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. 6, June

Acupressure as an Adjunct Aids Cognition in TBI: From the Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatry Association
DENVER - Acupressure shows promise as an adjuvant therapy for cognitive impairment due to traumatic brain injury, a study has shown. Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) showed significant improvements on the Stroop task and Digit Span test...
Acute Anemia in Kids Tied to 'Silent' Strokes
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE LOS ANGELES - Acute anemic events were linked with significantly increased risk for "silent" strokes not only in children with sickle cell disease but also in those with acute anemia attributable to other...
Age-Based HCV Screen Could Save More Lives: From the Annual Digestive Disease Week
Atargeted, age-based screening program would result in 59,000 fewer deaths associated with hepatitis C and advanced liver disease, compared with the current risk-based screening program, based on statistical modeling. Under current U.S. screening...
Almost Half of Kids with ASDs Wander: From the Interactive Autism Network
Nearly half of children aged 4-10 years with autism spectrum disorders elope or wander away from safe spaces, and a relatively small percentage of families are receiving advice about the problem from a physician. Those are the preliminary results...
Amyloid Burden May Predict Cognitive Decline: From an International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
BARCELONA - Preliminary evidence of brain amyloid-beta deposition in patients with Parkinson's disease and varying degrees of cognitive impairment suggests that the timing and amount of Alzheimer's pathology present may influence when and if dementia...
Anxiety Treatment: Keeping Up with the British
There's an old story of a worry-ridden gentleman who turned over the reins of his thriving company to his two sons. The sons did a fine job of running the company but their father still hovered--and while doing so, made his anxiety and stress everyone's...
Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Message of Forgiveness Holds Special Resonance for Psychiatry. What Lessons within the Archbishop's Message Can We Use to Help Our Patients?
For me, the highlight of this year's annual American Psychiatric Association meeting in Honolulu comes down to four words: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Archbishop Tutu spoke at the Convocation of Distinguished Fellows to thunderous applause....
Blast-Related Brain Injuries Are Turning Up in Civilian Practices: Expert Analysis from the Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association
DENVER - Civilian physicians can expect to encounter numerous cases of blast-related traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's because more than half of military personnel returning from those conflicts...
Cerebral Microbleeds Common in Elderly: Incidence in Dutch Study Rose from 8% in People Aged 60-69 Years to 19% in Those Older Than Age 80
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE LOS ANGELES - The prevalence of cerebral microbleeds increased from 24% to 28%, and microbleeds rarely disappeared over a mean of 3 years, in a study of 831 older adults in the general Dutch population. ...
Children's Tics, OCD Linked to Moms' Autoimmune Disease
FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN NEUROPSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION DENVER - Maternal autoimmune disease might be a risk factor for the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder or tics or both in children. Autoimmune disorders were present...
Computer-Based CBT Leads to Improved Mood: From the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
HONOLULU - Depressive mood improved significantly after a single session of computer-assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy in a trial in 26 patients hospitalized for depression. Scores on the Profile of Mood States Depression questionnaire dropped...
COPD Exacerbation Patterns Can Guide Therapy: From the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society
DENVER - Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease show distinctly different temporal patterns of onset and resolution, which could affect treatment and prognosis, researchers reported. In a prospective cohort study among patients with...
Doctor, Google Thyself
My patients fit into three broad categories. Some love me, others worship me, and still others hate my guts--and share their feelings at online "rate-the-doc" -type websites. I first made this unpleasant discovery a year or 2 ago. A patient asked...
DSM-5 Might Get Fewer Personality Disorders: Expert Analysis from the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
HONOLULU--When it comes to personality disorders, the DSM-5 might feature a reduction in the number of designated disorders, a greater emphasis on and rating of functional impairment, and a move from categorical to dimensional patient assessment, Dr....
ED Telepsychiatry Cuts Admissions, Saves Money in S.C: From the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
HONOLULU - A statewide telepsychiatry consulting ser vice in South Carolina shortened emergency department stays and reduced hospital admissions for more than 6,000 mental health patients. In addition, those patients used out-patient psychiatric services...
