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New Research Study in Houston, Texas Seeks Improved Quality of Life for People in the Future with Schizophrenia
Date:2/10/2009

Jason Baron, M.D. of Med Labs Research leads research for local patients

Houston, TX, February 10, 2009: Imagine going through the day without the ability to concentrate and focus on the things you enjoy and important tasks that you need to complete. Think what it would be like, struggling to remember what you just talked about or learned a short time ago. Consider how you would feel if you couldn't even accomplish simple tasks, such as making a phone call, grocery shopping or scheduling an appointment.

We all have challenging moments . . . but for people suffering from schizophrenia, these frustrations are a way of life, virtually every day. People with schizophrenia struggle to concentrate, remember and learn. These deficits associated with the thinking process are called cognitive impairments, making it difficult to accomplish the demands of everyday life, both big and small.

Managing the demands of daily life is made easier when individuals with schizophrenia maintain a stable regimen of medication - even more so for those with trusted family members or caregivers to help oversee the individual's personal affairs and coordinate care. Despite the challenges, most people with schizophrenia and their caregivers are searching for a better quality of life.

Fortunately, there is hope, thanks to a new investigational drug research study now underway in the Houston, TX area. The primary goal of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug in improving cognitive functioning for people with schizophrenia, using a new evaluation tool called MATRICS (
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