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  • Ian Pitchford
    From New Scientist magazine, 03 March 2001 Soothing the mind From New Scientist magazine THE female sex hormone oestrogen could help people with schizophrenia
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      From New Scientist magazine, 03 March 2001
      Soothing the mind
      From New Scientist magazine

      THE female sex hormone oestrogen could help people with schizophrenia recover
      from psychotic episodes, an Australian psychiatrist has discovered.

      Schizophrenia strikes roughly one in a hundred men and women. Those affected
      can suffer hallucinations, delusions and jumbled thoughts. Antipsychotic drugs
      such as risperidone help some patients, but many remain severely afflicted.

      Jayashri Kulkarni, a psychiatrist at the Dandenong Psychiatry Research Centre
      in Melbourne, treated 12 women experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia with
      oestrogen skin patches and risperidone for one month. The dose of oestrogen was
      roughly twice as high as the dose found in common contraceptive pills.

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      http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns228034
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