Oscor Inc. Issues Recall Product Expansion of TB – Temporary Bipolar Pacing Lead (Unshrouded 2 mm Pins Models)
On September 26, 2018 Oscor notified customers of a recall for certain lots (Recall No. 1035166- 09/07/2018-01-R) of TB Unshrouded Bipolar Pacing Leads. As part of the recall correction activities, Oscor is retrieving any remaining inventory out in the field. The recall scope is being expanded to include expired inventory for devices distributed between December 21, 2011 to May 17, 2018. The recall expansion is to ensure proper disposition of expired units. The FDA has been notified and is aware Oscor Inc. is voluntarily taking this action. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 13, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

What Bipolar II Disorder Really Looks & Feels Like
Bipolar II disorder is a less severe version of bipolar I disorder. That’s likely an assumption you’ve already come across. Maybe you read it in an article. Maybe you heard it from someone else, maybe even a mental health professional. Author Julie Kraft has heard bipolar II called “bipolar light” and “diet bipolar.” This is a common belief, because mania is a defining feature of bipolar I disorder. And mania has devastating consequences. Empty bank accounts. Soaring debt. Lost jobs. Broken relationships. Divorce. Car accidents and injuries. But bipolar II isn’t less severe than b...
Source: Psych Central - November 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders General Personal Stories Self-Help Stigma Treatment being healthy with bipolar Bipolar 2 Bipolar II disorder Depression Hypomania Hypomanic Episode Major Depressive Episode managing bipolar II disorder Source Type: news

Surprising Research on Cannabis
Much of what we think we know about cannabis may soon change as a result of new research that uncovers some surprising facts. Indeed, the topic, which can be emotionally charged, is the focus of intense scientific study. Is cannabis good for you? Is it addictive? What long-term harms can use cause? The answers to these questions are multi-layered and not always clear-cut, which is why cannabis research continues with even more urgency. FACTS ON CANNABIS ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCE Current estimates are that one in 10 cannabis users will develop cannabis addiction or dependence. The potency of the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ...
Source: Psych Central - November 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Habits Healthy Living Memory and Perception Miscellaneous Drugs Neuroscience Substance Abuse Source Type: news

Uric Acid a Potential Predictor of Bipolar Disorder Uric Acid a Potential Predictor of Bipolar Disorder
Depressed patients with higher serum uric acid levels have a significantly higher risk for future conversion to bipolar disorder, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

What Helps Individuals with Bipolar II Disorder Successfully Manage Their Illness
For the first three decades of Julie Kraft’s life, every day was a struggle. “From the minute I woke up to the moment my head hit the pillow each night, my mind would spin with worries and fears—most of them irrational—about the past, present and the future,” Kraft said. “I was anxious over every aspect of normal daily life—showering, driving, shopping, paying bills, answering the phone, school drop-offs, birthday parties. There was rarely a waking moment when my mind was quiet.” Outside of her home, Kraft did her best to hide these struggles, which only exhausted and frustra...
Source: Psych Central - November 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders General Self-Help Treatment Bipolar II disorder Bipolar II disorder treatment managing bipolar II disorder Source Type: news

Seizure Meds for MDD; CoQ10 for Bipolar Depression; Predicting Schizo Tx Response
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the psychiatry world (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - November 7, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

A comparison of cognitive performance in bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, unaffected first-degree relatives, and healthy controls - Bo Q, Dong F, Li X, Li F, Li P, Yu H, He F, Zhang G, Wang Z, Ma X, Wang C.
AIM: The extent and specifics regarding cognitive dysfunction in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) or major depressive disorder (MDD) and their unaffected first-degree relatives (FDRs) has not been addressed in any single study. The present study compare... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Bipolar patient, 35, starts to go bald after developing 'moth-eaten' alopecia from his syphilis
The unnamed 35-year-old, who is believed to be from Pennsylvania, went to an emergency psychiatry clinic where a physical examination revealed he had patchy alopecia and a faint, scaly rash. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Book Review: Owning Bipolar
The subtitle of Michael Pipich’s new book, Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of Bipolar Disorder, should be enough for those with bipolar disorder and their family members to want to pick up this book and embrace it. Bipolar disorder takes away a person’s feeling of self-control and this book gives hope that control can be taken back. People who are bipolar will appreciate that Pipich understands how it feels to the patient. He tries to remove the stigma of having bipolar, explaining that it is NOT the patient’s fault. This alone makes the book worth reading. He then provides a t...
Source: Psych Central - November 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Book Reviews Tags: Bipolar Book Reviews Disorders Family General Genetics Medications Motivation and Inspiration Psychiatry Psychological Assessment Psychology Stigma Treatment accepting bipolar disorder bipolar disorder stigma Michael Pipich Source Type: news

