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Fight Aging! Newsletter, August 15th 2016
In conclusion, our results demonstrate that circulating GDF11 levels are reduced in our mouse model of premature aging, which shares most of the symptoms that occur in normal aging. However, GDF11 protein administration is not sufficient to extend longevity in these progeroid mice. Although accelerated-aging mouse models can serve as powerful tools to test and develop anti-aging therapies common to both physiological and pathological aging, the existence of certain differences between the two processes implies that further investigation is still required to determine whether long-term GDF11 administration has a pro-surviva...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 14, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Exciting implications of the neuro-immune link no one is talking about
A recent research paper from the University of Virginia may pound the final nail into the coffin of the long-standing medical dogma which rigidly labels diseases as “organic” or “psychiatric.” UVA researchers have discovered a complex network of lymphatic vessels which service the brain, prompting a serious update of the concept of a highly selective “blood-brain barrier.” When asked about methods to study the immune response of the brain and CNS, UVA Department of Neuroscience Professor Jonathan Kipinis explained, “Now we can approach this mechanistically – because the brain is like ever...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 13, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/keith-pochick" rel="tag" > Keith Pochick, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
I Thought I Could - But Couldn ' t
I woke up this morning determined to go with my husband to our marriage counseling appointment. I have been ranting and raving about her since our appointment a week ago. After that appointment, I thought I would get over it and just forget it, but I have not. My frustration and irritation - or is it flat out anger? has only worsened day by day.I had made a plan. Before the appointment, no Adderall, no coffee, and klonipin. Zone out the best I could (the medication wouldn ' t do that, but I have had many occasions in the past to get plenty of practice) unless asked a direct question, whic...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 13, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Psychology Around the Net: August 13, 2016
The world is deep in the throes of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and while such competition has to bring a certain level of anxiety and stress to athletes, sports can help to improve both your body and your mind. Of course, Olympic athletes face much more pressure than those of us who dabble in the occasional friendly tennis match, which is where professionals such as sports psychologists can help. Learn more about these mental health experts, as well as the latest on the mental health benefits of those who volunteer, how you can make performance anxiety work for you, a new non-medical approach to mental health care that̵...
Source: World of Psychology - August 13, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Aging Anxiety and Panic Disorders Medications Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Psychiatry Psychology Psychology Around the Net Research Spirituality Sports Chris LuVogt Dr. Faiza Tabassum holistic recovery imposter synd Source Type: blogs
A Journalist Once Again Fails to Mention SENS and Rejuvenation when Writing About the State of Longevity Science
The article on longevity science that I'll point out today continues a frustrating recent trend of failing to note one of the most important portions of the aging research field: SENS rejuvenation research. This is a puzzling omission, especially now that senescent cell clearance as a rejuvenation therapy is proven and heading for the clinic - a goal that SENS supporters have been advocating for fifteen years or so. For most journalists, there is no way to quickly and easily distinguish between any of the possible approaches to intervene in the aging process and thus extend healthy life. Being journalists, they are in the ...
Source: Fight Aging! - August 12, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Activism, Advocacy and Education Source Type: blogs
Poison Pills? When Meds Strike Back
This narrative details my personal experience with medications. Medications impact each person differently; please consult with your psychiatrist if side effects persist. The medication bottle gravely intones, “May cause drowsiness, use care operating a vehicle, vessel, or dangerous machinery.” If only. Over 15 years ago, a well-meaning nurse at UNC-Chapel Hill prescribed an antidepressant. “It will make you feel better,” she soothed. Capitulating to her, I begrudgingly placed the tiny capsule under my tongue. I was your typical Carolina student: studious, fun-loving, and a little neurotic (partially about Carolin...
