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Early Intervention Aids Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia, a chronic and complex mental illness, is difficult to treat. But catching the disease in its early stages, before it damages patients’ lives, could be a key strategy.
Risperdal (risperidone) and Risperidone Recall
Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals notified healthcare professionals and the public of a recall of specific lots of Risperdal ( risperidone ) 3mg tablets and risperidone 2mg tablets.
Medication Errors Resulting From Name Confusion
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public to medication error reports in which patients were given risperidone ( Risperdal ) instead of ropinirole ( Requip ) and vice versa. In some cases, patients who took the wrong medication needed to be hospitalized.
New Wave in Predicting Serious Mental Illness
Schizophrenia is one of the most complex and serious mental illnesses, and scientists have been working on ways to predict who might be at risk for developing this disease. They're making progress.
Mad Science
It's mad science. Researchers have found a way to program computers so they can't forget fast enough and begin to show signs of a kind of virtual schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia Treatment Being Revolutionized
Researchers are opening the door to being able to offer personalized treatment to people suffering from serious mental health disorders.
Violence: Side Effect of Perscription Drugs
Illegal street drugs are not the only drugs associated with violent behavior.  Various prescription drugs have been linked to violent outbursts, even homicide, by mental health patients.
Susceptibility Factor To Schizophrenia
Diagnosing schizophrenia has been difficult. A previously unidentified gene has been discovered that could lead to diagnosis prior to the onset of symptoms and could help patients and parents know if they are susceptible to this disease.
FDA Approves Drug for Schizophrenia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Invega to be prescribed to children. Invega is an anti-psychotic time release tablet that helps treat schizophrenia. Until now, Invega was only FDA approved to be prescribed to adults.
Violence and Bipolar Disease
Previous research argued that patients with bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive disorder, are more likely to be violent. Is this increased violence due to the bipolar disorder alone, or caused by other aspects of the individual's behavior?