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Estrogen helps ease schizophrenia

From the archives of The Times of India: 2008

Adding estrogen to routine medication helped reduce the number of psychotic symptoms in women with schizophrenia, researchers said. Women given an estrogen patch in addition to their other drugs had fewer delusions and hallucinations than those who got a placebo, they said. “Estrogen treatment is a promising new area for future treatment of schizophrenia and potentially for other severe mental illnesses,” Jayashri Kulkarni of The Alfred and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and colleagues wrote in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. During the study, the researchers found that women given estradiol, , a form of estrogen, had more improvement in their psychotic symptoms compared with the group that got a placebo.

Schizophrenia linked to poor grades

From the archives of “The Times of India” :2008

Researchers in Europe have found that a lack of diligence and attention at school could well be early signs of schizophrenia. According to them, poor attendance and engagement with education, memory, attention problems, issues with creativity, organisation, diligence and social skills all play a part. In their study, the researchers from King’s College in London and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden tracked more than 900,000 kids born between 1973 and 1983 before reaching the conclusion. The researchers found those with the poorest school performance overall had four times that risk of developing schizophrenia when they were adults. However, lead researcher Dr James MacCabe of Imperial College said, "School performance shouldn't be seen simply as a proxy for intelligence. Doing badly at school is not a cause of schizophrenia, but it is a marker for something not being quite right several years prior to diagnosis.

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