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. 42, No. 8, August

Abnormal Cortisol Levels May Be Tied to Psychosis Risk
FROM PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY Abnormalities in the functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis might offer insight into understanding psychosis in schizophrenia, a recent study showed. As "the primary system involved in coordinating...
ADHD Drug Stimulates Brain's Motivation/reward System
AT THE ASCP ANNUAL MEETING HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Activity in the regions of the brain associated with motivation and reward correlated with clinical improvements in attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder symptoms in adults given lisdexamfetamine...
Bariatric Surgery and Mental Health
Many patients ask why they have to see a mental health professional before getting bariatric surgery. The value of the preoperative psychosocial evaluation for surgical candidates is well documented. A National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel...
Bariatric Surgery Tied to Improved Sexual Function in Women
AT THE AUGS ANNUAL MEETING WASHINGTON -- Obese women experienced significant improvements in sexual function over 6-24 months after bariatric surgery in a multi-study review. The findings suggest that this outcome should be listed among the possible...
CDC Upgrades Its Response to Ebola Outbreak in Africa
FROM A CDC PRESS CONFERENCE ATLANTA -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against nonessential travel to three West African countries facing the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in history and announced that it will send 50...
Cerebral Microbleeds' Depth May Reveal Dementia Type
AT AAIC 2014 COPENHAGEN -- The location of cerebral microbleeds appears to be strongly associated with dementia subtypes, perhaps reflecting the disorders' underlying pathologies. "This regional association with dementia subtypes is consistent...
Don't Push Behavior Change in Diabetes Self-Care
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE ADA ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS SAN FRANCISCO -- Getting patients to abandon unhealthful behaviors to better control diabetes can be hard, and sometimes the clinician is the problem, according to behavioral psychologist William...
Dr. Insel: BRAIN Initiative Will Bring in Big Data Firms to Usher in New Era: 'What We Call Depression' Could Be 10 Kinds of Disorders
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE ASCP ANNUAL MEETING HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- Imagine if you'd gone to medical school with the intention of becoming a psychiatrist, only to be told part of your core curriculum would include a course on biomaterials engineering...
Exposing Myths about the Adolescent Brain
It was nearly 20 years ago that I first learned about the efforts to delay school start time in hopes that it might help sleep-deprived teenagers become better students. From its epicenter in greater Minneapolis, this low amplitude groundswell has...
Infectious Disease and Psychiatric Morbidity
When I was in medical school, I was torn between going into infectious diseases--I had loved Rats, Lice, and History (Boston: Little, Brown 8C Co., 1935)--and psychiatry. I spent a month at the former Army facility, Gorgas Hospital, in Panama City,...
IOM Report Calls for Redistribution of GME Funding
The Medicare program should continue to fund graduate medical education for at least the next decade, but should gradually begin tying payments to performance, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. In the report, released July 29,...
Pediatric Obesity May Be Leveling Off
FROM PEDIATRICS By some measures, the prevalence of pediatric and adolescent obesity appears to have leveled off since 2003, according to an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The prevalence of abdominal...
Rising Projection of AD Cases Rooted in Better Reporting
AT AAIC 2014 COPENHAGEN -- Researchers appear to be tracking contradictory trends in the global incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer's disease. There's no doubt that both are declining in the United States and other high-income countries. But...
Smelling Test Might Identify Preclinical Alzheimer's: More Study Needed before Test Can Be Incorporated into Care
AT AAIC 2014 COPENHAGEN -- A test that measures how well patients recognize scents was highly correlated with progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease as well as neurodegeneration and beta-amyloid deposition in the brain...
Stem Cell Transplantation Achieved Temporary HIV Remission
FROM ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from HIV-naive individuals to HIV-1-positive individuals may achieve temporary antiretroviral-free remission of infection and loss of detectable HIV-1, a study shows....
Story Brings to Mind Larger Existential Questions
"But at my back I always hear/ Time's winged chariot hurrying near." Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), "To His Coy Mistress" As this issue of Clinical Psychiatry News goes to press, John Green's young-adult novel "The Fault in Our Stars" (New York:...
Symptoms after Mild Traumatic Injury Suggest PTSD
FROM JAMA PSYCHIATRY Patients with certain symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury should be considered to have a form of posttraumatic stress disorder, rather than postconcussion syndrome, a prospective study of more than 1,300 patients shows....
The Authentic Life of Henry Grunebaum
Henry Grunebaum wrote: "Dying need not be merely a matter of letting go, of disengaging from those most dear to us, but of giving meaning, hope and a vital part of oneself to those whose lives we have touched and have touched us" ('A Final Round...
The Stigma of Being a Shrink
A CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY NEWS reader wrote in recently to object to the use of the term "shrink" in our column name. The writer noted, "We spend a lot of time trying to destigmatize the field, then use terms like this among ourselves. It's odd and offensive."...
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