Psychology & Psychiatry

Scientists zeroing in on psychosis risk factors

During the first phase of a major national study, scientists have uncovered a new cluster of preclinical symptoms linked to a significant increase in the risk that a young person will go on to develop a psychotic illness, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

'Schizophrenia' does not exist, argues expert

The term "schizophrenia," with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like "psychosis spectrum syndrome," argues a professor of psychiatry in The BMJ today.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Schizophrenia does not increase risk of violent crime

In the debate surrounding violent crimes referred to as "acts of madness" or the like, it is often assumed that the violence is a direct result of the perpetrator's mental illness. Previous research suggests that people with ...

Medical research

Flow of potassium into cells implicated in schizophrenia

A study on schizophrenia has implicated machinery that maintains the flow of potassium in cells and revealed a potential molecular target for new treatments. Expression of a previously unknown form of a key such potassium ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Substance abuse, schizophrenia and risk of violence

A study published this week in the open access journal PLoS Medicine demonstrates that there is an association between schizophrenia and violence, but shows that this association is greatly increased by drug and alcohol abuse. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Can smoking drive you mad? Study suggests it might

People who suffer from psychosis are about three times more likely to be smokers, but scientists have long scratched their heads over which one leads to the other.

Psychology & Psychiatry

What proportion of psychotic illness is due to cannabis?

In this week's PLoS Medicine, a team of researchers from Australia and the US, led by Louisa Degenhardt at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, makes the case for estimating the role that cannabis has worldwide as a ...

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