Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Summaries of research findings that tell of a scientific need to "rethink psychiatry."

Schizophrenia Subtypes Disappearing From the Literature

Schizophrenia Bulletin publishes a review of published articles that finds the use of schizophrenia subtypes (Catatonic, Disorganized, Paranoid, Residual & Undifferentiated), "while widely used...

Journal Chooses Not to Retract “Misleading” Paxil Study Despite Criminal Conviction

The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has chosen not to retract Martin Keller's study of Paxil in children ("Study...

Pharma Execs Barred from Federal Programs

Three former executives from Purdue Pharma have been barred by a federal appeals court from doing business with federal healthcare programs such as Medicare...

NY Supreme Court Awards $1.5 M in Antidepressant-Related Suicide

The New York State Supreme Court found in favor of Janice Mazella, widow of  basketball coach and teacher Joe Mazella, in a malpractice suit...

Stress Impacts Brain Development

Research by a team at the University of California in Berkeley (including noted stress researcher Robert Sapolsky) published research in Molecular Psychiatry that finds chronic...

Sexual Side Effects of Medications in Young People

The effects of antidepressants and mood stabilizers on young people's psychosexual development receive little attention or research, says Kaitlin Bell Barnett (author of "Dosed:...

Links Between Maternal Behavior and Psychological Sequelae

Researchers from Taiwan and the United States find, in a study of 1,752 inner-city infants born between 1960 and 1965 (the Johns Hopkins Pathways...

Robot Bullies Rats into Depression to Test Antidepressant Medication

Japanese engineers have devised a robotic rat that bullies laboratory rats into a state of depression, creating a model of human depression they deem...

Amygdala Development and Caregiver Absence

A researcher from UCLA writes in Developmental Psychobiology of the effects of caregiver absence on the development of the amygdala, suggesting that caregiver deprivation...

Eli Lilly is Overvalued

The investment newsletter Seeking Alpha reports that Eli Lilly's research woes, including the halting of research into a new antipsychotic, mean that Lilly's stock...

State Of Mind Series Highlights Changes To Vermont Mental Health System

Vermont Public Radio's series State of Mind will explore the ripples through Vermont's mental health system since Tropical Storm Irene washed away the State Hospital. In...

Six Years of Re-education and Restrictions Sufficient to Change Inappropriate Prescribing Habits

A six-year program run by the NHS Foundation Trust aimed at reducing high rates of inappropriate polypharmacy and overprescribing by physicians and psychiatrists to mental health patients in UK inner cities was successful.

Baseball’s ADHD “Epidemic”

8% of major league baseball players have been diagnosed with ADHD (double the rate in the general population) and prescribed stimulants; medications which are...

Schizophrenia-Immune System “Link” Opens the Door to Research

"In order to expose people to dangerous treatments - and immunosuppresive drugs do carry risks - you need serious evidence to suggest those drugs...

PLoS Medicine Series: Global Studies of “Practice-Based Evidence”

The Public Library of Science calls for "case studies that can help broaden our understanding of global mental health in 'real-life' contexts." The series...

Non-English Language Journals: Unrecognized Contributors

A review in BMC Psychiatry concludes that "Non-English language general psychiatry journals contribute substantially to the body of research. However, recognition, and in particular...

Fewer Involuntary Admissions by Psychiatrists than Physicians

In October of 2006 Switzerland enacted a law requiring a certified psychiatrist - rather than a physician or resident - to compel an involuntary...

Oxytocin – “The Love Hormone” – Improves Cognition in Schizophrenia

Oxytocin, which has "shown promise as a novel antipsychotic in multiple clinical trials," improved cognition in a small sample (n=15) of people with schizophrenia...

Study Begins into Violence Against People with Mental Health Issues

A study into prejudice, hatred and violence directed against people with mental health issues is seeking public input.

Senate Amendment Filed to Fight Inappropriate Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut filed an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety...

SSRIs Can Harm Babies Prior to Conception

In addition to the increased risk of respiratory and heart troubles known to accompany SSRI use during pregnancy, SSRIs have been linked to an...

Exposure to Violence Alters Children’s DNA, Life-Long Health

In a sample of 236 children recruited from the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, researchers from Duke University and King's College London found that children...

Normal Anxiety vs. Mental Illness

Sharon Begley, author of "Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain," asks about the distinction between normal, healthy anxiety and mental illness and the implied...

Internet Data Mining Reveals Unreported Side Effect

Scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University, using automated software to mine data from 82 million internet searches for information related to, found a...

A Review of Drug-Company Funded Mental Health Websites

A meta-analysis of studies of mental health websites by John Read found that 42% are either drug company owned or receive funding from drug...

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