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. 1, January

Acute Alcohol Withdrawal: DT Risk Higher after Age 65
BOCA RATON, FLA. - Older patients hospitalized with acute alcohol withdrawal experience more delirium tremens and delirium than do inpatients younger than 65 years, based on the results of a retrospective study. Screen older patients for alcohol...
American Ginseng Improves Working Memory: Cognition-Enhancing Effects of Extract Are Observed in Preliminary Study of Healthy Young Adults
AMSTERDAM - American ginseng significantly improved working-memory performance in a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study of healthy young adults presented at the congress. "This preliminary study has identified robust working-memory...
Atypicals, rTMS Weighed for Resistant Anorexia Nervosa
FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. - What do atypical antipsychotics, an analeptic, and targeted magnets have in common? They all might play a role in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. "When you have a disorder that is so treatment resistant, it's like metastatic...
Bidirectional Link Seen between Depression and Diabetes
ORLANDO - Patients with newly diagnosed diabetes also might be at an increased risk of depression, a large Danish registry study has determined. Men seemed particularly at risk, Dr. Jeppe Norgaard Rasmussen said. "Men with diabetes were 50% more...
Congress Passes 1-Year Pay Fix for Doctors
Physicians will not face a scheduled 25% pay cut under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2011, thanks to last-minute action by Congress and President Obama. On Dec. 15, the president signed a 1-year pay fix into law. The law will eliminate...
Diamond Is Gem for Depression Care
A depression care model aiming to bridge the gap between what is known about mental health obstacles and what is being done to minimize them has led to the successful communion of science and practice across Minnesota. The model, called Depression...
Eye-Tracking Test Suggests Autism in Toddlers
Toddlers at risk for autism spectrum disorders preferred to look at geometric patterns more than social images in a 1-minute experiment, in contrast to developmentally delayed and developmentally typical toddlers, according to a study of 110 children...
Fink! Still at Large: A Study of Children with Incarcerated Parents Suggests That Teachers Can Be a Powerful Source of Stigmatization. How Would You Help a Child in This Situation in Psychotherapy?
Recently a man sitting across from me at a banquet table said, "I know you; you're the doctor who taught me that children need love and praise." His comment, which I surmised was based on a lecture I had given months before, surprised me. Nonetheless,...
Halting HT Adds 0.7 Days of Sleep Difficulty in 2 Months
CHICAGO - Almost 40% of women report sleep problems in midlife, and since hormone therapy benefits sleep, cessation of that therapy might have the opposite effect. A study of 1,704 women from the Group Health Research Institute of Seattle confirms...
Health Law May Bolster Addiction Treatment
BOCA RATON, FLA. -- Pharmacologic strategies are underused for alcohol use disorders, Dr. Charles P. O'Brien said, despite backing from evidence-based medicine. "This is terrible that we have such a divorce in this field between evidence-based medicine...
Healthy People 2020: Goals Reflect Graying of America
Healthy People 2010 is growing up. The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the birth of Healthy People 2020, a new generation of the nation's 10-year plan for health promotion and disease prevention. "The launch of Healthy People...
Hypertexting by Teens Linked to Increased Health Risks
DENVER - Teens who overuse cell phone texting or social networking Web sites have disturbingly high rates of a wide range of health risk behaviors, a large cross-sectional study showed. "The startling results of this study suggest that, when left...
In Pregnancy, Buprenorphine Bests Methadone
For opioid-dependent women who are pregnant, buprenorphine appears to offer an effective, safe first-line alternative to methadone, according to a report. In a randomized trial comparing pregnancy outcomes among women seeking treatment for opioid...
Neurostimulation Poised to Tame Tough Seizures: Response Rates in Direct Brain Stimulation Trials Are Only 40%-50%, but 'This Is Just the Beginning.'
SAN ANTONIO -- It's still too soon to know whether neurostimulation will be the advance that treatment-refractory epilepsy patients have been waiting for, but the possibility that it might be has the epilepsy community buzzing. For about 30% of...
New Guidelines on Stroke Prevention Emphasize Lifestyle
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have together issued new guidelines on how to prevent strokes. The new guidelines constitute a thorough reevaluation of the scientific literature on stroke prevention, and contain many...
Pediatric Admissions Doubled in 10 Years: Has More Cost Shifting into Medicaid Led to or Resulted from the Rise in Hospitalizations?
NEW YORK - During the period 1996-2007, hospitalization rates for psychiatric disorders among American children aged 5-13 years rose dramatically, nearly doubling during that time. Concurrently, psychiatric hospitalizations for U.S. adolescents...
Preventing and Addressing Substance Use in Teens
Adolescent substance use is a big, difficult issue. Marijuana, cigarettes, and alcohol are endemic to many high schools. One approach to addressing this problem is to educate parents about which children might be at higher risk for substance use....
PTSD Linked to Coronary Artery Disease Risk: Study Suggests Patients with PTSD May Warrant More Careful Assessment for Coronary Disease
CHICAGO - Patients with posttraumatic stress disorder had an increased prevalence of coronary artery disease as well as an increased risk of death in a retrospective analysis of more than 30,000 patients. "We have proof for the first time based...
PTSD Research Targets Memory Reconsolidation: Treatment, Which Usually Involves Propranolol, Erases Emotional Reaction to the Traumatic Memory
MONTREAL - The field of psychiatry is facing a shift, with new research suggesting that medications and psychotherapy might be able to permanently erase the "trauma" from traumatic memories, several experts say. The experimental treatment, known...
Rural Adolescents More Likely to Abuse Prescription Drugs
Adolescents living in rural areas of the United States are more likely to abuse prescription drugs than are those living in urban areas, according to a published report. Even after study data were adjusted to account for differences between rural...
Short-Acting Opioids Up Fracture Risk in Elderly
DENVER - Elderly patients who are placed on a short-acting opioid analgesic for treatment of arthritis pain are twice as likely to experience a fracture during the subsequent year, compared with those on a long-acting opioid, according to a large cohort...
Strategic Plan Focuses on Women's Health
BETHESDA, MD. - The next decade's worth of research in women's health should focus on increasing understanding of the role of sex factors in differential disease risk, vulnerability, progression, and outcomes, as well as the effects of being female...
Surgeon General's Report: Just One Cigarette Is Harmful
WASHINGTON - For the first time, there is evidence of immediate and direct harm done by smoking even one cigarette, according to the 30th annual United States Surgeon General's Office report on smoking. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin said at...
Survey: Daily Marijuana Use on Rise in Teens: About 1 in 16 of the 12th Graders Used Marijuana on a Daily or Near-Daily Basis, the Survey Found
WASHINGTON - The 2010 Monitoring the Future results showing a significant increase in marijuana use among American adolescents over the last year confirm earlier surveys and are profoundly disturbing, addiction medicine experts say. "The new data...
Violence Prevention Skills Applied to Bullying: Shift in Focus from Catastrophizing Bullying Is Seen as a Strategy Sure to Foster Violence Prevention
Half of the respondents in a recent survey of more than 43,000 public and private high school students said they had bullied someone in the last year, and 47% said they had been the victim of bullying. Moreover, 33% of the students surveyed said...
Walking Linked to Slower Cognitive Declines: In Patients with AD or MCI, Walking 5 Miles per Week Preserved Brain Volume and Cut Memory Loss
CHICAGO - Walking is associated with slower cognitive decline and greater preservation of brain volume in older adults with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease as well as in cognitively healthy older adults, a longitudinal study has shown....
Walking toward Mental Health
"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor."--Marcus Tillius Cicero Every year, the multibillion dollar health and fitness industries go into high gear, pushing consumers to start eating healthfully, losing weight,...
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