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Why schizophrenia leads to social isolation
Michael Green, neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, has been fascinated with the human brain, behavior and mental illness since his undergraduate days.In graduate school at Cornell University, he worked in a state hospital with people who had schizophrenia. While working with them, Green noticed he could be having an ordinary conversation one moment, and then suddenly the conversation would shift dramatically, erasing the common ground they had established.“I have never encountered a condition so perplexing, both scientifically and clinically,” said Green, who is a seni...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 17, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Schizophrenia affects whole-brain connectivity, major study finds
The largest ever big data study of schizophrenia finds that the entire communication system in the brain's white matter is disrupted in the disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Schizophrenia Source Type: news

Schizophrenia disrupts the brain's entire communication system, researchers say
(University of Southern California) Some 40 years since CT scans first revealed abnormalities in the brains of schizophrenia patients, international scientists say the disorder is a systemic disruption to the brain's entire communication system. The study sets the stage for future research on the debilitating mental illness that affects more than 21 million people worldwide. It is the largest analysis of 'white matter' differences in a psychiatric disorder to date. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Outcome-focused judgements of moral dilemmas in schizophrenia - McGuire J, Br üne M, Langdon R.
Previous research on moral judgement in healthy adults suggests a complex interplay of automatic, emotional and deliberative processing. We aimed to advance understanding of these processes by examining moral judgement in individuals with schizophrenia, a ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

The schizophrenic writer and the construction of delusion - Westphal L.
This article aims to examine the effect of writing when used as self-medication in psychosis and particularly in schizophrenia. It is based on the work of Antonin Artaud, who engaged in writing to reduce his physical and psychological dissociation and intr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Previous Epilepsy Admission Linked to Schizophrenia Previous Epilepsy Admission Linked to Schizophrenia
Compared with those admitted for other medical conditions, patients admitted for epilepsy show increases in subsequent schizophrenia readmissions, a new study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Neuropsychology and emotion processing in violent individuals with antisocial personality disorder or schizophrenia: the same or different? A systematic review and meta-analysis - Sedgwick O, Young S, Baumeister D, Greer B, Das M, Kumari V.
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether there are shared or divergent (a) cognitive and (b) emotion processing characteristics among violent individuals with antisocial personality disorder and/or schizophrenia, diagnoses which are commonly encountered at the interf... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

New mechanism for schizophrenia identified
Researchers have discovered abnormalities of blood vessels in the brain could play a major role in the development of schizophrenia. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Better ‘mini brains’ could help scientists identify treatments for Zika-related brain damage
UCLA researchers have developed an improved technique for creating simplified human brain tissue from stem cells. Because these so-called “mini brain organoids” mimic human brains in how they grow and develop, they’re vital to studying complex neurological diseases.In a study published in the journal Cell Reports, the researchers used the organoids to better understand how Zika infects and damages fetal brain tissue, which enabled them to identify drugs that could prevent the virus ’s damaging effects.The research, led by senior author Ben Novitch, could lead to new ways to study human neurological ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 10, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Major breakthrough identifies new mechanism for the development of schizophrenia
(Trinity College Dublin) The new research shows that dysfunctional brain blood vessels may be associated with the development of schizophrenia. There is potential for new treatments of schizophrenia by developing new drugs to target these abnormal blood vessels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Is schizophrenia risk 'around 80% genetic'?
Conclusion This study explores how much of the risk of developing schizophrenia or related disorders may be explained by genetics. It shows that schizophrenia and related disorders are quite rare – affecting about 1% of the general population. Their observed co-diagnosis rate in both twins – about a third for identical and less than 10% for non-identical twins – was lower than has been observed in other studies. This seems to suggest that while a high proportion of an individual's susceptibility may come down to hereditary factors, environmental factors must still be play a substantial role. This type of ...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Schizophrenia: Nearly 80 percent of risk down to genes
The largest study of its kind to date suggests that almost 80 percent of the risk of developing schizophrenia is purely down to genetic factors. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Schizophrenia Source Type: news

