“…recent studies have shown that genes linked to mental illness are also involved in the generation of circadian rhythms and sleep, while some clock genes have also been shown to influence the development of certain specific mental illnesses. This new insight of common and overlapping mechanisms is not only telling us much about the biology of these processes, but is also informing the development of new treatments for these severely debilitating conditions.”
‘Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness’
“…research, published online in advance of the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, involved 30 patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia who were divided into two groups: one that received famotidine and one that received placebo. Patients receiving the daily dose of famotidine reported decreased symptoms after a week. After a month, the symptoms had decreased by a statistically significant amount.
“Patients receiving placebo reported no change in symptoms”
‘Antihistamine Decreases Schizophrenia Symptoms’
“The human nose may hold the key to diagnosing schizophrenia, according to a team of US-Israeli researchers. They say that biological markers for the disease exist in nerve cells from the upper nasal cavity near the brain, a discovery that could lead to biological diagnosis for schizophrenia and the development of drugs to treat it.”
‘Sniffing out schizophrenia using nose cell samples’
“The [photo] series sheds light on individuals who face these problems every day. It also presents the question of what the true definition of “normal” is and whose right is it to claim theirs as universal. [John William] Keedy asks, “Is it possible for a society to have a commonly held idea of what is normal, when few individuals in that society actually meet the criteria for normalcy?””
‘Photographer Reveals the Darkness of Mental Illness with Picture Series’
“There is mounting evidence linking the toxoplasma parasite to changes in mood or personality even though the infectious agent is widely believed to be completely harmless in more than 80 per cent of infected people.
“A number of studies published in recent years have suggested that toxoplasma infection increases the chances of someone developing serious psychological disturbances, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”
‘Toxoplasma’s links to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and increased risk taking’
“…is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war. “
‘Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?
…and now, bask in the idiocy that is Jenny McCarthy:
“Jenny McCarthy is well-known for her thoroughly debunked anti-vaccination claims. She also once claimed she was an “indigo” and her son was a “crystal” child. Those two beliefs may be connected.”
‘Do Jenny McCarthy’s antivax views stem from the indigo child movement?’
“Several news outlets… are reviewing the [recent] measles outbreak in Wales [and in Ottawa, Canada], citing public health experts who lay the blame for the burst in cases squarely at the feet of Andrew Wakefield’s bogus MMR vaccine scare in 1998 and the subsequent media coverage.
“…[In Wales it] left 1219 people infected with measles and one in ten hospitalized. Most were hospitalized with pneumonia or dehydration, and most fell into the age range of children who should have been vaccinated around the time of the Wakefield scare.”
‘The Price Of The Autism-Measles Panic, 15 Years Later’
Sounds like progress, however halting. Hope you’ve been well. It’s been a while.
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