Mental Health

  • Pot legalization tied to drop in opioid prescribing rates

    on March 30th, 2018
    FROM JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE Laws covering medical or recreational use of marijuana are associated with reduced rates of opioid prescribing among federal health care program enrollees, results of two recently published investigations show. In one study, researchers investigated whether medical cannab[...]
  • Certifications, training to increase addiction medicine specialists

    on March 30th, 2018
    Two new workforce developments aim to increase the number of addiction medicine specialists and provide new training opportunities in the subspecialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently certified its first formal wave of addiction medicine physicians, adding 1,200 specialists[...]
  • Many VTE patients live in fear of the next event

    on March 29th, 2018
    REPORTING FROM THSNA 2018 SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – An estimated 41% of patients who experienced a venous thromboembolism (VTE) fear another clot often or almost all the time. In addition, about 25% report abnormal levels of anxiety, and 12% have abnormal depression scores. Those are ke[...]
  • Arm teachers with mental health providers

    on March 28th, 2018
    The gun control bill passed recently in Florida is a promising step forward in helping to protect children from deadly violence in schools. While various attempts to minimize gun violence have been stalled in state legislatures, in some cases for decades, this bill, which includes funding to expand [...]
  • Insomnia – going beyond sleep hygiene

    on March 28th, 2018
    Difficulties with sleep are prevalent and significant across the developmental spectrum. Not only does poor sleep affect daytime functioning in relation to mood, focus, appetite, and emotional regulation, but ineffective bedtime routines can cause significant distress for youth and caregivers, as we[...]
  • Sexual harassment, violence is our problem, too

    on March 27th, 2018
    This past year has seen an incredible transformation in our awareness and understanding of the extent of sexual harassment and assault in our society. The #metoo campaign and the brave women throughout the country who have come out and told us their stories have truly made a difference. For years, I[...]
  • Why isn’t smart gun technology on Parkland activists’ agenda?

    on March 27th, 2018
    The evening before the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, I was hard at work on my sign. Making a statement is important, but at the Women’s March last January, I discovered that a sign was invaluable for keeping friends together in a crowd. Since my Women’s March sign read “Make America[...]
  • U.S. adults consumed 17.5 billion total binge drinks in 2015

    on March 23rd, 2018
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE A new study seeks to elucidate disparities in the binge drinking habits of U.S. adults. To its authors’ knowledge, the study by Dafna Kanny, PhD, and her coinvestigators is the first to assess total binge drinks consumed, in contrast with other stud[...]
  • Is kratom the answer to the opioid crisis?

    on March 23rd, 2018
    As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the United States, patients and physicians are looking for less-addictive alternatives for pain control. For a growing number of U.S. patients, top among the contenders is kratom, a plant-based product that shows a dose-dependent opioidlike effect. For phys[...]
  • Tardive dyskinesia is theme of awards competition for early career psychiatrists

    on March 22nd, 2018
    Important advances in neuroscience and clinical psychiatry have been achieved in recent years, but there are significant gaps in knowledge and much that we don’t understand about the brain and behavior. Further advances depend on cultivating and supporting a new generation of dedicated basic scien[...]
  • Parents surveyed about underage drinking

    on March 21st, 2018
    Most parents of children aged 10-17 years have talked to them about alcohol consumption, but many do not consider brain health to be an important reason to avoid underage drinking, according to a recent survey of 1,000 parents. The 76% of parents who reported having at least one conversation about a[...]
  • Cannabis users at highest psychosis risk may elect to quit

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE Cannabis users who experience symptoms suggestive of psychosis are more likely to stop using the drug – or report wanting to stop – than are those who report more pleasurable experiences. This finding, published March 23 in Psychological Medicine , might help explain [...]
  • Early family intervention tied to reduced AUDs in Mexican American youth

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM JAMA PSYCHIATRY A family-focused middle school intervention can help reduce alcohol abuse and alcohol use disorders (AUD) in Mexican American adolescents who are at heightened risk for problem drinking, according to Nancy A. Gonzales, PhD, and her associates. The report was published March 21 i[...]
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