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Challenges Associated With Proposed Changes to CMS Fee Structure

A proposed restructuring of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Physician Fees may lead to an increase in required documentation and associated workload.

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Differences in Efficacy and Tolerability of ADHD Medications Across Age Groups

Guidelines on which ADHD medications should be preferred across different age groups are unclear and the safety and benefits of these medications remain controversial.

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White Matter Microstructure Variations Increase Risk for Depression in Adolescents

These adolescents may have delayed white matter maturation or early alterations in tracts connecting the anterior corpus callosum to the anterior cingulate cortex, which may carry a high risk for transition to depression.

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Paternal Antisocial Personality Traits, Maternal Postpartum Depression Affect Early Aggressive Behavior

These findings indicate the importance of investigating paternal in addition to maternal psychiatric status when evaluating early aggressive behavior in children, especially because the 2 factors can interact in surprising ways.

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Ketamine in Electroconvulsive Therapy Accelerates Antidepressive Effects

Investigators examined the effects of ketamine use in electroconvulsive therapy in patients with depressive disorder.

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Associations Between Hypovitaminosis D and Poorer Outcomes in Schizophrenia

Future studies should investigate how supplementation with vitamin D may improve symptoms and outcomes.

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Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder Associated With ADHD and Female Gender

Investigators examine characteristics associated with rapid cycling in bipolar disorder in a Latin-American population.

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British Study Shows Cannabis Use Adversely Affects Individuals With Early Psychosis

Experimental studies have shown that the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis can induce psychotic symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals.

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Symptom Trajectories Vary According to Language Development in Autism

Understanding the course of autism symptoms over a period of years could help clinicians diagnose cases after early childhood.

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Keith Ablow, a Good Man, a Good Doctor

Last March a grassroots effort was made when I contacted Dr. Keith Ablow and asked if we could retain his services privately so he would observe and report truth in lieu of the Department of Children and Families and he said YES.  Since 15 October, 2015 DCF Massachusetts have been …

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Smoking Rates Remain High Among Those With Mental Health Conditions

Nationwide initiatives to decrease cigarette smoking prevalence have not accommodated individuals with mental health or substance use disorders.

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Risk Factors for Prescription Opioid Misuse Include Suicide Ideation, Past Substance Abuse Disorders

These data underscore the impact of comorbid health conditions on opioid misuse disorders and support the use of screening for co-occurring health conditions for patients who misuse prescription opioids.

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Using Neurocognitive Profiles to Predict Conversion to Psychosis in High-Risk Patients

The study exhibited an overall conversion rate of 35% to a psychotic disorder.

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Childhood Trauma Associated With Impulsivity in Bipolar Disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder most often reported emotional abuse, emotional neglect, and physical neglect.

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Could “Disruptive” Innovation Improve US Population Health?

Partnerships between the healthcare community and the technology sector can strengthen the development of evidence-based, HIPAA-compliant, clinical resources.

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Suicide Prevention & Bipolar Disorder: Identifying At-Risk Patients

Patients with BD are especially at risk for suicide. How can you help and identify these patients?

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Half of Substance Use Initiation Occurs in the First 2 Decades of Life

Among study participants who developed a lifetime use of nicotine, 50% had initiated use by age 15.3 years.

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