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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members … Continue reading

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In Memorium: Robert Spitzer, MD

Dr. Robert Spitzer – a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM as the agreed-upon standard to describe mental disorders, died Friday December 25, 2015.  Spitzer died of heart … Continue reading

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National Depression Screening Day

October 8th is National Depression Screening Day This year commemorates the 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day Screenings in schools Mental health professionals are using screenings as a way to identify potential physical and mental health conditions. Just as a … Continue reading

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Patient Activation to Improve Health Outcomes

The patient is 50% of the clinical equation, but as medical educators, we haven’t always saved a seat for the patient at the education table. We at CME Outfitters would like to share some of our goals and commitments to … Continue reading

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FDA Modifies Label for ER/LA Opioids

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced changes to the labeling requirements for long-acting pain medication. In addition, FDA has ordered new postmarket study requirements for all extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics intended to treat pain. The modified indication, … Continue reading

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New report sheds light on adolescent substance use

According to a report published yesterday by SAMHSA, the number of teenagers from age 12 to 17 smoke cigarettes on a average day is over three-quarters of a million. In addition, typically over a half-million smoked marijuana and almost a half-million drank … Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s Disease

Investigators from Brown University and two Rhode Island hospitals are participating a clinical trial investigating the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. DBS is currently FDA approved to treat Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s … Continue reading

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Global health should shift to preventing risky behaviors in adolescence

As childhood and adolescent deaths from infectious diseases have declined worldwide, policymakers are shifting attention to preventing deaths from noncommunicable causes, such as drug and alcohol use, mental health problems, obesity, traffic crashes, violence and unsafe sex practices. [Lancet, more…]

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Alzheimer’s Biomarker and Major Depression

Research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry demonstrates that elderly patients who are cognitively intact and diagnosed with major depression may have low levels of amyloid beta 42 (Aß-42) in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). Aß-42 has been implicated in … Continue reading

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New IOM Report on Epilepsy

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) highlights gaps in the knowledge and management of epilepsy. The report recommends specific actions to promote a better understanding of the disorder and improve the lives of patients with epilepsy and … Continue reading

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