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  1. Schizophrenia Linked to Childhood Poverty

    Nov. 1, 2001 -- Although genetics are known to play a part in the development of mental illness, a new British study reveals that environment may also have a significant role. When researchers compared adults who had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia, they found that a significant number of the

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  2. Older Dads More Prone to Having Kids With Schizophrenia

    Oct. 25, 2001 -- That ticking sound you hear is your biological clock winding down. No, not you, ladies. Guys apparently have reproductive clocks of their own, according to research that suggests older-than-average dads are more likely to have children at risk for certain medical problems, including

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  3. Virus Provides a Clue to the Cause of Schizophrenia

    April 9, 2001 -- Scientists have long believed schizophrenia to be a disease that lies dormant, waiting for the right set of circumstances to strike its teenage or young adult victims. Whether genetic, biological, or environmental -- or some complex mix -- the precise nature of the early defect rema

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  4. Four Sisters With Schizophrenia, Four Decades of Scrutiny

    Oct. 20, 2000 -- In a midsize Midwestern town, four elderly sisters are living out their remaining years in a way that might be called unremarkable. But the sisters, known as the Genains, are far from typical: Born in 1930, they are among the oldest living quadruplets, and they are all identical. An

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  5. Expert FDA Panel Backs Schizophrenia Drug It Once Rejected

    Jul. 19, 2000 (Washington) -- A new antipsychotic drug once denied FDA approval for the treatment of schizophrenia because of a potential risk for heart-related side effects earned a favorable recommendation Wednesday from an FDA expert advisory committee two years after initially being deemed "non-

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  6. Zapping Those Voices in The Head

    March 23, 2000 (Atlanta) -- The voices sound real, and they won't go away. From deep within a schizophrenic patient's head, they relentlessly repeat their awful messages, which can urge suicide or even murder. Now help may be on the way: A report in the journal Lancet suggests that an electromagneti

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  7. Moving Schizophrenics into the Community Does Not Increase Crime

    Feb. 18, 2000 (Boston) -- Deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, a trend throughout the world, has brought concern that the population will be at increased risk from violent crime. But an Australian study published in the Feb. 18 issue of The Lancet shows that shifting care of schizophrenic pat

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  8. Schizophrenia Not Linked to Prenatal Exposure to Influenza

    Nov. 29, 1999 (New York) -- Nobody is quite sure where schizophrenia -- a mental illness characterized by hallucinations, delusional, and/or disordered thinking -- comes from. Most researchers agree there is a genetic or hereditary component involved, but clearly many people who have no family histo

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  9. Potential Biological Marker for Schizophrenia Identified

    Nov. 19, 1999 (New York) -- Elevated levels of an enzyme associated with a particular viral infection have been found in patients experiencing their first episode of schizophrenia, adding further support to the theory that there is a genetic-viral link in schizophrenia, according to a recent present

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  10. How Families Can Cope with Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by gross distortion of reality, language disturbances, fragmentation of thought and other troubling symptoms. The cost of caring for schizophrenic patients comes to more than $17 billion per year in this country -- but this figure can never capture th

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