Easing the Trauma of Terminal Illness

Something was gnawing at Manish Agrawal, MD. Every day, the oncologist treated patients with standard cancer therapies, but his care could never touch their deepest pains: their despair about death. “In 20 years, I’ve treated close to 100,000 patients,” Agrawal says, “and the one thing I know we don’t do well is dying.” Hospitalist Shoshana … Read more

Watching TV, Using Computer Have Opposite Ties to Dementia Risk

Watching TV may increase your risk of dementia, while using a computer may lower it, new research suggests. The relationship to dementia with these activities remained strong no matter how much physical activity a person did, the authors wrote in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Both watching TV and using a computer have … Read more

Dermatologists Want Training in Antipsychotic Prescribing for DI

GLASGOW — Dermatologists do not feel confident in independently prescribing antipsychotic medications for patients with delusional infestation, shows a UK survey that also indicated there is a clear demand for training in prescribing these drugs. Delusional infestation is a rare disorder characterized by an individual’s belief that his or her skin, body, or immediate environment … Read more

Is Subfertility Linked With Postpartum Mental Illness?

Mothers with previous subfertility have increased risk for postpartum mental illness, compared with mothers who conceived spontaneously, according to a new study. In a population-based cohort study that examined almost 800,000 births, the adjusted relative risk (RR) for postpartum mental illness was 1.14 in women with subfertility, compared with women without reproductive assistance. The magnitude … Read more

Antidepressant Drug Use in Patients With T2D Lacks Research

researchers published the study covered in this summary on medRxiv.org as a preprint that has not yet been reviewed. Key Takeaways The authors of this systematic review attempted to assess and synthesize the long-term outcomes from observational studies of people with type 2 diabetes and comorbid depression who received treatment with prescribed antidepressants. No studies … Read more

ADHD Genetic Risk Probed as Biomarker for Alzheimer

The study covered in this summary was published in medrxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer-reviewed. Key Takeaways Elderly patients with a high attention deficit hyperactivity disorder polygenic risk score but no clinical ADHD diagnosis are at elevated risk for progressive longitudinal cognitive deterioration. Cognitive decline was most common in people with … Read more

Psychiatrist Steps Up to Deliver Precious Cargo to Ukraine

Just days after Russia invaded Ukraine, child and adolescent psychiatrist Dennis Ougrin, MBBS, PhD, and his wife Roxanne Litynska, who are both originally from Lviv, drove their car full of critical cargo from London to Przemyśl — a Polish border town that was experiencing a huge influx of refugees fleeing the war. The vehicle was … Read more

A Novel Target in Schizophrenia?

AUT00206, a novel compound that targets potassium channels in brain interneurons, not only improves gamma oscillations in patients with schizophrenia, it also improves their symptoms, new randomized trial data suggest. In a randomized, double-blind study that included two dozen men with schizophrenia, AUT00206 compared with placebo increased the power of gamma oscillations, which were in … Read more

Does Metformin Blunt Diabetes Link to Brain Aging?

Researchers published the study covered in this summary on medRxiv.org as a preprint that has not yet been reviewed. Key Takeaways Type 2 diabetes appears to significantly accelerate normal brain aging. Metformin use does not appear to prevent neurocognitive decline. Why This Matters Although preliminary evidence links type 2 diabetes to neurologic and cognitive decline, … Read more

Sexual Dysfunction Overlooked in Women With Diabetes

Among patients with diabetes, women are just as likely as men to suffer from sexual dysfunction, but their issues are overlooked, with the narrative focusing mainly on the impact of this issue on men, say experts. Women with diabetes can experience reduced sexual desire, painful sex, reduced lubrication, and sexual distress, increasing the risk of … Read more