Source: World of Psychology - August 12, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Matthew Loeb Tags: Disorders General Health-related Medications OCD Personal Psychology Treatment Emotion Feeling Medicine Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Pharmaceutical drug Pharmacology Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Therapist Is Incredibly Insulting and Annoying
First off, I must address my medication issue. My Zonegran was increased which is *awesome* for my anxiety, but I developed the most AWFUL heartburn. I hurt so incredibly bad and I stopped so many things trying to figure out what it was. Because I was already taking Zonegran and I had been on the same dosage in the past, I did not consider it was that for weeks. I knew that was when it started, but even knowing that, it still did not occur to me. I told my doctor and she changed when I take each pill but I cannot fathom following that schedule right now. How can I not have an aversion to the s...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Why It ’s Important to Be Positive About Mental Illness
I love hope-filled stories of recovery from mental illness. Living with bipolar disorder has led to many instances of triumph over my circumstances and I often write about them. As anyone who lives with or knows someone with mental illness is aware, it’s a horrible disease. Do Positive Experiences Glorify Mental Illness? As a writer and speaker about my experience with bipolar and anxiety disorders, I’m often accused of glorifying mental illness, and of not telling the full story or giving the public a complete picture. Many people — and national mental illness advocacy organizations — believe that the only...
Source: World of Psychology - August 10, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gabe Howard Tags: Anxiety and Panic Bipolar Inspiration & Hope Mental Health and Wellness Personal Policy and Advocacy Anxiety Disorder Bipolar Disorder Disability Gabe Howard Hopelessness Mental Health Advocacy Mental Health Advocate Mental Healt Source Type: blogs
Why We Trade
Imagine life in isolation, waking every morning before sunrise to make your own clothes, build and repair your meager shelter, hunt and harvest your own food, concoct rudimentary salves for what physically ails you, and attend to the upkeep of your brutish existence engaging in other difficult and tedious tasks. Forget leisure or luxuries; all of your time would be consumed trying to produce basic necessities merely to subsist.Fortunately, that ’s no longer the way most of humanity organizes its economic activities. We don’t attempt to make everything we need or want to consume, but instead specialize in a few, or a co...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 10, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Ikenson Source Type: blogs
10 Ways to Cultivate Good Gut Bacteria and Reduce Depression
In this study published in the journal Neuroscience, the performance of mice on various tests of mental and physical function began to drop just four weeks after being fed a diet high in fat and sugar. Monosaccharides, the simplest carbohydrates containing a single molecule of glucose and fructose (a piece of Wonder bread), disrupt a healthy microbial balance because they are digested very easily by us and absorbed into our small intestine without any help from our microbes. That leaves our gut bugs hungry, with nothing to munch on, so they begin nibbling on the mucus lining of our intestines, which is meant to be a stro...
Source: World of Psychology - August 9, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Books Depression Mental Health and Wellness Personal Research Alcohol Caffeine Diet gut bacteria Gut flora Lactobacillus leaky gut Monosaccharides Probiotic sugar Source Type: blogs
Early Warning Signs Your Relationship Is Making You Depressed
Everyone dreams of meeting their soul mate. Our brains actually encourage us to fall in love when we meet someone who we connect with by increasing the production of the hormone oxytocin, also known as the love hormone. Oxytocin production increases early on in a relationship and enhances the feelings associated with finding new love. Eventually the relationship evolves, the honeymoon phase passes and each person’s true personality begins to surface. It’s normal for minor disagreements to turn into major agreements, however, it’s not normal for intense arguing to become a daily occurrence. Men and w...
Source: World of Psychology - August 8, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Anjail Ameen-Rice, LCSW Tags: General Marriage and Divorce Men's Issues Motivation and Inspiration Relationships Self-Esteem Self-Help Women's Issues Dating Defence mechanism Depression Domestic Violence Heartache Major Depressive Disorder Source Type: blogs
Good Qualities of Adult Children of Mentally Ill Mothers
There isn’t really a huge trumpet blowing for the qualities that blossom in the children of mentally ill mothers. Not even much of a toot. But there’s a whole orchestra booming about the downsides: the lack of self-esteem, difficulty forming relationships, trusting people, or most uplifting of all: the inevitability of developing your very own mental illness. Just for once, let’s not go to that particular concert. Because maybe, if you’re the child of a mentally ill mother, you also have the capacity for things like this: A Broad and Nonjudgmental Mind I know you have a broad mind because a narrow mind simply can...
