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April 2005 News and Blog Posts (3)

Prototype automated expert system aids Alzheimer's disease diagnosis

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - A computer-based expert system can diagnose Alzheimer's disease with an accuracy comparable to experienced nuclear medicine physicians, according to a study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting in June.

Nuclear medicine physicians often look for a typical pattern of impaired cerebral glucose metabolism in determining this diagnosis, according to coauthor Dr. Peter Bartenstein, chair of nuclear medicine at Gutenberg University Mainz in… Continue

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Depression as Co-Pilot: Clinical Implications of Hepatitis C and Interferon/Ribavirin Treatment

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Hepatitis C infection (HCV) is a common cause of chronic liver disease and is frequently managed with immunosuppressive therapy (Scott and Perry, 2002). This illness is of great interest to the consultation-liaison psychiatrist because of the high risk of depression both from the underlying condition and its usual treatment. The risk of depressive disorders in people with HCV infection (even without interferon/ribavirin [IFN/RBV] treatment) has been reported as high as 37%… Continue

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Sweet Sorrow: The Relationship Between Depression and Diabetes Mellitus

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Discussion of the relationship between glucose metabolism and psychiatric illness has occurred for at least three centuries. The eminent English physician Thomas Willis, M.D., first documented an interaction between psychiatric illness and diabetes mellitus (DM) in the late-17th century. Willis, who coined the term diabetes mellitus, made the following statement: "Sadness, or long sorrow, as likewise convulsions, and other depressions and disorders of the animal spirits,… Continue

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