Psychiatry

2016/07/08MEDICAL UPDATE

Ketamine cuts suicidal thinking in depression

by Bruce Sylvester: Ketamine reduced suicidal thoughts in a small group of patients with treatment-resistant depression, researchers reported on May 10, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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2016/05/24MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Denmark – Postpartum psychiatric disorders increase suicide risk

by Gary Finnegan: A new study shows that while suicide in new mothers is rare, the link with postpartum psychiatric disorders is strong.

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2014/12/24MEDICAL UPDATE

Twitter posts may shine a fresh light on mental illness trends

Computers scientists, who have already used Twitter posts to track flu cases, say their techniques also show promise as a tool to gather important information about some common mental illnesses.

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2014/12/01MEDICAL UPDATE

Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications more likely to abuse those drugs illegally

Substance abuse assessments needed before drugs are prescribed, researchers say.  Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications may be up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs illegally than teens who have never received a prescription, often by obtaining additional pills from friends or family members, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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2014/01/15MEDICAL UPDATE

Ketamine acts as antidepressant by boosting serotonin

PET molecular imaging of the brain reveals that ketamine may act as an antidepressant by boosting serotonin activity in brain areas involved in motivation.

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2013/09/06MEDICAL UPDATE

Could a blood test predict suicide risk?

World Health Matters by Gary Finnegan - United States - A series of RNA biomarkers have been found which researchers say could help to identify people at risk of committing suicide.

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2013/09/02MEDICAL UPDATE

Ketamine shows antidepressant effect in refractory depression

FDA Highlights by Bruce Sylvester - Researchers report that, in a double-blind trial involving clinically depressed patients who had not responded to at least three prior antidepressants, intravenous ketamine therapy improved symptoms of depression within 24 hours.

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2013/08/27MEDICAL UPDATE

Infections increase risk of mood disorders

New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed for the first time with a mood disorder has been admitted to hospital with an infection prior to the diagnosis.

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2013/08/02MEDICAL UPDATE

Mental illness associated with cannabis use

People with mental illnesses are more than seven times more likely to usecannabis weekly compared to people without a mental illness, according to researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) who studied U.S. data.

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2013/07/31MEDICAL UPDATE

Cannabis and schizophrenia or psychosis

Last year the UK government reclassified cannabis from a class C to a class B drug, partly out of concerns that cannabis, especially the more potent varieties, may increase the risk of schizophrenia in young people. But the evidence for the relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia or psychosis remains controversial. A new study has determined that it may be necessary to stop thousands of cannabis users in order to prevent a single case of schizophrenia.

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