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Mental Health – Schizophrenia

NAC Amino Acid Offers a Potential Therapeutic Alternative in Psychiatric Disorders

Posted October 8, 2013

Improved understanding of the roles of inflammation and oxidative stress in psychiatric disorders has generated new leads in the search for novel therapies. One such investigative compound currently in clinical trials is an amino acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), which appears to reduce the core symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, autism and cravings in addictions including cocaine, cannabis abuse and cigarette smoking.

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Effects of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation on Stress, Mild Psychiatric Symptoms and Mood

Posted May 21, 2013

In a meta-analysis of 8 randomized, placebo-controlled studies examining the effects of multivitamin/mineral supplementation for at least 28 days on stress, mild psychiatric symptoms, and mood in the general population, supplementation was found to be associated with reductions in perceived stress (standard mean difference=0.35), anxiety (SMD=0.32), confusion (SMD=0.225), and fatigue (SMD=0.27), but not depression (SMD=0.20).

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Nutrient- and non-nutrient-based natural health product (NHP) use in adults with mood disorders: prevalence, characteristics and potential for exposure to adverse events

Posted April 9, 2013

To address knowledge gaps regarding natural health product (NHP) usage in mental health populations, we examined their use in adults with mood disorders, and explored the potential for adverse events.

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Folate and Vitamin B12 Reduce Disabling Schizophrenia Symptoms in Some Patients

Posted March 7, 2013

Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients. The study focused on negative symptoms of schizophrenia – which include apathy, social withdrawal, and a lack of emotional expressiveness.

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Choline Supplementation During Pregnancy May Help Schizophrenia Prevention

Posted January 16, 2013

The study breaks new ground both in its potentially therapeutic findings and in its strategy to target markers of schizophrenia long before the illness itself actually appears. Choline is also being studied for potential benefits in liver disease, including chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, depression, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and certain types of seizures.

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Acupuncture in the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia

Posted May 19, 2011

In an exploratory study involving 11 patients with schizophrenia, treatment with acupuncture over a period of 10 weeks was found to yield beneficial effects, including: improvements in symptoms of schizophrenia, reduction in side effects of medications, improvements in energy, motivation, sleep, addictions, and other associated physical problems, as reported by the subjects.

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L-lysine may help schizophrenia sufferers cope

Posted April 24, 2011

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that currently affects about one in every 200 people. Most patients find some relief from their symptoms by treatment with antipsychotics, however they may still suffer from cognitive and negative symptoms. These include poor concentration and memory, apathy, or a reduced ability to cope in social situations. Preliminary research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine shows that patients who received L-lysine alongside their normal medication found some reduction in the severity of their symptoms.

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Natural help for schizophrenia

Posted November 3, 2010

Schizophrenia is a severe psychiatric illness which affects at least 2 per 1000 of the world population (1-year prevalence). It is characterized by disturbances in speech, perception, cognition, volition and emotions. Relative to its prevalence it contributes a disproportionately large amount to the total disease burden attributable to mental illnesses.

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Low pre-natal vitamin D doubles schizophrenia risk

Posted September 8, 2010

Newborn babies with low levels of vitamin D have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia later in life, researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute have found.

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Molecular link between diabetes and schizophrenia connects food and mood

Posted June 12, 2010

Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have discovered a molecular link between impaired insulin signaling in the brain and schizophrenia-like behaviors in mice. The findings, reported June 8 in PLoS Biology, offer a new perspective on the psychiatric and cognitive disorders that affect patients with diabetes and suggest new strategies for treating these conditions.

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