Mashable: Can VR help treat schizophrenia? Researchers launch trial with more than 400 patients

Mashable: Can VR help treat schizophrenia? Researchers launch trial with more than 400 patients . “A major clinical trial for mental health treatment just kicked off in the UK — and it involves virtual reality. Organized by VR therapy outfit gameChange, the government-funded program seeks to find out if VR can help people affected by schizophrenia and other mental health conditions.”

The whisper of schizophrenia: Machine learning finds ‘sound’ words predict psychosis (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: The whisper of schizophrenia: Machine learning finds ‘sound’ words predict psychosis. “A machine-learning method discovered a hidden clue in people’s language predictive of the later emergence of psychosis — the frequent use of words associated with sound. A paper published by the journal npj Schizophrenia published the findings by scientists at Emory University and Harvard University. The researchers also developed a new machine-learning method to more precisely quantify the semantic richness of people’s conversational language, a known indicator for psychosis.”

New Database of Schizophrenia Research

Now available: a database of clinical research data on schizophrenia. The data have been translated into one “language” and aggregated so it can be viewed in toto. “Despite hundreds of studies, schizophrenia remains poorly understood. In part, that’s because the findings of traditionally small individual schizophrenia studies are variable and difficult to replicate. The larger database of SchizConnect allows scientists to see broader results across 1,000 subjects instead of 100.”