The association between gabapentin and suicidality in bipolar patients - Leith WM, Lambert WE, Boehnlein JK, Freeman MD.
The aims of this study were to assess the association between gabapentin and suicidality in patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD) and to determine whether the risk is greater relative to patients prescribed lithium. This retrospective observational... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Babies Born to Older Dads May Have a Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Says
Women are constantly reminded of their ticking biological clocks and the risks that come with having children later in life — both in terms of maternal and infant health, and the ability to conceive a baby in the first place. But for the most part, men don’t get the same warnings. A new study published Wednesday in the BMJ suggests that men, too, may have biological clocks worth heeding. Babies born to older fathers, the paper says, may be more susceptible to health problems including preterm birth, low birth weight and breathing problems. And women who have children with older men may have increased health ris...
Source: TIME: Health - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news

Do psychiatric symptoms remain stable over time? New reviews
(Wolters Kluwer Health) In patients with psychiatric disorders, stability of symptoms has important implications for diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Two reviews of symptom stability over the course of psychiatric disorders -- bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders, respectively -- were published online by the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Expect Boston Scientific to Keep Rounding Out Its Portfolio with M & amp;A
 Boston Scientific has been on quite the shopping spree in 2018. The Marlborough, MA-based company has announced eight acquisitions since the beginning of the year, plus a hefty investment in Millipede, which is likely to lead to an acquisition within the next year or so. Naturally, the company's aggressive M&A strategy has attracted attention from industry analysts who are eager to see if this spree will continue in 2019. During the company's third-quarter earnings call on Thursday, CFO Daniel Brennan said Boston Scientific still has a "tremendous amount" of financial flexibility. Loo...
Source: MDDI - October 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Effects of childhood trauma on adult moral decision-making: clinical correlates and insights from bipolar disorder - Larsen EM, Ospina LH, Cuesta-Diaz A, Vian-Lains A, Nitzburg GC, Mulaimovic S, Latifoglu A, Clari R, Burdick KE.
BACKGROUND: Childhood adversity has been shown to exert profound effects on basic psychological processes well into adulthood. Some of these processes, such as those related to reward and emotion, play critical roles in moral decision-making. As a populati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Database funded to help researchers understand bipolar disorder throughout adult lifespan
(Case Western Reserve University) Martha Sajatovic, MD, has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. She and her colleagues will develop the first-of-its-kind multi-national database that can be used to help researchers address questions about BD throughout the adult lifespan. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sleep and circadian rhythms as possible trait markers of suicide attempt in bipolar disorders: an actigraphy study - Benard V, Etain B, Vaiva G, Boudebesse C, Yeim S, Benizri C, Brochard H, Bellivier F, Geoffroy PA.
BACKGROUND: The poor prognostic of Bipolar disorders (BD) is closely linked to deaths by suicide. Sleep and circadian abnormalities are observed during all phases of BD and are also associated with suicide attempt (SA). In this context, this study sought t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

High-Quality Diet Linked to Better Outcomes in Bipolar Disorder High-Quality Diet Linked to Better Outcomes in Bipolar Disorder
A higher-quality diet and lower body mass index have been linked to improved outcomes in patients with bipolar disorder, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Woman with bipolar disorder describes the agony battling a disease she didn't believe was real 
Aubrey Good, 26, from San Diego, California, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 18 after being misdiagnosed for five years prior as suffering from depression. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Netflix Addiction; Bipolar Disorder & Diet; World Mental Health Day
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the psychiatry world (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - October 10, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Maternal Mental Illness Impairs Recognition of Child Emotions Maternal Mental Illness Impairs Recognition of Child Emotions
Pregnant women with a history of depression and bipolar disorder are impaired in their ability to recognize baby facial expressions and cries, even if their condition is in remission, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Bipolar disorder: A good diet may boost treatment
Can diet impact the effectiveness of treatment for bipolar disorder, particularly in the case of depressive episodes? A new study addresses this question. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bipolar Source Type: news

