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RDoC: Outcomes to Causes and Back

In the second of two director’s messages on RDoC, Dr. Gordon talks about the role of computational psychiatry in the effort to understand the brain processes underlying behavior and mental disorders.

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

A gene related to ion channels common to many families with mental illness leads us to new discoveries and treatments based on actual brain pathology.

Smartphone psychiatry? How NIMH director Tom Insel turned from brain scanners to social tech

Around this time, Insel told me recently, he’d just finished a talk describing the wonderful things the NIMH was discovering about the brain when a man in the audience said, “You don’t get it.” “Excuse me?,” Insel said. “I don’t get what?” “Our house is on fire,” the man said, “and you’re telling us about […]

Doctor praises Tiger Woods for seeking help in managing medications

4 days agoSports / Golf : USAToday: Golf

A doctor who specializes in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine says it is wise for Tiger Woods to seek guidance for prescription drug management.        

Loyola psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, M.D., Ph.D., receives Owl of Wisdom award

(Loyola University Health System) In recognition of his global contributions to psychiatry, Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, M.D., Ph.D., has received the Owl of Wisdom award from the International Society of Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology.

What We Know About The Link Between Fever During Pregnancy And Autism

Having a fever during pregnancy could raise the risk of having a child with autism-spectrum disorder by 34 percent, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. For women who experience three or more fevers...Show More Summary

What We Know About The Link Between Fever During Pregnancy And Autism

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Having a fever during pregnancy could raise the risk of having a child with autism-spectrum disorder by 34 percent, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. For women who experience three or more fevers...Show More Summary

ADD medicines may help prevent MVAs

p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }a:link { } From JAMA Psychiatry: Design, Setting, and Participants For this study, a US national cohort of patients with ADHD (n?=?2 319 450) was identified from commercial health insurance claims between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2014, and followed up for emergency department visits for MVCs. The study used

Genes influence ability to read a person's mind from their eyes

(University of Cambridge) Our DNA influences our ability to read a person's thoughts and emotions from looking at their eyes, suggests a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Austria's fantastical factory of 'raw art'

Nestled in the hills of Austria sits Gugging, an artists' colony with a difference where the worlds of psychiatry and art collide -- with spectacular success. Over the past 50 years, mentally ill patients here have churned out an astounding 75,000 recognised artworks, some selling for over 100,000 euros ($110,000). Show More Summary

Penn's David Dinges Honored with Distinguished Service Award

David F. Dinges, PhD, chief of the division of Sleep and Chronobiology, and director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Penn's David Dinges honored with Distinguished Service Award

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) David F. Dinges, Ph.D., chief of the division of Sleep and Chronobiology, and director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Largest study to date finds autism alone does not increase risk of violent offending

(Elsevier) A diagnosis of autism alone does not increase the risk of violent offending, suggests a study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). The study analyzed data from 295,734 individuals in Stockholm County, Sweden, of whom 5,739 had a diagnosis of autism. Show More Summary

Where to look for new treatments for alcoholism? The matrix

(Elsevier) A new study in Biological Psychiatry may pave the way for treating alcohol addiction by reducing motivation to drink, rather than by altering the effects of alcohol itself. Led by Drs. Kasia Radwanska and Leszek Kaczmarek of the Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland, the study reports a new mechanism behind alcohol seeking behavior.

Penn Medicine's Irene Hurford receives Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Irene Hurford, MD, an assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry, has received a 2017 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

I worried about working in psychiatry but one patient taught me how to listen

It took ages to earn Sandra’s trust – she showed me how people’s lives can be consumed by the cruel fate of mental health problems In medicine, psychiatry isn’t seen as glamorous. As a student and while training, you fight with your colleagues for the sexy jobs in cardiology, intensive care or on the frontline. Show More Summary

Wolters Kluwer Publishes 10th Edition Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry

Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, is pleased to announce the 10th Edition of Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. This marks the 50th anniversary of this cornerstone text, which covers the full range of psychiatry and mental health.

Where money and the law intersect, truth can sometimes be the victim

Afterword from a story entitled “Litigation Lane,” excerpted from Beyond Bedlam’s Door: True Tales from the Couch and Courtroom (Thunder Lake Press).  Forensic psychiatry involves the interface of psychiatry and the law. Over the years, I was asked to psychiatrically evaluate people in the context of civil litigation. Both plaintiff and defense attorneys retained my […]

Unsong of unsongs

On Wednesday, Scott Alexander finally completed his sprawling serial novel Unsong, after a year and a half of weekly updates—incredibly, in his spare time while also working as a full-term resident in psychiatry, and also regularly updating Slate Star Codex, which I consider to be the world’s best blog.  I was honored to attend a party in Austin (mirroring parties […]

How virtual therapy can lead to real-world healing

Virtual reality's promise doesn't end with games and movies. Researchers and doctors are turning to VR for everything from neuroscience to psychiatry to occupational therapy. Read morements

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