Predictors of hypomanic and/or manic switch among patients who initially diagnosed unipolar major depression during acute phase antidepressants treatment - Akechi T, Kato T, Watanabe N, Tanaka S, Furukawa TA.
Most patients with bipolar disorder have depressive onset polarity. There is, however, very few studies investigating predictors of hypomanic and/or manic change for patients with major depression in Japan.1 We preliminary explored predictors of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Scientists discover genetic ‘missing links’ underlying mechanism of psychiatric diseases
Since the completion of the groundbreaking Human Genome Project in 2003, researchers have discovered changes to hundreds of parts of DNA, called genetic variants, that are associated with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric diseases. Now, a new, large-scale study has linked many of those changes in DNA to their molecular effects in the brain, revealing for the first time mechanisms behind those diseases.In 10 studies published today in  Science and two related journals, UCLA researchers and collaborators from more than a dozen other institutions around the world provide a comprehensive data s...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 14, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Research on Almost 2,000 Brains Brings Insight Into Mental Illness
THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 -- Researchers say a massive genetic analysis of the human brain has yielded new insights into the underpinnings of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. Scientists at 15 institutions... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 13, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Probiotics could help millions of patients suffering from bipolar disorder
(American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) About 3 million people in the US are diagnosed every year with bipolar disorder, a psychiatric condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood from depression to mania. Currently, the standard treatment includes a combination of psychotherapy and prescription medications such as mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 13, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researchers uncover molecular mechanisms linked to autism and schizophrenia
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Two UCLA-led studies published in Science have linked DNA changes to their molecular effects in the brain, uncovering new mechanisms for psychiatric diseases. The findings provide a roadmap for developing a new generation of therapies for conditions like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Transcriptome-wide isoform-level dysregulation in ASD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder
Most genetic risk for psychiatric disease lies in regulatory regions, implicating pathogenic dysregulation of gene expression and splicing. However, comprehensive assessments of transcriptomic organization in diseased brains are limited. In this work, we integrated genotypes and RNA sequencing in brain samples from 1695 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, as well as controls. More than 25% of the transcriptome exhibits differential splicing or expression, with isoform-level changes capturing the largest disease effects and genetic enrichments. Coexpression networks isolate ...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Gandal, M. J., Zhang, P., Hadjimichael, E., Walker, R. L., Chen, C., Liu, S., Won, H., van Bakel, H., Varghese, M., Wang, Y., Shieh, A. W., Haney, J., Parhami, S., Belmont, J., Kim, M., Moran Losada, P., Khan, Z., Mleczko, J., Xia, Y., Dai, R., Wang, D., Tags: Genetics, Online Only special/r-articles Source Type: news

Exercise could boost mood, improve bipolar, study says
A bump in exercise jump could lead to a jump in mood, one study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Depression in Men: It Looks Different Than You Might Think
There is a big emphasis in our society on men being strong and tough. They should be able to handle anything and shouldn’t struggle with emotions and feelings. They just tough it out and power through. The only problem with that is, it isn’t true. Men can’t just power through anything and the belief that you should be able to is putting you in a bad situation. When it comes to depression women are more likely to be diagnosed, but does that mean that men don’t struggle with it too?  It’s true that depression is more prevalent in women, however, that doesn’t mean t...
Source: Psych Central - December 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Julie K. Jones, Ph.D., LPC Tags: Bipolar Depression Men's Issues Stigma Stress Gender Differences Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Through my eyes: My bipolar journey
My name is Carrie Gale, and I am an Emmy-nominated graphic designer and writer. I also have bipolar II disorder. This is my story. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bipolar Source Type: news

Depression Severity Tied to Increased Seizure Frequency Depression Severity Tied to Increased Seizure Frequency
Depression severity is tied to increased seizure frequency and to a greater risk of other psychiatric comorbidities, including panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Further evidence of high level of persistence of pediatric bipolar-I disorder from childhood onto young adulthood: a five-year follow up - Wozniak J, Wolenski R, Fitzgerald M, Faraone SV, Joshi G, Uchida M, Biederman J.
Clinic and epidemiologic studies strongly support the notion that pediatric bipolar (BP)-I disorder afflicts a substantial number of children and adolescents, and its presence is associated with high levels of morbidity and disability (1-3). Although longi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

