Advance Directives for Psych Care Reduce Compulsory Admissions

Providing peer or community health workers to help psychiatric patients with complete psychiatric advance directives (PAD) to govern care in advance of a mental health crisis is associated with a significant reduction in compulsory hospital admissions, new research shows. Results of a randomized trial showed the peer worker PAD group had a 42% reduction in … Read more

Program Counsels Families of Patients With Eating Disorders

LYON, France — Since 2020, the Lyon Public Hospitals Referral Center for Anorexia and Eating Disorders (CREATyon) has offered counseling services for patients’ families and for siblings. Diane Morfin, MD, child psychiatrist, and Perrine Bertrand, psychologist, explained to Medscape what these support services entail. Counseling for families CREATyon is an assessment and counseling center for … Read more

COVID-Induced Anxiety in Physicians: How Did I Cope?

When the pandemic hit the world, I was working as a psychiatry consultant at a hospital. With the lockdown, much of the hospital seemed deserted. In the doctor’s parking lot, where it was normally hard to find a spot, only a few cars were parked. Once busy corridors were nearly empty. So was the doctors’ … Read more

Death Risk Spikes With New Onset-Depression After RA Diagnosis

The development of depression after a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis increased the risk for death “more than sixfold” when compared with having no depression at diagnosis, according to Danish researchers. Cumulative mortality at 10 years was approximately 37% in patients with comorbid RA and depression versus around 13.5% of RA patients with no depression, Jens Kristian … Read more

ECT Tied to Reduction in All-Cause Mortality in Major Depression

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may lower mortality for patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder (MDD), new research suggests. In an analysis of data from a large database of inpatients across the United States, use of ECT for those with resistant MDD was associated with significantly lower in-hospital mortality compared with those who did not receive ECT. … Read more

In Utero COVID Exposure Tied to Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Infants exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in utero are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders in the first year of life, new research suggests. But whether it is exposure to the pandemic or maternal exposure to the virus itself that may harm early … Read more

FDA Denies Petition to Disqualify Researchers Over Controversial Ketamine Studies

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declined to take further action against a group of investigators at Hennepin County Medical Center/Hennepin Healthcare (HCMC), who conducted controversial studies involving ketamine and other sedatives in agitated persons without their consent. A citizen filed by Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, had asked the FDA to … 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

Treatment for Alcohol Abuse Reduces Hepatitis Readmission

SAN DIEGO — Treating people with alcoholic hepatitis for alcohol abuse may reduce their risk of hospital readmission, researchers reported. In a retrospective analysis of nationwide data, 7.83% of those patients who received psychotherapy, counseling, or drug treatment for alcohol abuse were readmitted within 30 days, versus 11.67% of those who did not receive these … Read more

The Amazing Journey of Kwadwo Sarpong

This is the story of how a remarkable young immigrant from Ghana started his life in the US as a janitor and, along the way, founded two nonprofit organizations, garnered invitations to the White House, and ultimately achieved his dream of pursuing a career in neurosurgery . Dr Kwadwo Sarpong at his medical school graduation. … Read more