Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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

Top Psychiatrist Fired In “Political” Row Over PTSD-Marijuana Study

A psychiatrist at the University of Arizona was fired after state Republican Senators criticized her work to university officials, according to the New York...

Intact Facial Affect Processing in Schizophrenia

In two separate studies (one replicating the other) of 102 people with schizophrenia diagnoses researchers from McGill, UCLA, CSU, UNC, Columbia and the VA...

J&J Tries, Fails to Squeeze Whistle Blower in Texas Risperdal Case

In giving final approval to the $158 million settlement with Texas over illegal promotion of Risperdal, Judge John Dietz denied Johnson &Johnson's request to...

Yoga is Effective for Neurological and Major Psychiatric Conditions

A literature review by the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and UCLA school of medicine, published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical...

Bipartisan Agreement on Mental Health Treatment

The New York Times on Obama's $235 million initiative: "Mental health unites lawmakers Republican and Democrat, urban and rural, even those with safe seats...

“Persuasive” Evidence for Peer Support

The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing reviews the evidence for peer support, finding "outcomes across a range of measures no different than when services had...

Peer-led Education Increases Self-esteem and Assertiveness

A study of 428 adults with mental illness diagnoses were randomly assigned to the Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals (BRIDGES) peer-led education...

NIH Defends Nemeroff Grant, Issues Talking Points

When it awarded yet another multimillion-dollar grant to Charles Nemeroff, a key figure in the controversy over conflicts of interest involving pharmaceutical research, U.S....

Writing Reduces Depression in Seniors

A study of 45 participants in the "Share Your Life Story" writing program in four senior residences in New York City found that depression...

UK NHS Adopts Lifestyle Program for Antipsychotic Users

Britain's National Health Service is adopting a "lifestyle medicine program" that was developed in Australia for young people taking antipsychotics, according to The Guardian....

We Believe Drugs with Simpler Names are Less Hazardous

People tend to strongly believe that pharmaceutical drugs with simpler and easier-to-pronounce names have fewer dangerous side effects, according to a study in the...

Exercise as an Adjunct to Medication Does Not Help Depression

A study of 361 adults with depression published online in the British Medical Journal today finds no evidence that facilitated physical activity improved depression...

Paternal Age Associated With Children’s Mental Health

A study in JAMA Psychiatry finds that the association between advanced paternal age and psychiatric and academic morbidity is stronger than previously estimated, and...

Senate to Hear Testimony on Deinstitutionalization on Olmstead Act’s 13th Anniversary

Alabama Mental Health Commissioner Zelia Baugh is scheduled to testify before a U.S. Senate committee Thursday about community treatment of the mentally ill and...

Why Journals Resist Drug Trial Registration

Although publication bias is known to be a serious problem that public drug trial registration is meant to address, only a fraction of journals...

Bipolar, AKA Unipolar Mania

Teens may have mania without depression, making their bipolar illness harder to classify, according to a new NIMH study. Interviews with 10,213 teens found...

Review of Dietary Supplements for Depression

A review of dietary drug supplements for depression in the May issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services finds that...

Australian Hospital Locks Up & Injects Wrong Man

An unidentified man who matched the description of an "eloped" patient was brought to Graylands Hospital in Perth, where he was injected with an...

One-quarter of Ohio-area Children With Down Syndrome Are Being Prescribed Psychotropics

The odds of a child with Downs Syndrome being on a psychotropic medication increase steadily with age.

11% of U.S. on Antidepressants: Less than 1/2 See a Mental Health Professional

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (2005-2008) show that 11% of Americans 12 and over take antidepressants. 60% of those have...

Stress Response in Individuals and Families Predicts Psychosis

Researchers from King's College, London, reviewed all studies examining psychological and biological markers of the stress response in both individuals at high risk of...

Beliefs About Psychosis Predict Engagement With Therapy, and Outcomes

A study by U.K. researchers finds that patients with schizophrenia diagnoses are more likely to engage in therapy and to experience positive outcomes when...

Hospital Website Health Care Information May Not Be Reliable

An investigation found that many US hospital websites were more like advertising outlets than educational portals.

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