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July 2007 News and Blog Posts (24)

Drug Improves Some Symptoms in Severe Alzheimer's Disease

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - TORONTO, July 30 -- Donepezil (Aricept) helped stave off fading cognition in patients with severe Alzheimer's, but failed to otherwise stem the advance of the disease, researchers found.



Approved by the FDA in October 2006 to treat severe as well as moderate forms of the disease, the cholinesterase inhibitor proved mildly effective and safe in helping preserve memory and cognition for patients with advanced disease, Sandra E. Black, M.D., of the University of… Continue

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TB Agent Helps in Obsessive-Compulsive Therapy

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain to interested patients that this small study found that a TB agent can help obsessive-compulsive patients respond to extinction-based exposure therapy.



MINNEAPOLIS, July 20 -- For patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, an anti-tuberculosis agent can jump start behavioral therapy, investigators here have found.



Patients given 125 mg of D-cycloserine (Seromycin), an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)… Continue

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Music and a View Ease Anxiety During Colposcopy

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain to interested patients that this study suggests a number of interventions that may ease a woman's anxiety during colposcopic examination.



o Urge concerned patients to ask gynecologists about interventions to help them overcome procedure-related anxiety.



GATESHEAD, England, July 20 -- Playing soothing music during a colposcopy or allowing the patient to view the procedure on a television monitor were… Continue

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Music and a View Ease Anxiety During Colposcopy

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - GATESHEAD, England, July 20 -- Playing soothing music during a colposcopy or allowing the patient to view the procedure on a television monitor were effective anxiety-reducing interventions, according to a review of 11 clinical trials.



Women who watched the colposcopy on a monitor during the procedure reported significantly less anxiety (P<0.0002) than women who weren't offered that option, wrote Khadra Galaal, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H., of the Northern Gynecological… Continue

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ADHD Therapies Hold Roughly Uniform Benefit in the Long Run

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain to interested patients that the findings suggest most children with ADHD do improve with treatment over time.



o Caution patients that the study did not compare treatment to no treatment for ADHD, and did not suggest that there was no benefit to treatment.



NEW YORK, July 20 -- Most kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) get better over time with treatment regardless of what that… Continue

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Statin May Reduce Risk of Dementia and Parkinson's Disease

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain to interested patients that this report describes findings from a retrospective study, which cannot be used to establish a causal relationship.



o Explain to interested patients that simvastatin and other statins are approved for treatment of hyperlipidemia, not for the prevention of dementia or Parkinson's disease.



BOSTON, July 19 -- Simvastatin (Zocor) may enrich the brain as well as help sustain the… Continue

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VAS-COG: Sertraline Shows Promise for Improving Executive Function in Dementia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Treatment with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor sertraline significantly improved executive function in older patients with non-cortical dementia.



o The results came from a retrospective chart review, not a prospective, randomized clinical trial.



o The findings were reported at a medical conference and as a published abstract and should be considered preliminary until they appear in a peer-reviewed… Continue

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Making Treatment for Bipolar Disorder a Family Affair

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - One afternoon last spring, Igor Galynker, MD -- associate chairman of psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and director of the Zirinsky Mood Disorders Center there -- had a meeting with a bipolar man's wife that brought home to him the enormous stresses on family members of patients with bipolar disorder, and the need for mental-health clinicians to involve the family more actively in their treatment. The encounter, in fact, led Galynker -- whose work had… Continue

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Making Treatment for Bipolar Disorder a Family Affair

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - One afternoon last spring, Igor Galynker, MD -- associate chairman of psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and director of the Zirinsky Mood Disorders Center there -- had a meeting with a bipolar man's wife that brought home to him the enormous stresses on family members of patients with bipolar disorder, and the need for mental-health clinicians to involve the family more actively in their treatment. The encounter, in fact, led Galynker -- whose work had… Continue

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VAS-COG: Poor Dental Health May Raise Risk of Dementia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - SAN ANTONIO, July 13 -- The fewer teeth someone has in middle age, the greater the risk seems to be for dementia later in life, data from an ongoing study of women's health suggest.



Poor dental health increased the likelihood of dementia by 30% to 40% over a 32-year period, regardless of cardiovascular status, according to a report at the International Society of Vascular Behavioral and Cognitive Disorders meeting here.



