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Metformin effective for weight gain associated with atypical antipsychotic use in children

August 24, 2016

Metformin significantly improved BMI and weight outcomes among children and adolescents who experienced weight gain associated with atypical antipsychotic use for autism spectrum disorders.

“The atypical antipsychotic medications risperidone and aripiprazole are the only treatments approved by the FDA for use in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Both medications improve irritability and agitation symptoms in children with ASD as young as 5 (risperidone) or 6 (aripiprazole) years. Unfortunately, these medications also cause weight gain, and greater cumulative exposure is also associated with increased diabetes risk,” Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, and colleagues wrote. “Although weight gain may be reversible, stopping these medicines often leads to relapse of irritability and agitation.”

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Analysis shows large racial disparities in mental health care for children, young adults

August 24, 2016
Mental health care visits were significantly lower among black and Hispanic children and young adults, compared with their white peers, according to recent findings. …
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Childhood abuse increases risk for premature mortality in women

August 23, 2016
Childhood abuse was associated with greater risk for all-cause mortality in adulthood among women but not men, according to recent findings. “A large literature…
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ADHD, conduct disorder common in students who misuse stimulants

August 23, 2016
College students who misused prescription stimulants were more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, substance use disorder and…
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Neglect in Children

Psychiatric Annals, March 2013, Volume 43 Issue 3
1. Learn how to manage the complexities of defining neglect in children. 2. Examine the multiple contributors to…
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The Patient with an Eating Disorder

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Eating disorders are characterized by abnormal eating habits that adversely affect physical and/or mental health. This…
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Childhood trauma may increase risk for insomnia in adulthood

June 17, 2016
Data presented at the SLEEP 2016 annual meeting indicated childhood trauma, including abuse, divorce and parental death, was associated with insomnia…

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Childhood trauma increases risk for drug use in adolescence

June 16, 2016
Childhood trauma, ranging from interpersonal violence to car accidents, was associated with increased risk for illicit drug use, according to…

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Marijuana use in adolescence may increase risk for psychotic symptoms

June 15, 2016
Regular marijuana use significantly increased risk for subclinical psychotic symptoms, particularly paranoia and hallucinations, among adolescent…

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Psychiatry's Role in Supporting Healthy Development in Gender Diverse Children

Psychiatric Annals, June 2016, Volume 46 Issue 6
Increasing numbers of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) children are presenting for care in medical and behavioral health settings. Most…

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Most antidepressants ineffective, unsafe for depression in youth

June 8, 2016
Findings from a network meta-analysis indicated that out of 14 antidepressant treatments, only fluoxetine had some efficacy for treatment of major…

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Nearly 30% of children experience neglect annually

June 8, 2016
A significant portion of children and adolescents experience at least one manifestation of child neglect each year, according to recent research in…

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Study suggests child, adult ADHD are two distinct syndromes

June 7, 2016
Recent findings indicated distinct developmental trajectories between childhood and adulthood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, suggesting…

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VIDEO: What to look for when treating anxiety in children, adolescents

June 7, 2016
ATLANTA — John T. Walkup, MD, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, provides several…

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Methylphenidate slightly increases cardiovascular risk among children

June 3, 2016
Use of methylphenidate among children and adolescents for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder slightly increased the RR for…

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VIDEO: Managing psychiatric comorbidities of chronic illness in adolescents

May 31, 2016
ATLANTA — Susan Samuels, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, emphasizes the burden of…

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