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Presynaptic dopamine function (6-[18F]-fluorodopa uptake) in the brains of seven neuroleptic-naive first-admission schizophrenic patients and eight healthy controls was studied with positron emission tomography. The fluorodopa influx constant (Ki) in putamen was higher in the patients than in controls (average mean: 0.0149 vs 0.0129, p = 0.034). The changes(More)
BACKGROUND According to the D2 dopamine receptor hypothesis of schizophrenia, there is an increased number of D2 receptors in the brains of schizophrenic patients than in those of healthy controls. We tested this hypothesis in 13 newly admitted neuroleptic-naive schizophrenic patients and 10 healthy volunteers using positron emission tomography. METHOD(More)
We have previously reported aberrations in the striatal presynaptic dopamine function in neuroleptic-naive schizophrenic patients compared to healthy controls (Hietala, J., Syvälahti, E., Vuorio, K. et al., 1995. Lancet 346, 1130-1131). In this extended study we explore whether the altered presynaptic dopamine function correlates with the clinical(More)
The composition and abundance of phytoplankton is an important factor defining ecological status of marine and freshwater ecosystems. Chemotaxonomic markers (e.g., pigments and fatty acids) are needed for monitoring changes in a phytoplankton community and to know the nutritional quality of seston for herbivorous zooplankton. Here we investigated the(More)
This article describes eight cases of patients treated at the Psychiatric Department of the University Central Hospital of Turku (UCHT) Finland who all had as a common feature an unfounded fear of AIDS. Three of the patients committed suicide and one of them had overt suicidal tendencies. An unfounded fear of AIDS may be a sign of psychiatric disturbance(More)
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