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Folks,

The following is a link to an article on the off label uses of psychiatric medications.  It is directed towards an audience of forensic experts but does give a good background in some recent changes in prescribing practices.

Off Label Article

The following is an article on how inappropriate drug prescriptions are wasting millions in medicaid dollars and unnecessarily risking the health of the patients.

Science Daily Article

The following is an article from Johns Hopkins about a study showing that one particular gene seems to be associated with the symptom of delusions.  It also gives a summary of the problems with trying to find the genetic causes of schizophrenia.

JH Article

The following is an article from BP magazine on the subject of the high mortality that is associated with Bipolar Disorder.  It also discusses some of the reasons why the rate is so high.

BP Mortality Article

The following is an article from BP Magazine on the Treatment Emergent Mania And Antidepressants.  For those who aren’t familiar with it this magazine is a quarterly publication that I highly recommend.  A single subscription costs about $20 per year and bulk rates are also available. 

BP Article

Internet Program Helps Prevent Depression In Teens; following is the link to the story on a recent research project.

Project Article

The following is an article on conditions in Florida’s Miami-Dade county jail and the general problem with mentally ill inmates in Florida.  There is also a short video showing the notorious ninth floor of the jail with some comments from people on conditions there.  Please remember that this video could not show the true horror of conditions there. 

Article

It appears that taking any antipsychotic whether typical or atypical increases the risk of sudden cardiac death. 

http://www.inpsychiatry.com/news/article.aspx?id=80496

Revising Blue Books

Hello fellow SA members:

Our Blue Book revision task force has completed most of their work. The changes that took place concerned grammar, usage and typos.  We are now faced with another hurdle. The Blue Book Cover art work many of us feel needs a fresh look as well. So we are having a contest for the best design.

You can either e-mail your work to: deherrmann@aol.com

Or fax me at (203) 736-6359.

All entrees must be in by April 15, 2009 and no later.

The task force is looking for new personal stories to be included in the revised edition. They must not be longer than one side of one page in the Blue Book. Again we will utilize the above cut-off date with the corresponding contact information.

Last but not least, SA needs Group Leader Liaisons. If you have  over one year acting as a Group Leader  you may be able to qualify. Liaisons keep in touch with other group leaders and help look for solutions to various situations. For more information contact info@sardaa.org or jcronin@bghealth.org

As always,

Jim C.

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Please post your comments, scientific news and discussion topics here by clicking on the title then clicking on "comments" on the next page.

eLetter From John P

Mind-Body Therapies

Parade magazine a couple months ago reported on mind-body therapies that have scientific backing as being helpful. This backing comes by way of scientific studies using the scientific method. Given that 62 percent of Americans use alternative medicine (according to National Institute of Health), that some of these methods have studies backing them up is a source of encouragement.

The Parade article pointed to three of the mind-body therapies that have "passed the litmus test of rigorous medical inquiry." These are:

meditation, biofeedback, and acupuncture. Below is the data given about these methods, often using the article’s words.

* Meditation. Activates the relaxation response and improves

blood pressure and hormonal balance. Can also help with insulin, blood sugar, and heart health. Can improve concentration, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Makes the brain waves become more calm.

* Biofeedback. Uses a small hand-held machine with sensors that monitor body functions, such as pulse rate or skin temperature. These rates show up on the small screen. By controlling your thoughts, you can learn to control the rates on the screen. According to studies, biofeedback can be used to improve blood pressure, stress, tension headaches, and back pain.

* Acupuncture: A traditional Chinese treatment with small skinny sterile needles placed into the skin. Studies find this method effective in pain reduction for knee arthritis, and also to help against the suffering of post traumatic stress disorder. Western science assumes that acupuncture works by triggering hormone-like chemicals in the nervous system that affect our mood and perception of pain.

