Monthly Archives: May 2007

A community study of the presence of anxiety disorder in people with epilepsy.

  Epilepsy Behav. 2007 May 24; [Epub ahead of print] Related Articles, Links  A community study of the presence of anxiety disorder in people with epilepsy. Mensah SA, Beavis JM, Thapar AK, Kerr MP. Academic Department of Neuropsychiatry, Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Anxiety represents a major problem for people with epilepsy, and it is important to understand why it arises and how to reduce its potential debilitating and adverse effects. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of anxiety in a … Continue reading

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Multiple sclerosis as a painful disease.

  Int Rev Neurobiol. 2007;79:303-21. Related Articles, Links  Multiple sclerosis as a painful disease. Kenner M, Menon U, Elliott DG. Department of Neurology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana 71103, USA. Pain is a common problem of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and may be due to central/neuropathic or peripheral/somatic pathology. Rarely MS may present with pain, or pain may herald an MS exacerbation, such as in painful tonic spasms or Lhermitte’s sign. In other patients, pain may become chronic as a long-term … Continue reading

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Association between trauma exposure and delusional experiences in a large community-based sample.

  Br J Psychiatry. 2007 Apr;190:339-43. Related Articles, Links  Association between trauma exposure and delusional experiences in a large community-based sample. Scott J, Chant D, Andrews G, Martin G, McGrath J. Kids in Mind Research, Mater Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane and Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Wacol, Queensland. BACKGROUND: Surveys have found that otherwise well individuals report delusional experiences. Previous studies have shown an association between psychotic symptoms and exposure to trauma. AIMS: To explore the association between trauma and delusional experiences in a … Continue reading

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Multivitamin use and risk of prostate cancer in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study.

  J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 May 16;99(10):754-64. Related Articles, Links  Multivitamin use and risk of prostate cancer in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Lawson KA, Wright ME, Subar A, Mouw T, Hollenbeck A, Schatzkin A, Leitzmann MF. Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA. lawsonka@mail.nih.gov BACKGROUND: Multivitamin supplements are used by millions of Americans because of their potential health benefits, but the relationship between multivitamin use and prostate cancer is unclear. METHODS: We prospectively investigated the association … Continue reading

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Insomnia in Parkinson’s disease: frequency and progression over time.

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2007 May;78(5):476-9. Epub 2006 Nov 10. Related Articles, Links  Insomnia in Parkinson’s disease: frequency and progression over time. Gjerstad MD, Wentzel-Larsen T, Aarsland D, Larsen JP. Department of Neurology, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway. gjmi@sus.no OBJECTIVES: To examine the development of nocturnal sleeping problems in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) over an 8-year period and to study the clinical and demographic correlates of insomnia. METHODS: 231 patients were included in a population-based prevalence study in 1993, and re-examined in 1997 and … Continue reading

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Acupuncture, a promising adjunctive therapy for essential hypertension: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial.

  Neurol Res. 2007;29 Suppl 1:S98-103. Related Articles, Links Acupuncture, a promising adjunctive therapy for essential hypertension: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Yin C, Seo B, Park HJ, Cho M, Jung W, Choue R, Kim C, Park HK, Lee H, Koh H. Department of Acupuncture, CHA Biomedical Center, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University, Seoul 135-081, Korea. BACKGROUND: This study assessed effects of acupuncture as an add-on to conventional antihypertensive managements such as medication or lifestyle modification for hypertensive or pre-hypertensive subjects. METHODS: A randomized, … Continue reading

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Effectiveness of yoga therapy in the treatment of migraine without aura: a randomized controlled trial.

Headache. 2007 May;47(5):654-61. Related Articles, Links  Effectiveness of yoga therapy in the treatment of migraine without aura: a randomized controlled trial. John PJ, Sharma N, Sharma CM, Kankane A. Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (Rajasthan), India. Background.-Numerous studies have explored the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of migraine but there is no documented investigation of the effectiveness of yoga therapy for migraine management. Objectives.-To investigate the effectiveness of holistic approach of yoga therapy for migraine treatment compared to self-care. … Continue reading

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Thunderclap headache as the presenting symptom of myocardial infarction.

Headache. 2007 May;47(5):724-5. Related Articles, Links  Thunderclap headache as the presenting symptom of myocardial infarction. Broner S, Lay C, Newman L, Swerdlow M. The Headache Institute, New York, USA. Headache as the presenting symptom of myocardial ischemia has been reported in more than 20 cases. These headaches have been described as of gradual onset, associated with exertion and with EKG changes. We present herein the first case of thunderclap headache occurring at rest as the sole symptom of an acute myocardial infarction. PMID: 17501856 [PubMed … Continue reading

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Feeling bad in more ways than one: comorbidity patterns of medically unexplained and psychiatric conditions.

J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jun;22(6):818-21. Related Articles, Links  Feeling bad in more ways than one: comorbidity patterns of medically unexplained and psychiatric conditions. Schur EA, Afari N, Furberg H, Olarte M, Goldberg J, Sullivan PF, Buchwald D. Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA. ellschur@u.washington.edu BACKGROUND: Considerable overlap in symptoms and disease comorbidity has been noted among medically unexplained and psychiatric conditions seen in the primary care setting, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, low back pain, irritable bowel syndrome, … Continue reading

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Childhood Trauma in Film: Undzere Kinder (Our Children) at the 30th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Padua

On the Occasion of the 30th International Congress on Law and Mental Health (University of Padua 2007, June 25-30)   Co-chaired and Discussed by:   Maurice Preter, M.D., Columbia University and Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., Harvard Medical School           Childhood Trauma in Film: Undzere Kinder (Our Children) אינדזערע  קינדער Poland 1948. In Yiddish language with English subtitles   Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 (Please refer to final program for exact time)           Place: Congress Venue   In what has become a tradition during medical-psychiatric and … Continue reading

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PTSD rates dropped 3 years postwar and rose again 17 years later; 23% of veterans without combat stress reaction reported delayed PTSD.

  Am J Psychiatry. 2006 Apr;163(4):659-66. Related Articles, Links  Trajectories of PTSD: a 20-year longitudinal study. Solomon Z, Mikulincer M. Bob Shappel School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. solomon@post.tau.ac.il OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the psychopathological effects of combat in veterans with and without combat stress reaction. METHOD: Veterans (N=214) from the 1982 Lebanon War were assessed in a prospective longitudinal design: 131 suffered from combat stress reaction during the war, and 83 did not. They were evaluated 1, … Continue reading

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Dissociative disorders were highly prevalent in this clinical population and typically had not been previously diagnosed clinically.

  Am J Psychiatry. 2006 Apr;163(4):623-9. Related Articles, Links  Comment in: Am J Psychiatry. 2006 Apr;163(4):566-8. Prevalence of dissociative disorders in psychiatric outpatients. Foote B, Smolin Y, Kaplan M, Legatt ME, Lipschitz D. Klau-1 Psychiatric Outpatient Department, Montefiore Medical Center, 111 E. 210th St., Bronx, NY 10467, USA. jbfoote@aol.com OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to assess the prevalence of DSM-IV dissociative disorders in an inner-city outpatient psychiatric population. METHOD: Subjects were 231 consecutive admissions (84 men and 147 women, mean age=37 years) to … Continue reading

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