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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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Pediatric Speech and Language Disorders in the Context of Evidence-Based Taxonomies

Psychiatric Annals, January 2016, Volume 46 Issue 1
Disorders of speech and language affect approximately 6% of children, yet they remain largely understudied…
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Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services July 2016 CNE Activity

This activity is co-provided by Villanova University College of Nursing and SLACK Incorporated.

Topics include psychiatric inpatient bedside handoff, advocating for the use of pharmacogenomics testing, and…
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VIDEO: Managing psychiatric comorbidities of chronic illness in adolescents

May 31, 2016
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Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services June 2016 CNE Activity

June 3, 2016 Expires: 5/31/2019
Topics include heroin use, working with children in families with parental substance abuse, and the effects of short-term separation on the…

This activity is co-provided by Villanova University College of Nursing and SLACK Incorporated.

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CDC: ADHD treatment rates for young children do not reflect AAP-recommended guidelines

May 4, 2016
Recent findings from the CDC indicated medication was more common than psychological services for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity…

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Aggression more common in youth who experience cyber and in-person bullying

May 3, 2016
BALTIMORE — Youth who experienced multiple types of bullying were more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors than those who experienced only…

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Gaps in Medicaid coverage negatively affect pediatric mental health care

May 3, 2016
BALTIMORE — Children who experienced gaps in Medicaid coverage were less likely to be prescribed psychotropic or antipsychotic treatment or…

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Children diagnosed with ASD at younger age after AAP universal screening recommendation

May 2, 2016
BALTIMORE — Children born before the AAP recommendation for universal infant autism spectrum disorder screening, at 18 and 24 months, were…

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Living with an incarcerated parent may increase risk for bullying

May 2, 2016
BALTIMORE — Children who lived with incarcerated parents were more likely to be bullies, according to data presented at the Pediatric Academic…

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Mental health disorders, care increase among military children in US

May 2, 2016
BALTIMORE — Mental health diagnoses and care significantly increased among military-connected children within the last 15 years, according to…

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Most pediatricians do not use mental health clinicians to co-manage patients

May 1, 2016
BALTIMORE — The majority of general pediatricians did not use mental health professionals in the co-management of most of their patients with…

Meeting News Coverage

Aerial vector control spraying linked to increased risk for ASD in children

April 30, 2016
BALTIMORE — Aerial dispersal of pesticides intended to combat mosquitoes increased the risk for autism spectrum disorder and developmental…

Campus climate affects student utilization of mental health services

April 27, 2016
Recent findings from the RAND Corporation indicated college students were more likely to use mental health services if their campus was perceived as…

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