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Man found not criminally responsible for deaths of two men in Halifax

HALIFAX - The unsettling case of a young man who claimed to be a vampire slayer when he murdered two Halifax men in 2007 concluded Friday when a judge declared him not criminally responsible for the crimes. Judge Kevin Coady of Nova Scotia Supreme Court decided Glen Race was too mentally ill with schizophrenia to understand that his "psychotic mission " was morally wrong. "It is important to realize that Mr. Race, his family and friends are victims as well," Coady said in a written decision. "They are victims of the cruel and unforgiving illness of schizophrenia."

Roche's schizophrenia drug misses goal in two late-stage trials

By Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) - An experimental Roche drug designed to treat the "negative symptoms" of schizophrenia failed to meet its main goal in two late-stage studies, dealing a blow to the Swiss drugmaker's research hopes in the risky area of brain science. Results of two Phase III trials found bitopertin in combination with antipsychotic therapy did not significantly reduce negative symptoms after 24 weeks of treatment compared with placebo. A third late-stage study is ongoing.

Psychiatrist raises red flags in case of man who claimed to be vampire killer

HALIFAX - A psychiatric expert says a man who believed he was a godlike warrior dispatched to kill vampires should not be held criminally responsible for murdering two Halifax men in 2007, but Dr. Hy Bloom says he's still troubled by certain "red flags" in the bizarre case.

Case of man who claimed to be vampire killer creates challenge for court: lawyer

HALIFAX - The unsettling facts in the case of a man who claimed to be a vampire slayer when he murdered two Halifax men in 2007 have left the justice system with a thorny challenge, a Crown attorney said Friday. Mark Heerema told a Nova Scotia Supreme Court hearing that Glen Race — diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2001 — should not be held criminally responsible for fatally stabbing Michael Knott and Trevor Brewster because he was too mentally ill at the time. Heerema said it's important for the court and the public to recognize the complex and troubling nature of the case.

Man who pleaded guilty to murders motivated by religious delusions, hearing told

HALIFAX - A mentally ill man who has admitted to murdering two Halifax men in 2007 believed he was a god-like figure on a mission to cleanse the world of sinners, a forensic psychiatrist told a court hearing Tuesday. Glen Race, 32, pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder in the death of Trevor Brewster and second-degree murder in Paul Michael Knott's death. However, Race's lawyer has filed an application to have his client declared not criminally responsible on the grounds he was too mentally ill to appreciate that what he was doing was morally wrong.

Ont. agrees in settlement to screen all inmates for mental health issues

TORONTO - A settlement reached Tuesday could result in significant changes to the way inmates with mental illness are treated in the province's correctional facilities. The agreement arises from an application filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario by Christina Jahn, a woman with mental illness, addictions and cancer. Jahn alleged that she was placed in segregation for 210 days at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre because of her mental health disabilities.

US psychiatry gets makeover in new manual

The latest makeover to a massive psychiatric tome honored by some, reviled by others and even called the "Bible" of mental disorders is being released Saturday with a host of new changes. The first major revamp in more than 20 years of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, will be unveiled in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatry Association. Hoarding, gambling and marijuana withdrawal are among the newly expanded disorders contained in the fifth revision of the 947-page reference book.

Bipolar disorder tied to mother's flu in pregnancy

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children born after being exposed to the flu during pregnancy may have a nearly four-fold higher risk of later developing bipolar disorder, according to a small new study. The senior researcher said the results can't prove that a mother's bout of flu while pregnant causes her child to develop the mental disorder, but the association does suggest that some cases might be prevented.

Five mental disorders have common gene problem

Five major psychiatric disorders share a common problem in several faulty genes, according to the biggest study of its kind published on Thursday. In the widest trawl yet of genetic mutations linked with mental disorders, US-led researchers looked through the DNA code of 33,332 people with autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder or schizophrenia. Their genomes were matched against 27,888 "controls," or people who did not have these illnesses, in a bid to spot tiny changes in genes.
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