Experts Suggest Psychotherapists Can Counsel on Spirituality: Expert Analysis from the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging
SAN FRANCISCO - Contrary to decades of tradition - and Sigmund Freud - psychotherapists working with frail elders should offer counseling on spirituality, according to three experts who have straddled the therapy-spirituality line in their own practices....
Fears, Doubts Prevent Earlier HPV Vaccination: From the Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
SEATTLE - Vaccinating girls against human papillomavirus at age 11 or 12 years, as is recommended, appears to be most appropriate for preventing infection, but barriers persist, according to two studies presented at the meeting. In a study among...
Federal Website Offers Resources on CAM Use
The federal government has launched a new website that provides evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine treatments, according to an announcement from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, one of...
Fines Signal Tougher HIPAA Enforcement
Hospitals and hospitalists should expect more aggressive enforcement of protected health information regulations following a $1 million settlement paid by Massachusetts General Physicians Organization Inc. over documents on 192 patients left on the...
Freight Train Suicides Spark Prevention Measures: From the Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology
PORTLAND, ORE. - People who kill themselves by freight train are similar to others who commit suicide in other ways, but perhaps suffer more severe mental illness, social isolation, and poverty, according to psychological autopsies conducted on 62...
Gambling Problems Seen in 10% of Veterans: From the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
HONOLULU - About 8% of U.S. veterans are problem gamblers who report between one and four gambling-related problems, and an additional 2% are pathological gamblers with five or more such problems, a study of 2,185 veterans in Department of Veterans...
Gene Therapy Showing Early Promise for Chronic Pain
FROM A CONFERENCE ON PAIN AND MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS BETHESDA, MD. - Gene therapy is showing promise in early trials as a novel targeted approach to alleviating chronic pain while avoiding the off-target side effects common to most oral analgesics....
Having Favorite Alcohol Brand May Identify Binge Drinkers: From the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies
DENVER - Underage, adolescent alcohol drinkers who en-dorse a favorite brand are significantly more likely to report recent binge drinking than are those who have no favorite brand, according to a nationally representative survey of 2,699 individuals...
Health Care Reform Expands Mental Health Coverage
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM A TELECONFERENCE SPONSORED BY SAMSHA Up to 10.5% of the 32 million uninsured Americans who will receive coverage under the Affordable Care Act have preexisting mental health or substance use conditions, Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D.,...
HPV Vaccine for Boys: Stigmas Fuel Parents' Reluctance: From the Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
SEATTLE - Efforts to promote vaccination of boys against human papillomavirus may improve if they deemphasize infection-related outcomes that make parents uncomfortable because of their sexual associations, according to a study of 158 parents of boys....
Improved Family Dynamics Help Suicidal Teens: From the Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology
PORTLAND, ORE. - In a randomized trial, attachment-based family therapy helped depressed, suicidal adolescents more than other approaches even if they had been sexually abused, a factor associated with worse outcomes with other therapies. The goal...
IOM Tackles Disparities in LGBT Health Care
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gender individuals face disparities in health care and health status, compared with their heterosexual counterparts, caused in part by social stigmatization and exacerbated by limited data and research on the unique...
Is Japan's Rise in Suicide Rates an Omen for U.S.? from the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
HONOLULU - Economic crisis in the United States could lead to an increase in suicides if U.S. trends follow the pattern in Japan during that country's economic downturn a decade ago, according to Dr. William R. Yates and his colleagues. If the U.S....
Kidney Disease Linked to Cognitive Impairment: From the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology
HONOLULU - Patients with moderate chronic kidney disease had a higher prevalence of moderate cognitive impairment than did patients receiving hemodialysis in a prospective pilot study conducted at two clinics. "Clinicians think about the apo E4...
Low-Intensity Treadmill Exercise Best for Parkinson's
FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY HONOLULU - Results from a randomized trial show that low-intensity treadmill exercise leads to more consistent improvements in the gait and mobility of patients with Parkinson's disease...
Mass. Sees 66% Rise in Early ASD Diagnoses: From Pediatrics
Early diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder are increasing in Massachusetts, particularly among boys, a study of 3,013 children who were enrolled in an early-intervention program has shown. The study, published online May 16 in Pediatrics, linked...
