Is Methamphetamine-Induced Psychosis Reversible?

By | 2018-01-29T11:21:52+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

According to an evidence-based review in the journal Current Psychiatry, the answer is a qualified "Maybe." Chronic methamphetamine use can induce pathological brain changes in the brain. Users can develop thought, mood, and behavioral disorders, including psychosis. Such effects may persist even after extended abstinence. Because cognitive deficits can affect [...]

Continuing Medical Education: Ascent to the Summit of the Pyramid

By | 2018-01-25T16:02:13+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

By Robin Stevenson, and Donald E. Moore Jr. Medical education is a continuum of 3 parts; undergraduate medical school education, postgraduate training, and continuing medical education (CME). CME differs from the other 2 educational components in that it has generally not been based on an explicit curriculum. Recently, CME has increasingly focused on addressing professional [...]

Eli Lilly’s EXPEDITION3 data is a costly lesson in rethinking Alzheimer’s

By | 2018-01-25T14:45:07+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

Eli Lilly had hoped that EXPEDITION3 would prove to the world that amyloid beta was the cause of Alzheimer’s and that solanezumab could bend the curve of cognitive decline back to patients’ favor — or at least for patients with an early-stage, mild form of the disease. Instead, the landmark failure [...]

Medical marijuana: Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

By | 2018-01-25T14:27:56+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

By Sheila Gupta, Tiffany Phalen, and Sanjay Gupta There is a need for additional treatment options to improve symptoms, enhance the quality of life (QOL), and reduce suffering among patients who have chronic medical illness. Medical marijuana (MM) has the potential to help patients who have certain medical conditions in states where it [...]

Depression and Anxiety Seen in Those Concerned About Climate Change

By | 2018-01-25T14:09:52+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Depression and anxiety afflict Americans who are concerned with the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change. Most hard-hit are women and people with low incomes who worry about the planet's long-term health, said the [...]

Massachusetts, Not Hawaii, Named Healthiest State for 2017

By | 2018-01-09T08:41:42+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

Hawaii, Vermont, Connecticut and Utah Round-Out Top Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and West Virginia Bottom-Out List A year of surprises ended with one more bit of unexpected news: Massachusetts, not Hawaii, is the healthiest state in the country, according to the annual “America’s Heath Rankings” report. Massachusetts’ win may have knocked [...]

Folic acid and multivitamin supplements associated with reduced autism risk

By | 2018-01-08T09:06:52+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

Taking folic acid and/or multivitamin supplements preceding and during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of offspring developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an observational epidemiologic study published Jan. 3 showed. The findings could have important public health implications, reported Stephen Z. Levine, PhD, and his associates. The case-cohort study included [...]

New Summaries of Anxiety Disorders

By | 2017-12-28T06:59:57+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Brainscience Blogs, Brief Bulletins from the Field|

Attention Bias, Threat/Anxiety Symptoms Linked A recent study indicates associations between threat bias and pediatric anxiety symptoms, and suggests that vigilance to external threats manifests more prominently in symptoms of social anxiety and school phobia, regardless of age and gender. These findings point to the role of attention bias to [...]