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  1. Antipsychotic Drug Risperdal Recalled Because of Odor

    June 20, 2011 -- The musty odor that has led to recalls of various Johnson & Johnson products has now struck the company's Risperdal and generic risperidone antipsychotic medication. The company is recalling some 16,000 bottles of brand-name Risperdal (3 milligram tablets) and some 24,000 bottles of

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  2. Earlier Onset of Schizophrenia Linked to Pot

    Feb. 7, 2011 -- People who smoke pot are more likely to develop a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia earlier than those who do not use marijuana, according to a new analysis. The results are published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The researchers analyzed 83 studies comprising 8

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  3. Fish Oil May Fight Psychosis

    Feb. 1, 2010 -- Twelve weeks of fish oil pills made teens at high risk of psychosis much less likely to become psychotic for at least one year. The finding comes from a placebo-controlled clinical trial that enrolled 81 young people -- average age 16 -- teetering on the brink of psychosis. A year af

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  4. Antipsychotics Risky for Elderly With Diabetes

    July 28, 2009 – A class of drugs used to treat dementia symptoms and other mental ailments in the elderly may be dangerous for those with diabetes. A new study shows that older people with diabetes are more likely to be hospitalized for hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar levels) after beginning tre

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  5. Schizophrenia Linked to Early Death

    June 22, 2009 -- The mortality rate among schizophrenics is four times higher than in the general population, with suicide being the No. 1 cause of death, followed by cancer, according to a new study. Deaths from cancer among women with schizophrenia were twice that of the general population, based

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  6. Newer Antipsychotics No Better in Kids

    Sept. 15, 2008 -- Widely prescribed, newer-generation antipsychotic drugs are no more effective for the treatment of schizophrenia in children and teens than older, cheaper drugs, a government-funded study shows. Under the direction of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), researchers comp

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  7. Hormone Therapy for Schizophrenia?

    Aug. 4, 2008 -- Schizophrenic women who get an estrogen patch along with their regular antipsychotic medications have fewer symptoms than women who get inactive placebo patches. The finding, from a four-week study of 102 women of childbearing age with schizophrenia, comes from Jayashri Kulkarni, MBB

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  8. Ginseng May Help Treat Schizophrenia

    May 8, 2008 (Washington) -- A form of Asian ginseng shows promise for relieving schizophrenia symptoms that are difficult to treat. In a small study, patients had fewer negative symptoms -- such as lack of motivation and a severe reduction in emotional expression known as "flat affect" -- when they

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  9. Monthly Shot Treats Schizophrenia

    May 6, 2008 (Washington) -- A new, once-a-month shot shows promise for the treatment of schizophrenia. The new drug is called paliperidone palmitate. It's an injectable form of the second-generation, or "atypical," antipsychotic medication Invega. A study pitting injectable paliperidone palmitate ag

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  10. Gene Mutation May Signal Schizophrenia

    March 28, 2008 -- New research points to what scientists say are genetic clues to very early signs of schizophrenia in children. Scientists say they've identified a host of genetic mutations that are far more common in people with schizophrenia than in healthy people. While the mutations are rare, t

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