2nd Circuit Affirms Denial Of Benefits Based On Plan's Mental Illness Provision
NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 7 affirmed a district court's ruling that a disability insurer did not act arbitrarily and capriciously in relying on the American Psychiatric Association's definition of mental illness when determining that bipolar disorder is a mental illness and subject to the plan's 24-month cap on disability benefits for a mental illness (Marry Kim v. The Hartford Life Insurance Co., No. 17-2122, 2nd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 25389). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - October 9, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Evening Eating —“Are You a ‘Light’ Eater?”
The following is an excerpt from Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food by Arlene B. Englander. (Copyright © 2018. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. All rights reserved.) Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or keep weight off realizes that evening can be the make or break time of day in terms of permanent success. Consider this. In my community there currently is a radio-based advertising campaign touting the effectiveness of a weight loss formula that I will refer to as the Weight Loss Answer. This liquid, taken at bedtime, is to be consumed on an empty stomach. The purchaser is told no...
Source: Psych Central - October 8, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Arlene B. Englander, LCSW, MBA Tags: Addictions Binge Eating Diet & Nutrition Eating Disorders Personal Stories calorie counting Eating Habits Source Type: news

Pregnant women recognize baby expressions differently depending on mental health history
(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) A pilot study has found that pregnant women who have suffered from depression or bipolar disorder (i.e. both mania and depression) recognize babies' faces and how babies laugh or cry, differently to healthy controls. This happens even if they are not currently experiencing depressive or manic symptoms and may represent an early risk-factor for children of these women, although the authors stress that research would be needed to confirm any long-term effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study shows diet and weight may affect response to bipolar disorder treatment
(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Data from a clinical trial has shown that how people respond to treatment for Bipolar Disorder may be influenced by their weight and the overall quality of their diet, including whether they are eating a diet high in foods thought to contribute to general inflammation. These are early results, but if replicated may mean that treatment of some mental health problems could benefit from the inclusion of dietary advice. This is presented at the ECNP Conference in Barcelona. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why Accepting a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Is So Difficult —and What Actually Helps
One of the biggest challenges in treating bipolar disorder is actually accepting the diagnosis. Because, of course, if you don’t believe you have an illness, you won’t focus on managing it. Psychotherapist Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, has run a group for individuals with bipolar disorder for over a decade. When she starts teaching the skill of Radical Acceptance, about 95 percent of her clients say they’re currently struggling or have struggled with accepting their diagnosis. Because acceptance is hard. And it’s hard for various reasons. It’s hard because acceptance entails grief and loss. &ldquo...
Source: Psych Central - October 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders Family General Psychotherapy Self-Help Stigma Treatment accepting bipolar disorder accepting diagnosis bipolar disorder self-help bipolar disorder tips bipolar disorder treatment family support Source Type: news

Oscor Recalls Temporary Bipolar Pacing Leads Oscor Recalls Temporary Bipolar Pacing Leads
The company issued the recall after reports of four nonfatal but serious injuries related to a failure of connector caps on temporary bipolar pacing leads with 2 mm unshrouded connectors.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Oscor Inc. Issues Recall of TB – Temporary Bipolar Pacing Lead (Unshrouded 2 mm Pins Models)
During the use of some TB - Temporary Bipolar Pacing Leads, featuring the 2mm unshrouded connectors, the connector cap housing (see Picture 1, No. 2 Pin Cap and Cover) may slide and potentially expose the connection wire. In some instances, this may cause the wire to be more susceptible to loss of connectivity or breakage during movement of the cables causing interruption of the pacing system. The analysis of the returned devices attributed the failure to a design change of the cap housing of the pins. In the last six years, a total of four serious injuries were reported to Oscor which were attributed to a connector cap ma...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 27, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Oscor Inc. Issues Recall of TB – Temporary Bipolar Pacing Lead (Unshrouded 2 mm Pins Models)
During the use of some TB - Temporary Bipolar Pacing Leads, featuring the 2mm unshrouded connectors, the connector cap housing (see Picture 1, No. 2 Pin Cap and Cover) may slide and potentially expose the connection wire. In some instances, this may cause the wire to be more susceptible to loss of connectivity or breakage during movement of the cables causing interruption of the pacing system. The analysis of the returned devices attributed the failure to a design change of the cap housing of the pins. In the last six years, a total of four serious injuries were reported to Oscor which were attributed to a connector cap ma...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 27, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Stress-regulating brain area larger in depression, bipolar
New research finds that the hypothalamus, the brain area that controls the stress response, is larger in people with affective disorders. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

