Clinical Psychiatry News

Clinical Psychiatry News is a monthly medical and psychiatry tabloid published since 1973 by the International Medical News Group. Subjects for Clinical Psychiatry News include psychology and psychiatry. The executive editor is Denise Fulton, and Gina Henderson is a senior editor.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 6, June

Asthma Patients Face Higher Risk of Depression, Mortality
MONTREAL -- Patients with asthma face a significantly increased risk of developing depression, compared with the nonasthmatic population, and that combination of asthma and depression carries significantly increased mortality, reported Dr. Paul Walters...
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Attachment Styles Predict Workplace Behavior
CHICAGO -- Individual differences in attachment style have a bearing on mental and physical health in the workplace, according to Dr. Josh B. Gibson. When Dr. John Bowlby first developed attachment theory in the 1960s based on observations of separation...
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Combo Therapies Deliver Best Smoking Quit Rates
BALTIMORE -- USING a nicotine patch or bupropion with a nicotine lozenge was the most effective of five therapies tested for promoting smoking abstinence and avoiding a lapse or relapse into smoking, according to a prospective study of 1,504 smokers....
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Data on Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Elderly Fall Short
SAVANNAH, GA. -- Little research exists on inappropriate sexual behavior in patients with dementia. The behaviors, while distressing and disruptive, are poorly defined, and data on the neurobiology, prevalence, assessment, and treatment are lacking....
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Drug Strategy Pairs Treatment, Law Enforcement
Teenagers and young adults are targeted in a 5-year plan outlined in the Obama administration's National Drug Control Strategy to re duce illegal drug use by 15% and 10%, respectively. The strategy, released last month by the Office of National...
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Feds Recoup Billions in Fraudulent Payments
The federal government recovered $2.5 billion in fraudulent Medicare payments in 2009, according to government officials. The Affordable Care Act--one of the health reform laws--gives government agencies new enforcement powers and new funding to...
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Fink! Still at Large: A Recent Study of U.S. 10th-Grade Adolescents at the University of Washington, Seattle, Showed a Positive Association between Victimization by Bullies and Substance Use. Are These Findings Plausible?
Yes, the study findings are plausible. Bullying can be the underlying issue in the beginning of substance use. Some children turn to using alcohol and marijuana in their effort to deal with the depression that has developed as a result of being bullied....
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Gender, Abuse Influence Teen Suicidal Behavior
ORLANDO -- Girls in high school are more likely than are boys, regardless of age or race/ethnicity, to report being depressed, having seriously considered suicide, making a suicide plan, or attempting suicide in the past 12 months. However, "when...
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Health Policy Must Be Understood
As health care reform gets underway, health policy is finding its way into the curricula of more U.S. medical schools. Along with anatomy and biochemistry, future physicians need to have a good understanding of the health care system. In recent...
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Insurers Sue for Delay in Interim Parity Rules
A group of mental health behavioral care organizations has sued the federal government to delay the implementation of the interim mental health parity law regulations that were recently issued, saying that there is too much confusion between the interim...
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Integrated Care for Depression in Diabetes
The irrationality of the age-old, artificial dichotomy between physical and mental health is painfully obvious in the longstanding failure to address the association between diabetes and major depression. "We have known for years that these conditions...
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IVIG Reduced Brain Atrophy in Alzheimer's
TORONTO -- Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy reduced brain atrophy in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease in a small phase II trial. The finding suggests that specific IgG antibody components found in the blood product might be treatment...
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Magnetic Stimulation Lifts Resistant Depression
A 3-week course of daily prefrontal repetitive magnetic stimulation produces "statistically significant and clinically meaningful antidepressant therapeutic effects." The technique was associated with remission in 14% of those who received active...
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Major Depressive Disorder Seen in Half of TBI Patients
Major depressive disorder is markedly prevalent in patients with traumatic brain injury, developing in half of patients during the year after their injury. This rate is nearly 8 times higher than that in the general population, and considerably...
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Medical Societies Move to Address Ethics
Fourteen medical specialty societies have signed a voluntary pledge to be more transparent in dealings with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and other for-profit companies in the health care field. The pledge, issued by the Council...
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Monitoring Helps Addicted Anesthesiologists on Naltrexone
SAN FRANCISCO--A monitoring program for physicians with substance use disorders greatly boosted the chances of anesthesiologists staying clean and returning to work after the program mandated 2 years of naltrexone therapy in addition to usual treatment,...
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NIDA Targets Young Opioid Abusers
Less than 4% of high school seniors abused prescription opioids in the early 1990s. By 2002, between 8% and 10% of 12th graders were abusing prescription opioids. The ominous numbers remain relentlessly high, translating into thousands of new users...
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Office-Based Opioid Treatment Keeps Ex-Inmates out of Jail
MINNEAPOLIS -- Opioid-dependent patients with a history of incarceration do well with office-based buprenorphine/naloxone therapy and have fewer interactions over time with the legal and criminal justice systems, according to a data analysis of a previous...
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Perspective
Psychiatrists have long been aware of the strong association between depression and diabetes, as a large number of the patients we treat for depression also seem to have diabetes. Although it is difficult for us to know whether their morbidity from...
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Poor Sleep Might Be a Modifiable Risk Factor for Depression
SAVANNAH, GA. -- Poor sleep quality might be a modifiable risk for depression; moreover, many bio-markers associated with depression also are associated with poor sleep. Poor sleep quality before interferon-alpha treatment appeared to predict which...
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Preventing Army Suicides: A Call for Help
ORLANDO -- Psychiatrists and primary care physicians outside the military health care system have a pivotal role to play in helping to lower suicide rates, which have been on the rise across all components of the U.S. Army, according to according to...
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Tailor Therapy for GLBT Substance Abusers
SAN FRANCISCO -- To help sexual minorities with addiction, physicians need to consider factors ranging from details in their waiting rooms to the attitudes of their patients and themselves. Not all treatment providers are comfortable with patients'...
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Zero Tolerance Is Effective for Physician Addicts: Monitoring, Testing, and Consequences for Relapse Could Be Extended to Abusers in Other Settings
SAN FRANCISCO -- Zero tolerance for substance abuse and random testing have been the keys to successful rehabilitation of addicted doctors in physicians' health programs--and might help nonphysician populations of addicts. Some of the program elements...
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