When You ’ re Struggling with Self-Loathing in Bipolar Disorder
Many people with bipolar disorder struggle with self-loathing. Maybe the self-loathing starts as the depressive phase does with all sorts of awful thoughts about yourself. Because that’s how depression works: It outright lies, and inflicts pain. You can’t do anything right. You’re an abject failure. You’re also stupid. And worthless, and no one will ever really love you for you. You are not attractive or thin or strong enough. You are weak, and you are an embarrassment. Maybe it happens after a manic or hypomanic episode, because you feel terrible about what you did or said during th...
Source: Psych Central - December 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders General Self-Esteem Self-Help Autoimmune Disease Bipolar Disorder Mood Disorder Negative Thoughts Self Hatred Self Loathing Source Type: news

Ensuring a good standard of therapy | Letters
The three leading regulatory bodies for the counselling and psychotherapy profession have created a new competence framework as a response to the mental health crisisSuzanne Moore is right (We can talk about self-care, but this mental health crisis is political, 26 November) that counselling and psychotherapy is about talking and that “it is better to talk about things rather than not”. Addressing the mental health crisis is one of the most challenging tasks faced by us all and counselling and psychotherapy have an important role to play in providing a solution. As the three leading regulatory bodies for the co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Mental health Psychology Education Science Society Depression Anxiety Post-traumatic stress disorder Bipolar disorder Schizophrenia Source Type: news

Oscar Recalls Pacing Leads Due to a Connection Cap Malfunction
A Florida-based medical device company is recalling certain lots of its temporary bipolar pacing leads that are used for temporary pacing and sensing of the heart in conjunction with a compatible external pulse generator. Palm Harbor, FL-based Oscor Inc. offers contract development and manufacturing services to the medical device industry. The company said it initiated the voluntary recall because of a connector cap malfunction that has been linked to four serious injuries in the past six years. No deaths have been reported, however, the company said that death is...
Source: MDDI - November 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

.@US_FDA issues Class I Medical Device Recall, the most serious type of recall: Oscor Recalls TB Temporary Bipolar Pacing Leads Due to Connector Separation Causing Potential for Loss of Pacing. Find out more: https://go.usa.gov/xPHxF   #FDA #MedicalDevicepic.twitter.com/negJ6HU4x2
. @US_FDA issues Class I Medical Device Recall, the most serious type of recall: Oscor Recalls TB Temporary Bipolar Pacing Leads Due to Connector Separation Causing Potential for Loss of Pacing. Find out more: https://go.usa.gov/xPHxF  #FDA #MedicalDevice pic.twitter.com/negJ6HU4x2 (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - November 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at FDADeviceInfo) Source Type: news

Mood, dimensional personality, and suicidality in a longitudinal sample of patients with bipolar disorder and controls - Kamali M, Saunders EFH, Assari S, Ryan KA, Marshall DF, McInnis MG.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of mood and anxiety symptoms in relation to personality dimensions and clinical features such as trauma and substance use on suicidal behaviors in a longitudinal sample of individuals with bipolar illness (BP) and healthy... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Risks of bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, and traumatic brain injury among siblings of patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder - Wei HT, Pan TL, Hsu JW, Huang KL, Bai YM, Ko NY, Su TP, Li CT, Tsai SJ, Lin WC, Chen TJ, Chen MH.
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that the unaffected siblings of patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience deficits in attention, impulsivity control, and behavior inhibition, which are associated with health-risk ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Illness and drug modifiable factors associated with violent behavior in homeless people with severe mental illness: results from the French Housing First (FHF) program - Fond G, Boyer L, Boucekine M, Girard V, Loubi ère S, Lenoir C, Auquier P, Tinland A.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the factors associated with violent behavior in a large multicenter sample of Homeless Schizophrenia (SZ) and Bipolar Disorder (BD) (HSB) subjects. METHODS: This multicenter study was conducted in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

Stronger Referral Systems Are Saving Lives in Senegal
November 14, 2018Communities in two regions can now transport urgent cases from health huts to larger facilities —and more are following suit.en fran çaisImagine you are a mother in a remote village and your one-year-old daughter is diagnosed with severe malaria. If left untreated, it will kill her.  Imagine that the nurse at the nearest health post tells you he doesn ’t have the medicine necessary to help your daughter.Imagine there is no ambulance, no safety net, and no way for you to get her the urgent help she needs, leaving you with one unimaginable option —watching her die. In Seneg...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

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

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

Processed foods making people MENTAL? Foods rich in nitrates, such as beef jerky, salami, and hot dogs, increase your risk of mania
(Natural News) By now, everyone is well aware of the way that the food we eat can affect our physical health, but one area that has been getting a lot of attention from researchers lately is the way in which food can affect mental health. The connection between the gut and the brain goes a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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