filter'

    Mara Tyler
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The inability to filter out stimuli could be linked to the memory problems often associated with schizophrenia, a new study suggests. Researchers from Columbia University found that a glitch in this type of filtering process can cause significant impairments in the ability to control working memory, the team wrote in the journal Biological Psychiatry. "Our assumption was that understanding the impairments in the component processes of working memory - the ability to hold and manipulate information in the mind - among patients with schizophrenia could be fundamental to understanding not only…
  • Maternal blood inflammation linked to schizophrenia

    Mara Tyler
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    The presence of early gestational C-reactive protein, which is an inflammation marker, in a mother's blood could indicate a greater schizophrenia risk for her offspring, report researchers in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Using data from the Finnish Prenatal Study of Schizophrenia, Columbia researchers and their Finland colleagues tested for the presence of C-reactive protein in the maternal blood of 777 offspring with schizophrenia. They then compared the findings with the blood of 777 control subjects. Increased c-reactive protein associated with schizophrenia Researchers found that…
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    Schiz Life

  • 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 PathA 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…
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

    Schiz Life
    25 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    What is schizophrenia spectrum disorder? How is it diagnosed and treated? A better understanding of this disorder might be derived from an understanding of the terms used to identify it.Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by reduced emotional expression, abnormal social behavior and the inability to distinguish what is real and what isn’t. Persons with schizophrenia might talk about hearing voices, experience hallucinations, and suffer delusions.Spectrum refers to a range of linked conditions sometimes extending to include singular symptoms and disorders, as they relate to…
  • Schizophrenia Risk Factors

    Schiz Life
    25 May 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that adversely affects about 1 per cent of the global population. It is commonly described as someone being delusional, paranoid, and hallucinating, but that’s only one type of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can occur at any age, but it tends to first progress between adolescence and early adulthood, normally between the ages of 16 – 30 years. It rarely occurs before adolescence or after age 45. It is more likely to worsen if left untreated. The illness itself cannot be cured but with sufficient medication, the symptoms can be controlled.
  • Movies About Schizophrenia

    Schiz Life
    24 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness which affects approximately one in a hundred people. It usually strikes first in the early teenage years and involves hallucinations and delusions. It is one of those disorders that people find bizarre yet fascinating to learn about. Over the years, Hollywood has used the opportunity to bring top quality movies that depict this illness and at the same time shed some light on the severity to which it can affect persons.Why Movies About Schizophrenia Are Intriguing To ManyUsually, movies about schizophrenia reconstruct the mental experiences of the…
  • Who Discovered Schizophrenia?

    Schiz Life
    28 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Schizophrenia is currently the most enigmatic and dramatic disease in the psychiatric spectrum. While there are plenty of known aspects about it, the truth is that understanding it is a very complicated task. Many symptoms are known, but researching it from the outside and really truly comprehending the experience is a real challenge. The good news is that current research studies have led to numerous discoveries and advancements in this field. Schizophrenia is no longer impossible to diagnose. However, at this time there is no permanent cure. We can manage the symptoms and often prevent…
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