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  • Following is an article discussing recent research on comorbid OCD and schizophrenia.  It comes from Psychiatric Times and is somewhat technical.

Comorbidity:  Schizophrenia And OCD

  • Below is a link to a news article on a study showing that mothers who took valproate during their pregnancy had children with lower IQ.  Valproate is better known as Depakote.  It is an epilepsy medication also used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients.

Children Born To Women Taking Valproate Have Lower IQ

  • Some new research from Vanderbilt holds promise.

Possible New Treatment For Cognitive Deficits In Schizophrenia

  • Some new insights into how lithium works to control bipolar.

Lithium And The Brain

  • Following is an article from the New York Times on combating stigma.  The author puts a slightly different twist on how to overcome stigma than the usual methods. 

A Different Look At Fighting Stigma

  • Following is the article:

Inducing Gamma Brain Waves In Mice To Study Brain Functions

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  • Following is a link to the study write up on the British Cutlass study.  This study came out in 2006 shortly after the CATIE study funded by the US.  It also (as in the CATIE study) found that new antipsychotics were not any better at treating schizophrenia than old antipsychotics.  While the CATIE study got a lot of press here in the US the Cutlass study did not.  I happened across this link to the Cutlass study tonight and thought others might be interested in it.  I had not previously seen the actual write up on the Cutlass study.  It is interesting to note that the British researchers expected to see a significantly better outcome with new antipsychotics than old antipsychotics.

Results Of British Study Of Old Antipsychotics Versus New Antipsychotics

  • Following is an article on the life of R. D. Laing.  He was a prominent psychiatrist in the 1960’s and is still a favorite reference for antipsychiatrists.   The article is interesting reading and is an important contribution to the history of psychiatry.  The article is somewhat lengthy.

The Life Of R. D. Laing

  • Following is a short article on what is sometimes a serious problem with support groups on the internet.  My favorite web site http://www.schizophrenia.com is currently dealing with what seems to be a case of this.  One of the posters on that site sent me this URL on the problem.

Munchausen By Internet: Faking Illness Online

 

  • Following article is on how some mental health professionals incorporate yoga into their sessions.  It comes from Time Magazine.

Psychotherapy Goes From The Couch To The Yoga Mat

  • The following article gives a brief look at some of the issues and legal implications of off-label prescriptions.  This article comes from Psychiatric Times.  Off-Label prescriptions are particularly common in psychiatry.  This article is recommended reading for psychiatrists.

Off-Label Prescribing Issues And Legal Concerns For Prescribers

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  • Following is a good article on the latest news from epigenetic research.  Epigenetics is the developing science of how genes are expressed.  It also explains why identical twins are not exactly identical.  This is a long article but very informative.  Note the picture of two genetically identical mice who look entirely different due to epigenetics.

Good Look At Latest Research On Epigenetics

Epigenetics

  • Following is an interesting article on new genetics research. 

Altered Gene Increases Risk Of Schizophrenia

Altered Genes Risk 

  • Following is an article on mapping the connections between nerve cells in the brain.

Mapping The Neural Circuitry In The Brain

  • Following is a recent article on the subject but note that there are still no clear answers to treatment of Bipolar Patients with Antidepressants.

When To Avoid Antidepressants In Bipolar Patients

  • Following is an article on recent research in genetics.  It turns out the mapping of the human genome project may not have been an accurate depiction of our genetics.

How Genetically Different Are We From Each Other?

 

 

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  • Following is the link to the article on research done in Spain.

New Research On Linkage Between Smoking Marijuana And Psychosis

Marijuana and Psychosis

  • Following is an article on use of atypical anti-psychotics in small children. This article discusses a recent change to Medicaid rules in Florida.

Approval Process Reduces Atypical Anti-psychotic Use in Small Children

Process Reduces Atypical Antipsychotic

  • Following is a link to a news article.

Modafinal Reduces Weight Gain Associated With Atypical Antipsychotic

Modafinal Reduces Weight Gain

  • Following is a link to the article:

Brain Changes Appear To Increase Risk Of Depression

Brain Changes Increase Depression Risk

  • Following is a link to the article:

New Research On Auditory Hallucinations In Schizophrenia

Auditory Hallucinations Research

 

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PBS Special Tuesday Night On Mentally Ill Being Released From Ohio Prisons

Following is an article on the upcoming PBS program on mentally ill inmates being released from Ohio prisons.  The article comes from the Toledo Blade newspaper.  The special airs Tuesday night.

 

PBS on Mental Illness

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Movie “The Soloist”

The Soloist is a film is based on a true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who has schizophrenia and is homeless. Jamie Foxx portrays Nathaniel Ayers, who is considered a cello prodigy, and Robert Downey Jr. portrays Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist who discovers Ayers and writes about him in the newspaper. Production of the film began in January 2008 and will be filmed mostly in Los Angeles. The film was scheduled to be released on November 21, 2008, but has been delayed to March 13, 2009, and then to April 24, 2009.[1] 

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soloist

Please visit the official movie site  The Soloist

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I had the opportunity to view “The Soloist” on opening day.  It was quite realistic for the particular segment of the population covered.  The homeless people who have schizophrenia represent about 40% of the homeless but does not represent all the people who suffer with schizophrenia.  Having said that, the very cruel situation that people with schizophrenia may find themselves in is fairly accurately portrayed in the movie.  Even more unfortunately, the reality that  jails and prisons “serve” as a cruel psychiatric “institution” for people who require and deserve 100% better care and treatment.

I would like to see some films depicting the “other side of the coin”, the positive stories of hope and encouragement.  The true stories of the Joanne Verbanics, the Fred Freses, the Moe Armstrongs and the other bright, sensitive, altruistic successful people who demonstrate the struggles and the successful coping with schizophrenia.  It takes more than “will power”, it takes people helping people, education, appropriate treatment and support.  Thank you to the heroes who work daily to succeed.

Please see Pete Earley’s comments on “The Soloist”   http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/05/the-soloist-enlightens.html

Childhood abuse and adult psychosis

The following is a link to a news report on a recent study about childhood abuse being linked to psychosis in adulthood.  It is not clear from the article how much effort was made to see if the claims of abuse were substantiated and verified by the researchers.

Abuse

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New treatment for schizophrenia?

The article stresses that more research needs to be done to verify the promising initial results.  Also be sure to note that the health food store variety of this compound may not be a viable option even though the health food stores claim it is the same as the compound used in the study.

Possible New Treatment

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Gene and Schizophrenia

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 

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More From Darrell

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

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