Almost 80% of schizophrenia risk is down to genetics
The study by the University of Copenhagen suggests genes play a greater role – previous estimates have varied from 50-80%. It is hope the breakthrough will lead to better treatments. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Characteristics of international assaultive psychiatric patients: review of published findings, 2013-2017 - Flannery RB, Wyshak G, Flannery GJ.
Since the 1960s, empirical research has worked toward a better understanding of the characteristics of assaultive psychiatric patients. International research through 2012 indicated that male and female patients with schizophrenia and other diagnoses prese... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Violence towards family caregivers by their relative with schizophrenia in Japan - Kageyama M, Solomon P, Yokoyama K, Nakamura Y, Kobayashi S, Fujii C.
This study ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Largest twin study pins nearly 80% of schizophrenia risk on heritability
(Elsevier) In the largest study of twins in schizophrenia research to date, researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, estimate that as much as 79% of schizophrenia risk may be explained by genetic factors. The estimate indicates that genetics have a substantial influence on risk for the disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genetics Implicate Mechanisms in Autism and Schizophrenia Genetics Implicate Mechanisms in Autism and Schizophrenia
Have recent advances provided a better understanding of the genetic mechanisms contributing to autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia?Journal of Medical Genetics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Book Review: This Close to Happy
In the category of memoirs about depression, there are some distinguished contributions. They include, for example, Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, William Styron’s Darkness Visible, and Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted. Daphne Merkin knows these books well, but as someone who has dealt with serious depression her entire life, she finds them lacking. “It seems to me that these characterizations tend to bracket the episodes of breakdown or incapacitating depression within unimpeachable demonstrations of the writer’s otherwise hyperfunctioning existence,” writes Merkin. With This...
Source: Psych Central - September 30, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bella DePaulo Tags: Antidepressants Book Reviews Depression Finding Happiness this close to happy Source Type: news

Suicide-related behaviours in schizophrenia in China: a comprehensive meta-analysis - Dong M, Wang SB, Wang F, Zhang L, Ungvari GS, Ng CH, Meng X, Yuan Z, Wang G, Xiang YT.
The objective of this meta-analysis study was to estimate the pooled prevalence of suicide-related behaviours in schizophrenia patients in C... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the newly created position of All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). View the full posting for more information about the position. Check out the Summer 2017 edition of The MAReport! In this issue, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda talks about NNLM MAR’s ongoing partnership with the Delaware Medical Rese...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 29, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing—Dean on Thought Diversity / Specialty Leaders
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - September 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Current clinical variables in schizophrenia cases with suicide attempt history - Sa ğlam Aykut D, Civil Arslan F, Özkorumak Karagüzel E, Karakullukçu S, Tiryaki A.
OBJECTIVE: High suicide risk was shown to be related with depression and low quality of life in studies investigating clinical variables related to suicidal behavior. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a suicide attempt on clinical pre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Researchers identify intriguing link between sleep, cognition and schizophrenia
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) Many people with schizophrenia have trouble with learning and memory. A new study has found intriguing links between sleep, cognition and a compound called kynurenine. These links could illuminate the mechanism that causes cognitive problems among those with the disease, and could point the way to new treatments to reduce some of the disease's symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Schizophrenia risk gene plays key role in early brain development
New research shows that the schizophrenia risk gene ZNF804A influences brain structure and function during the early development of the fetus' brain. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Schizophrenia Source Type: news

Voices: Bringing My Own Kind of ‘ Madness ’ to the Office
I ’ ve been fired more times than I care to admit. Work and paranoid schizophrenia aren ’ t exactly a recipe for success. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ERICA CROMPTON Tags: Mental Health and Disorders Schizophrenia Labor and Jobs Paranoia Workplace Environment Source Type: news

Public poll finds severe mental illness is still misunderstood
Low awareness is leaving some without the right care Related items fromOnMedica Public wrongly thinks schizophrenia means a ‘split personality’ New tool aims to pinpoint most cost effective mental health strategies Tackling insomnia may be key to easing mental health issues Half of CCGs to cut mental health ’s budget share What makes an outstanding mental health trust? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Protecting cognition from antipsychotics
Inhibiting a mechanism that mediates cognitive deficits caused by antipsychotic drugs may improve clinical outcomes for schizophrenia patients. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - September 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ferrarelli, L. K. Tags: STKE Editors ' Choice Source Type: news

Allergan receives FDA ’s RTF letter for Vraylar sNDA to treat schizophrenia
Allergan ’s supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for Vraylar (cariprazine) to treat negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia in adult patients has received a Refusal to File (RTF) letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 25, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

10-Minute Tool Assesses Global Cognition in Schizophrenia 10-Minute Tool Assesses Global Cognition in Schizophrenia
An abbreviated cognitive battery, the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool for Schizophrenia (B-CATS), allows quick assessment of global cognition in patients with schizophrenia, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Discovered: Gene associated with schizophrenia risk regulates early brain development
(Penn State) A gene associated with the risk of schizophrenia regulates critical components of early brain development, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn State University. The gene is involved in the translation of proteins from RNA and in the proliferation and migration of neurons in the brain. Understanding the function of this gene -- described this month in journal Molecular Psychiatry -- could lead to more effective treatments for schizophrenia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Childhood trauma, depression, and sleep quality and their association with psychotic symptoms and suicidality in schizophrenia - Kilicaslan EE, Esen AT, Kasal MI, Ozelci E, Boysan M, Gulec M.
This study involved the examination of the relationship between childhood trauma and both psychotic symptoms and suicidality in patients with schizophrenia after controlling for the possible confounding factors, such as clinical features, depression, and s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Longevity Gap Continues to Widen for Schizophrenia Patients Longevity Gap Continues to Widen for Schizophrenia Patients
People with schizophrenia have not experienced the same increase in longevity as the general population that has occurred during the past 40 years.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Using MRI to Predict Response to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Schizophrenia Using MRI to Predict Response to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Schizophrenia
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Radiology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Specific Efforts May Aid Quality of Life for Schizophrenia Caregivers
Supportive interventions would cut affiliate stigma, enhance family - centered care (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 21, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

