Monthly Archives: October 2012

Researchers are trying to determine whether monitoring mood encourages people to seek out psychiatric care.

Mood Mate: Great Mental Health App, Could We Get One Like It Stateside? | HealthWorks Collective.  

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Chronic anxiety and Parkinson disease risk

Psychological trauma and early life stress probably too. Chronic mild stress induces anxiety-like behavior and down-regulation of dopamine system activity in rats via OASIS.

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Greater behavioral deficits associated with exposure to higher magnitude shockwaves in rats

Greater behavioral deficits associated with exposure to higher magnitude shockwaves in rats via OASIS.

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From Korea: Acupressure for anxiety in pre-hospital transport settings: A systematic review and meta analysis

Korea spends tons less than the US for health care with better results, (including way higher life expectancy) but I don’t know if this is related to studies like this one. Acupressure for anxiety in pre-hospital transport settings: A systematic review and meta analysis via OASIS.

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Adult-onset thyroid conditions, cognition, and anxiety in the male C57BL/6 mouse

Hypothyroid mice may be more anxious and cognitively impaired. Not just mice, clinically. Also, higher incidence of anti-thyroid antibodies in traumatized women. OASIS.

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Exposure to light at night alters outcome to stroke

Didn’t some of us suspect that frequent sleep disruption and lights on at odd hours couldn’t be all that conducive to healing (not limited to post-stroke/CNS, also post-surgical wound healing etc.)? Exposure to dim light at night, a common occurrence in hospital rooms, increases short-term mortality and compromises recovery from cerebral ischemia. via OASIS.

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Role of salt in anxiety, learning-memory and hypertension in an aging model of rat

Brilliant. So far only a pilot study in rats, so fast food and other restaurants have nothing to worry about as of yet. Results: day and nighttime blood pressure was increased on high salt diet salt intake increased anxiety-type behavior in FBN rats salt intake increased cognitive impairment in FBN rats via OASIS.

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Chronic Pain after TBI: Thalamic abnormalities and prophylaxis with glyburide

Another interesting item from the recent SFN meeting. Chronic Pain after TBI: Thalamic abnormalities and prophylaxis with glyburide via OASIS.

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The delta opioid receptor as a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of migraine.

Of interest as delta OR is also involved in anxiolysis. OASIS.

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Migraine medication induces blood-brain barrier dysfunction

Physiologic stress probably does the same, so it’s not clear whether this is a medication adverse effect. Either way, if true it’s bad news for brain integrity (protection from antigens, inflammatory cytokines etc.). Migraine medication induces blood-brain barrier dysfunction via OASIS.  

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Expat Stress and Quality Mental Health Care – Family Matters Magazine Abu Dhabi – Budapest – Warsaw – Shanghai

I discovered edited versions of a popular article of mine on quality-centered (rather than upfront cost-savings centered) psychiatric diagnosis and treatment syndicated in several publications by the British International School. I guess it somehow leaked out of China. Either way, have a look. The issuu layout is stunning. Comments welcome. http://issuu.com/britishinternationalschool/docs/abu-dhabi-family-matters-issue-1/65 http://issuu.com/britishinternationalschool/docs/budapest-family-matters-issue-1/73 http://issuu.com/Britishinternationalschool/docs/familymatterswarsaw/61 http://issuu.com/Britishinternationalschool/docs/familymatters7/77 The original expat mental health piece was published in the Global Health Care Shanghai newsletter. Another version authorized by me and focusing on corporate mental health was printed in Human Resource … Continue reading

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The Tale of the Telomeres Gets Ever-More Complex

Another nicely written article by  Joan Arehart-Treichel, on a supercool topic. PsychiatryOnline | Psychiatric News | News Article. Psychiatric News   |   September 07, 2012 Volume 47 Number 17 page 18-18 American Psychiatric Association Clinical and Research News The Tale of the Telomeres Gets Ever-More Complex Joan Arehart-Treichel Telomere length is a marker of aging, and mental health seems to have an influence on it. But whether interventions to stave off telomere shortening could also delay aging remains to be seen. Your destiny may be written, … Continue reading

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