Archives for May 2009

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder Share Common Genetic Cause

The largest family study of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder ever conducted shows that these 2 disorders share a common genetic cause, a finding that challenges the current view that they are separate and distinct conditions.

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APA 2009: Bipolar Disorder Linked to Higher Mortality Rates From Suicide and CVD

Patients with bipolar disorder also suffer from higher rates of HIV infection, asthma, COPD, and migraine.

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Schizophrenia in Childhood and Adolescence: Applying New Evidence

How can schizophrenia symptoms be distinguished from other conditions in children and adolescents, and what treatments are effective?

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2008 US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress

Learn about the latest safety and efficacy data in ADHD from the 2008 US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.

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Schizophrenia versus Schizoaffective disorder

Review strategies for differential diagnosis of schizophrenia versus schizoaffective disorder and help your patients better comply with medication regimens by tailoring individualized treatment plans.


Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency

Highlights of the 8th International Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency: new information on American drug control policy, pain assessment tolls, and risk reduction during pain treatment.

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Federal Government Seeks Public Comment on Issues Related to the Implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act signed into law in October 2008 consolidated longstanding efforts at the national and state level to establish parity between the financial health

coverage for mental health/substance abuse conditions, and physical health disorders.  The three federal government agencies principally responsible for implementing this law – the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service – are issuing a request in the Federal Register seeking information and advice from the public addressing critical issues surrounding the best ways to implement the law and fulfill its objectives.   Among the issues that the departments are seeking information on are issues related to the most efficient and cost-effective ways of implementing this law.  In addition, this request for information seeks information that would be helpful in the development of regulations needed to implement this law.    Comments must be submitted on or before May 28, 2009.


National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media Scholarships

Application Deadline: May 27, 5 p.m. EDT The National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media scholarships provide conference registration and accommodations for state and local public health professionals. The scholarship covers full registration for the 2½-day conference and 2 nights lodging at the Omni Hotel. All other expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship recipients. A limited number of scholarships are available for the 2009 conference.  SAMHSA’s goal for co-sponsoring the conference is to increase the visibility and presence of mental health and substance abuse service delivery organizations, providers, and advocates. With your help, support, and participation, we can best leverage the new media environment to address the needs of people with or at risk for substance use and mental disorders.


AHRQ: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

For the sixth year in a row, AHRQ has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care. The National Healthcare Quality Report tracks the health care system through quality measures, such as the percentage of heart attack patients who received recommended care when they reached the hospital or the percentage of children who received recommended vaccinations. The National Healthcare Disparities Report summarizes health care quality and access among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as children and older adults



NIH Research Matters: Autism Tied to Genes That Influence Brain Cell Connections

Three genome-wide association studies have identified genetic factors that affect the risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Understanding how these genetic variations affect brain development will suggest new strategies for diagnosing and treating ASD.