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By On October 25th, 2013

Researchers Confirm Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are Heritable

Both Tourette syndrome (TS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have been well known mental health issues for a long time, but little is understood about what causes the diseases. They have been long been identified solely upon symptoms exhibited by patients, but researchers are finally beginning to understand the nature of these mental illnesses. An international…

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By On July 23rd, 2013

Research Shows Racial Disparities in Mental Health Care

A new study published in Health Services Research suggests that African-Americans and Latinos receive less adequate mental health care than white citizens receive. “We found that Blacks and Latinos [remain] in care, including using outpatient services and filling psychotropic drugs, for a shorter time than whites,” said lead study author, Benjamin Le Cook, Ph.D. M.P.H.,…

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By On June 11th, 2013

Schizophrenia Patients Treated With Computer Games

In another treatment step beyond conventional and traditional boundaries, a research psychologist was recently given an award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for his work using computer games to help treat forensic psychiatry patients. As reported by News-Medical, Dr. Anthony O. Ahmed found that his patients with schizophrenia “have deficits in some neurocognitive areas…

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By On March 25th, 2013

Schizophrenia Could Stem From Viral Infection

The results of a recent study in Denmark suggest that viruses can interact with genes in a way that increases an individual’s risk for schizophrenia. News Medical reports the researchers looked specifically at the cytomegalovirus, which is part of the herpes family and has affected between 50 and 80 percent of the U.S. Their findings…

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By On January 1st, 2013

A Quicker Treatment For Stroke Victims

A vital step in treating stroke victims is injecting thrombolysis. Unfortunately, for the average patient, it takes about 90-minutes from emergency call to administering the shot. A pilot trial of injecting thrombolysis in the ambulance can reduce that time by about a third, however. As Eleanore McDermid of News-Medical reports, ambulances would not only need…

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By On November 2nd, 2012

Schizophrenia Diagnosed Through Eye Movement

A new way to diagnose schizophrenia is more than 98-percent accurate and uses eye movement tests. As reported at News-Medical, the model was created by researchers of a new paper in Biological Psychiatry. They combined the eye tests with algorithms to make their diagnoses. The link between eye movement and psychotic illnesses has been well…

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By On October 22nd, 2012

Parkinson’s Induced Dementia Delayed By Blood Pressure Treatment

For those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, the key to slowing their cognitive decline could be as simple as treating their blood pressure. Neurocirculatory abnormalities are to blame for the cognitive dysfunction associated with PD and doctors think that treating these abnormalities could slow the decline. The Catholic University of Korea recently performed comprehensive tests on…

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