Gene and Schizophrenia

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Folks,

following is an article on recent research pointing to one particular gene as being important in developing schizophrenia. 

Read article by clicking here Gene 

Submitted by Darrell

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Folks,

The following is the URL to the article.  It is about a study from Mexico that says differences in the Premorbid Stage are found between schizophrenia and schizoaffective.

Difference Article

The following is an article on research into how people with schizophrenia view the stigma issue.

Stigma

Some interesting new research on what brain imaging is showing about schizophrenia in terms of brain functioning. 

Brain Functioning

The following is a link on a new study which indicates that both Bipolar and Schizophrenia share some genetic links.

schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-gene-link

Submitted by DH

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Folks,

The following is a link to an article on the off label uses of psychiatric medications.  It is directed towards an audience of forensic experts but does give a good background in some recent changes in prescribing practices.

Off Label Article

The following is an article on how inappropriate drug prescriptions are wasting millions in medicaid dollars and unnecessarily risking the health of the patients.

Science Daily Article

The following is an article from Johns Hopkins about a study showing that one particular gene seems to be associated with the symptom of delusions.  It also gives a summary of the problems with trying to find the genetic causes of schizophrenia.

JH Article

The following is an article from BP magazine on the subject of the high mortality that is associated with Bipolar Disorder.  It also discusses some of the reasons why the rate is so high.

BP Mortality Article

The following is an article from BP Magazine on the Treatment Emergent Mania And Antidepressants.  For those who aren’t familiar with it this magazine is a quarterly publication that I highly recommend.  A single subscription costs about $20 per year and bulk rates are also available. 

BP Article

Internet Program Helps Prevent Depression In Teens; following is the link to the story on a recent research project.

Project Article

The following is an article on conditions in Florida’s Miami-Dade county jail and the general problem with mentally ill inmates in Florida.  There is also a short video showing the notorious ninth floor of the jail with some comments from people on conditions there.  Please remember that this video could not show the true horror of conditions there. 

Article

It appears that taking any antipsychotic whether typical or atypical increases the risk of sudden cardiac death. 

http://www.inpsychiatry.com/news/article.aspx?id=80496

Revising Blue Books

Hello fellow SA members:

Our Blue Book revision task force has completed most of their work. The changes that took place concerned grammar, usage and typos.  We are now faced with another hurdle. The Blue Book Cover art work many of us feel needs a fresh look as well. So we are having a contest for the best design.

You can either e-mail your work to: deherrmann@aol.com

Or fax me at (203) 736-6359.

All entrees must be in by April 15, 2009 and no later.

The task force is looking for new personal stories to be included in the revised edition. They must not be longer than one side of one page in the Blue Book. Again we will utilize the above cut-off date with the corresponding contact information.

Last but not least, SA needs Group Leader Liaisons. If you have  over one year acting as a Group Leader  you may be able to qualify. Liaisons keep in touch with other group leaders and help look for solutions to various situations. For more information contact info@sardaa.org or jcronin@bghealth.org

As always,

Jim C.