Associations between betel nut (Areca catechu) and symptoms of schizophrenia among patients in Nepal: A longitudinal study.

@article{Bales2009AssociationsBB,
  title={Associations between betel nut (Areca catechu) and symptoms of schizophrenia among patients in Nepal: A longitudinal study.},
  author={Alicia Bales and Michael A. Peterson and Saroj Prasad Ojha and Kapil Upadhaya and Baikunta Adhikari and Bruce P. Barrett},
  journal={Psychiatry research},
  year={2009},
  volume={169 3},
  pages={203-11}
}
Betel nut is one of the mostly widely used substances in the world, particularly across Asia. Arecoline, a partial muscarinic agonist, has been hypothesized to have beneficial effects on both positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. This study aims to further explore associations between betel use and symptoms of schizophrenia in a 4-month longitudinal study in Nepal. Sixty Nepali patients with schizophrenia were recruited from regional outpatient clinics. The Positive and Negative… CONTINUE READING