May 26, 2009
Publication: Irish Daily Mail
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Headline: HRT patch aids schizophrenics
HRT patch aids
HRT patches could be an unlikely new
treatment for men and women with
Australian researchers have found those
with a history of the mental illness have
far fewer symptoms if they wear a
hormone replacement patch on their skin.
One per cent of the Irish population suf-
fers from schizophrenia. Roughly 20 per
cent will never suffer another episode, but
most will suffer a relapse within two years.
The exact cause remains a mystery.
However, those with a family history of
schizophrenia are more at risk.
Treatment usually involves powerful
The latest study tested oestrogen skin
patches on men and women and
measured improvements in their symp-
toms. In both groups, there was a signif-
icant reduction in psychotic behaviour.
Scientists think oestrogen has a
protective effect on brain cells.