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. 37, No. 11, November

AD Prevention Initiative Could Lead to Large Trials
Santa Fe, N.M. -- A privately funded initiative is gearing up to do proof-of-concept prevention trials sooner rather than later in motivated volunteers who carry susceptibility genes for early Alzheimer's disease, but have not yet presented with cognitive...
Anxiety Web Site Gets Many Patients Closer to Treatment
ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- A Web site created as a resource for people seeking information about anxiety disorders can be adapted to incorporate screening for anxiety and depressive disorders, with affected individuals then being steered toward appropriate...
Atopic Dermatitis or ADHD: Which Comes First?
BERLIN -- Atopic dermatitis is strongly and independently associated with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder, three large German studies suggest. If the relationship is causal--and that's an unsettled issue--then atopic dermatitis would...
Beta-Blockers May Cut Mortality in Patients with TBI
PITTSBURGH -- Beta-blockers may have a protective effect in patients with traumatic brain injury, significantly reducing mortality, based on a retrospective study of more than 2,000 patients. Although patients on beta-blockers in this study were...
CBT Called Useful Approach for Psychiatric Inpatients
NEW YORK -- The implementation of a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral therapy model as treatment paradigm for inpatient psychiatry can help hospitals balance the competing demands of providing effective care and limiting lengths of stay, Dr. Jean...
Cocaine Vaccine Appears to Reduce Dependence
Avaccine made with succinylnorcocaine linked to recombinant cholera toxin is somewhat effective in reducing cocaine dependence, according to results from a small study. The study's findings "are transfomative vis-a-vis our ability to demonstrate...
Data Show a Younger, Smaller Pool of Physicians
More young physicians are entering the workforce than previously thought while fewer older physicians are remaining active, making the physician workforce younger on average, both now and in the future, a recent study of census data showed. The...
Depression Doubles Risk for Foot Ulcers in Diabetes Patients
MONTREAL -- Major depression is associated with a twofold increase in the risk of incident diabetic foot ulcers, according to the results of a large, prospective, population-based cohort study. The findings suggest strong benefits in screening for...
Diet, Exercise Combo Advanced for Diabetes
MONTREAL -- The focus of lifestyle interventions for type 2 diabetes should be on combining weight loss diets with exercise, new research shows. Weight loss is similar for either high-carbohydrate (HC) or a high-protein (HP) diets--with the addition...
Dimebon's Action May Challenge Amyloid Theory
VIENNA -- Dimebon-the abandoned Russian antihistamine that burst onto the Alzheimer's study scene with the only positive clinical data of 2008--may throw yet another curve ball into a research world that for years has focused almost entirely on the...
Dopamine Reward Pathways Found Abnormal in ADHD
People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder show dopamine abnormalities in the midbrain and accumbens--brain regions that are key to reward and motivation pathways, a report shows. Shown on PET imaging, deficits in dopamine synaptic markers...
Drug Costs Need Not Limit Options
As debate continues over whether to enact a public health plan in the United States, researchers from Canada and Australia assert that "the use of cost- effectiveness in coverage decisions need not be an undue barrier to drug funding" by a national...
Early Abuse Tied to Later Physical Ailments
Abuse and neglect during childhood appear to be associated with poor physical health just as early abuse affects adult emotional health, a meta-analysis of studies involving more than 40,000 people shows. The object of the meta-analysis was to assess...
European Groups Weigh in on SMI, Diabetes
VIENNA -- A new joint position statement from three European medical organizations is aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease risk and improving diabetes care in people with severe mental illness, as well as improving their overall health and well-being....
Fink! Still at Large: What Would Be Your Therapeutic Approach for Jaycee Dugard, Who Was Abducted and Held Captive at Age 11 and Found 18 Years Later? What Are Her Prospects for Healing?
The story of Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters leads to many questions for psychiatrists. After all, so much psychopathology is inherent in the case. How did this kidnapping and captivity unfold, how was Jaycee treated, and how did she survive? And...
Fludrocortisone as Add-On May Boost Onset of SSRI
ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- Stimulating brain miner-alocorticoid receptors with fludrocortisone as add-on therapy to escitalopram for major depression significantly accelerated the antidepressant response in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled proof-of-concept...
Flu Shots Should Not Be Mandatory
The New York State Nurses Association supports the principle that health care personnel should receive the flu vaccine each year for their own protection. Immunization is one of the primary methods of preventing influenza infection. There is a significant...
Health Info Exchange Improves Patient Care
CHICAGO -- The cooperative pooling and exchange of data on underinsured and uninsured patients has enabled a local alliance of health care providers to identify and stratify frequent users of emergency department services and create interventions targeted...
