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Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia – New York Times

Telegraph.co.ukFather's Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and SchizophreniaNew York TimesOlder men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with adva…

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The brains of people with schizophrenia are on ‘red alert’, study finds – Medical Xpress

The brains of people with schizophrenia are on 'red alert', study findsMedical XpressNew Australian research shows that the brains of people with schizophrenia may be under attack by the immune system, providing the strongest evidence to date o…

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Revised Cognitive Test Helps Gauge Memory Deficits in Schizophrenia – GoodTherapy.org (blog)

Revised Cognitive Test Helps Gauge Memory Deficits in SchizophreniaGoodTherapy.org (blog)Researchers have spent decades studying cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. They have worked to develop therapies and medications that will help those living wi…

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Schizophrenia may be linked to immune function – News-Medical.net

Schizophrenia may be linked to immune functionNews-Medical.netNew Australian research shows that the brains of people with schizophrenia may be under attack by the immune system, providing the strongest evidence to date of a link between immune functio…

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Researchers pursue red flag for schizophrenia relapse – Medical Xpress

Researchers pursue red flag for schizophrenia relapseMedical XpressAmazingly the contributions of "immune disturbances" to schizophrenia have been debated for about 100 years yet anti-inflammatory drugs aren't routinely given to patients …

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BCSS Victoria’s Hazel Meredith wins Peninsula Co-op’s Giving Back Award

On Monday, April 30, 2012, BCSS Victoria Executive Director Hazel Meredith won the Peninsula Co-op’s Giving Back Award.  Each week one deserving person is recognized for the outstanding contribution they have made to their community, neighbourhood or workplace.  Hazel was nominated by Peer Support Worker Doreen Gee who had this to say in her nomination:  “Hazel is a rare and remarkable human being….she works tirelessly to help, support and embrace people with serious mental illnesses….hazel Meredith has raised the bar in this community when it comes to compassionate selfless service to others.”  Congratulations Hazel!

 

Margarita Heroes!

Saturday, April 28th was the Eves of Destruction roller derby season opener pitting the Margarita Villains against the Anarchy Angels.  A sold out crowd at the Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt was treated to an evening of fishnet stockings and hard hits on the oval track.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales were generously donated to BCSS Victoria.  To learn more about roller derby in Victoria, see the Eves of Destruction website at www.evesof destruction.com.

Genetic Counselling Available

Do you or one of your family members have a mental illness?  Are you concerned about potential risks for your children or other family members?  Genetic counsellors can help.  Genetic counsellors are health care professionals with specialized training and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counselling.  Genetic counsellors can tell you what is currently known about the causes of mental illness, and can help you to apply this information to your own family.  The service is available for free to interested men and women who live in British Columbia. You do not require a referral from your family doctor.  To schedule an appointment, call Angela Inglis at 1-604-875-2000, extension 4733 or e-mail angela.inglis@ubc.ca.  Appointments take place in person at the department of medical genetics at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver or may be done by phone.  Prior to the appointment, the genetic counsellor will phone you to do a family history.  This takes approximately 30 minutes.  The genetic counselling appointments are about an hour in length.  The genetic counsellor will try to answer any questions that you have about the causes of your or your family members’ mental illness.   Please note that genetic testing is not offered.  Your information will remain confidential.

 

 

Genes associated with autism also related to schizophrenia – KTVN

Genes associated with autism also related to schizophreniaKTVN"We also found that many of these genes play a role in diverse clinical situations — from severe intellectual disability to adult-onset schizophrenia — leading to the conclusion that …

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Childhood Trauma Linked to Schizophrenia – PsychCentral.com

PsychCentral.comChildhood Trauma Linked to SchizophreniaPsychCentral.comBy Janice Wood Associate News Editor Children who have experienced severe trauma are three times as likely to develop schizophrenia in later life, according to new research from th…

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