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APA guideline update focused on substance abuse treatment

December 19, 2014

A new injectable medication for the treatment of alcohol dependence, as well as a novel pharmacotherapy for nicotine addiction, were the focus of the American Psychiatric Association’s update to its Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders, 2nd Edition

The update in 2007 supplements the information and recommendations published in the 2006 version of the guideline. It provided additional evidence in favor of a long-acting, injectable form of the drug naltrexone, which was FDA approved in oral form for the treatment of alcohol dependence in 1994. The efficacy of the oral form was limited by patient noncompliance to the regimen.

CMS releases new quality of care data on physicians, ACOs, hospitals

December 19, 2014
CMS released new data on the quality of care provided by physician group practices, hospitals and Accountable Care Organizations, according to the CMS Blog.Included in…
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Sleep duration, timing associated with repetitive negative thinking

December 19, 2014
People who slept for a shorter duration or went to bed later experienced more repetitive negative thinking than those who held regular sleep-wake schedules, according to…
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CD4 counts lower in occasional heroin users with HIV

December 19, 2014
Occasional heroin use, as opposed to persistent or no use, could lead to lower CD4 counts in people with HIV, according to recent data. “This manuscript…
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A Proposed System for Classifying Psychotropic Drugs

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, December 2014, Volume 52 Issue 12
Most drugs used in psychiatry are classified according to their initial or main therapeutic indications rather than by…
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Psychiatric Annals October 2014

Part 2: Differentiating Pediatric Bipolar Disorder from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: October 2014

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Psychiatric Annals

About 3% of 74.3 million youth in the US have bipolar disorder (ie, about 2,229,000youth), in contrast to about .021%…
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Experts debate PANDAS diagnosis in children

September 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Margaret K. Hostetter, MD, the B. K. Rachford professor and chair of department of…
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