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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
By Tuesday afternoon, Kiersten Carlin had been driving around Downey for two days in search of her father, a retired San Diego County sheriff's deputy who hadn't been seen in four years — until last week. Larry Everett Starks, 69, was living in Florida when he fell off his medication for schizophrenia and was evicted from his apartment. His sister filed a missing persons' report Dec. 15, 2007, with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, said Lt. Kelly Stuart, a representative of the department.
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HEALTH
November 21, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
The premise Curtis (Michael Shannon) is an Ohio construction worker whose mother, Sarah (Kathy Baker), is a paranoid schizophrenic who had to leave the family when Curtis was still a child. Now Curtis begins to develop a series of nightmares about a pending storm (often multiple tornadoes), his dog attacking him and being a victim of a serious car accident. On several occasions, the sensations of the dreams carry over to his daytime life. He sees a therapist. Though Curtis is concerned about his family history, he tells the therapist he thinks he may just be suffering from a brief psychosis, since, despite his nightmares, delusions and visual and auditory hallucinations, he lacks the disorganized speech, behavior and other negative symptoms that also characterize schizophrenia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Richard Winton and Scott Gold Los Angeles Times
Orange County prosecutors charged two veteran Fullerton police officers in the death of a mentally ill homeless man, accusing them of a callous cascade of violence against Kelly Thomas as he begged for his life. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Wednesday said what began as routine questioning by police devolved into a "beating at the hands of an angry police officer," with other officers eventually joining in. He stressed that Thomas did not provoke the attack and that all of his movements were purely defensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2011 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Wanna buy a song for a dime?" For many startled UCLA students and Sunset Strip sightseers in the 1960s, that was the way Larry "Wild Man" Fischer introduced himself. Anyone who took him up on his offer was rewarded with a brief, bellowing burst of nursery-rhyme-like verse, punctuated with unpredictable yelps and vocal sound effects from the disheveled troubadour. Despite his unconventional approach and a lifelong struggle with severe mental illness, Fischer, who died Thursday of heart failure at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at age 66, went on to release several albums and became a cult figure — admired by some as an untamed practitioner of "outsider" art, but regarded less kindly by those who encountered the mercurial musician's sudden bursts of aggression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Things were just beginning to pick up at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard when in the private bar upstairs, the big man took the stage. His voice, deep and gravelly, rumbled through the room. "If ya'll love the blues, let me hear you say, yeah!" Soon, he had the room grooving: Ah, oh, smokestack lightning, shinin', just like gold. Why don't ya hear me cryin'? Ah, whoo hoo! When Artwork Jamal plays here — in a crisp white shirt and a lavender tie — the crowd is mesmerized.
NEWS
February 23, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Schizophrenia is a severe, complicated illness. There are no obvious explanations for what causes the condition, which causes hallucinations and delusions. Genes are known to play a big role. The condition is often clustered in families. Scientists announced a significant step in understanding the genetics of the disease this week. A large nationwide consortium of scientists led by Jonathan Sebat of UC San Diego has identified a gene mutation that is strongly linked to the disorder.
HEALTH
January 20, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Are people who suffer from mental illnesses more likely to commit violent crimes? That question has been on the nation's mind since a 22-year-old community college dropout with a history of odd behavior was charged with shooting 19 people outside a Tucson supermarket this month, killing six and wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who police say was his target. The answer may seem obvious to the general public, given the popularity of movies, TV shows and books in which mentally unbalanced individuals are portrayed as homicidal maniacs.
HEALTH
August 30, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
A series of studies published in recent years suggests that in people with depression, autism, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, the default mode network, that curious pattern of brain activity that ramps up when we daydream, works differently than it does in healthy control subjects. And in each condition, the malfunctions look slightly different, holding out the prospect of better psychiatric diagnoses down the line. In the case of schizophrenia, researchers from Harvard University and MIT found that the default mode network is overactive and faultily wired.
NEWS
August 2, 2010
Genes. Environment. Brain structure and chemistry... The causes of schizophrenia are far from simple. As scientists explore the causes of the devastating mental illness, some are focusing on the interplay between genes and the environment. Viruses are part of that environment -- and that brings us to cats. Or rather, cat feces and the parasite Toxoplasma gondii . This Baltimore Sun story, Researchers explore link between schizophrenia, cat parasite ,  explains the possible connection.
SCIENCE
December 29, 2009 | By Shari Roan
It was a little more than a year ago that January Schofield, at age 6, began to drift from reality. Suicidal, violent and plagued by hallucinations of rats and cats who conversed and played with her, she began the first of seven psychiatric hospitalizations. As of today, Jani, 7, has been out of the hospital for 56 days, the longest period in 15 months. Together with her parents, Michael and Susan, and brother, Bodhi, 2, Jani is living a fragile existence -- haunted by delusions that sometimes tell her to hurt herself or others, even the people she loves.
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