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First-episode schizophrenia

Evangelos Vassos, Marta Di Forti, Jonathan Coleman, Conrad Iyegbe, Diana Prata, Jack Euesden, Paul O'Reilly, Charles Curtis, Anna Kolliakou, Hamel Patel, Stephen Newhouse, Matthew Traylor, Olesya Ajnakina, Valeria Mondelli, Tiago Reis Marques, Poonam Gardner-Sood, Katherine J Aitchison, John Powell, Zerrin Atakan, Kathryn E Greenwood, Shubulade Smith, Khalida Ismail, Carmine Pariante, Fiona Gaughran, Paola Dazzan, Hugh S Markus, Anthony S David, Cathryn M Lewis, Robin M Murray, Gerome Breen
BACKGROUND: Polygenic risk scores (PRSs) have successfully summarized genome-wide effects of genetic variants in schizophrenia with significant predictive power. In a clinical sample of first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients, we estimated the ability of PRSs to discriminate case-control status and to predict the development of schizophrenia as opposed to other psychoses. METHODS: The sample (445 case and 265 control subjects) was genotyped on the Illumina HumanCore Exome BeadChip with an additional 828 control subjects of African ancestry genotyped on the Illumina Multi-Ethnic Genotyping Array...
August 6, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
Petros Petrikis, Vassiliki A Boumba, Alexandros T Tzallas, Paraskevi V Voulgari, Dimitra T Archimandriti, Petros Skapinakis, Venetsanos Mavreas
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) plays an important role in neurogenesis and synaptogenesis and may be implicated in schizophrenia, although data so far have been inconclusive. The aim of our study was to compare levels of IGF-1 in drug-naïve patients with a first episode of schizophrenia and related disorders with matched healthy controls. Forty drug naïve first-episode patients with schizophrenia and related disorders and forty healthy subjects matched for age, gender, body mass index (BMI) and smoking status were enrolled in the study...
September 28, 2016: Psychiatry Research
J Soler, P Ferentinos, C Prats, S Miret, M Giralt, V Peralta, L Fañanás, M Fatjó-Vilas
INTRODUCTION: This study explored schizotypy as a familial liability marker for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (SSD) by examining: 1) the aggregation of schizotypy in families with a SSD patient, 2) whether familial resemblance of schizotypy is associated with ridge dissociations (RD), another SSD liability marker, 3) whether schizotypy aggregation patterns influence patients' psychopathology. METHODS: The sample comprised 30 SSD patients and 82 healthy first-degree relatives...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Gianna Sepede, Giuseppe Di Iorio, Maria Chiara Spano, Marco Lorusso, Fabiola Sarchione, Rita Santacroce, Rosa Maria Salerno, Massimo Di Giannantonio
BACKGROUND: Treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS) is a condition characterized by intense symptom severity and poor response to different antipsychotic agents. The first therapeutic option in TRS is clozapine, but often high/medium doses are not tolerated. Adding an oral antipsychotic to low doses of clozapine is a promising strategy in the management of TRS. On the contrary, there are few data on combined clozapine/long-acting injectable (LAI) medications, and none on clozapine/LAI-aripiprazole...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Neuropharmacology
J Zhao, Y Zhang, Y Y Chao, J Ma, Y F Yang, J Y Zhao, Y H Du, W W Li, X Q Song, L X Lü
Objective: To study the impairments of cognitive function in first-episode schizophrenia and the potential effectiveness of risperidone and olanzapine monotherapy on first-episode schizophrenia. Methods: A total of 57 first-episode schizophrenia and 30 healthy controls were assessed at baseline, and patients were assessed again after 8-week antipsychotics therapy. Results: The positive and negative symptom scale (PANSS) reductive ratio between the two groups was similar. At baseline, the performance of schizophrenia patients was significant poor than healthy controls in the four domains of cognitive function (P<0...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Kim T Mueser, Min Kim, Jean Addington, Susan R McGurk, Sarah I Pratt, Donald E Addington
The Quality of Life Scale (QLS) is a frequently used semistructured interview for the assessment of functional outcomes in schizophrenia. Despite the use of the QLS for over 30years, the original 4-factor structure of the instrument (Interpersonal Relations, Instrumental Role, Intrapsychic Foundations, and Common Objects and Activities) has not been rigorously examined. Exploratory factor analyses (EFAs) and confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) were used to evaluate the factor structure of the QLS in two independent datasets, including a mixed diagnostic sample of multi-episode participants (N=247), and a sample of individuals with a first episode of psychosis (N=337)...