For full article, please… Continue

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Depression Is Often Overlooked in Early Parkinson's

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain to patients that this study suggests that depression is common among patients with Parkinson's disease, but may go undiagnosed and untreated, because depressive symptoms such as insomnia and fatigue are also symptoms of Parkinson's.



o Point out that this study also suggests that mild depression is associated with increased disability and more frequent treatment of motor-related impairment.



ROCHESTER,… Continue

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FDA Approves Rivastigmine Patch for Alzheimer's Disease

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - EAST HANOVER, N.J., July 10 -- The FDA has approved a rivastigmine transdermal patch for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, Novartis announced here.



The patch (Exelon Patch) is the first approved transdermal system for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The patch has also won approval for mild to moderate Parkinson's disease dementia. Rivastigmine oral formulations were already approved for the Alzheimer's indication.



For full article, please… Continue

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Proposed Criteria Target Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain that proposed criteria for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease pinpoint episodic memory impairment as the key clinical feature.



o Discuss with interested patients the emerging importance of biomarkers and imaging studies in early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.



PARIS, July 9 -- Episodic impaired memory rather than developing dementia is the crucial clinical symptom pointing to an Alzheimer's disease… Continue

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Experts propose new diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Advances in PET and MR have led Alzheimer's disease experts to propose new criteria for diagnosing the condition, at least when conducting research studies.



The proposal calls for researchers to include atrophy in affected parts of the brain shown by MRI and a specific pattern demonstrated by brain PET, when diagnosing the condition during clinical studies. Other factors suggested for inclusion are abnormal biomarker proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid and a… Continue

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Autism Diagnosis Can Be Made at an Earlier Age

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain to interested patients that this study adds to the evidence that autism can be diagnosed early in childhood, opening opportunities for early intervention.



o Caution patients that further study is needed to develop and validate autism diagnostic tools and criteria for children younger than two.



BALTIMORE, July 5 -- About half of children who develop autism may be diagnosable by 14 months of age,… Continue

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Suicide Patterns in Depression Unrelated to Antidepressant Use

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points



o Explain to patients who ask that although some studies have suggested there is an increase in suicide attempts among patients starting on antidepressants, this large study indicates that suicide risk is highest in the month before patients with depression start therapy with either drugs or psychotherapy, and declines as treatment continues.



SEATTLE, July 2 -- Increases in suicide rates in the first month of treatment for… Continue

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Suicide Patterns in Depression Unrelated to Antidepressant Use

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - SEATTLE, July 2 -- Increases in suicide rates in the first month of treatment for depression appear to be unrelated to the use of antidepressants, reported investigators here.



The patterns of suicide attempts among patients treated for depression were similar whether they received antidepressants, psychotherapy, or both, reported Gregory E. Simon, M.D., M.P.H., and James Savarino, Ph.D., of the Group Health Cooperative, a Washington state health… Continue

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Major Depression: Adding Liothyronine Increases Response to SSRI

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Response to SSRIs, the most frequently used first-line agents for major depression, tends to be slow, and full remission is obtained by fewer than half of treated patients. Since thyroid function has recently been linked to symptoms of depression, researchers performed a double-blind, randomized, 8-week, placebo-controlled trial to find whether the thyroid hormone L-triiodothyronine (liothyronine [Cytomel]) would heighten the effects of treatment with the SSRI sertraline… Continue

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Postpartum Depression Bill Likely to Move Forward

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Democratic control of Congress may result in the dislodging of a long-stuck bill authorizing an unspecified amount of additional federal funding for research into postpartum depression. But in hearings in a House subcommittee recently, Republicans voiced an intention to add postabortion depression to the bill's focus.



Rep Bobby Rush (D, Ill) introduced the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act (HR 20) 6 years ago after learning about… Continue

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Depression: Guidelines for Effective Primary Care, Part 1, Diagnosis

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Depression is a common, recurrent, often debilitating, and potentially lethal disorder. About 1 in 10 outpatients have clinical, or major, depression.1,2 The lifetime prevalence rate for a major depressive episode is 3.2% to 4.4% for men and 4.9% to 8.7% for women.3,4 Depression is more common in persons with medical illnesses; it affects 11% to 36% of general medical inpatients.5



In this 2-part series, I review the diagnosis and treatment of depression in the… Continue

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