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Are You Lacking in the “Sunshine” Vitamin? - SOURCE: www.daykimball.org January 1 2017 | Rhiannon Doherty APRN Do you feel tired, achy and depressed every winter? It could be that you’re not getting enough vitamin D. Researchers estimate that as many as half of all adults are at risk for this deficiency. Many Americans feel they aren't at risk because they consume vitamin D fortified foods, like milk, but very few foods have natural vitamin D in therapeutic levels and even fortified foods d...

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Performance-enhancing drug may improve cognition in depression, bipolar disorder

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​Can Adequate Sleep Improve Antidepressant Treatment Response?

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Impact of Insomnia-Specific Therapy on Daytime Functioning - SOURCE: MPR ​September 27, 2016 | Da Hee Han, PharmD Insomnia-specific treatment proved effective at improving daytime and psychological functioning in the short-term, and maintenance therapy added further value to optimizing long-term outcomes, according to a study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy.   Few studies have examined the clinical impact of insomnia therapies on daytime outcomes though daytime functioning impai...

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HIV-Positive Patients With Depression Have Increased Risk for MI

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Managing Antipsychotic-Induced Somnolence - SOURCE: MPR ​July 5 2016 | ​Da Hee Han, PharmD ​Antipsychotic-induced somnolence should be managed with sleep hygiene education, selecting an antipsychotic with a lower risk of somnolence, and initiating at a lower dose with a slower titration based on psychiatric diagnoses, a review published in CNS Drugs reports. Study authors evaluated the incidence of somnolence through a MEDLINE search for randomized, double-blind, placebo- or active-controll...

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Three Types of Suicide Attempts - SOURCE: Lopez-Castroman et al. Clustering suicide attempters: impulsive-ambivalent, well-planned, or frequent. J Clin Psychiatry.2016 Mar 29.  Suicidality is one of the most important problems that mental health professionals deal with. Suicide attempts are common and we are trained to assess the clinical significance of the events. However, a better understanding of the different types of suicide attempts may help us as clinicians and may facilitate resear...

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Missing link found between brain and immune system - SOURCE: University of Virginia Health System Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA's discovery. Credit: University of Virginia Health System In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could...

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NIH study explores genetic risk for schizophrenia - SOURCE: Psychiatric Annals  February 2, 2016 Versions of a gene associated with schizophrenia may prompt synaptic pruning during adolescence, according to recent findings from an NIH-funded study. “Normally, pruning gets rid of excess connections we no longer need, streamlining our brain for optimal performance, but too much pruning can impair mental function,” Thomas Lehner, PhD, director of the Office of Genomics Research Coordination at...

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Benzodiazepine Use in Schizophrenia a High-Risk Practice - SOURCE: MedScape  December 22, 2015 | Megan Brooks High cumulative exposure to benzodiazepines is common in patients with schizophrenia and is associated with a significantly increased risk for premature death, according to new data from Sweden. Treatment guidelines recommend that benzodiazepines not be used for longer than 1 month. "Therefore, it is alarming that one-third of the population of patients with psychosis in Sweden had ...
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