Monthly Archives: October 2007

Tinnitus and pain.

Prog Brain Res. 2007;166:47-53. Related Articles, Links Tinnitus and pain. Møller AR. School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, GR41, PO Box 830688, Richardson, TX 75083-0688, USA. Tinnitus has many similarities with the symptoms of neurological disorders such as paresthesia and central neuropathic pain. There is considerable evidence that the symptoms and signs of some forms of tinnitus and central neuropathic pain are caused by functional changes in specific parts of the central nervous system and that these changes are caused … Continue reading

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Panic disorder among Vietnamese refugees attending a psychiatric clinic: prevalence and subtypes.

Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2001 Nov-Dec;23(6):337-44. Related Articles, Links Panic disorder among Vietnamese refugees attending a psychiatric clinic: prevalence and subtypes. Hinton D, Chau H, Nguyen L, Nguyen M, Pham T, Quinn S, Tran M. Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. devon_hinton@hms.harvard.edu This study surveys Vietnamese refugees attending two psychiatric clinics to determine both the prevalence of panic disorder (PD) as well as panic attack subtypes in those suffering PD. A culturally valid adaptation of the SCID-panic module (the Vietnamese Panic Disorder Survey … Continue reading

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Neck pain causes respiratory dysfunction.

See also the “Sore Neck Syndrome” described in Vietnamese refugees (reference posted on this blog). MP      Med Hypotheses. 2007 Oct 22; [Epub ahead of print] Related Articles, Links Neck pain causes respiratory dysfunction. Kapreli E, Vourazanis E, Strimpakos N. Department of Physiotherapy, TEI Lamias, 3rd Km Old National Road Lamia, Athens, 35100 Lamia, Greece. This paper describes a presumptive mechanism for the development of changes in respiratory function due to chronic neck pain. The patient with neck pain presents a number of factors … Continue reading

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Antidepressants for neuropathic pain.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Oct 17;(4):CD005454. Related Articles, Links Antidepressants for neuropathic pain. Saarto T, Wiffen P. BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 3, 2005 of The Cochrane Library. For many years antidepressant drugs have been used to manage neuropathic pain, and are often the first choice treatment. It is not clear, however, which antidepressant is more effective, what role the newer antidepressants can play in treating neuropathic pain, and what adverse effects are experienced by … Continue reading

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Role of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine.

Expert Rev Neurother. 2007 Sep;7(9):1121-34. Related Articles, Links Role of acupuncture in the treatment of migraine. Endres HG, Diener HC, Molsberger A. Ruhr University Bochum, Department of Medical Informatics, Statistics & Epidemiology, D-44801 Bochum, Germany. heinz.endres@ruhr-uni-bochum.de Since the last Cochrane review of acupuncture and headache in 2001, which found methodological and/or reporting shortcomings in the majority of the studies, several large, randomized trials on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for headache have been published. Following a brief overview of the pathophysiology of migraine … Continue reading

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ScienceNOW Daily News: Lungs to Brain: Don’t Panic!

Lungs to Brain: Don’t Panic! By Elizabeth QuillScienceNOW Daily News4 October 2007 Carbon dioxide may deserve blame for more than just the panic over global warming. New research involving healthy people inhaling the gas indicates that the brain’s reaction to carbon dioxide helps explain panic attacks and other anxious feelings, independent of rising world temperatures. This new insight, reported 3 October in PLoS One, could help physicians prevent the development of depression and other anxiety disorders. It’s long been known that anxiety-prone individuals often experience … Continue reading

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Panic disorder with nocturnal panic attacks: Symptoms and comorbidities.

  Eur Psychiatry. 2007 Oct 13; [Epub ahead of print] Panic disorder with nocturnal panic attacks: Symptoms and comorbidities. Sarísoy G, Böke O, Arík AC, Sahin AR. Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 55139 Samsun, Turkey. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between nocturnal panic attacks and comorbidities, clinical variables and panic attack symptoms. One hundred and six consecutive patients with DSM-IV panic disorder were enrolled in the study. The patients were divided into two groups depending on … Continue reading

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Decreased central mu-opioid receptor availability in fibromyalgia.

J Neurosci. 2007 Sep 12;27(37):10000-6. Related Articles, Links Decreased central mu-opioid receptor availability in fibromyalgia. Harris RE, Clauw DJ, Scott DJ, McLean SA, Gracely RH, Zubieta JK. Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA. reharris@med.umich.edu The underlying neurophysiology of acute pain is fairly well characterized, whereas the central mechanisms operative in chronic pain states are less well understood. Fibromyalgia (FM), a common chronic pain condition characterized by widespread pain, is thought to originate largely from altered central neurotransmission. We … Continue reading

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Efficacy of Folic Acid in Children With Migraine, Hyperhomocysteinemia and MTHFR Polymorphisms.

Headache. 2007 Oct;47(9):1342-4. Related Articles, Links Efficacy of Folic Acid in Children With Migraine, Hyperhomocysteinemia and MTHFR Polymorphisms. Di Rosa G, Attinà S, Spanò M, Ingegneri G, Sgrò DL, Pustorino G, Bonsignore M, Trapani-Lombardo V, Tortorella G. Department of Medical and Surgical Pediatrics, Unit of Infantile Neuropsychiatry, University Hospital of Messina, Messina, Italy. MTHFR gene variants C677T and A1298C seem to be related to an increased risk of migraine. Folates’ metabolism could play a role in the pathophysiology of migraine. We supplemented 16 children with … Continue reading

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Dizziness associated with panic disorder and agoraphobia: case report and literature review

Rev Bras Otorrinolaringol (Engl Ed). 2007 Jul-Aug;73(4):569-72. Related Articles [Dizziness associated with panic disorder and agoraphobia: case report and literature review.] [Article in Portuguese] Gurgel JD, Costa KV, Cutini FN, Sarmento Júnior KM, Mezzasalma MA, Cavalcanti HV. SBORL. Dizziness is one of the most frequent complaints in both primary and specialized medical care facilities. Many dizzy patients, without a known organic cause, considered as having idiopathic dizziness, may have a psychiatric disorder. Besides, even organic dizziness may cause or exacerbate latent psychiatric alterations. One of … Continue reading

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Emptiness in agoraphobia patients.

  J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 2007 Summer;55(3):1007-26; discussion 1027-32. Related Articles Emptiness in agoraphobia patients. Milrod B. Weill Cornell College of Medicine, USA. bmilrod@mail.med.cornell.edu In light of new research findings about the efficacy of psychodynamic treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia, it seems a prudent time to carefully address psychoanalytic thinking about the treatment of agoraphobia. The literature has highlighted oedipal contributions to its genesis and clinical unraveling in psychoanalysis. While those contributions are indeed central to the disorder, structural deficits in the self-representation often … Continue reading

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Art, Psychoanalysis, and Society Project: Film (Undzere Kinder)

Cross-posted from http://internationalpsychoanalysis.net/2007/09/28/art-psychoanalysis-and-society-project/   Friday, September 28th, 2007 at 5:23 am Art, Psychoanalysis, and Society Project: Film (Undzere Kinder) Posted by Tamar Schwartz INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC TRAINING AND RESEARCH Art, Psychoanalysis, and Society ProjectCo- sponsored by the Center for Jewish History and YIVO Space is limited   Reservations requiredBox office:  917 606-8200Date: November 4, 2007                      Time: 2 –5 PM Location:  Center for Jewish History                  15  West 16th  St.                  New York CitySunday 4, 2-5pm Childhood Trauma In Film: Undzere Kinder (Our Children) Film and Workshop:  This last Yiddish-language film … Continue reading

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