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Inflammation linked to chemical imbalance in schizophrenia

Wednesday, 10 April 2019: A study published in Molecular Psychiatry has identified changes in inflammation-related biochemical pathways in schizophrenia that interfere with proper brain nerve cell communication. Researchers have found the first direct evidence in support of increased kynurenic acid production in the brain, which is known to block a key glutamate receptor. This discovery paves the way for development of better targeted therapies with fewer side effects for people with schizophrenia.

Public Health Association call for environmentally sustainable population policies

"Population flux depends on the interaction of public policy and cultural values and attitudes. The accelerated population growth experienced in recent years has been achieved through public policy change, supported by arguments we believe are either misconceived or misconstrued as being in the public interest, while in fact representing only short-sighted or narrow vested interests. The misinformation associated with these policies and arguments has also shifted attitudes towards family size, labour market management and demographic age profiles." The Association emphasised that a population inquiry needs to be objective.

Victorian Madness with Kew Cottages

If Victorian Labor is to be epitomised in its wholesale profiteering of Melbourne's heritage, it is the carving up of Kew Cottages 90 acres, which for decades on the prominent Yarra River's prominent hilltop bend was home to Victoria's mentally handicapped, the socially unwanted, the 'too-difficult' vulnerable members of Melbourne's community. It was Melbourne's Bedlam and society labelled them 'mad' and banished them to 'Kew' up on the hill, behind the big wall. Now the Victorian Government is profiting from decades of neglect of many of its most vulnerable.

[This article was initially a comment to the article by Sheila Newman on this site 'Victorian Elections: A Midsummer Night's Meeting with MPs about what's going on'].

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