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. 44, No. 6, June

$30 Million NIA Consortium to Explore Links between Alzheimer's, Vascular Health
AT ADRD 2016 SUMMIT BETHESDA, MD. -- Cerebral vascular dysfunction exerts a significant negative influence on cognition, doubling the risk of dementia in old age and speeding the rate of cognitive decline. These findings have been confirmed in...
African American Suicide Is Rare, but Research Still Needed
THE SUICIDE earlier this year of a 23-year-old black man who was a leading member of Ohio's Black Lives Matter movement raises concerns about African American suicidal behavior. Anyone delving into the issue of African American suicide finds a great...
Alcohol Use: Study Shines Light on 'Invisible Epidemic'
FROM THE APA ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA -- Early findings from the ongoing Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial-Depression Endpoint Prevention (VITAL-DEP) study are bringing to light the "invisible epidemic" of alcohol use among older adults. "Alcohol use...
APA Stresses Judicious Use of Antipsychotics in Dementia
FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY Antipsychotics should be used judiciously when patients with dementia develop agitation or psychosis, according to the American Psychiatric Association's first practice guideline on this issue published May...
Changes in Specialty Are Advancing the Cause
THESE ARE EXCITING times for family psychiatry. In this column, I would like to sum up some of the key themes from the recent American Psychiatric Association meeting in Atlanta and how family fits in. The Association of Family Psychiatrists (AFP),...
Clozapine Rems: Still Plagued by Problems
A consolidated registry system designed to increase access to the second-generation antipsychotic clozapine is plagued with glitches, delays, and excess red tape more than 8 months after its initial launch, according to physicians and pharmacists who...
Earlier Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder Appear Tied to 2006 Recommendation Calling for Universal Screen
AT THE PAS ANNUAL MEETING BALTIMORE -- The American Academy of Pediatrics' 2006 recommendation to screen all children for autism spectrum disorder at age 18 months appears to have resulted in a substantially earlier age of diagnosis among children...
Early Palliative Care for Cancer Patients Lowers Caregivers' Depression Symptoms
FROM THE 2016 ASCO ANNUAL MEETING INTRODUCING PALLIATIVE CARE in combination with standard oncology care immediately after a cancer diagnosis results in improved quality of life and lower incidence of depression for caregivers of cancer patients....
Heavy Marijuana Use by Male Adolescents Tied to Significantly Higher Mortality Risk
FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY HEAVY MARIJUANA USE by men aged 18 or 19 years is associated with a greater risk of mortality by age 60, a longitudinal study of more than 45,000 subjects shows. The findings might surprise some, wrote...
High Prevalence of TBI Found among Retired NFL Players
AT THE MN 2016 ANNUAL MEETING VANCOUVER -- Many retired National Football League players seeking care for neurocognitive symptoms have MRI evidence of traumatic brain injury, according to the largest study of this issue among living players. ...
Judge Says Feds Overstepped on ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies
The Obama administration suffered another legal judgment against the Affordable Care Act when a district court judge ruled that the government has wrongly spent billions of dollars to repay insurers for health insurance provided to certain low-income...
Marijuana May Lower Death Risk after Acute MI
AT ACC 16 CHICAGO -- Patients who reported using marijuana prior to experiencing an acute MI had significantly lower in-hospital mortality and were less likely to have cardiogenic shock or require an intra aortic balloon pump than marijuana nonusers...
Mastering MACRA: How to Thrive under New Payment Models
As MACRA makes quality-based care the law of the land, don't just glide under the new expectations, thrive. That advice comes from accountable care experts who are seeing firsthand the tools leading to success in the new payment landscape. Rule...
Mental Health Professionals Urged to Guard against Possibility of Patient Violence
EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE APA ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA -- About half of all mental health professionals at all levels and in all practice settings can expect to be threatened by a patient at some point in their careers, and the proportion of those...
Mirtazapine Improved Functional Dyspepsia, Psychological Distress
SAN DIEGO -- The tetracyclic antidepressant mirtazapine significantly improved indicators of functional dyspepsia and psychological distress in a single-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded trial of 116 adults. After 3 months of...
