Impaired Glucose Homeostasis in First-Episode Schizophrenia; A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Findings  In this meta-analysis of 14 case-control studies comprising 1345 participants, individuals with first-episode schizophrenia had elevated fasting plasma glucose levels, elevated plasma glucose levels after an oral glucose tolerance test, and elevated fasting plasma insulin levels,as well as greater insulin resistance compared with healthy individuals serving as controls. To read more, please click here.Read More

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Blocking Overactive Enzyme Could Treat Symptoms of Schizophrenia

By Brain and Behavior Research Foundation New research suggests that cognitive and behavioral symptoms of schizophrenia may stem at least in part from elevated levels of an enzyme called STEP, which is also thought to be overactive in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Experiments in cells collected from patients andRead More

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Dr. Carrie Bearden, CAPPS & the NAPLS: Early Detection and Intervention for Psychosis

Under Dr. Bearden’s leadership, CAPPS has revealed new evidence supporting biomarkers for oncoming psychosis, and provided life-saving treatment for hundreds of youth at risk. Psychosis is one of the most distressing and debilitating mental health symptoms one can experience, and the earlier someone afflicted receives treatment, the better the potential outcome. The best-case scenario:Read More

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Message from Schizophrenia Alliance, Coordinator Katie L.

In these eventful times, it may be good to take a moment, for ourselves. Perhaps, leaving Facebook and Twitter to fend for themselves; and to focus on our coping skills. What coping skills are we using to help bring ourselves to the surface? Are we acquainted with the calm place inside of us? Have youRead More

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Message from FFS, Family and Friends, Coordinator Mary Ross

Ideally ‘self-care’ should be at the top of our priorities in our lives. We love our family members, our friends, but if we are not at our optimal best we are less able to be there in a support role of them. In my search for self-care I realized that I fortunately have found myselfRead More

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Message From Executive Director

Dear Friends, Thank you all for the courageous and brave work you do every day. Everyone who lives with psychosis and wakes up to live each day to their best ability and maintain their plan to pursue a meaningful day, congratulations. Everyone who helps their loved one or others get through each day inRead More

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Strategies to Improve Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents: Research Review

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality review assesses the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies that seek to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents. Approximately one in five children and adolescents living in the United States has one or more mental, emotional, or behavioral health disorders according to theRead More

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HHS selects eight states for new demonstration program to improve access to high quality behavioral health services

HHS announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access toRead More

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Chantix and Zyban: Drug Safety Communication – Mental Health Side Effects Revised, FDA

Based on a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of a large clinical trial that FDA required the drug companies to conduct, FDA determined the risk of serious side effects on mood, behavior, or thinking with the stop-smoking medicines Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) is lower than previously suspected. The risk of these mental healthRead More

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Adding Better Mental Health Care to Primary Care

Many people visit a primary health care provider to treat physical diseases and injuries; however, it is also common for patients to see a primary care provider because of brain health issues, including such as depression, anxiety, alcohol use and might be the first contact for schizophrenia prodrome. The primary care provider can treat someRead More

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