Posts Tagged ‘Schizophrenia’

Sugary drinks may have negative impact on brain

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Sugary drinks may have a negative impact on the brain, a new study has revealed.

According to the study conducted on rats, apart from weight gain, sugar-sweetened drinks might also lead to changes in the brain that have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia, the Washington Post reported.

The research on how sugary drinks affect proteins in the brain showed that 20 per cent of the proteins produced in a brain region related to decision-making were different in rats that drank sugary drinks from those of rats that had been given water.

Jane Franklin of the behavioral neuropharmacology lab at Macquarie University, who carried out the new analysis with Jennifer Cornish, found that the rats which were given the sugary drink were significantly more hyperactive, which is a physical sign that something unusual is happening in the brain.

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Lack of sleep linked to mental disorders

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Sleepless nights could lead to serious mental health problems like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, a new research has claimed.

The study, conducted by Oxford University, has found that circuits in the brain are shared by mechanisms that control sleep and mental health, and therefore if your sleep is disrupted, your mental health could be too, the Daily Express reported.

Professor Russell Foster told the publication that the appalling sleep-wake cycle in schizophrenia is independent of medication and social constraints and is something fundamentally wrong with the body clock of patients with the disease.

The research also identified a genetic mutation that triggers schizophrenia-like symptoms in mice, which also appears to disrupt their body clocks.

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Aerobics helps fighting depression: Dr. Dayal Mirchandani

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Dr Dayal Mirchandani is psychiatrist in Mumbai with a special interest in behavioural medicine and treatment of psychological disorders. He strongly believes in a participatory or cooperative model of health care that encourages and expects active involvement by all patients, family, doctors.

Dr Mirchandani has been in private practice since 1981 and is actively involved in training psychotherapists and doctors in the use of mind-body therapy techniques for healing: psychological, psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders.He has been actively involved in training therapists and other healing professionals in the behavioural sciences also.

Dr Dayal Mirchandani answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

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Schizophrenia associated with social inequality

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Schizophrenia is more common in urban neighbourhoods with increased deprivation, population density and inequality, according to a new study.

Dr James Kirkbride, lead author of the study from the University of Cambridge, said, “Although we already know that schizophrenia tends to be elevated in more urban communities, it was unclear why. Our research suggests that more densely populated, more deprived and less equal communities experience higher rates of schizophrenia and other similar disorders. This is important because other research has shown that many health and social outcomes also tend to be optimal when societies are more equal.”

The scientists used data from a large population-based incidence study (the East London first-episode psychosis study directed by Professor Jeremy Coid at the East London NHS Foundation Trust and Queen Mary, University of London) conducted in three neighbouring inner city, ethnically diverse boroughs in East London: City & Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets.

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Health news: Antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

An antibiotic prescribed to teenagers for acne is to be tested as a treatment to alleviate the symptoms of psychosis in patients with schizophrenia, The Independent reported.

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Yoga effective in treating psychiatric disorders

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Yoga, whose all-round benefits are increasingly being accepted across the world, has now been found useful in treating mental and psychiatric disorders, a number of scientific studies have found.

`Some believe that yoga should be used only for prevention and health promotion and not as a therapy for illnesses,` said B.N. Gangadhar, who heads the psychiatry department at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) here.

`The reality is that it is being increasingly used as a method for treating various disorders, either alone or as in addition to other therapies, including psychiatric ones,` Gangadhar, also director, Advanced Centre for Yoga at NIMHANS said.

A study co-authored by Gangadhar and three associates examined the effect of yoga as a therapy supplementing medical treatment of schizophrenia, a severe mental condition, which registers failure rates as high as 50 to 60 percent. The condition is ranked as the ninth leading cause of mental disability worldwide.

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Health news of the day: Cancer drugs helps treat schizophrenia

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

A cancer drug MS-275 gives us a better understanding of the changes that occur in the brain during the onset of schizophrenia and actually alleviates the symptoms associated with the disease.

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Manage Schizophrenia Naturally

Monday, April 25th, 2011

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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by disintegration of thought processes and of emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and are accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.

The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood. People with schizophrenia are likely to have additional conditions, including major depression and anxiety disorders.

A person diagnosed with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations (hearing voices), delusions and disorganized thinking and speech. The latter may range from loss of train of thought, to sentences only loosely connected in meaning, to incoherence known as word salad in severe cases.

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Adequate Vitamin D dosage prevents schizophrenia

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Newborn babies with low levels of Vitamin D face double the risk of schizophrenia later in life.

A study conducted by the Queensland University Brain Institute confirmed that those with low Vitamin D had a two-fold increased risk of developing the disorder.

Schizophrenia is a poorly understood group of brain disorders that is usually present in young adults. Symptoms include hearing voices and delusions.

The Queensland research team used tiny samples of blood taken as part of routine screening from newborn babies in Denmark, reports the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

Also see: How much vitamin D do you actually need?

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