Source: World of Psychology - August 7, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Caroline Freeman-Cuerden Tags: Caregivers Disorders Family General Inspiration & Hope Personal Psychology Relationships Mental Disorder Mental Illness Mother Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Alzheimer's Care Resource Centers are a Useful Tool for Alzheimer's Caregivers
The Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers around the country are an important source of information and help for Alzheimer's caregivers and family caregivers.Alzheimer's Reading RoomI often receive emails from readers asking me how to find someone that is experienced in the diagnosis of dementia, or searching for help on other Alzheimer's care related problems. When this happens, the first thing I do is ask them their location.Alzheimer's CareThere are about 30 Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (ADRC) around the country. When most people think ADRC they think research.However, most ADRCs have doctors in practice, practic...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - August 7, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: ADRC alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care memory care Source Type: blogs
Psychology Around the Net: August 6, 2016
Happy Saturday, readers! Aside from a couple of friendly outings, I’ve spent the last several days by myself at home because my beau is out of town for work. (I work from home, so I’m not sequestering myself away or anything.) Do I miss him? Sure. Am I wallowing in loneliness? Nope. According to Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D., there are several benefits of solitude, and more than a few of them resonate with me. This alone time has allowed me to take a break from constantly being “on,” increased my productivity, and think a bit more deeply about some personal issues (currently, the root of my persisten...
Source: World of Psychology - August 6, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Brain and Behavior Celebrities Depression Disorders Mental Health and Wellness Money and Financial Psychology Psychology Around the Net Relationships Research Brain Scans bullying Cara Delevingne Cognitive Biases Crimes Crimi Source Type: blogs
Insurance constraints drive shortcomings in health care delivery
It is no secret that mental health conditions are prevalent, and recent years have seen an increase in the dialogue on their causes and consequences. However, we do ourselves a disservice when discussing mental health outside the context of the broader system in which care is provided, and the insurance constraints that drive shortcomings in health care delivery. SAMHSA estimated that 58 percent of adults have a medical condition and that 25 percent of adults have a mental health condition. At least as important is the rate of comorbidity that they estimate: 29 percent of those with medical conditions have mental health c...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 6, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/miranda-yaver" rel="tag" > Miranda Yaver, PhD < /a > Tags: Policy Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Trump: Enemy of Those With Mental Illness?
As the United States enters its election season full-swing, it’s time to look at the candidates’ positions on mental healthcare in America. First up is Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president. Throughout the campaign, Trump has said very little about mental illness and what he would do to help change the conversation of mental health in America. But what he has said speaks volumes. What Trump Proposes Through His Policy Statements More than one in five Americans suffers from a mental illness, most of it undiagnosed and untreated. Out of those 1 in 5, less than 20 percent seek out and receive treatm...
Source: World of Psychology - August 5, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Policy and Advocacy Psychology Treatment affordable care act Donald Trump mental health reform mental illness policy obamacare trump and mental illness trump and mentally ill Trump's policies Source Type: blogs
Against North Carolina ’s HB2 Law: Mental Health And Discrimination Cannot Co-Exist
This past May, the board of directors of Grantmakers in Health (GIH) decided to relocate the organization’s 2017 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy from Charlotte, North Carolina, to another city. This difficult decision was made in light of the state of North Carolina’s controversial new law, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2). The law overturned a Charlotte ordinance that extended rights to gay and transgender people. In doing so, the state effectively sanctioned discrimination against a class of its citizens. I am a member of the GIH board. Not only am I proud of GIH’s decision, but as exec...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - August 4, 2016 Category: Health Management Authors: Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. Tags: Equity and Disparities Featured GrantWatch Children Health Philanthropy LGBT issues Mental Health Politics States transgender discrimination Source Type: blogs
How You Might Be Unwittingly Relinquishing Your Power —and How to Get It Back
She’s driving me crazy! He doesn’t want to improve our relationship, so there’s nothing I can do. I have to work late. Yet again. I’m not smart. I’m not capable of accomplishing this. I don’t have time for what I really want to do. If only things were different. Why does this keep happening to me??? These are just some of the ways we relinquish our power—to others, to circumstances, to conditions. As psychotherapist Eli Feldman, LMHC, said, “there are a million ways we take power away from ourselves.” We think that people do things to us. We assume that we have zero control, whether it’s at work or with...