Memory Insights Could Affect Psychotherapy
FROM THE ANNUAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY REVIEW SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TUCSON - Recent neuroscience findings on the nature of memory provide insight into the mechanisms by which psychotherapy results in therapeutic change - and suggest...
Music Therapy Beneficial for Dementia Patients: Expert Analysis from the Annual, Conference of the American Society on Aging
SAN FRANCISCO - Music therapy can improve symptoms of depression and agitation in residents with dementia, according to researchers who described an innovative program in the MJHS health system in New York. "There was a major drop in agitation after...
New-Media Index Helps Assess Alcohol Risk: Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
SEATTLE - A new index that captures the multiple and complex aspects of media use among today's youth helps identify those at high risk for drinking, new data show. In a cross-sectional study among 126 middle school students, relative to their peers...
New-Onset Psychosis Linked to Use of Fake Pot: Ten U.S. Naval Academy Service Members Had to Be Hospitalized for 6-10 Days after Using the Drug
FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION HONOLULU - Synthetic marijuana, known as "spice," appears to have induced psychosis in 10 young service members in the US. Naval Academy, according to a case series from the Naval Medical...
No Link Found between Hippocampal Volume, Depression: From the Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association
DENVER - Depressive symptoms were not associated with decreased hippocampal volume or reduced white matter intensity, according to a large, population-based study conducted in the elderly. The study involved 1,161 cognitively normal participants...
Overdose Risk Grows with Higher Opioid Doses
FROM JAMA Higher doses of opioids - the equivalent of 50 mg/dL or more of morphine - are more likely than are lower doses to lead to unintentional overdose, according to a report in JAMA. However, the practice of adding a prescription for as-needed...
Prodromal Symptoms Trace Parkinson's Progression
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ALZHEIMER'S AND PARKINSON'S DISEASES BARCELONA - Early neuronal death may spark symptoms that can precede the classic motor dysfunction of Parkinson's disease by up to 20 years. Rather than...
Promising AD Treatments Remain in Pipeline: Amyloid Fibril Antiaggregation Therapy and Neurotrophic Agents Are Still under Consideration
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM A PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TUCSON - More than 60 drugs remain in the developmental pipeline for Alzheimer's disease, although the past several years have seen numerous once-promising...
Screen Breast Cancer Patients for Depression: From the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
HONOLULU - Women whose depression improved during a 1-year treatment trial for metastatic breast cancer survived a median 2 years longer than women whose depression worsened, according to a long-term follow-up study. "Our main finding is that the...
Screening May Prevent Carbamazepine Reactions
FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Before carbamazepine is prescribed, screening patients for the presence of the HLA-B*1502 and the HLA-A*3101 alleles will identify those most likely to develop potentially lethal hypersensitivity reactions,...
SSRI May Reduce Suicidal Ideation in Schizophrenia Patients: From the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
SAN ANTONIO - Longer follow-up supports earlier findings that subsyndromal symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation in middle-aged and older adults with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder might respond to treatment with a selective serotonin...
Suicide Prevention Poster in ED Improves Patient Engagement: From the Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology
PORTLAND, ORE. - A poster about suicide prevention that hung in four emergency departments in New York State - plus a two-page guide to reinforce its message - increased clinicians' recognition and engagement of suicidal patients, Dr. Glenn W. Currier...
The Community First Choice Option
The Community First Choice Option is among the lesser-known provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Formally known as Section 2401, this program offers additional Medicaid funding to states to provide home- and community-based attendant services and...
Treating Depression May Speed Stroke Recovery: From the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
SAN ANTONIO - Preventing or treating depression after a stroke can help patients with varying degrees of disability and adaptive skills recover functional ability. Treatment of depression can help patients develop the plasticity they need to recover...
Web-Based CBT Appears Effective for Depression: Expert Analysis from the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
HONOLULU - The use of Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy could cure half of patients with internalizing mental disorders, including depression, social phobia, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, a review of data suggests. ...
Ziprasidone Less Effective in Overweight Bipolar Patients
FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION HONOLULU--The antipsychotic ziprasidone does not appear to work as well in patients with bipolar disorder who are either obese or hyperglycemic, according to a study funded by the drug's...

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