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"Fish oil pills show promise in preventing schizophrenia"


Source: CTV.CA

Published: 02 Feb 2022

Category: Other

Rating: (3½ stars)

Keywords: fish oil salmon psychotic disorders schizophrenia

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Taking fish oil may help prevent schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in at-risk young adults, new research suggests.

The study, in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that young people at very high risk of developing psychosis were much less likely to develop full psychotic disorders over the next year if they took fish oil capsules for just 12 weeks...

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Criteria Rating
Total Score 7 of 11
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
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Relies on Press Release Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of harms of treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

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Overall, this is a well written story that does not sensationalize this potential use for fish oil. That being said, a few key pieces of information are missing and some additions would make this article more useful to the critical consumer. First, information about the design of the study on which it relies would help the reader to critically assess the effectiveness of fish oil. Second, information about potential harms is required. Finally, information about how to purchase quality natural products, such as fish oil, would be informative to the reader who might want to pursue fish oil treatment. For example, reference to the Natural Health Product Regulations (Health Canada) and specifically legislation regarding proper labelling and licensing would help ensure consumers could purchase a safe and quality product.

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