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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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