Can brain with schizophrenia rust? Yes, new evidence explains how

These patients have higher levels of oxidative stress than healthy brains. Experts suspect excessive oxidation and chemical imbalance could be contributing to their condition

Can brain with schizophrenia rust? Yes, new evidence explains howThe same process that turns metal into rust is happening in the brains of people with schizophrenia, researchers have reported. Findings presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s (NCP) annual meeting suggest these patients have higher levels of “oxidative stress” than healthy brains or even people with another mental illness, bipolar disorder. According to a […]

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genes

Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 per cent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genesThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a “chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder” that affects 1.1 per cent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, […]

Know how to deal with déjà vu

Déjà vu is ‘already seen’ and refers to the feeling you get when you feel you have been somewhere before or done something already, that you really haven't, and you know this strong feeling is not warranted - that is, you are aware the feeling isn't true. Here, the experts tell you about how to get rid of the déja vu feeling

Know how to deal with déjà vuDéjà vu, the strong feeling that you have experienced a current situation, even though you haven’t experienced it before. As per experts, it is common and almost everybody experiences déjà vu at some point of time and they advice to get it treated if it is persistent.    Dr Avinash Desousa, co-founder of Desousa Foundation, explained, […]

This is why schizophrenics are often heavy smokers

Scientists says it may be able to explain why so many schizophrenics are heavy smokers — the addictive nicotine in cigarettes is boosting an area of their brains that becomes sluggish due to their illness

This is why schizophrenics are often heavy smokersWhen people with schizophrenia smoke, they might be self-medicating without even realizing it and future treatments for the mental illness may be modelled after cigarettes. An international team of scientists says it may be able to explain why so many schizophrenics are heavy smokers — the addictive nicotine in cigarettes is boosting an area of […]

Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggests

Researchers say new findings open the door to new schizophrenia treatments. For example, a drug could be administered to expectant mothers, whose offspring has a high risk of developing schizophrenia

Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggestsBy transforming skin cells from patients with schizophrenia into neuronal progenitor cells – cells that form neurons in early development – researchers identified an abnormal gene pathway called nuclear FGFR1 (nFGFR1) that impairs early brain development. Senior study author Michal K. Stachowiak, Ph.D., of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University […]

UK researchers develop avatar therapy to treat schizophrenia patients

In this study, run by King's College London and University College London, 75 patients who had continued to hear voices for more than a year, were given six sessions of avatar therapy while another 75 received the same amount of counselling

UK researchers develop avatar therapy to treat schizophrenia patientsPatients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead. Experts said the therapy could add an important new approach to treating schizophrenia hallucinations. The trial, on 150 people, is published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. It follows a much smaller pilot study in 2013. […]

20 years later, he still struggles with cannabis ‘hangover’

Consuming cannabis can be a bad idea as it can be dangerous. Most of those who consume cannabis or alcohol even once in their lifetime believe that it is of no harm. However, this 40-year-old from Mumbai, is battling with the side-effects of cannabis, in spite of consuming it only once, that too twenty years ago

20 years later, he still struggles with cannabis ‘hangover’Cannabis is infamous for its acute disease spreading properties such as cannabinoids. Acute anxiety, hallucinations, chest heaviness, schizophrenia and such ailments are known side-effects of consuming cannabis. Occasional drinkers or smokers generally use the excuse about how intermittent consumption could not have serious side-effects. But, contrary to this belief, a 40-year-old Mumbai man has been […]

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai man

His parents started noticing that he had become irritable, suspicious of people’s intentions, angrily picking up fights, gradually progressed to muttering to self, abusing, running out of the house , spending long hours in front of the mirror etc. That’s when the doctors realised he had schizophrenia, a side-effect in this case of ‘smoking pot’

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai manFor the 32-year-old, Jian Kapoor (name changed) smoking pot was a ‘fun’ with friends. Kapoor was working in a management firm and he would smoke the pot with his friends about a year back. He was becoming way too irritable and increasingly suspicious of everyone. His worried parents approached a city doctor for help. “His parents […]

Rare: Mumbai’s schizophrenic man diagnosed with paedophilia, undergoes treatment

Co-morbidity is nothing but basically the combining of two or more factors at one go, which at times could be one ailment followed by another. As for this 38-year-old Mumbai man, schizophrenia, an illness for which he was treated for more than 15 years now, is suffering from another ailment- paedophilia and he is under treatment for his condition

Rare: Mumbai’s schizophrenic man diagnosed with paedophilia, undergoes treatmentCo-morbid ailments are very difficult to heal. In a one-off case, now, a schizophrenic has been detected with another illness, paedophilia.  To the surprise of the doctors treating him, paedophilia is co-morbidity and not a manifestation of schizophrenia in this case. Schizophrenia is a difficult disease to handle. Paedophilia, for another is a very difficult […]

Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophrenia

Scientists believe a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy can help quell auditory verbal hallucination (AVH). TMS essentially calls for an electromagnetic coil to be placed against the scalp. The electromagnet delivers a pulse that stimulates nerve cells in a specific region of the brain that controls mood. It’s often used to treat depression

Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophreniaSay the word schizophrenia and what comes to mind? Most likely it’s an image of a person who hears voices — someone who is carrying on a conversation in a loud manner with themselves. In a clinic setting, the voices that patients hear are known as auditory verbal hallucination (AVH). It’s just one in a […]
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