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Psychosis means abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality". People suffering from psychosis are said to be ''psychotic.''
Automated speech analysis program correctly identifies young people at risk for psychosis

Automated speech analysis program correctly identifies young people at risk for psychosis

An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center found that the computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings. [More]
Psychological disorders in COPD patients predict early hospital readmission

Psychological disorders in COPD patients predict early hospital readmission

Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that people with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, or alcohol/drug abuse are more likely to be readmitted early into a hospital for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [More]
Ion channel blockers prove useful in cancer therapy

Ion channel blockers prove useful in cancer therapy

Drugs called ion channel blockers, which are commonly used to treat cardiac, neurological, and psychiatric disorders, might prove useful in cancer therapy, according to research findings in fruit flies and mice by UC San Francisco scientists that led to unconventional treatment of a case of metastatic brain cancer. [More]
Study opens up new avenues for researchers to explore treatment for childhood-onset schizophrenia

Study opens up new avenues for researchers to explore treatment for childhood-onset schizophrenia

Fundamental differences between how the brain forms during adolescence have been discovered in children with schizophrenia and their siblings, a new study shows. The study opens up new avenues for researchers to explore when developing treatment for the illness, which can be hugely debilitating for children. [More]
Discovery could pave way for new drugs to treat people with memory problems

Discovery could pave way for new drugs to treat people with memory problems

A team of scientists believe they have shown that memories are more robust than we thought and have identified the process in the brain, which could help rescue lost memories or bury bad memories, and pave the way for new drugs and treatment for people with memory problems. [More]
Endocrine Society recommends removal of tumor as first-line treatment for endogenous Cushing's syndrome

Endocrine Society recommends removal of tumor as first-line treatment for endogenous Cushing's syndrome

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for treating Cushing's syndrome, a condition caused by overexposure to the hormone cortisol. [More]
Possible link discovered between common medications and falls in older men

Possible link discovered between common medications and falls in older men

Serious falls are more than twice as likely in older men who take medicines with anti-cholinergic properties - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. [More]
Study suggests potential way to predict autism or psychosis risk in children with genetic abnormality

Study suggests potential way to predict autism or psychosis risk in children with genetic abnormality

Doctors and researchers have long known that children who are missing about 60 genes on a certain chromosome are at a significantly elevated risk for developing either a disorder on the autism spectrum or psychosis — that is, any mental disorder characterized by delusions and hallucinations, including schizophrenia. But there has been no way to predict which child with the abnormality might be at risk for which disorder. [More]
Men more likely to suffer from cannabis psychosis compared to women

Men more likely to suffer from cannabis psychosis compared to women

New research by health scientists at the University of York has revealed that a greater proportion of men than women suffer from cannabis psychosis. [More]
Does smoking increase the risk of developing psychosis?

Does smoking increase the risk of developing psychosis?

Research conducted at King’s College London and reported in Lancet Psychiatry today indicates that smoking is associated with an increased risk of developing psychosis; a mental health disorder that disrupts normal processing by the brain causing delusion and hallucination. [More]
Use of antipsychotic drugs more common in boys than girls, research shows

Use of antipsychotic drugs more common in boys than girls, research shows

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. [More]
FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was recently awarded a $2.1 million, two-year contract by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. to conduct a study to examine the effectiveness of an injectable long-acting antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia and its impact on 30-day hospital readmission rates. [More]
Health Canada informs Canadians that eight unauthorized health products were seized from Better Bodies Supplements

Health Canada informs Canadians that eight unauthorized health products were seized from Better Bodies Supplements

Health Canada is informing Canadians that eight unauthorized health products (listed in the table below) were seized from Better Bodies Supplements, 118 Main Street North, in Airdrie, Alta. [More]
New depression treatment from Magstim to be exhibited at Royal College of Psychiatry International Congress 2015

New depression treatment from Magstim to be exhibited at Royal College of Psychiatry International Congress 2015

The Magstim Company Ltd, an innovative and award winning Wales-based medical device manufacturer, will be showing its Magstim Rapid2 Therapy System at the Royal College of Psychiatry International Congress 2015 in Birmingham, UK, 29th June-2nd July. [More]
Scientists make breakthrough in schizophrenia research

Scientists make breakthrough in schizophrenia research

An international team of scientists led by Cardiff University researchers has provided the strongest evidence yet of what causes schizophrenia - a condition that affects around 1% of the global population. [More]
Childhood trauma increases vulnerability to different health problems in later life

Childhood trauma increases vulnerability to different health problems in later life

Long-term changes in immune function caused by childhood trauma could explain increased vulnerability to a range of health problems in later life, according to new research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London and the NIHR Maudsley BRC. [More]

Hallucinations, delusions more frequent in general population

Hallucinations and delusions in the general population are more common than previously thought. An international study led by The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School found that hearing voices and seeing things others cannot impacts about five per cent of the general population at some point in their lives. [More]
Researchers find way to prevent, reduce or delay cannabis use amongst at-risk youth

Researchers find way to prevent, reduce or delay cannabis use amongst at-risk youth

Responding to rapidly shifting legal and cultural environments, researchers at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Children's Hospital have found a way to prevent, reduce or delay cannabis use amongst some at-risk youth. Cannabis users are at risk of neurocognitive deficits, reduced educational and occupational attainment, motor vehicle accidents, exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms, and precipitation of psychosis. [More]
Aptensio XR once-daily treatment for ADHD to be available in Summer 2015

Aptensio XR once-daily treatment for ADHD to be available in Summer 2015

Today, Rhodes Pharmaceuticals L.P. announced that Aptensio XR, a once-daily central nervous system stimulant indicated for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will be available to patients beginning Summer 2015. [More]
HQO report shows variations across Ontario's long-term care homes regarding antipsychotic drug use

HQO report shows variations across Ontario's long-term care homes regarding antipsychotic drug use

There are major differences across Ontario's long-term care homes in the percentage of residents who are being prescribed antipsychotic medications, according to Looking for Balance, a report from Health Quality Ontario, the provincial advisor on health care quality. [More]
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