Childhood maltreatment and adult medical morbidity in mood disorders: comparison of unipolar depression with bipolar disorder - Hosang GM, Fisher HL, Hodgson K, Maughan B, Farmer AE.
BACKGROUND: The medical burden in mood disorders is high; various factors are thought to drive this pattern. Little research has examined the role of childhood maltreatment and its effects on medical morbidity in adulthood among people with unipolar depres... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Korea ’ s Hironic wins FDA nod for AFit laser acne device
Korean skin care device developer Hironic has won FDA approval for its AFit laser device intended to treat acne. The AFit device features a 1450 nm diode laser designed to penetrated into the dermal and subcutaneous layers. The system also features a bipolar radiofrequency and Cryogen cooling device, the company said. “AFit’s FDA approval has a great significance in that it has established a bridge for entry into the United States, which is the largest market in the global cosmetic medical device, with a share of nearly 50%. Other equipments that are under FDA approval will also be affected,” CEO Jinwoo L...
Source: Mass Device - September 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cosmetic/Aesthetic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance hironic Source Type: news

Facing Major Life Changes with Bipolar Disorder
Major life changes. They say for those of us with mental illness that major life changes can be more difficult. Things like making a move to a new home, a new job or having a baby. They change your life so drastically that they make everything else in your life come to a stop. Recently, even though I have bipolar 1 disorder, I decided to not just tackle one major life change but two of them simultaneously. I stopped driving in 2014 after I received a DUI for my medication for my bipolar disorder. I decided not to start driving again because my medication isn’t an option for me, sometimes I do not realize that I ...
Source: Psych Central - September 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tosha Maaks Tags: Antidepressants Benzodiazepines Bipolar Medications Mood Stabilizers Personal Stories Stigma Stress Work Issues Source Type: news

Childhood trauma linked to impaired social cognition later in life for patients with major psychiatric disorders
(Elsevier) A new report published in European Psychiatry identified a significant association between childhood adversity and impaired social cognitive functioning among adults diagnosed with major psychiatric disorders. Through a comprehensive review of all research conducted to date, the investigators established that a traumatic early social environment frequently leads to social cognitive problems and greater illness severity for individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New center will study the complex genomics within individual cells
(University of Pennsylvania) Junhyong Kim and James Eberwine of the University of Pennsylvania are leading a multi-disciplinary team in developing cutting-edge technologies that can assess the genetic material inside individual compartments of single cells. The new Center for Sub-Cellular Genomics aims to revolutionize and personalize therapies for diseases such as bipolar disorder, autism, and Alzheimer's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to Best Support a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness. For Arden Tucker, an episode of depression can be especially debilitating. Like many who experience bipolar disorder, Tucker fears she won’t recapture the essence of who she really is, the person she was before the depression began. “My bipolar depression can feel insidious,” she said. That’s because even though Tucker takes medication, her depression is cyclical, so it’ll return “again, and again, and again.” Her partner of 35 years is a tremendous support. One of the most important ways Tucker’s partner supports her is by checking on...
Source: Psych Central - September 8, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders Family General Relationships & Love Self-Help Bipolar Depression Bipolar Disorder bipolar disorder support Friends Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Source Type: news

Depression Treatment: Where We Are Missing the Mark
Depression affects 450 million people worldwide and 15 million adults in the United States (U.S.) alone. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives every year. We see these heartbreaking stories making headlines too often, and there are tens of thousands more we do not know about. The scariest part? There is no end in sight. Antidepressants are one of the three most commonly used therapeutic drug classes in the United States. Approximately 1 in 9 Americans of all ages reported taking at least one antidepressant medication — a number that was less than 1 in 50 just th...
Source: Psych Central - September 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Sachin Mehta, M.D. Tags: Antidepressants Bipolar Depression Medications Mood Stabilizers Neuroscience Suicide Treatment Deep brain stimulation Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation Depression Treatment Electroconvulsive Therapy Major Depressive Disorder Source Type: news