Source: World of Psychology - August 4, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: General Habits Happiness Mental Health and Wellness Relationships Self-Esteem Self-Help Stress Auschwitz concentration camp be proactive being reactive Choice Control Decision Making empowering yourself freedom to choose pe Source Type: blogs
Depression and Men: Why It ’ s Hard to Ask for Help
Fans surprised Supernatural star Jared Padalecki at Comic-Con on Sunday, July 12, by lighting candles in the audience — over 7,000 of them — as a thank you for opening up about his struggles with depression and as a tribute to his Always Keep Fighting campaign that supports people struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction, or suicidal thoughts. You can see Padalecki’s Tweet here: View from stage. #ComicCon pic.twitter.com/aIy04Cf6ak — Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) July 12, 2015 During filming of the third season of Supernatural, Padalecki broke down in his trailer after shooting an episode. A...
Source: World of Psychology - August 4, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Depression Men's Issues Jared Padalecki Major Depressive Disorder Mental Health Support Mood Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder Stigma Suicide Source Type: blogs
A lot of “Voice Hearing” isn’t an auditory experience at all
The message from recent surveys is that it’s not just people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who hear voices in their heads, many people considered mentally well do to. This revelation may have a welcome de-stigmatising effect in terms of how people think about some of the symptoms associated with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, but a new study published in Psychosis asks us to hang on a minute – to say that one “hears voices” can mean different things to different people. You might assume that “hears voices” means that a person has an hallucinated auditory experience just like someone i...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 4, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: researchdigestblog Tags: Mental health Psychosis Source Type: blogs
A lot of "voice hearing" isn't an auditory experience at all
The message from recent surveys is that it's not just people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who hear voices in their heads,many people considered mentally well do to. This revelation may have a welcome de-stigmatising effect in terms of how people think about some of the symptoms associated with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, buta new study published inPsychosis asks us to hang on a minute – to say that one "hears voices" can mean different things to different people. You might assume that "hears voices" means that a person has an hallucinated auditory experience just like someone is talking to them. But what about hea...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 4, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Research Digest Source Type: blogs
Depression in Seniors: What You Need to Know
Depression often goes overlooked, under-diagnosed and untreated in adults 65 years old and older. Symptoms tend to get dismissed as a standard part of aging. But they’re anything but. Depression is a serious illness that disrupts lives and increases the risk for suicide. Thankfully, however, it is treatable. Very treatable. In her excellent, eye-opening book Depression in Later Life: An Essential Guide psychologist Deborah Serani, Psy.D, sheds light on this prevalent disorder. She shares a slew of vital facts, research and case studies about what depression looks like in seniors and what helps to treat it. Below are five...
Source: World of Psychology - August 3, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Books Depression Disorders Family Friends General Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Stress anxiety Chronic Illness Deborah Serani Elderly Helplessness Hopelessness late-life suicide later life depression Source Type: blogs
Brain scan study finds links between adolescent brain development and mental health disorders
— “Brain hubs”, courtesy of University of Cambridge Scans reveal how teenage brain develops (BBC News): “The team from Cambridge’s department of psychiatry scanned the brains of 300 people between the ages of 14 and 24. While the areas associated with the basic functioning of the body such as vision, hearing and movement are fully developed by adolescence, the areas associated with complex thought and decision making are still changing… You can think of the brain as a global airline network that’s made up of small infrequently used airports and huge hubs like Heathrow where there is very high traffic…The r...
