Category Archives: Mental Health: Schizophrenia

Men: If your index finger is shorter than your ring finger, you may have higher schizophrenia risk

Research suggests that the ratio of the lengths of the index finger and the ring finger in males may be predictive of a variety of disorders related to disturbed hormonal balance. When the index finger is shorter than the ring … Continue reading

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Sports Medicine Licensure Act of 2015 Supported by AMSSM

Newswise — LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) would like to thank U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) for introducing S689 and U.S. Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) for … Continue reading

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Should Mentally Ill People Be Forced Into Treatment?

A new study finds that involuntary psychiatric treatment programs can keep people from cycling through ERs, jails, prisons, and homeless shelters—and therefore save taxpayers gobs of money. Is it worth it? During the 1960s, Americans were horrified to learn about … Continue reading

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Bioethicists Call for Return to Asylums for Long-Term Psychiatric Care

Newswise — PHILADELPHIA – As the United States population has doubled since 1955, the number of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States has been cut by nearly 95 percent to just 45,000, a wholly inadequate equation when considering that … Continue reading

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Having a Hard Time Focusing?

Newswise — Our ability to pay attention to certain things while ignoring distractions determines how good we are at a given task, whether it is driving a car or doing brain surgery. A research team at McGill University has for … Continue reading

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Ethnic Minorities Still Receiving Inferior Mental Health Treatment, Says APA Journal

Newswise — WASHINGTON – Primary care that includes mental health screenings and treatments that take into account a patient’s language and cultural background can help address mental health care disparities among ethnic minorities, according to psychologists, physicians and other health … Continue reading

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Mental health disorders double heart disease, stroke risk

VANCOUVER ─ People facing mental health challenges are significantly more likely to have heart disease or stroke, according to a study presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. “This population is at high risk, and it’s even greater for people … Continue reading

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Aspirin may benefit those with schizophrenia: new study

Berlin, 20 October 2014 — A new study shows that some anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, estrogen, and Fluimucil, can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. This work is being presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in … Continue reading

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Clinicians need to promote physical health in people with severe mental illness

Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found. Patients with schizophrenia are already known to have higher rates of premature death than the general population. The … Continue reading

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Depression, bipolar, schizophrenia: do you know the symptoms?

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 5-11. What do you have planned? MIAW is a time for education about mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other medical conditions that … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric … Continue reading

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Risk of Schizophrenia Increases After All Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders: A Nationwide Study

Schizophr Bull. 2014 Sep 5. pii: sbu119. [Epub ahead of print] Risk of Schizophrenia Increases After All Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders: A Nationwide Study. Maibing CF1, Pedersen CB, Benros ME2, Mortensen PB3, Dalsgaard S4, Nordentoft M5. Author information 1Mental … Continue reading

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Obsessive compulsive disorder diagnosis linked to higher rates of schizophrenia

Bottom Line: A diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) appears to be associated with higher rates of schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Authors: Sandra M. Meier, Ph.D., of Aarhus University, Denmark, and colleagues. Background: OCD and schizophrenia are distinct and infrequently … Continue reading

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