Helping Friends and Family Members Who Live with Schizophrenia

 

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Schizophrenia
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A psychiatrist at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Christie Mensch provides full service mental health care in an outpatient setting. Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates and treats a variety of mental health concerns, including schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder of the brain. It can cause people to experience delusions, hallucinations, and difficulties with concentration and thinking. If a friend or loved one has a schizophrenia diagnosis, there are simple things you can do to help them.

Encourage them to get treatment or remain in treatment. There are many trials and studies available as well, many of which offer promising new treatments and therapies.

Be patient, and recognize their right to their own views. People who live with schizophrenia commonly hold demonstrably false beliefs, but these can seem very real to them. Be as respectful as possible without supporting inappropriate or destructive behavior.

Be aware of the risk of substance abuse. People who live with schizophrenia tend to be at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse, which can also adversely affect treatment.

University of Kansas Medical Center – Canine Chemotherapy Trials

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Canine Chemotherapy Trials
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Psychiatrist Dr. Christie Mensch offers outpatient mental health services to patients at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Alongside her commitment to her own patients’ medical care, Dr. Christie Mensch supports the University of Kansas Medical Center’s valuable work.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and providing high-quality medical care to the people of Kansas. It is also a regional hub for medical research, and has made significant advancements in the understanding of Alzheimer’s, various cancers, and other conditions in recent years.

The University of Kansas Medical Center has enjoyed a recent success with an injectable chemotherapy trial for dogs. HylaPlat, the drug being tested, is a combination of cisplatin and hyaluronan. The compound was injected directly into cancerous oral tumors on seven large breed canine trial participants, all of whom were pets, not laboratory animals.

Two of the first seven dogs experienced partial remission, and three others were cancer-free after the trial. These encouraging results and an accompanying news story inspired dog owners around the world to get in touch with Kansas researchers, who ultimately opened the trials to dogs of all sizes and with varying types of cancers.

This trial is still accepting patients. If your dog is a cancer patient, you may get in touch with researchers by emailing jadams4@kumc.edu.

The World-Famous Cuisine of Campania, Italy

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Campania Cuisine
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Psychiatrist Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates, diagnoses, and treats adult patients at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. In her free time, Dr. Christie Mensch enjoys cooking and traveling throughout Europe. She is particularly fond of the food found in the Campania region of southern Italy.

Campania is most well known around the world for its pizza and pasta made with locally grown wheat. With its fertile volcanic soil, the area is an agricultural paradise that produces a variety of vegetables and herbs, including eggplant, peppers, garlic, basil, and the world-renowned San Marzano tomato. Many of these ingredients are highlighted in popular local dishes such as cianfotta, parmigiana de melanzane, and spaghetti alla puttanesca.

In addition to wonderful produce, Campania, which runs along the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento, features cuisine that utilizes local fish and other fresh seafood, such as octopus, mussels, and clams cooked in a variety of ways. Other popular ingredients and dishes native to the area include various cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and frozen desserts.