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Virtual reality–based CBT may improve social participation in psychosis

Dutch study: Fascinating form of therapy using VR shows efficacy in schizophrenia/psychotic disorders, after 16 sessions, in virtual conversations with avatars. AVATAR project in UK yields similar results. https://www.mdedge.com/clinicalpsychiatrynews/article/158561/schizophrenia-other-psychotic-disorders/virtual-reality-based

Bipolar Depression diagnosed with CRP levels and predicts use of celebrex

Plasma C-reactive protein levels in bipolar depression during cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor combination treatment Journal of Psychiatric Research — | February 15, 2018 Edberg D, et al. – Researchers, for the first time, analyzed blood levels of the pro-inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein (CRP) in bipolar disorder patients treated with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, celecoxib (CBX). Findings showed a […]
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Next chapter on antidepressants in Bipolar Disorder, A surprise!

Shvartzman Y, et al. – This trial was formulated in order to compare the rehospitalization rates of patients with bipolar disorder (BD)-I depressive episode who were discharged with mood stabilizers (MSs) and/or atypical antipsychotics (AAPs) with or without adjunctive antidepressants (ADs). Data unveiled a lower rate of and a longer time to rehospitalization due to […]
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Birth of the Developmental Risk Factor Model of Psychosis

This is a excellent state of the art summary of our understanding of schizophrenia. Very interesting conclusion: we need to stop high potency cannabis from getting into the hands of teens. That is the primary intervention best suited to prevent schizophrenia from increasing in our society. GP screening for minor psychotic symptoms plus social dysfunction, […]
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Researchers identify 74% of schizophrenia cases via brain scan data – Schizophrenia Journey

http://schizophreniajourney.com/pathogenesis/researchers-identify-74-schizophrenia-cases-via-brain-scan-data/ Researchers identify 74% of schizophrenia cases via brain scan data An intense search for a reliable biomarker takes a new turn. An intense search for a reliable biomarker takes a new turn. In the race for a reliable schizophrenia biomarker, researchers say they’ve made significant progress toward developing a way to use brain scans […]
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Urine testing in schizophrenia monitors adherence to treatment

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Prazosin falls short for veterans’ PTSD-related sleep problems

Disappointing,hard to ignore study will change my practice: I don’t think Prazosin is worth a trial when other options are available and therapy is still TOC. https://www.mdedge.com/clinicalpsychiatrynews/article/158262/ptsd/prazosin-falls-short-veterans-ptsd-related-sleep-problems

What Clinicians Need to Know About Vitamins and Mineral Supplements | Complementary and Alternative Medicine | JAMA | The JAMA Network

This is the latest , fairly conservative review of supplements. Note the growing acceptance of Vt D, even from within the medical establishment. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2672264?utm_source=silverchair&utm_campaign=jama_network&utm_content=weekly_highlights&cmp=1&utm_medium=email Vitamin and Mineral Supplements What Clinicians Need to Know What Clinicians Need to Know Dietary supplementation is approximately a $30 billion industry in the United States, with more than 90 000 products […]
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Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=210014&ecd=mnl_men_020718 Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning? Latest Mental Health News TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sure, an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil can help ease aches and pains, but could it mess with your thoughts and emotions, too? That’s the finding from a new review of recently published studies. The studies […]
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Interesting medical links to bipolar disorder

Obesity in patients with major depression is related to bipolarity and mixed features: Evidence from the BRIDGE-II-Mix study Bipolar Disorders — Petri E, et al. | July 31, 2017 The link between obesity and the presence of mixed features and bipolarity was gauged during this trial. It was determined that the presence of obesity in […]
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