October 15, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Joachim Cordes, Andreas Bechdolf, Christina Engelke, Kai G Kahl, Chakrapani Balijepalli, Christian Lösch, Joachim Klosterkötter, Michael Wagner, Wolfgang Maier, Andreas Heinz, Walter de Millas, Wolfgang Gaebel, Georg Winterer, Birgit Janssen, Christian Schmidt-Kraepelin, Frank Schneider, Martin Lambert, Georg Juckel, Thomas Wobrock, Michael Riedel, Susanne Moebus
Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) is one of the most common factors underlying the high rate of mortality observed in patients with schizophrenia. Recent research on this topic revealed that many of the patients studied were, in fact, in a medicated state. As such, it is unclear whether MetS is causally associated with the disorder itself or the medication used to treat it. In this study, patients with a clinically high risk of expressing first episode psychosis (CHR) were examined regarding the prevalence of MetS...
October 14, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Huai-Hsuan Tseng, Jonathan P Roiser, Gemma Modinos, Irina Falkenberg, Carly Samson, Philip McGuire, Paul Allen
Emotional processing dysfunction is widely reported in patients with chronic schizophrenia and first-episode psychosis (FEP), and has been linked to functional abnormalities of corticolimbic regions. However, corticolimbic dysfunction is less studied in people at ultra-high risk for psychosis (UHR), particularly during processing prosodic voices. We examined corticolimbic response during an emotion recognition task in 18 UHR participants and compared them with 18 FEP patients and 21 healthy controls (HC). Emotional recognition accuracy and corticolimbic response were measured during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using emotional dynamic facial and prosodic voice stimuli...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
F Kazour, C Awaida, L Souaiby, S Richa
INTRODUCTION: Cannabis use is very frequent in bipolar disorder and has been found to increase the duration and frequency of manic symptoms while decreasing those of depression. Bipolar patients who use cannabis were shown to have poorer compliance to treatment, more symptoms that are psychotic and a worse prognosis than patients who do not. In this study, we have evaluated the importance of cannabis use among bipolar patients admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital of the Cross, Lebanon (Hôpital Psychiatrique de la Croix [HPC]) as well as the clinical differences between cannabis users and non-users...
October 10, 2016: L'Encéphale
Yi-Bin Xi, Fan Guo, Hua Li, Xiao Chang, Jin-Bo Sun, Yuan-Qiang Zhu, Wen-Ming Liu, Long-Biao Cui, Gang Chen, Hua-Ning Wang, Hong Yin
Heterogeneous findings across studies of structural abnormality in schizophrenia (SZ) have impeded the development a unified theory of white matter pathology. As a cardinal symptom of SZ, auditory verbal hallucination (AVH) has been suspected to be associated with improper communication among several brain regions, which might indicated white matter pathology. Participants comprised 25 first-episode (FE) patients with AVH, 25 patients without AVH and 25 healthy subjects. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures were calculated using the TBSS of FSL...
September 28, 2016: Psychiatry Research
E Trinczek, M Heinzel-Gutenbrunner, M Haberhausen, C J Bachmann
Introduction: Early-onset schizophrenia (EOS) has a poor prognosis and is difficult to treat, which often leads to the initiation of clozapine treatment. Studies in adults have shown that the initiation of clozapine treatment is often delayed. There is a lack of studies concerning the initiation of clozapine in children and adolescents with EOS. The aim of this study was to investigate the time span from first EOS-related psychiatric hospitalization to clozapine initiation. Methods: We retrospectively studied a consecutive cohort of children and adolescents with EOS and first-time clozapine prescriptions from a tertiary care child and adolescent psychiatric center in Germany...
October 13, 2016: Pharmacopsychiatry
Anne R Reuter, J Malte Bumb, Juliane K Mueller, Cathrin Rohleder, Franziska Pahlisch, Franziska Hanke, Elisabeth Arens, F Markus Leweke, Dagmar Koethe, Emanuel Schwarz
Objectives Binocular depth inversion illusion (BDII) represents an illusion of visual perception that involves higher-order visual and cognitive processes. Its impairment has been linked to psychotic conditions and identified as a marker for at risk mental states. The endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in various neurophysiological processes. One of its key components, anandamide, is involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Little is known about its impact on BDII alterations. Therefore, we explored associations between BDII and anandamide levels...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Claudia Lange, Lorenz Deutschenbaur, Stefan Borgwardt, Undine E Lang, Marc Walter, Christian G Huber
BACKGROUND: There is evidence that exposure to social stress plays a crucial role in the onset and relapse of schizophrenia; however, the reaction of patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorder (SSD) to experimentally induced social stress is not yet fully understood. METHOD: Original research published between January 1993 and August 2015 was included in this systematic literature research. Social stress paradigms, reporting subjective responses to stress measures, plasma or saliva cortisol, or heart rate (HR) in patients with SSD were included...
