schizophrenia

The impact of opioid agonist treatment on antipsychotic adherence among justice-involved patients in British Columbia

Substance dependence and mental illness frequently co-occur, presenting challenges to treatment providers and increasing the likelihood of suicide, drug overdose, and criminal justice involvement. Assessment and treatment of concurrent disorders (CD) have been identified by police, health professionals, and the Auditor General as urgent priorities in BC, and leadership in the treatment of CD is integral to the mandate of the Provincial Health Services Authority. 

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2018

Brain strain: Effect of autonomic dysreflexia on cerebral blood flow and cognition

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating chronic condition resulting not only in paralysis but severe autonomic cardiovascular dysfunction. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in those living with SCI. Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a life-threatening condition characterized by episodes of extreme hypertension accompanied by pounding headaches, confusion, seizures, strokes and even death.

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2013

Alterations in neural circuits mediating executive and decision making functions by chronic psychostimulant exposure

Emotional processes and higher order executive functions are governed in part by interconnected neural networks that link the amygdala (a brain nucleus in the temporal lobes) to the frontal lobes. Drug addicts, particularly those abusing psycho-stimulants such as amphetamine or cocaine, show impaired cognitive function specific to these particular brain circuits.

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2008
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