Could vitamin D blood test diagnose bipolar disorder?

A study, published inTranslational Psychiatry, suggests that levels of a vitamin D binding protein are elevated in children with bipolar disorder, and could be used as a blood test marker for earlier diagnosis.News Medical
Source: Society for Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

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Conclusions Electroconvulsive therapy use appears to be substantially higher in China than in the United States and is associated with indicators of higher rather than lower functioning as reflected by independent associations with youth, employment, and fewer past hospitalizations, but also with behavioral noncompliance as reflected by involuntary admission, and has increased in recent years. Understanding United States–China discrepancies may further international understanding of the diverse roles of ECT in psychiatric practice.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Authors: Young AS, Cohen AN, Niv N, Nowlin-Finch N, Oberman RS, Olmos-Ochoa TT, Goldberg RW, Whelan F Abstract OBJECTIVE: Mobile technologies, such as smartphones, can improve health services by delivering assessments and interventions that reach people in their daily lives. There is, however, disagreement regarding whether people with serious mental illness make meaningful use of mobile technology and whether interventions that rely on mobile technology should be tailored for this population. METHODS: At two clinics, 249 people with serious mental illness were interviewed regarding mobile phone use, and their ...
Source: Psychiatric Services - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatr Serv Source Type: research
AbstractDecapitation is well-documented as an immediately lethal injury that is encountered in medicolegal autopsies. It can be due to an accident, suicide, or homicide. Literature on decapitation reveals that suicide is committed by decapitation using domestic or industrial tools, such as electric saws and drills, and improvised guillotines. Decapitation can also be the result of railway or other bizarre incidents. In this particular case, a man committed suicide by decapitation using a log splitter. This has not been reported earlier. Death investigation, including a medicolegal autopsy and scene visit, was conducted. Th...
Source: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology - Category: Forensic Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Giuffrè M, Macor D, Masutti F, Abazia C, Tinè F, Bedogni G, Tiribelli C, Crocè LS Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Recent findings pointed out that even low-risk esophageal varices (EVs) are markers of severe prognosis. Accordingly, we analyzed spleen stiffness (SS) as a non-invasive method to predict EVs of any grade in a cohort of patients with compensated liver cirrhosis. METHOD: We measured SS and liver stiffness (LS) using point-Shear-Wave Elastography (pSWE) with Philips Affiniti 70 system in 210 cirrhotic patients who had undergone endoscopic screening for EVs. We compare...
Source: Annals of Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Ann Hepatol Source Type: research
This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and relevant factors of subjectiv...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
We all have an idea in our heads of what a mass shooter looks like. But how accurate is it? Does anyone actually know? Who would you trust to find out? Is there any data on this? Well, now there is. The National Council on Behavioral Health has recently completed a comprehensive report, “Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions.” Listen in as our host interviews the medical director of the National Council for an in-depth explanation of what this exhaustive document has revealed. SUBSCRIBE &REVIEW Guest information for ‘National Council on Behavioral Health’ Podcast Episode D...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anger Brain and Behavior Interview Mental Health and Wellness Podcast Policy and Advocacy Psychiatry Psychology Research The Psych Central Show Violence and Aggression Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 20 November 2019Source: Arthroscopy TechniquesAuthor(s): Omid Jalali, Zachary Vredenburgh, John Prodromo, Neilen Benvegnu, George Frederick “Rick” HatchAbstractPatellar instability is a debilitating condition, and trauma due to the dislocations may severely damage the articular cartilage of the patellofemoral joint. The lack of healing capacity of cartilage makes treatment of such lesions challenging. In young patients, preservation of native bone and cartilage is a priority, and therefore arthroplasty procedures should be avoided even in relatively larger lesions. Fresh osteo...
Source: Arthroscopy Techniques - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Translational Psychiatry, Published online: 21 November 2019; doi:10.1038/s41398-019-0652-xEvidence that genes involved in hedgehog signaling are associated with both bipolar disorder and high BMI
Source: Translational Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
This study aimed to analyze the psychometric qualities of a new self-administered questionnaire (ACSo) assessing subjective complaints in different domains of social cognition from 89 patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, bipolar disorders or autism. The results revealed satisfactory internal validity and test-retest properties allowing the computation of a total score along with four sub scores (attributional biases, social perception and knowledge, emotional perception and theory of mind). Moreover, the ACSo total score was correlated with other subjective assessments traditionally used in cognitive rem...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
OBJECTIVES: The suicide crisis is a relatively short-lived psychiatric emergency, with transient symptoms that ebb and flow around the suicide attempt.Understanding the dynamic processes of symptoms before and after suicide attempt may aid future preventio...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news
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