Genetics of self-reported risk-taking behaviour, trans-ethnic consistency and relevance to brain gene expression - Strawbridge RJ, Ward J, Lyall LM, Tunbridge EM, Cullen B, Graham N, Ferguson A, Johnston KJA, Lyall DM, Mackay D, Cavanagh J, Howard DM, Adams MJ, Deary I, Escott-Price V, O'Donovan M, McIntosh AM, Bailey MES, Pell JP, Harrison PJ, Smith DJ.
Risk-taking behaviour is an important component of several psychiatric disorders, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Previously, two genetic loci have been associated with self-reported risk taking and s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Esketamine NDA Filed; Anorexia Tx Disappoints; Bipolar Depression Drug Wins
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the psychiatry world (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Association between completed suicide and bipolar disorder: a systematic review of the literature - Plans L, Barrot C, Nieto E, Rios J, Schulze TG, Papiol S, Mitjans M, Vieta E, Benabarre A.
BACKGROUND: Completed suicide is a major cause of death in bipolar disorder (BD) patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to provide an overall review of the existing literature of completed suicide in BD patients, including clinical and genet... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Research finds that supplementing with B vitamins can help treat bipolar disorder
(Natural News) Antipsychotic medications have a lot of very serious drawbacks, yet many bipolar disorder sufferers continue to take them because they feel they have no choice. All that could be about to change, however, as research shows that there could be a very safe alternative in the form of vitamin B supplements. It is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Line Between Drugs and Devices Continues to Blur
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical has signed a collaboration agreement with Magellan Health designed to facilitate access to the first drug-device combination product approved by FDA to track drug ingestion. The agreement creates an opportunity for doctors and adult patients to gather experience in a real-world setting with the Abilify Mycite System, Princeton, NJ-based Otsuka said on Thursday. The Abilify Mycite System is the perfect example of how the line between pharma and medtech continues to blur, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The product is comprised of Otsuka's oral aripiprazole tablets embedded with...
Source: MDDI - August 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Two in five GPs have a mental health problem
A survey of more than 1,000 GPs has found that two in five (40%) said they were experiencing a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Early life experiences and social cognition in major psychiatric disorders: a systematic review - Rokita KI, Dauvermann MR, Donohoe G.
OBJECTIVE: To present a systematic review of the literature on the associations between early social environment, early life adversity, and social cognition in major psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Areas of uncertainties and unmet needs in bipolar disorders: clinical and research perspectives - Bauer M, Andreassen OA, Geddes JR, Vedel Kessing L, Lewitzka U, Schulze TG, Vieta E.
This Review discusses crucial areas related to the identification, clinical presentation, course, and therapeutic management of bipolar disorder, a major psychiatric illness. Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed, leading to inappropriate, inadequate, or ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Bipolar features in major depressive disorder: results from the Iranian mental health survey (IranMHS) - Amin-Esmaeili M, Motevalian A, Rahimi-Movaghar A, Hajebi A, Sharifi V, Mojtabai R, Gudarzi SS.
The objectives of this study are to determine the prevalence of bipolar featu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Breakthrough sensor to help people with bipolar disorder monitor lithium levels
(University of Surrey) Patients living with bipolar disorder and depression will soon be able to use a unique wearable sensor to safely monitor their lithium drug levels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

10 Questions and Answers to Help Prevent Suicide
Suicide is tremendously hard to talk about. It can be especially overwhelming for people without mental health training. Yet friends and family are often the first to learn that a loved one is having suicidal thoughts. As therapists, we can do more to help someone in crisis. Underestimating this need is a terrible mistake. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10 to 34-year-olds, says the National Institute of Mental Health.   We can help people learn safe, helpful ways to respond to those whose suffering is so great, they see no other way out. Here are 10 questions and answers about talking with someone wh...
Source: Psych Central - August 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Robyn Brickel, MA, LMFT Tags: Depression Suicide Suicide Prevention Source Type: news

Is suicide risk a predictor of diagnosis conversion to bipolar disorder? - Cardoso TA, Mondin TC, Azevedo LB, Toralles LMD, de Mattos Souza LD.
To assess predictors of the diagnosis of bipolar disorder is important since it is known that the early diagnosis is associated with a better response to the treatment. Thus, the aim of this systematic review is to assess the role of the suicide risk in th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news