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    1. New DNA Clue for Schizophrenia

      March 21, 2007 -- Scientists say they have discovered a tiny chunk of DNA that may affect schizophrenia risk. The DNA chunk is located near two genes -- the CSF2RA and IL3RA genes -- that haven't been linked to schizophrenia before. The researchers who spotted the DNA chunk included Todd Lencz, PhD,

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    2. FDA OKs New Schizophrenia Drug

      Dec. 20, 2006 -- The FDA today approved a new antipsychotic drug, called Invega Extended-Release Tablets, to treat schizophrenia. The new drug -- a pill to be taken once a day -- will be available in the U.S. in January. The recommended dose range is 3-12 milligrams daily. Invega is the first new pr

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    3. Schizophrenia Drugs May Up Tumor Risk

      May 31, 2006 – A statistical "signal" links Risperdal and other schizophrenia drugs to pituitary tumors, FDA researchers report. The finding is not proof that these extremely useful drugs cause these benign (noncancerous) tumors. And it does not tell how often patients develop drug-linked pituitary

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    4. Is Intelligence in the Genes?

      May 3, 2006 -- A gene called dysbindin-1 (DTNBP1) may be tied to intelligence, scientists report in Human Molecular Genetics. The scientists studied a region of a particular chromosome. That chromosome region is where the DTNBP1 gene is located. The DTNBP1 gene has previously been associated with sc

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    5. Schizophrenia Drug Face-Off: No Clear Winner

      Sept. 19, 2005 -- Mental health experts say it wasn't a horse race. That explains why there's no clear winner from a major government study pitting a new generation of schizophrenia drugs against one another. Zyprexa was the most effective of the drugs. But its greater number of side effects dims it

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    6. Schizophrenia Rarer Than Previously Thought

      May 31, 2005 -- Schizophrenia Schizophrenia may be less common than experts previously thought. Until now, the often-quoted statistic was that schizophrenia strikes about one in 100 people, say Australian researchers. That's an overestimate, they write in the Public Library of Science Medicine's May

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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