Large Variation in DNA in Neurons Found News Round-Up November 2013 1st Edition

There is an interesting MedWire News write-up of a study which found a link between self-reported mood stability and psychotic episodes. The researchers looked at the responses to a question about mood stability that was administered in a large survey. They found a link between a high self-rating of mood instability and likelihood of psychotic experiences.

Garety and Freeman looked at Delusions in this November 2013 British Journal of Psychiatry paper. They found a link between worry, catastrophisation, attributional bias and jumping to conclusions and Delusions. They found no link between Delusions and theory of mind however.

Meta-cognitive training to address cognitive distortions was found to improve ratings of delusions in people with Schizophrenia in this study. The training had an additive effect to medication.

Research studies into telehealth in people with Schizophrenia were examined in this study. Both advantages and disadvantages to internet access were found with a benefit for empowerment and recommendations were made for future studies.

There is a write-up at ‘Mental Elf’ of a study looking at the effects on the family of being present during cardiopulmonary resuscitation of a relative.

Medical students in North Carolina are being taught Mindfulness meditation in an effort to reduce the risk of burnout.

A call for a national database of people with Dementia to help police has produced a mixed response with the Department of Health calling for evidence to support such a move.


brain.1A large variation in DNA has been found between neurons in the brain in this study. Copy number variants are large sequences of DNA that are either added or subtracted from the genome. The researchers looked at post-mortem brains and surprisingly found wide variation in the DNA in neurons.


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