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SENIOR Q&A: Medicare Part D coverage gap

Q: This is my first year on Part D and I find myself in the donut hole situation. I thought I read somewhere that the donut hole is closing in 2020, can you confirm?A: Actually, the donut hole is closed next year in 2019 for brand name drugs and in …

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FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

Standard pen needles have an outer cover and removable inner needle cover, while safety pen needles have an outer cover and a fixed inner needle shield that is not removed before an injection.

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Abuse of Antidepressant for Weight Loss Leads to Seizures in Patient With Bulimia Nervosa

The patient obtained prescriptions for bupropion XR from psychiatrists and primary care physicians who were not aware of her past medical history.

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Metabolic Syndrome Predictive of Psychotic Relapse in Schizophrenia

This research supports the monitoring of metabolic syndrome in patients with schizophrenia.

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MRI Informative for Long-term Prognosis of Traumatic Brain Injury

This research supports MRI as a prognostic tool following TBI and highlights several important lesion patterns correlated with poor long-term outcomes.

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Those Left Behind: Working With Suicide-Bereaved Families

Rumination is common in individuals experiencing suicide bereavement and is unique compared with the responses to bereavement for other reasons.

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The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

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Preterm Birth a Key Risk Factor for Development of Childhood Depression

Investigators examined whether premature birth is a risk factor for developing depression.

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ADHD Symptom Aggression Not Mediated by Clinical Anxiety

These results do not support existing hypotheses on the role of anxiety as either an exacerbating or protective factor for ADHD-related aggression.

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Stress, Minority Status Associated With Higher Risk for Mental Health Diagnoses in College Students

This research highlights the urgency of allocating proper psychiatric resources to college students, particularly those who belong to minority groups.

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Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

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Managing Comorbid Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder

When alcohol and opioid addiction occur together, managing them concomitantly becomes challenging. Whereas some patients may not need medication for alcohol addiction, opioid abuse does require pharmacotherapy.

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Cognitive Reserve Protects Against Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

Greater cognitive reserve may protect against depression in patients with multiple sclerosis.

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Child Behavior Checklist May Predict Major Depressive Disorder in Children

Investigators examine the predictive utility of the subsyndromal Child Behavior Checklist anxiety and depression score for detecting MDD 10 years later.

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The Impact of Deafness on Hallucinations and Delusions

Although research has filled some of the knowledge gaps in the association between psychosis and hearing impairment, more data about this phenomenon and its confounding factors are needed.

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Smaller Brain Regions Associated With ADHD, Conduct Disorder Symptoms in Adolescents

Researchers analyzed neuroimaging data from a group of 1093 adolescents from the IMAGEN project.

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Depressive Symptoms Have Greater Negative Effect on MS Functional Outcomes Than Anxiety

The authors noted a potential for a complex and dynamic relationship between depression and functional outcomes in multiple sclerosis , with greater dysfunction possibly increasing levels of depression.