A piece of the puzzle: 8 autism-related mutations in 1 gene
(University of Southern California) Researchers discover a large number of clustered mutations in a single gene, TRIO, that disrupt the development of the brain's connections and likely contribute to the development of autism-spectrum disorders. The scientists also find that a sister gene linked to schizophrenia, KALRN, is inactive in early brain development, but becomes active in adolescence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Individuals with schizophrenia have three times higher risk of dying
A recent study found that people with schizophrenia are three times more likely to die and die at a younger age compared to the general population. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Schizophrenia linked to threefold increase in death risk
People with schizophrenia have lower life expectancy than the general population, likely due to inadequate healthcare access and lifestyle, say experts. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Schizophrenia Source Type: news

People with schizophrenia have threefold risk of dying
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) People with schizophrenia are three times more likely to die, and die younger, than the general population, indicating a need for solutions to narrow this gap, according to research published in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New study shows people with schizophrenia are dying younger
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) People with schizophrenia have a mortality rate that is three times greater each year than those without schizophrenia, and die on average, eight years earlier than people without schizophrenia according to a new Ontario study by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?
It doesn't mean you have a split personality or that you always become violent, a charity campaign says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - September 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Self-Stigma and Mental Health
I’ve been asked twice to talk about my personal experience dealing with depression, anxiety and the use of genetic testing for mental health treatment. I became aware of this new test during a medication management appointment. My practitioner, a psychiatric advanced practice nurse, is an expert with psychopharmacology, and very knowledgeable about the latest treatments for depression. After trial and error with many medications, we discussed pinpointing the best antidepressant for me, through genetic testing. My interviews were featured on “Innovations”, a TV series on the Discovery Channel (watch here),...
Source: Psych Central - September 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Vince G. Sparks Tags: Anxiety Depression Genetics Medications Motivation and Inspiration Personal Stories Self-Esteem Treatment Inheritance Mental Health self-compassion Stereotype Stigma Stigmatization Source Type: news

The Unique Features of Complex PTSD
“If we could somehow end child abuse and neglect, the eight hundred pages of DSM (and the need for the easier explanations such as DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis) would be shrunk to a pamphlet in two generations.” – John Briere The term Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) was first used in 1992. It originates in the observation that many of the symptoms exhibited by sufferers of PTSD are also found in those who experienced prolonged periods of abuse or neglect as children, including flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia and feelings of fear, often unrelated to any presen...
Source: Psych Central - September 15, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: PTSD Trauma Treatment C-PTSD Child Abuse childhood neglect complex posttraumatic stress disorder complex trauma Traumatic Experience Source Type: news

FDA Blesses First App to Treat Substance Abuse
FDA has given the thumbs up to reSET, a prescription digital therapeutic from Pear Therapeutics. The offering is now cleared for use as an adjuvant to standard outpatient therapy to treat patients with substance use disorder for stimulants, cannabis, cocaine, and alcohol. This the first FDA-cleared mobile medical application system for treating patients with substance use disorders. “This is a defining moment for digital therapeutics and for patients with substance use disorder,” Corey McCann, president and CEO of Pear Therapeutics, said in a company press release. “As the first FDA-cleared Prescription D...
Source: MDDI - September 15, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Marie Thibault Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

20 minute test determines attention and memory capacity in patients with schizophrenia
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) Researchers from the Universitat Aut ò noma de Barcelona, in collabroation with the University of Oviedo and the CIBERSAM, have designed a test which in only 20 minutes can examine short-term memory capacity, mental agility and organisational capacities in patients with schizophrenia. The test was published recently in Schizophrenia Research and forms part of a doctoral thesis presented at the Department of Psychiatry of the UAB. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

People with schizophrenia left out of longevity revolution
(University of California - San Diego) A team of researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have analyzed all eight published longitudinal studies of mortality in schizophrenia that met their strict research criteria and found that the mean standardized mortality ratio -- a measure of the mortality rate in schizophrenia -- has increased 37 percent from pre-1970s studies to post-1970s studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Brain Therapy Offers Promising Relief To People Who Hear Voices
People with schizophrenia sometimes suffer from disturbing auditory hallucinations. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Marijuana: Effects of teenage use may be reversible
New study identifies a brain mechanism altered by adolescent marijuana use and shows how to target it to eliminate schizophrenia-like symptoms in rats. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news