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Suicidal ideation link to suicide strong in schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Suicidal ideation link to suicide strong in schizophrenia spectrum disorders

The association between suicidal ideation and later suicide is much stronger in patients with schizophrenia spectrum psychosis than in those with mood disorders, show results of a systematic meta-analysis. [More]
‘Healthy living’ programme fails to lower BMI in overweight psychosis patients

‘Healthy living’ programme fails to lower BMI in overweight psychosis patients

A “healthy living” intervention focused on exercise and diet has failed to impact body mass index in overweight people with psychosis when evaluated in the setting of a randomised controlled trial. [More]

Cognitive therapy promising for patients who shun antipsychotics

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a promising option for patients with schizophrenia who refuse to take antipsychotics, show the findings of a pilot randomised trial. [More]
Treatment key to averting psychosis violence after prison release

Treatment key to averting psychosis violence after prison release

The risk for violence after the release of prisoners with sexual or violent offences is increased if they have untreated psychosis, a study shows. [More]
Released prisoners with schizophrenia three times more likely to be violent than other prisoners

Released prisoners with schizophrenia three times more likely to be violent than other prisoners

New research from Queen Mary University of London shows released prisoners with schizophrenia are three times more likely to be violent than other prisoners, but only if they receive no treatment or follow-up support from mental health services. [More]
Maternal obstetric problems linked to schizophrenia risk

Maternal obstetric problems linked to schizophrenia risk

Certain maternal pregnancy complications are associated with an increased risk for schizophrenia spectrum psychoses among individuals at high genetic risk for the condition, Finnish research shows. [More]
Kynurenic acid levels reduced in suicide attempters with schizophrenia

Kynurenic acid levels reduced in suicide attempters with schizophrenia

Cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of kynurenic acid are significantly lower in schizophrenia-spectrum patients with a history of suicide attempts than in those without, researchers report. [More]
SAMHSA honors contributors to mental health recovery at the 2009 Voice Awards

SAMHSA honors contributors to mental health recovery at the 2009 Voice Awards

Writers and producers from The Soloist, "Grey's Anatomy," "United States of Tara," "90210," and others were honored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for increasing awareness of mental health issues and the power of recovery at the 2009 Voice Awards last night. The event was hosted by Academy Award-winning actor and mental health consumer Richard Dreyfuss at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. [More]
Deregistered cancer doctor in denial about risking 6,770 lives

Deregistered cancer doctor in denial about risking 6,770 lives

A former Sydney skin cancer doctor who may have jeopardised the health of thousands of his former patients is apparently planning to appeal against his deregistration. [More]
Antipsychotic drugs dangerous for the elderly

Antipsychotic drugs dangerous for the elderly

A Canadian study has found that prescribing antipsychotic drugs for elderly people may be dangerous. [More]
Severely mentally ill have increased risk of death from coronary heart disease and stroke

Severely mentally ill have increased risk of death from coronary heart disease and stroke

A large British study indicates that individuals with severe mental illnesses are significantly more likely to die from coronary heart disease and stroke, but not cancer, than those without mental illnesses, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. [More]