Artashes Pashinian

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Histamine antagonism has been implicated in antipsychotic drug-induced weight gain. Betahistine, a histamine enhancer with H1 agonistic/H3 antagonistic properties (48 mg t.i.d.), was coadministered with olanzapine (10 mg/day) in three first-episode schizophrenia patients for 6 weeks. Body weight was measured at baseline and weekly thereafter. Clinical(More)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a prevalent and clinically significant phenomenon in schizophrenia patients. Both schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are considered to be neurodevelopmental disorders sharing dysfunctional frontal-subcortical circuitry. Using the Neurological Evaluation Scale (NES), the authors assessed neurological soft(More)
OBJECTIVE Since olanzapine-induced weight gain may be attributable to the antagonistic activity of olanzapine at the serotonin-2C receptor, the authors hypothesized that it might be attenuated by addition of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine. METHOD First-episode hospitalized schizophrenia patients (N=30) were randomly assigned in an(More)
BACKGROUND Preliminary evidence indicates a beneficial effect of serotonin 2A (5-HT(2A)) receptor antagonists in antipsychotic-induced akathisia (AIA). We investigated the antiakathisia effect, safety, and tolerability of low-dose mirtazapine, an agent with marked 5-HT(2A) antagonism. METHODS In a 7-day double-blind trial, 90 antipsychotic-treated(More)
A substantial proportion of schizophrenia patients also exhibit obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS). We sought to determine whether the revealed symptom dimensions in OCD exist in schizophrenia patients with comorbid OCD. One hundred and ten patients who met DSM-IV criteria for both schizophrenia and OCD were recruited. Exploratory factor analysis of the(More)
Obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS) are prevalent, persistent, clinically significant phenomena in schizophrenia. To facilitate the understanding of their temporal interrelationship, we assessed age-of-onset of schizophrenic and obsessive-compulsive symptoms among 133 patients admitted to Tirat Carmel Mental Health Center (Israel) during the years 1999-2010(More)
Obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS) are relatively common and clinically significant phenomena in schizophrenia patients, suggesting the existence of a separate schizo-obsessive subgroup of the disorder. Although a majority of schizo-obsessive patients have typical ego-dystonic OCS, a meaningful proportion exhibits diagnostically challenging(More)
Lymphocytic nuclei interphase chromatin was examined with the use of automated morphometry in psoriasis patients treated by different methods. Fifty optic and geometric parameters of lymphocytes were under study; the nuclear size and relative contrast, relative contrast of nongranular component, and chromatin pattern determined visually were found the most(More)
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