Source: SharpBrains - August 3, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness adolescence brain brain-function mental-illness psychiatry teenage teenage-brain Source Type: blogs
Extinguishing Medical Errors with Oil and Gas
Unfortunately for patients and healthcare workers alike, medical errors happen. No matter how well-trained and experienced the practitioner, underneath the scrubs there still resides a human and errors will follow. However, systems can be put in place to minimise them and medicine could do well to learn lessons from other industries. In 2012, there were 107 serious medical errors in Australian hospitals. These ranged from surgery performed on the wrong patient or body part, to surgery where instruments were left inside the patient, to medication errors and in-hospital suicides 1. When considered in the context of the 53 mi...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - August 3, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tane Eunson Tags: Administration Medical Errors atul gawande O&G oil and gas industry Source Type: blogs
The psychiatrist with a psychiatrist
I sat across from her and in my most official yet trusting psychiatrist’s tone gave the spiel I delivered many times. “Amanda, I’d like to start you on a medication that might help your depression. Like every medication it can cause side effects, however, many people have no side effects or only have minor ones. This drug can cause weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, and increased risk of heart disease.” A year ago I — a psychiatry resident — was on the receiving end of a similar speech. I had just started taking an antipsychotic, the same medication I prescribed to my sickest patients. Patients li...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/kali-cyrus" rel="tag" > Kali Cyrus, MD, MPH < /a > Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Jul 31, Thomas Kirkbride: Today in the History of Psychology (31st July 1809)
Thomas Story Kirkbride was born. A leading advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of the mentally-ill, Kirkbride's most influential treatise on the subject 'On The Construction, Organization and General Arrangements Of Hospitals For The Insane,' was first published in 1854. A true visionary and founding member of the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane (the forerunner to the American Psychiatric Association), Kirkbride dedicated his life to improving the conditions under which the mentally ill were institutionalized. (Source: Forensic Psychology Blog)
Source: Forensic Psychology Blog - August 1, 2016 Category: Forensic Medicine Source Type: blogs
Psychology Around the Net: July 30, 2016
This study gives us a clue why this is the case: It’s during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly.” Happiness And Inner Peace During Turbulent Times: Unless you’ve been — no, you know what? — even if you have been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the extremely turbulent times our world has been experiencing recently. Marilyn Tam, a board-certified coach in executive, corporate, and leadership issues and the author of The Happiness Choice, has compiled a list of five tips you can try ...
Source: World of Psychology - July 30, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Children and Teens Depression Disorders Happiness Industrial and Workplace Psychiatry Psychology Psychology Around the Net Research Schizophrenia Sexuality Stress Academy of Management balance Brain Scans Ed Bullmore emotio Source Type: blogs
Can a Smell Test Predict Early Stages of Alzheimer ’s Disease?
Researchers report that an odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer ’s disease. By Alzheimer's Reading Room I wrote about the smell test many times here in the Alzheimer's Reading Room. It interests me not only because it would be a good way to detect Alzheimer's; but also I think it relates to why it is often difficult to get dementia patients to eat more food. Thing about it? What usually happens when you smell food cooking? If it smells good - you get hungry. Those saliva glands get in action. How to encourage a dementia patients to eat ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 29, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's and dementia alzheimers care dementia care family caregiving help alzheimer's memory care odor identification smell test Source Type: blogs
10 Ways to Prevent Mania and Hypomania
Bipolar disorder is one of the most difficult illnesses to treat because by addressing the depression part of the illness, you can inadvertently trigger mania or hypomania. Even in Bipolar II, where the hypomania is less destabilizing than the often-psychotic manic episodes of Bipolar I, persons often experience from a debilitating depression that can’t be lifted by mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. Antidepressants, though, can cause a person with bipolar to cycle between hypomania and depression. I have worked with psychiatrists who were too afraid of cycling to risk using antidepressants for bipolar patients. They p...