MS Drugs Deemed Safe before, during Pregnancy
AT THE AAN 2016 ANNUAL MEETING VANCOUVER -- Three types of drugs commonly used to treat multiple sclerosis appear to have a generally good safety profile when administered before and during early pregnancy, suggest a trio of studies reported at...
Naldemedine Improves Opioid-Induced Constipation
AT DDW 2016 SAN DIEGO -- The investigational oral drug, naldemedine, was found effective in treating opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in patients with noncancer chronic pain, according to results of two identically designed phase III trials (COMPOSE...
New Suicide Data: Reason to Panic or Ponder?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new data on suicide have resulted in much interest and concern. Both are warranted, but panic is not. The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reported a 63% increase in U.S. deaths by suicide...
Parents' Substance Abuse, Mood Complicate Obesity
AT THE PAS ANNUAL MEETING BALTIMORE -- Childhood obesity can result from more than just poor diet, not enough exercise, and too much screen time; it also often occurs in families with parents who have a significantly increased prevalence of psychosocial...
Probuphine Implant Predicted to Ease Buprenorphine Maintenance
Probuphine, a subdermal buprenorphine implant approved May 26 by the Food and Drug administration for opioid addiction, will likely increase adherence to buprenorphine maintenance, therapy by making it more convenient, according to Caleb Banta-Green,...
Racing against Burnout
At 6 a.m., after eight admissions back to back, I feel like I can't stay awake any longer. I desperately need a nap. I have 30 minutes before my next admission, but I know I'm not going to rest. I close my eyes, and I only see charts. I'm trying not...
Screen and Treat MS Patients for Distress, Depression
AT THE APA ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA -- Nearly half of 2,100 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients enrolled at baseline in the Sonya Slifka Longitudinal Multiple Sclerosis Study reported experiencing emotional distress, and 9% of those patients reported...
Some Improvements Seen in Cognition after Bariatric Surgery
AT THE APA ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA -- Some patients experienced improvement in at least one neurocognitive domain up to 3 years after having bariatric surgery, a small, systematic review has shown. The most significant improvements were reported...
State Board Discipline of Physicians Varies Widely by State
THE RATE at which medical boards discipline physicians varies widely by state, with Delaware doctors facing four times more disciplinary actions that Massachusetts physicians, according to a review of physicians in all 50 states. Dr. John Alexander...
Tailor Alcoholics Anonymous Principles for Clinical Practice
EXPERT ANALYSIS AT THE APA ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA -- Encouraging alcoholic patients to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can help them in the long run, but the role of the clinician only begins there, experts said at the annual meeting of the...
Teens with ADHD Likely to Stop Medications on Their Own
AT THE PAS ANNUAL MEETING BALTIMORE -- Almost all teenagers with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder stopped their medication at some point during their teen years, a study showed. The stoppages happened for a variety of reasons, many...
The Elephant in the Room: Health Care for the Poor
As I read the array of articles in medical newspapers and on websites, I am intrigued by various reports about medications, such as the article, 'Antidepressants tied to lower dementia mortality." This and other articles about new therapeutic approaches...
Transgender Surgery Making Inroads in Culture, with Insurers
The way Dr. Marci L. Bowers sees it, societal acceptance of transgender persons has come a long way, and the future of transgender surgery is bright. "Who thought that we'd have our decathlon winner Bruce Jenner become Caitlyn?" Dr. Bowers said...
Varenicline, Bupropion Not Tied to Neuropsychiatric Events
FROM THE LANCET Neuropsychiatric adverse events do not increase significantly in smokers treated with either varenicline or bupropion, a large cohort study shows. Both bupropion and varenicline have been tied to long-term smoking cessation in...
VA Therapy: Greater Focus on Therapeutic Relationship Could Improve VAMC Outcomes
EXPERT ANALYSIS ATTHEAPA ANNUAL MEETING ATLANTA -- It may be time for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration to consider new ways of integrating its approaches to mental health care to better serve its patients,...
Young Women's Weight Gain Predicts Later Low Back Pain
AT OARSI 2016 AMSTERDAM -- Data from a longitudinal study reported at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis show that weight gain in young women is an independent predictor of future low back pain. Indeed, for every 5 kg in weight gained, the...
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