SOURCE: Parade (December 14, 2008)

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The Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a webpage on Supported Employment that goes along with its general section on employment. The webpage is at this address:

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Issue_Spotlights&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=68648

Postnatal Psychosis

The following is a link to a research study on Postnatal Psychosis.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/588213

Submitted by DH

Rise of The Alphabet Kids

The following is an article on some of the problems involved in treating children with behavioral health problems.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5727101.ece

Submitted by DH

Bipolar and Antidepressants

The following is a link to an article about research into treating Bipolar Disorder with antidepressants.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/BipolarDisorder/12880

Submitted by DH

Autism Proceeding Decisions

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims announced their decision in three cases heard before the Court on the MMR/thimerosal theory of autism causation. The decisions and background information can be found at http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/node/5026.

The following statement was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the decisions.

Statement from the Department of Health and Human Services Regarding the Decisions of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding

As these cases illustrated, there’s no doubt that autism and autism spectrum disorders place a heavy burden on many families. That is one reason why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to support research to better understand the cause of autistic disorders and develop more effective methods of treatment.

The medical and scientific communities have carefully and thoroughly reviewed the evidence concerning the vaccine-autism theory and have found no association between vaccines and autism. If parents have questions or concerns about childhood vaccines, they should talk with their child’s health care provider.

Hopefully, the determination by the Special Masters will help reassure parents that vaccines do not cause autism.

More information about autism and autism spectrum disorders can be found at www.hhs.gov/autism.

per NIH

Inspired by Film

Inspired by Film, Orchestras Mobilize to Fight Hunger

More than 160 orchestras in 45 states are expected to take part in food drives in advance of the spring release of a movie about a Juilliard-trained musician with schizophrenia who becomes homeless, the Associated Press reports.

The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. and scheduled for release April 24, “reminds us that classical music has the power to sustain spirits and change lives, even under the most difficult circumstances,” said Jesse Rosen, president of the League of American Orchestras. Food collected in drives beginning in late March will be distributed to local organizations through the national antihunger network Feeding America.

Submitted by Jon T.

Scientific News

Folks,

The following is a link to an article on the off label uses of psychiatric medications.  It is directed towards an audience of forensic experts but does give a good background in some recent changes in prescribing practices.

Off Label Article

The following is an article on how inappropriate drug prescriptions are wasting millions in medicaid dollars and unnecessarily risking the health of the patients.

Science Daily Article

The following is an article from Johns Hopkins about a study showing that one particular gene seems to be associated with the symptom of delusions.  It also gives a summary of the problems with trying to find the genetic causes of schizophrenia.

JH Article

The following is an article from BP magazine on the subject of the high mortality that is associated with Bipolar Disorder.  It also discusses some of the reasons why the rate is so high.

BP Mortality Article

The following is an article from BP Magazine on the Treatment Emergent Mania And Antidepressants.  For those who aren’t familiar with it this magazine is a quarterly publication that I highly recommend.  A single subscription costs about $20 per year and bulk rates are also available. 

BP Article

Internet Program Helps Prevent Depression In Teens; following is the link to the story on a recent research project.

Project Article

The following is an article on conditions in Florida’s Miami-Dade county jail and the general problem with mentally ill inmates in Florida.  There is also a short video showing the notorious ninth floor of the jail with some comments from people on conditions there.  Please remember that this video could not show the true horror of conditions there. 

Article

It appears that taking any antipsychotic whether typical or atypical increases the risk of sudden cardiac death. 

http://www.inpsychiatry.com/news/article.aspx?id=80496

Folks,

following is an article on antipsychotics used in treating children.  It is very informative on the subject of old versus new antipsychotics.  As is becoming very clear all antipsychotics have drawbacks and there is no good answer to the question of which antipsychotic will be best for a given child.

http://nursing.advanceweb.com/editorial/content/editorial.aspx?CC=191353

Brain imaging scans showing the differences in default network activity in schizophrenics versus controls and first degree relatives of schizophrenics.

Article

 

Quetiapine XR was shown to help in schizophrenics with depression in this study.  They were switched to it from other antipsychotics.  Two caveats are important to note in this study.  The write up does not indicate what the previous antipsychotic was.   Also this study was funded by the pharmaceutical company that makes Quetiapine XR also known as Seroquel.   Click Here to view article.

Submitted by DH