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. 39, No. 4, April

Alzheimer's Prevention Research Gets a Boost: Private Initiative Enrolling More Than 50,000 Subjects for Two Studies Testing Amyloid Hypothesis
TUCSON -- A bold effort to jump-start research on the prevention of Alzheimer's disease is getting underway, energized by promising means for identifying people at risk for the disease and by preventive measures that could potentially slow disease...
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder Criteria May Expand
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three criteria for diagnosing body dysmorphic disorder could increase to four under a proposal aimed at requiring that the patient demonstrate repetitive behaviors or mental acts in response to appearance concerns at some point during...
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Can This Specialty Be Saved?
About 2 years ago, a friend took his adolescent daughter to a psychiatrist. During that first-ever visit, they both were stunned by the psychiatrist's first question, which was: "Tell me, when was the last time I saw you?" Our beloved specialty...
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Creative Activities Prove Beneficial in Dementia
BARCELONA -- Long-term care facilities in British Columbia have the material resources to offer a variety of creative-expression programs for patients, but only a few have implemented such programs. In a survey of 120 centers that provide care for...
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Data Support Online Therapies for Chronic Pain: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in a Web-Based Format Improves Patients' Quality of Life
BETHESDA, MD -- Evidence-based nonpharmacologic therapies may be at least as effective as medications in treating chronic pain, and the Internet could prove to be a valuable method for delivering these interventions. Although pharmacologic agents...
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Fink! Still at Large: A Virginia Case Involving an Adolescent with Asperger's Who Faces a 10-Year Prison Sentence for Assault Raises Questions about Whether Society Can Protect the Impaired. What Strategies Can Psychiatrists Give Patients to Help Them Control Their Aggression?
It is difficult to grasp the complexities of this case. A statement from the Stafford County, Va., sheriff's office says that the adolescent was charged with several counts, including one count of "knowingly disarming a police officer in performance...
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GAD Makeover in DSM-5 Might Include a New Name
TUCSON -- Generalized anxiety disorder, already the most common of the anxiety disorders, could double in prevalence in clinical practice with adoption of changes now under consideration for the coming edition of psychiatry's diagnostic and statistical...
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Gene Therapy Improves Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's
Direct infusion of the gene for glutamic acid decarboxylase into the subthalamic nucleus of patients with Parkinson's disease significantly improved measures of motor function, compared with patients who underwent a sham procedure, according to the...
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Improved Certification Needed for Offshore Medical Schools
Thirty years ago, the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee predicted a surplus of 145,000 physicians by the year 2000, and recommended a limitation of the number of entering positions in U.S. medical schools and the number of international...
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Latino Youth May Be Underdiagnosed for ADHD
WASHINGTON -- The rate of ADHD among Latino youth is relatively low, but that percentage is misleading, according to an expert in cultural diversity and mental health. Dr. Andres J. Pumariega, who has worked in this clinical area for 30 years, said...
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Let Metabolic Effects Drive Antipsychotic Drug Choice
NEW YORK--When prescribing second-generation antipsychotic medications, physicians should start with the agents in this class least likely to cause metabolic adverse effects and only move to prescribing psychotropics with more frequent metabolic effects...
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Low Beta-Amyloid Ratio Linked to Faster Cognitive Decline
Older adults without dementia who had a low ratio of beta-amyloid 42:40 in plasma showed faster cognitive decline in a 9-year study than those with a higher ratio of the two beta-amyloid peptides, according to Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of...
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MedPAC Recommends 1% Increase in Physician Payments
Medicare physician fees should be increased by 1% in 2012, and an alternative must be found for the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, according to recommendations in the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee annual March report to Congress. "For a...
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Midlife Hypertension Tied to Cortical Thinning
BARCELONA -- Uncontrolled hypertension at midlife may be related to continuous cortical thinning, a condition which has been shown to be associated with dementia in old age. "We suggest that midlife hypertension is associated with cortical thinning...
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Mortality in Teens, Young Adults Passes Childhood Mortality
Worldwide, mortality in adolescents and young adults has overtaken that in children aged 1 -4 years, except for a few very-low-income countries, according to a report. In particular, mortality among young men aged 15-24 years is now two to three...
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New Criteria Proposed for Personality Disorders: Dimensional Model 'Focuses Attention on Identifying Pathology with Increasing Degrees of Specificity.'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Diagnosis of personality disorders would rely on a dimensional approach rather than on the conventional categorical approach under proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The new general...
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New Federal Efforts Take Aim at Fighting Medicare, Medicaid Fraud
WASHINGTON -- The new Center for Program Integrity and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force are among federal efforts aimed at combating fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, top federal officers testified at a hearing of the Oversight...
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Precursor Proteins May Help Regulate Mood Post Partum
MADRID -- Beefing up a pregnant woman's diet with tryptophan and tyrosine might one day help avoid the "baby blues"--or even a downward slide into postpartum depression. The proteins--found naturally in eggs, poultry, milk products, and some nuts...
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Psychiatry Shows Slight Decline in Resident Match
The number of U.S. medical students who chose residencies in psychiatry this year fell slightly, according to this year's National Resident Matching Program. Overall, 1,097 psychiatry positions were offered in 2011. Of those, 97.4% were filled,...
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Screening Increases Use of Palliative Care Services
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Within a year of implementation, mandatory palliative care screening significantly increased palliative care consults at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. The increased use of palliative care services saved the...
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'Stupid Cancer' Network Offers Support to Younger Survivors
ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- For adolescents and young adults with cancer, news from this meeting was not good. In line with mounting evidence from around the world, studies pointed to disproportionately heavy burdens shouldered by teens and young adults with...
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Survey: Adults Ahead on Inhalant Abuse Admissions
WASHINGTON -- Adults represent more than half of the patients admitted to substance abuse treatment programs for using inhalants, new data show. The survey, released in March and conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration...
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Treating Mood Disorders in Pregnancy-Not an Easy Decision
MADRID -- There are no easy choices for women who present with mood disorders during pregnancy--or for the physicians who treat them. The decision to treat prenatal depression or anxiety is not to be taken lightly, but often must be considered,...
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U.K. Guidelines Promote Self-Help for GAD
TUCSON -- New British guidelines on the management of generalized anxiety disorder advocate a stepped-care approach to this common psychiatric condition that one U.S. expert considers thoughtful and highly reasonable. The U.K. National Institute...
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VA Deems Venlafaxine Top Treatment for PTSD
TUCSON, ARIZ. -- The most recent set of treatment guidelines for posttraumatic stress disorder also are the first ever to boost venlafaxine to first-line status as "strongly recommended" alongside the well-established selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors....
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Vocal Cord Dysfunction Can Mimic Asthma
SAN FRANCISCO -- Beware of vocal cord dysfunction mimicking asthma and other respiratory problems, especially in women, the overweight, and patients with psychiatric diagnoses, according to a chart review of patients with the condition. Of 100 patients...
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Younger Cancer Patients Report More Distress
ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- Compared with older cancer patients, younger adults battling the disease reported more pain, more severe pain, and more distress on almost every psychological variable measured by researchers at the University of South Florida, Tampa....
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