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Common Cat Anesthetic Used To Treat Depressed Patients
2012-05-31 04:12:00

Ketamine, an anesthetic commonly used in veterinary practice for feline surgical procedures, has been found to help bipolar patients suffering from depression. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health had previously found that a single dose of ketamine produced rapid antidepressant effects in depressed patients with bipolar disorder. The team has now replicated that finding in an independent group of depressed patients, who also had bipolar disorder. During the new...

2012-05-23 23:00:55

"Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia” has Important Implications for Worldwide Care and Treatment Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2012 The first film series to look at mental illness in the developing world was released today by documentary film company Elemental Productions. “Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia” (http://www.afflictionsfilmseries.com), is an award-winning compilation of six films about the lives of men, women and...

2012-05-22 21:47:44

Patient care nationwide may be affected when research on medications contain only 'good news' — especially when the research is industry-funded When thousands of psychiatrists attend their field's largest annual meeting each year, the presentations they hear about research into drug treatments report overwhelmingly on positive results. That's the finding of a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology by two young psychiatrists from the University of...

2012-05-15 21:00:37

Reducing the non-FDA-approved use of antipsychotic drugs may be a way to save money while having little effect on patient care, according to a Penn State College of Medicine study. Researchers say that 57.6 percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications in data from 2003 did not have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the conditions for which the drugs were approved for use. Use of medication for treatments that is not FDA-approved is called off-label use. "Given healthcare...

2012-05-10 14:03:47

New genetic findings reported in Biological Psychiatry These findings are not about the classic story of gift-giving, although the MAGI genes (officially named membrane associated guanylate kinase, WW and PDZ domain containing proteins) do influence brain function in important ways. MAGI1 and MAGI2 are genes that code for the MAGI proteins. These proteins influence the development and function of synapses in the brain, the junctions where communication between nerve cells occurs....

2012-05-04 02:25:07

PHILADELPHIA, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shire plc [http://www.shire.com/shireplc/en/home ] (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it will present scientific data from one oral and 16 poster presentations at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 165th Annual Meeting to be held May 5-9. The data being presented represent Shire's ongoing commitment to the clinical research of Vyvanse(R) (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)...

2012-05-02 13:30:37

Although the two disorders may seem dissimilar, epilepsy and psychosis are associated. Individuals with epilepsy are more likely to have schizophrenia, and a family history of epilepsy is a risk factor for psychosis. It is not known whether the converse is true, i.e., whether a family history of psychosis is a risk factor for epilepsy. Multiple studies using varied investigative techniques have shown that patients with schizophrenia and patients with epilepsy show some similar structural...

2012-04-24 23:18:20

Possible changes in DSM-5 could do more harm than good for patients A Rhode Island Hospital psychiatrist and researcher explains the negative impact of broadening the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). In a newly published commentary in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Mark Zimmerman, M.D., explains that lowering the diagnostic threshold for bipolar disorder will likely do more harm than...

2012-04-24 02:28:55

CHICAGO, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Balanced Mind Foundation's "Bringing Hope Home" luncheon on April 19 featured expert speakers and powerful personal stories about the life-saving importance of educating and empowering parents raising children with mood disorders. Executive Director Susan B. Resko introduced a moving video, produced and donated by Steve and Wendy Sefcik of Sefcik Productions, New Jersey, who lost their 16-year-old son T.J. to suicide. The Sefciks...

2012-04-19 20:18:10

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that children who have experienced severe trauma are three times as likely to develop schizophrenia in later life. The findings shed new light on the debate about the importance of genetic and environmental triggers of psychotic disorders. For many years research in mental health has focused on the biological factors behind conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychotic depression, but there is now increasing evidence...