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PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Children’s Hospitals Declare Emergency in Child Mental Health
October 21, 2021   

The Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in the mental health of children and adolescents, stating the pandemic is a leading factor driving this crisis...
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FDA Clears Technology to Aid to Concussion Diagnosis
October 18, 2021   

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently granted clearance of the EYE-SYNC technology as an Aid to Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis. This is the first FDA-approved mobile, rapid test for concussion and was created by...
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Methamphetamine Use, Overdose Deaths From Psychostimulants Are Increasing
October 14, 2021   

It is estimated that from 2015 to 2019, the number of overdose deaths from psychostimulants other than cocaine (namely methamphetamines) has more than doubled. In this cross-sectional study involving nearly 200,000 individuals aged 18-64, the authors sought to uncover some of the factors associated with this increase in overdose deaths from methamphetamines...
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Association Between Antipsychotic Use and COVID-19 Mortality Among People With Serious Mental Illness
October 11, 2021   

Patients with schizophrenia who become infected with the COVID-19 virus are at increased risk of death. The authors of this retrospective study sought to investigate whether this increased risk in mortality was mediated by antipsychotic use...
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Insulin Resistance Linked to Major Depressive Disorder
October 7, 2021   

Major depressive disorder is often difficult to predict yet is the leading cause of disability worldwide. A growing body of literature suggests that metabolic parameters may influence the development or worsening of depression. In this longitudinal study of nearly...
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Do Psychiatric Disorders Present With Distinct or Shared Gut Microbial Alterations?
October 4, 2021   

Several lines of evidence suggest an involvement of the gut microbiota in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, albeit with contradictory results. A review and meta-analysis of studies examining alpha and beta diversity and relative abundance of gut microbes in adult psychiatric populations...
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ADHD and Alzheimer’s Disease Across Generations
September 25, 2021   

Due to previous conflicting results regarding the association between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a recent nationwide cohort study evaluated their link across generations. Index persons (N=2,132,929) born in Sweden were linked to their biological relatives: 4,246,182 index person-parent pairs....
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Early Life Risk Markers for Psychiatric Disorders
September 21, 2021   

The consequences of preschool-age irritability on long-term functioning have not been well-studied. A recent study examined longitudinal associations of preschool irritability with psychiatric disorders and functional impairment in adolescence in a large community sample. In this study, 453 children were assessed at age....
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FDA-Approved First Treatment for Idiopathic Hypersomnia
September 16, 2021   

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first treatment for adult idiopathic hypersomnia, a condition in which patients experience chronic excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep inertia, prolonged yet non-restorative nighttime sleep and naps, and cognitive impairment...
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Prevalence and Trends in Suicidal Behavior Among US Military Veterans During the COVID-19 Pandemic
September 10, 2021   

There is great concern that the COVID-19 pandemic and all it includes (such as social isolation, financial hardship, unemployment, and fear of infection) may increase the incidence of mental health issues and suicidality. This is especially a concern in veterans, a population already at increased risk for mental health issues and suicidality. In this population-based, prospective cohort study, analyzing data from...
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