Source: World of Psychology - July 29, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Bipolar Mania Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Sleep Antidepressant Antipsychotic Bipolar Disorder Depression Hypomania Mood Disorder Mood Stabilizers Rapid Cycling Sleep Deprivation Sleep Hygiene Source Type: blogs
10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology
In a sense we’re all amateur psychologists – we’ve got our own first-hand experience at being human, and we’ve spent years observing how we and others behave in different situations. This intuition fuels a “folk psychology” that sometimes overlaps with findings from scientific psychology, but often does not. Some erroneous psychological intuitions are particularly widely believed among the public and are stubbornly persistent. This post is about 10 of these myths or misconceptions. It’s important to challenge these myths, not just to set the record straight, but also because their exis...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 29, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: researchdigestblog Tags: Feature featured Source Type: blogs
10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology
In a sense we're all amateur psychologists – we've got our own first-hand experience at being human, and we've spent years observing how we and others behave in different situations. This intuition fuels a "folk psychology" that sometimes overlaps with findings from scientific psychology, but often does not. Some erroneous psychological in tuitions are particularly widely believed among the public and are stubbornly persistent. This post is about 10 of these myths or misconceptions. It's important to challenge these myths, not just to set the record straight, but also because their existence can contribute to stigma and ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 29, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Research Digest Source Type: blogs
Better people make better doctors
What does society expect of today’s doctor? More importantly, what does today’s doctor expect of themselves? How can we become better doctors? An overview with Tane Eunson The expectations modern society places on doctors are explored in the ‘good samaritan’ case of Dekker vs Medical Board of WA, where a doctor was called to account for ‘improper conduct in a professional respect’ when she didn’t stop to lend urgent medical assistance at a motor vehicle accident. This post examines how today’s doctors are judged with respect to ‘professionalism’ and how those notions have changed over time. It is th...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - July 28, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Cadogan Tags: Arcanum Veritas better doctors Better people Tane Eunson Source Type: blogs
Murphy Bill --Now With Guns?
Pretend there's a photo of the U.S. Capitol here. Blogger is not cooperating. Let me first send you to Pete Earley's blog to read about the Murphy Bill, HR2646, which was passed by the House of Representatives with a vote of 422-2. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act had bipartisian and broad support, but not until it was sanitized of it's controversial issues: patient advocacy groups remained funded, outpatient commitment was de-emphasized, and the right of a patient with a psychiatric disorder to refuse release of their health information to family/caregivers remained intact (at leas...
Source: Shrink Rap - July 28, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Boy or Girl and Are You Sick?
First, let me send you to an article in the New York Times : W.H.O. Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity from List of Mental Disorders. There are lines we've drawn in medicine: a fever above a certain degree is not normal and indicates a pathological process. A tumor that will spread and debilitate you is not normal and indicates a pathological process. To be pervasively sad, uninterested in the things you enjoy, and want to kill yourself is not normal and indicates a pathological process. And to hear voices and believe that someone is monitoring you when no voice or stalker or agency is there, is...
Source: Shrink Rap - July 27, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Learning Empathy through Chekhov
Guy Glass, MD, MFA, Clinical Assistant Professor Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics Stony Brook School of Medicine I am a psychiatrist who writes plays and has several professional productions and published plays to my credit. Having recently earned an MFA in theater from Stony Brook University, I […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - July 26, 2016 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Lucy Bruell Tags: Health Care Literature Arts and Medicine Blog New Conceptual Frameworks syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Psychiatry is a field in upheaval about diagnosis
Ms. C was one of my first patients with schizophrenia. I saw her on the inpatient unit of a psychiatric hospital where I was training as a psychiatry resident. Ms. C suffered terribly from what we call the negative symptoms of schizophrenia; she sat mute for much of the day in her bed, staring out of the window. She would occasionally respond to a question with a one-word response, but there was a sense in which she was absent, hollowed out. She troubled the staff because she would sometimes not even leave her bed to urinate. During the same month, I met Mr. L, a vigorous young man who had until recently been a student at ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/robbie-fenster" rel="tag" > Robbie Fenster, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
