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Health News - Schizophrenia

Neural pathway identified that controls attention has implications for psychiatric disorders
The next time you are in a crowded room, or a meeting, or even at the park with your kids, take a look around. How many people are on their phone? Distractions invade every aspect of our lives. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of novel drug target may lead to better treatment for schizophrenia
Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified a novel drug target that could lead to the development of better antipsychotic medications.Dr. (Medical News Today)

Study is first to investigate rate of HIV testing in patients with specific mental illnesses
People with mental illness are more likely to have been tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a new study from a team of researchers at Penn Medicine and the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Medications for patients with first episode psychosis may not meet guidelines
Many patients with first-episode psychosis receive medications that do not comply with recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, researchers have found. (Medical News Today)

Experts conclude that hallucinations and delusions are common and understandable
A report published by the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology challenges received wisdom about the nature of mental illness. (Medical News Today)

Excess protein during brain development causes abnormalities and faulty connections in laboratory studies, may trigger schizophrenia
A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new Rutgers research. (Medical News Today)

Brain network vulnerable to Alzheimer's and schizophrenia identified
A specific brain network within grey matter develops later than the rest of the brain and degenerates first in older age, says new study, shedding light on neurological disorders. (Medical News Today)

Help for schizophrenia patients and their caregivers
University of Miami researchers are developing a novel, culturally informed, family therapy for schizophreniaResearchers at the University of Miami (UM) have developed a family-focused... (Medical News Today)

New real-world data highlight health and financial impact of caring for an adult with schizophrenia
Data presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Annual European Congress, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, reveal that caregivers of adults with... (Medical News Today)

Robot may explain some symptoms in schizophrenia and other neurological conditions
People don't really tend to see ghosts or guardian angels as much as "feel" them, and now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology think they know where that "feeling of a... (Medical News Today)

Better gauging the reactions of sex offenders and assessing their therapeutic progress via virtual reality
Virtual reality may be the key to predicting both the behaviour of sex offenders and the effectiveness of the therapies they have undergone, according to a study undertaken by Massil Benbouriche of... (Medical News Today)

A fifth of schizophrenia cases 'may be attributable to T. gondii infection'
A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania calculates that Toxoplasma gondii - a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis - may be involved in more than 20% of schizophrenia cases. (Medical News Today)

EEG test to help understand and treat schizophrenia
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have validated an EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Engineered cells reveal changes associated with learning, memory and reward
Scientists have created cells with fluorescent dyes that change color in response to specific neurochemicals. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: data supporting the efficacy, safety and tolerability of once-daily Latuda® (lurasidone) presented at ECNP 2014
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. presented new evidence supporting the use of Latuda® (lurasidone), an atypical antipsychotic treatment for adults... (Medical News Today)

Some anti-inflammatory medicines shown to benefit schizophrenia treatment
A new study shows that some anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, estrogen, and Fluimucil, can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. (Medical News Today)

Family carers of people with schizophrenia are a hidden workforce at breaking point
Approximately three out of four (72%) carers of those living with schizophrenia, are mainly (34%) or solely (38%) responsible for caring, placing a huge emotional and physical burden on them... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: shattering the stigma
For this year's World Mental Health Day, the theme is 'Living with Schizophrenia.' In line with this campaign, we investigate the stigma attached to the disorder. (Medical News Today)

Pregnant women with psychiatric conditions require higher doses of neuroleptics
The new generation of neuroleptics for psychiatric conditions has the advantage over older medications of fewer adverse side effects. (Medical News Today)

Study looks at cardiometabolic risk, schizophrenia and antipsychotic treatment
The duration of psychiatric illness and treatment for patients after first-episode schizophrenia spectrum disorders (FES) appears to be associated with being fatter and having other cardiometabolic... (Medical News Today)

Review of cannabis research since 1993
In the past 20 years recreational cannabis use has grown tremendously, becoming almost as common as tobacco use among adolescents and young adults, and so has the research evidence. (Medical News Today)

Model developed that could predict the future course of psychotic illness
Psychiatry researchers from the University of Adelaide have developed a model that could help to predict a patient's likelihood of a good outcome from treatment - from their very first psychotic... (Medical News Today)

Delusion-prone people 'more likely to rush into decisions'
People who have a tendency to experience delusions are more likely to make a decision without gathering all the information needed to ensure it is the best one, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

U.S. Military making progress on reducing stigma associated with seeking help for mental illness
The U.S. Department of Defense has made progress in reducing the stigma associated with seeking help for mental illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but more improvement... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain, suggesting the two distinct disorders may share common pathophysiological features. (Medical News Today)

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