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  1. Gene Discoveries Could Shed Light on Schizophrenia

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One of the largest studies ever conducted into the genetic origins of a psychiatric disorder has uncovered 83 new sites on chromosomes that harbor inherited genes tied to schizophrenia. The findings, made by an in

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  2. FDA OK's Monthly Schizophrenia Drug

    March 1, 2013 -- The FDA has approved a long-acting version of the antipsychotic drug Abilify to treat adults with schizophrenia. Abilify Maintena is a freeze-dried powder reconstituted with water to form an extended-release medication that can be injected once a month, according to the manufacturer

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  3. New Clues to Schizophrenia

    May 15, 2012 -- Scientists have developed a test that may be able to predict who is at risk for schizophrenia, a complex mental illness that is thought to run in families. To develop the test, scientists used a new approach to identify a comprehensive group of genes most likely linked with the disea

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  4. 50 Years of Data Confirm Benefit of Antipsychotics

    May 2, 2012 -- More than 50 years of data show that people with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic drugs lower their risk of relapse, a new study suggests. Relapse rates were 64% in people not taking medications for schizophrenia, while they were 27% in those who were given them for at least a yea

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  5. Schizophrenia Cause: Neural Circuits, Not Mom

    Aug. 8, 2011 - An unlucky collection of tiny changes in the genetic code causes most cases of schizophrenia, a game-changing new study finds. These "de novo" mutations aren't passed on from parents to their children, helping to explain why so many cases of schizophrenia occur in people with no famil

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Genetic Pattern for Schizophrenia Found

    July 1, 2009 -- A vast number of common gene variants come together in a perfect storm to increase risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new studies reveal. Because schizophrenia tends to run in families, researchers have long sought a "schizophrenia gene." But scientists now realize that most

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