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A delusion, in everyday language, is a fixed belief that is either false, fanciful, or derived from deception. Psychiatry defines the term more specifically as a belief that is pathological (the result of an illness or illness process). As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, apperception, illusion, or other effects of perception.
Metacognitive training benefits accumulate over time for schizophrenia patients

Metacognitive training benefits accumulate over time for schizophrenia patients

The benefits of metacognitive training to target cognitive biases persist for at least 3 years, with late additional benefits appearing more than 6 months after the intervention, shows research. [More]
Viewpoints: 'Triage' at the VA; GOP can't 'fix' health law; mental health problems in LA jail

Viewpoints: 'Triage' at the VA; GOP can't 'fix' health law; mental health problems in LA jail

Washington's attention span on the Veterans Affairs scandal seems to be expiring. Though 42 of the VA's 152 major campuses (27%) are still under investigation for falsifying wait-time records, the Senate is converging on a bipartisan deal that claims to solve the problem. [More]
Study defines specific genetic mechanism that explains some of schizophrenia's heritability

Study defines specific genetic mechanism that explains some of schizophrenia's heritability

The overall number and nature of mutations—rather than the presence of any single mutation—influences an individual's risk of developing schizophrenia, as well as its severity, according to a discovery by Columbia University Medical Center researchers published in the latest issue of Neuron. [More]

Hallucinations common suicide motive in schizophrenia patients

Hallucinations and/or delusions appear to be a common factor prompting patients with schizophrenia to attempt suicide, say researchers. [More]
Lack of insight linked to disengagement with CBT for psychosis

Lack of insight linked to disengagement with CBT for psychosis

Lack of insight, poor social functioning and negative symptoms help to predict which patients will drop out of cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis, say researchers. [More]
Researchers find mechanism for spatial self-awareness that combines visual cues with body motion

Researchers find mechanism for spatial self-awareness that combines visual cues with body motion

​Your brain's ability to instantly link what you see with what you do is down to a dedicated information 'highway', suggests new UCL-led research. [More]
Dreams and delusions are associated with faulty "reality testing", shows research

Dreams and delusions are associated with faulty "reality testing", shows research

New research from the University of Adelaide has delved into the reasons why some people are unable to break free of their delusions, despite overwhelming evidence explaining the delusion isn't real. [More]
Heritable bipolar phenotypes pinned down

Heritable bipolar phenotypes pinned down

A large study has pinpointed brain and behavioural traits that are genetically influenced and associated with bipolar I disorder. [More]
Metacognitive training complements antipsychotic therapy

Metacognitive training complements antipsychotic therapy

Metacognitive training may benefit patients with schizophrenia who only partially respond to antipsychotic treatment, study findings show. [More]
Methylation changes related to immune function can moderate symptoms in schizophrenia patients

Methylation changes related to immune function can moderate symptoms in schizophrenia patients

A study in Schizophrenia Bulletin is among the first to indicate epigenetic changes related to immune function in schizophrenia. DNA methylation, a process involving the addition of a methyl group to the DNA without changing its sequence, can alter gene expression. [More]
Viewpoints: Fighting to a draw on Medicare; A coming era of austerity

Viewpoints: Fighting to a draw on Medicare; A coming era of austerity

Since Nov. 6, Republicans have, for perfectly understandable reasons, expressed their deep disappointment with the election results. But even in defeat something significant and positive occurred: Republicans fought Democrats to a draw on the issue of Medicare. [More]
Viewpoints: Voters want Medicare protected in 'grand bargain;' Increases in taxes can't cover the 'fiscal cliff'; Kids' health needs more attention

Viewpoints: Voters want Medicare protected in 'grand bargain;' Increases in taxes can't cover the 'fiscal cliff'; Kids' health needs more attention

As the ranking member on the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, let me simply state the hard truth. To avoid the fiscal cliff and to get our budget deficit and the national debt under control, we need to do three things simultaneously: cut spending, increase revenue and have the courage to put everything on the table in a responsible, bipartisan manner. [More]
Schizophrenia and the immune system: an interview with Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert

Schizophrenia and the immune system: an interview with Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert

Schizophrenia is the most disabling disease impacting youth today. It impacts 1% of the total population and typically causes withdrawal from society, loss in IQ, disordered thought and speech, hallucinations and delusions. [More]
Treatment of Schizophrenia receives notice of intention to grant a European patent

Treatment of Schizophrenia receives notice of intention to grant a European patent

BioLineRx (NASDAQ:BLRX)(TASE:BLRX), a biopharmaceutical development company, announced today that it has received from the European Patent Office a notice of intention to grant a European patent claiming the salt of BL-1020, a first-in-class orally available treatment for schizophrenia. [More]
State roundup: Mass. seeks to improve medical malpractice system; Health exchange legislation progresses in Ala.

State roundup: Mass. seeks to improve medical malpractice system; Health exchange legislation progresses in Ala.

Seven Massachusetts hospitals plan to offer patients harmed by medical errors a prompt apology and financial settlements before they resort to lawsuits, part of a major new initiative to improve the state's cumbersome medical malpractice system. A coalition of physician, hospital, and patient groups planned to release details Wednesday of the initiative, called "Road Map to Reform,"' which they predict will increase reporting of medical mistakes and cut down on lengthy litigation that drives up health care costs and fuels distrust between caregivers and patients. [More]

NPR: What boomers think about health and retirement

Most baby boomers say they're planning on an active and healthy retirement, according to a new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. And, in a switch from earlier years, more than two-thirds recognize the threat of long-term care expenses to their financial futures. [More]
First Edition: September 28, 2011

First Edition: September 28, 2011

Today's headlines include reports about the costs of employer insurance plans and the final installment of KHN's "Building Ambitions" series about children's hospitals. [More]
Imaginary bugs flummox dermatologists

Imaginary bugs flummox dermatologists

It is known that some people have the “delusional bug syndrome” and are convinced that bugs, worms, germs, or other creepy crawlers are infesting their skin and often see skin doctor after skin doctor to find out what is causing the infestation. Often, patients bring in samples of the insect and request a skin biopsy. [More]
Apple juice calms declining moods that are part of normal progression of AD: AJADD study

Apple juice calms declining moods that are part of normal progression of AD: AJADD study

Apple juice can be a useful supplement for calming the declining moods that are part of the normal progression of moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's Disease, according to a study in American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, published by SAGE. [More]
CancerForward: The Foundation for Cancer Survivors launched

CancerForward: The Foundation for Cancer Survivors launched

The numbers are stark. An astounding three out of every four U.S. families include one family member diagnosed with cancer. Worldwide, 28 million people - more than 12 million people in the U.S. alone - are now living with cancer. While the survivor population continues to grow, few public resources exist to promote the exchange of education and experiential information among survivors. [More]