October 9, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Christoph U Correll, Leslie Citrome, Peter M Haddad, John Lauriello, Mark Olfson, Stephen M Calloway, John M Kane
Long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIs) are among the most effective treatments in psychiatry, yet they remain underutilized in clinical practice. Although LAIs are typically used to maintain treatment adherence in patients with chronic schizophrenia, recent research has suggested that they may also provide an effective treatment strategy for patients with early-phase or first-episode disease. In October 2015, a group of 8 experts on the management of schizophrenia and LAIs met to evaluate the evidence surrounding the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of LAIs and to develop practical recommendations regarding the clinical use, education, and unmet needs related to LAIs...
2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Hanna Thuné, Marc Recasens, Peter J Uhlhaas
Importance: The neurobiological mechanisms underlying circuit dysfunctions in schizophrenia remain poorly understood. The 40-Hz auditory steady-state response (ASSR) has been suggested as a potential biomarker for schizophrenia. Objectives: To provide a meta-analytical insight into the presence of 40-Hz ASSR impairments in patients with schizophrenia and to examine the effects of the participant group, stimulus parameters, and analysis and recording techniques. Data Sources: Searches were conducted in PubMed and reference lists of appropriate publications to identify relevant studies published from November 1999 to March 2016...
October 12, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
Desheng Zhai, Yan Lang, Gaopan Dong, Yijun Liu, Xin Wang, Dushuang Zhou, Taizhen Cui, Yuxin Yang, Wenxi Zhang, Ying Zhao, Ruiling Zhang
Antipsychotic use is reported to be associated with a higher risk of sudden cardiac death and new users are especially susceptible to that risk. In this study, we focused on the ability of antipsychotics to prolong the QTc interval at the earliest stages of antipsychotic use. We employed a retrospective cohort study design in a naturalistic setting where having three ECG measurements over time (at baseline and after drug exposure) in antipsychotic-naïve, first-episode schizophrenia (FES) inpatients. The results revealed, in this relatively homogeneous, drug naïve FES patient sample, that QTc intervals were statistically significantly prolongated after a relatively short term (2-4weeks) of antipsychotic treatments, compared with baseline...
October 7, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Robin E Gearing, Kathryne B Brewer, Irfan Mian, Kiara Moore, Prudence Fisher, Jane Hamilton, James Mandiberg
AIM: The timely identification and treatment of psychosis are increasingly the focus of early interventions, with research targeting the initial high-risk period in the months following first-episode hospitalization. Ongoing treatment after stabilization is also essential in the years following a first-episode psychosis (FEP), but has received less research attention. In this study, variables that could impact continued psychiatric service utilization by adolescents following their FEP and temporal patterns in service utilization are examined...
October 11, 2016: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Miao Chang, Fay Y Womer, Chuan Bai, Qian Zhou, Shengnan Wei, Xiaowei Jiang, Haiyang Geng, Yifang Zhou, Yanqing Tang, Fei Wang
BACKGROUND: Understanding morphologic changes in vulnerable and early disease state of schizophrenia (SZ) may provide further insight into the development of psychosis. METHOD: Whole brain voxel-based morphometry was performed to identify gray matter (GM) regional differences in 60 individuals with SZ during their first psychotic episode (FE-SZ), 31 individuals at genetic high risk for SZ (GHR-SZ) individuals, and 71 healthy controls. RESULTS: Significant differences were found in several regions including the prefrontal cortex, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, hippocampus, occipital lobe, and cerebellum among the three groups (p<0...
2016: PloS One
Benjamin Ian Perry, Gemma McIntosh, Scott Weich, Swaran Singh, Karen Rees
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia might share intrinsic inflammatory disease pathways with type 2 diabetes. We aimed to assess whether first-episode psychosis, which could be described as developing schizophrenia, is associated with prediabetic markers, or developing diabetes, to determine whether intrinsic disease links could cause the disorders to develop in unison. We hypothesised that biochemical measures of prediabetic states would be more common in antipsychotic naive patients with first-episode psychosis than in healthy matched controls...
October 5, 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
Andrea Murru, Bernardo Carpiniello
The first psychotic episode is classically viewed as a critical period which management is important in determining the long-term outcome of the schizophrenia (SCZ). For this reason, the duration of untreated illness (DUI), defined as the interval between the onset of the psychiatric disorder and the administration of the first pharmacological treatment, is a clinical variable that has been increasingly investigated due to its potentially modifiable nature and its value as a predictor of outcome. DUI is poorly applicable and highly unreliable in psychosis...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
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