Hispanics More Likely to Drop out of CAM Studies
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Ethnicity might play a role in attrition from studies of complementary or alternative medications for depression, according to combined data from two studies of 475 people taking St. John's wort, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor,...
Mind-Body Connection Has Role in Coping with Psoriasis
PRAGUE -- A mind-body connection may play a role in a psoriasis patients' disease adaptation, study data suggest. Lipoprotein levels and the amino-terminal fragment of pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) correlated with various psychosocial...
More Soldiers Getting Care for Depression, PTSD: Participating Psychiatrists Optimistic
New York -- A systems-level collaborative care model for the screening, referral, and treatment of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in U.S. soldiers has led to an increase in the number of soldiers receiving mental health care, Col. Charles...
Neuroactive Steroids May Bolster Naltrexone
ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- Neuroactive steroids might have a future as adjunctive therapy for alcohol dependence in a subset of affected patients, a pharmacogenetic study suggests. The therapeutic response to naltrexone is known to be best in alcoholic...
New Tool Screens for Impulse Disorders in PD
ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- The first-ever brief screening questionnaire for impulse-control disorders in patients with Parkinson's disease is now available. The self-administered Questionnaire for Impulsive-Compulsive Disorders in Parkinson's Disease (QUIP)...
Podcasts May Help with Weight Loss
Overweight and obese patients who listened twice weekly to a weight-loss podcast modeled on social cognitive theory lost an average of 2.9 kg, or 6.4 pounds, in 12 weeks. "Finding new and innovative ways to reach people who wish to lose weight is...
Prediabetes Is Tied to Accelerated Brain Aging, Even in Nondiabetics
VIENNA -- Markers of metabolic dysfunction are associated with changes in brain volume and cognition, suggesting that these prediabetic conditions accelerate brain aging, according findings in a study of more than 2,000 subjects. Subjects with these...
Psychosis in DSM-V: Innovations Likely
Istanbul, Turkey -- Look for a sweeping redefinition of schizophrenia and the other psychoses in the coming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. DSM-V will very likely maintain the same nosologic categories...
Putting the Web to Use in Practice
I am a strong believer in using the resources we have so readily at hand to inform ourselves of the latest medical information and guidelines and to inform our patients. Because of that philosophy, I refer to the Web during nearly every patient visit....
Screening for Restless Legs Syndrome Warranted in IBS
CHICAGO -- Screening patients with irritable bowel syndrome for restless legs syndrome may lead to greater identification of RLS and improved treatment for both conditions. In a single, community-based gastroenterology center, 29% of 90 patients...
Should Health Care Workers Be Required to Be Immunized against Influenza? Mandatory Vaccination Is Needed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices provides annual recommendations for prevention of influenza by vaccination. ACIP currently recommends vaccination against both seasonal influenza and the...
Single Ketamine Injection Reduces Suicidal Ideation
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Suicidal ideation improved within 40 minutes of a single ketamine infusion in an open-label, pilot study of 33 patients with treatment-resistant major depression. "It's promising data. There is a very rapid resolution of suicidal...
Socio Demographics Tell Part of Story in PTSD
NEW YORK -- Sociodemographic characteristics are risk markers for posttraumatic stress disorder in military and civilian populations, but they do not explain why some individuals or populations develop the condition while others do not, Paula P. Schnurr,...
Study: Varenicline Safe for Depressed Smokers
MONTREAL -- Despite postmarketing concerns about the psychiatric side effects of varenicline for smoking cessation, the medication appears to be safe in patients who arc depressed or at risk for depression, Jennifer B. McClure, Ph.D., reported at the...
Treating Peginterferon-Induced Depression
The Problem You work in a state prison and are consulted on cases for evaluation and treatment of hepatitis C patients with a history of depression who are about to undergo peginterferon therapy. The Question Which treatments are effective...
Triptans May Not Raise Risk of Fetal Defects
PHILADELPHIA -- Sumatriptan and naratriptan do not appear to significantly raise the risk of major congenital malformations in fetuses that are exposed to the drugs in utero, according to the latest analysis of an international pregnancy registry....
Try Combined Therapy to Treat Anxiety: Starting with an SSRI and Adding CBT Later Gives Practitioners Time to Assess Patient Response
When it comes to treating anxiety, the therapeutic question may arise, "Medication or cognitive-behavioral therapy?" To Dr. Eric J. Lenze, the correct answer is most often, "Both." "Medications and CBT are efficacious for anxiety disorders, but...
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