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What Do Mozart and Marvin Gaye Have in Common? Improving Dementia Symptoms

Investigators examined the effects of a person-centered music listening intervention on mood, agitation, and social engagement in people living with dementia.

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Schizophrenia Add-Ons: Beware the Flawed Meta-Analyses Touting Improvements

Clinicians should be discerning when evaluating meta-analyses of schizophrenia add-on therapies such as statins and antidepressants.

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Self-Report Cognitive Questionnaires Predict Work Improvement in Depression

Researchers studied the relationship between self-reported cognitive complaints and work functioning in employed patients with major depressive disorder treated with desvenlafaxine.

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Depression Comorbidity Associated With Greater Healthcare Expenditures in Back Pain

Patients with spondylosis, intervertebral disk disorders, and other back issues and comorbid depression may have greater healthcare expenditures than those without the comorbidity.

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Electronic Referrals and Social Workers Improve Use of Mental Health Services for Adolescents

Both electronic referral and care management by social workers increase the effective use of mental health services for adolescents in the United States significantly.

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Decreased EEG Beta/Low Gamma Oscillations in First-Episode Psychosis

Investigators examined the oscillatory activity of patients with first-episode psychosis after transcranial magnetic stimulation of the left motor cortex.

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Aberrant Epstein-Barr Virus Response Associated With Schizophrenia

Investigators confirmed that people with schizophrenia have higher levels of antibodies to some but not all Epstein-Barr virus proteins, which indicates an aberrant response to Epstein-Barr virus infection that may be a factor in the immunopathology of schizophrenia and related disorders.

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Pharmacogenomic-Guided Care May Improve Clinical Outcomes in MDD

Weighted and combined multi-gene pharmacogenomic testing significantly increased clinical response and remission rates for patients with major depressive disorder.

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Increased Risk for Death in Youths Taking High-Dose Antipsychotics

Researchers retrospectively reviewed data regarding children and youths who were beginning treatment with antipsychotic vs control medications to assess their risks for unexpected death.

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Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollutants Linked With Increased Incidence of Autism

Researchers investigated a potential link between increased risk for autism and prenatal exposure to air pollution.

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Comorbid Mental Disorder Prevalence Higher in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

People with pulmonary arterial hypertension display higher levels of depression and anxiety than previously estimated by healthcare workers.

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Part 2: Adolescent Tech Use & Mental Health: Expert Perspective

For part 2 of this article, Psychiatry Advisor interviewed Dr Brenda L Curtis, whose research focuses on “big data” generated from social networking sites, technology-based interventions for substance use disorders and related issues, and Internet research ethics.

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Mood Disorder, Obesity Associated With Poorer Physical, Mental Outcomes

The co-occurrence of obesity and mood disorders increases the risk for physical comorbidities, poor mental health and psychological well-being, and less healthy behaviors.

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Social Activation in Schizophrenia Not Cost-Effective

Although treatment as usual for psychosis is guideline-congruent and well implemented, there appears to be no added value for adjunct cognitive behavioral therapy for social activation, according to the results of a study from the Netherlands.

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Cognitive Ability May Help Differentiate OCD From Generalized Anxiety in Children

A study compared participants with clear diagnoses of either generalized anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder with each other, as well as with controls, in order to identify cognitive differences between both groups.

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Trauma, Stress, and More Linked to Depressive Disorders in College Freshmen

As major depressive disorder is common among college students, researchers sought to determine factors that contribute to this condition, particularly among college freshmen.

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Examining Predictors of OCD Treatment Response Trajectory

Intensive residential treatment was found to be effective in reducing the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, although different response trajectories were observed.

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