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The physiological and pathophysiological roles of the central nervous endogenous cannabinoid system are not completely understood, but still represent a challenge in basic neurobiological, cognitive, and psychiatric research. The system has been implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Binocular depth inversion, an illusion of visual perception,(More)
Uncertainty analysis for model simulations is assuming a growing importance in the field of water quality management. The importance of this concern is provided by recent public awareness over health risks from improper disposal of toxic wastes as well as by the continuing emphasis on risk assessment. The first step in the chain of the risk assessment is(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesised that a combined regimen of clozapine, a relatively weak D2-dopaminergic antagonist, and sulpiride, a selective D2 blocker, would demonstrate a greater antipsychotic efficacy by enhancing the D2 blockade of clozapine. METHOD Twenty-eight people with schizophrenia, previously unresponsive to typical antipsychotics and only(More)
Decreased amplitudes of late components of event-related potentials (ERPs) in schizophrenia were ascribed to either psychotic features or to neuroleptic treatment of the patients. To rule out the drug effect, ERPs to stroboscopic stimuli were recorded in drug-naive schizophrenics and control subjects during no-task and simple-task sessions. Patients had(More)
The effects of synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were assessed in 19 healthy male volunteers while they performed a visual continuous word recognition task. The study used a double-blind cross-over design. Specifically, word lists were manipulated to contain an equal number of emotionally neutral, negative, and(More)
We determined the presence of antinuclear autoantibodies (ANA), antinative DNA and histone-reactive ANA in 3 groups of chronic schizophrenic patients (n=85): haloperidol-treated patients (for at least 3 months) (n=35), drug-free for at least 3 months (n=35) and neuroleptic-naive patients (n=15). The autoantibody titers were compared with those of healthy(More)
Terrestrial actinomycetes are noteworthy producers of a multitude of antibiotics, however the marine representatives are much less studied in this regard. In this study, 90 actinomycetes were isolated from 11 different species of marine sponges that had been collected from offshore Ras Mohamed (Egypt) and from Rovinj (Croatia). Phylogenetic characterization(More)
In a previous study we recorded visual event-related potentials (ERP) in drug-naive schizophrenics during passive-attention and active-attention tasks. Patients, compared to normal controls, had much lower late positive components (LPC) in both sessions, but nearly normal LPC increase from passive to active task. The present sample consisted of drug-naive(More)
A patient with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had several episodes of catatonia in the past 44 years. These episodes were characterized by a sudden onset of intense excitement, mild pyrexia, often moderate elevation of serum creatinine phosphokinase and the development of a full catatonic state. We could not relate the symptomatology exhibited to any(More)