Killer wives are "wicked", killer husbands are "stressed" – uncovering the sexism in judges' closing remarks
This study should open a conversation, and further research into how judges treat domestic killers in the dock. _________________________________ Hall, G., Whittle, M., & amp; Field, C. (2016). Themes in Judges' Sentencing Remarks for Male and Female Domestic Murderers Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 23 (3), 395-412 DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2015.1080142 -- further reading -- Judges are more lenient toward a psychopath when given a neuro explanation for his condition The psychology of female serial killers How our judgments about criminals are swayed by disgust, biological explanations and animalistic description...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 26, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Research Digest Source Type: blogs
Patients With Severe Schizophrenia Aren ’t Getting The Help They Need
Even when effectively treated, schizophrenia can be devastating, impairing a person’s social and family life, ability to work, physical health, and quality of life. Those who have schizophrenia often end up alone and impoverished. Yet the effects of this disease are even worse when treatment doesn’t work. Treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS) is formally defined as schizophrenia that is not well controlled despite adequate trials of at least two medications — a definition that applies to between 20 to 30 percent of patients with the condition. An effective treatment exists for TRS: the anti-psychotic clozapine,...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - July 25, 2016 Category: Health Management Authors: Adam Rose Tags: Costs and Spending Drugs and Medical Technology Equity and Disparities Featured Public Health Quality Clozapine Mental Health schizophrenia Source Type: blogs
No, autistic people do not have a "broken" mirror neuron system – new evidence
By guest blogger Helge Hasselmann Scientists are still struggling to understand the causes of autism. A difficulty bonding with others represents one of the core symptoms and has been the focus of several theories that try and explain exactly why these deficits come about. One of the more prominent examples, the “ broken mirror hypothesis ”, suggests that an impaired development of the mirror neuron system (MNS) is to blame. First observed in monkeys, mirror neurons are more active when you perform a certain action and when you see someone else engage in the same behavior – for example, when you smile or whe...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 25, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Research Digest Source Type: blogs
Psychology Around the Net: July 23, 2016
AAAAAACHOOOOOO! That’s me, readers, sneezing my brains out as I type this. You might remember I mentioned being sick last week? Well, this week, allergies decided to fill the void my common cold left behind. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me and, as a matter of fact, I’m going to stop here and leave you to peruse this week’s latest news about psychiatry and eugenics, using mindfulness to launch your career, some interesting results related to the self-esteem of women around the world, and more, because I’m headed to my pharmacist. (They’re used to people looking like something th...
Source: World of Psychology - July 23, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: ADHD and ADD Disorders Marriage and Divorce Mindfulness Personality Psychiatry Psychology Psychology Around the Net Relationships Research Treatment Women's Issues Association for Research in Personality attention deficit hyper a Source Type: blogs
Primary care physicians should advocate for fewer restrictions on women ’s choices
Our patient was a 15-year-old girl who came to the emergency room of our hospital saying she wanted to commit suicide after being raped several weeks ago at a classmate’s party. In the emergency room, a urine pregnancy test was positive. On admission to the hospital, she was very clear that her thoughts of killing herself came from her rape and current pregnancy. She was clear that she wished to end the pregnancy. Her mother, who was by her side throughout the hospitalization, supported her daughter’s right to seek an abortion. Our supervising doctor (who is also an abortion provider at an outside clinic) infor...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/joshua-st-louis-and-dana-marcinkowski-desmond" rel="tag" > Joshua St. Louis, MD, MPH and Dana Marcinkowski-Desmond, MD, MPH < /a > Tags: Physician OB/GYN Source Type: blogs
10 complimentary passes for 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th) — Names Announced
—————- Dear SharpBrains readers, Thank you everyone who completed the survey we sent out a few weeks ago; it’s a pleasure to go through so many excellent insights! We promised to distribute 5 complimentary passes to our upcoming virtual conference among respondents whose feedback we found particularly illuminating and valuable– here are the lucky winners who will be able to learn and contribute at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on a comp basis: Dr. Carlos Davidovich, Optimum Talent Deborah Zamin, Toronto District School Board Joan Wilson, Madigan Army Medical Center Milton Cadena, Ca...
