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  1. Electroshock Therapy May Help Schizophrenia

    April 21, 2005 -- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may help some schizophrenia schizophrenia patients in combination with medications. "There is no suggestion that ECT should be a sole treatment or treatment of first choice in schizophrenia," write the researchers, who reviewed 26 clinical trials con

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  2. Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia Key Found

    Oct. 28, 2004 -- A stress-activated molecule underlies many of the symptoms of some mental illnesses, a new study shows. We control our behaviors, thoughts, and emotions via an important part of the brain: the prefrontal cortex. People with injuries to this part of the brain become impulsive, distra

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  3. Patients, Docs Differ on Schizophrenia Treatment

    Oct. 13, 2004 (Washington) -- Patients with schizophrenia seem to be at odds with psychiatrists on many of the goals of schizophrenia treatment, prompting concerns that doctors may not understand their patients' intentions for getting better, a new survey suggests. "We might be able to do a whole lo

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  4. Summer Births Linked to Type of Schizophrenia

    Oct. 4, 2004 -- People with "deficit schizophrenia" -- a relatively severe form of the disease with symptoms of social withdrawal, depression, apathy, and lack of motivation or interest -- are more likely to be born in the summer months, a new study shows. Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder t

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  5. Schizophrenia Linked to Flu During Pregnancy

    Aug. 2, 2004 -- Babies whose mothers are exposed to the flu virus during pregnancy may face a higher risk of developing schizophrenia in later life, a new study suggests. Although many previous studies have linked prenatal exposure to influenza with adult schizophrenia, researchers say this is the f

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  6. Few Take Schizophrenia Drugs As Directed

    April 1, 2004 -- Less than half of the more than 2 million Americans living with schizophrenia are taking their antipsychotic medications as directed, a new study shows. Despite recent improvements in drugs available to treat the potentially devastating condition, researchers found that only 41% of

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  7. New Antipsychotics Drugs Aren't Created Equal

    March 1, 2004 -- Schizophrenia patients who fare poorly on the treatment they are on may show improvements in mental function by switching to the drug Geodon, according to the results of three studies sponsored by the drug's manufacturer. The studies included 270 schizophrenic people who either did

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  8. Lilly Warns of Zyprexa Risks Among Elderly

    Feb. 20, 2004 -- Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. is warning doctors that its drug Zyprexa may increase the risk of death and stroke when used by elderly patients with dementia. Zyprexa is currently approved by the FDA for use in treating schizophrenia and some forms of bipolar disorder. It has n

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  9. Gluten Intolerance Linked to Schizophrenia

    Feb. 20, 2004 -- Intriguing early research suggests that people with a genetic intolerance to gluten may also be at increased risk for schizophrenia. Investigators say the link, if proven, could lead to new treatment options for a small subset of schizophrenic people.   Using a Danish health registr

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  10. Careful Antipsychotic Drug Monitoring Urged

    Jan. 27, 2004 -- People who take antipsychotic drugs to treat a wide range of mental illnesses may suffer from potentially rapid weight gain that could put them at risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Researchers say use of these drugs, known as second-generation antipsychotics, h

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