Source: SharpBrains - July 22, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain conference Reinventing Source Type: blogs
The Brain ’ s Critical Balance
The BRAIN Initiative is supporting scientists aiming to understand how the 86 billion neurons in the brain act together to enable consciousness and behavior. Dr. Insel gives a snapshot of recent work and its implications for understanding normal and disordered brain function. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - July 21, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs
What Caused This to Happen? – Part 2
A London neuroscientist suggests two kinds of causes for disease; Dr. Insel talks about the implications of this view for understanding mental disorders. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - July 21, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs
Alzheimer's Tau Protein Spreads Through the Brain Via Extracellular Space
A toxic Alzheimer’s protein can spread through the brain—jumping from one neuron to another—via the extracellular space that surrounds the brain’s neurons.Alzheimer's Reading RoomThe spread of the protein, called tau, may explain why only one area of the brain is affected in the early stages of Alzheimer’s but multiple areas are affected in later stages of the disease.“By learning how tau spreads, we may be able to stop it from jumping from neuron to neuron,” says Dr. Duff. “This would prevent the disease from spreading to other regions of the brain, which is associated with more severe dementia.”What's t...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 19, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer awareness alzheimer patient care alzheimer science brain caring for dementia patients causes of alzheimer's disease memory treatment alzheimer's disease Source Type: blogs
The Doctors Club
By ANISH KOKA, MD Vatsal Thakkar, a psychiatrist, recently wrote of the perks doctors are afforded in everyone’s favorite instrument of social justice – the New York Times. Dr. Thakkar speaks effectively and correctly about a broken health care system navigated best by pulling the ‘doctor’ card. Some on the progressive left have seized on this blatant disregard for egalitarianism as yet another example of a broken healthcare system, despite the fact that a two tiered system is exactly what they have been building over the last eight years. To be clear, there has always been special treatment accorded fellow doct...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Got that warm feeling?
A condition called cerebellar ataxia is one manifestation of wheat’s effect on the human brain. This illness usually affects adults, average age of onset 48 years, though children can be affected, too. Symptoms consist of incoordination, falling, and incontinence. The typical situation involves a man or woman in their late 40s or early 50s who begins to experience difficulty walking a straight line, or feels like they are drifting to one side as they walk. Frequent stumbling when there is no obstacle in the way is common. This is due to degeneration of the cerebellum (visible on an MRI or CT scan of the brain), th...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 19, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle ataxia autoimmune brain cerebellar gluten grains incoordination neuropathy stumbling Source Type: blogs
Assessing Students: Why Background History Matters
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a post written by Tatyana Elleseff for her Smart Speech Therapy blog. Her full post can be read here. As a speech-language pathologist who works in an outpatient psychiatric, school-based setting, I frequently review previous evaluations on incoming students. I notice several common threads in these reports. In this post, I share my thoughts regarding the lack of background information in student assessment reports. Despite its key role in assessment, this section often gets left empty or includes only minimal details about the student’s age, grade level and reasons for referral. ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 19, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Tatyana Elleseff Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Bilingual assessment Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs
Improving cancer drug testing
Balls of cells with their own ‘passport’ to help speed up cancer drug testingRelated items from OnMedicaNICE calls for safer use of controlled drugsEU membership best for cancer patients and research, say leading oncologistsCancer cases have risen 12% since mid-1990sStop smoking drugs not linked to rise in psychiatric side effectsGPs slash total antibiotic scrips by over 7% in a year (Source: OnMedica Blogs)
Source: OnMedica Blogs - July 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: blogs
Spirituality vs. Mental Disorders: God Doesn’t Hate Medication
I grew up in a family that had high expectations of me, and I have personally struggled with anxiety. For several years, I thought that my anxiety was a normal part of life. I didn’t realize that I should not have been having full-blown anxiety at the age of nine, but I was. My family didn’t believe in mental illnesses, besides those that were obvious to the untrained eye. We did, however, attend a church regularly. I was highly interested in Christianity and studied it on my own. I was able to combat the unnatural anxiety through my relationship with God, and was able to overcome the anxiety throughout middle and high...
Source: World of Psychology - July 17, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Spencer Willoughby Tags: Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Caregivers College Disorders Family General Parenting Personal Personality Psychology Spirituality Anxiolytic God Mental Disorder Nursing Source Type: blogs