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(comic from kxcd) This post will discuss some findings about the factors that are correlated to clinical response to clozapine (Clozaril® , FazaClo® ).   Clozapine is a drug used to treat psychosis.  It usually is used for persons with schizophrenia; sometimes it is used for persons with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or psychosis associated…

SCHIP Sails Again

The new Congress and new Administration passed a law already.  It was barely notied by the media.  It is a reauthorization and expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  Given the expected resistance to major changes in health care, it was astonishingly easy for Congress and the President to get this done. Details…

Splitting the Schizophrenias

When I was in training, the chairperson (John Greden) of the department never spoke about schizophrenia.  Instead, he always used the phrase, “the schizophrenias.”  He believed that there were different disease states that all produced similar clinical presentations.  But because of the rudimentary state of our knowledge, we were unable to make clear, meaningful distictions…

FDA Approves Tapentadol

Tapentadol is a drug for pain.  It was approved by the US FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.  The FDA news release was dated 24 November 2008, although the actual approval was a few days earlier. Tapentadol acts on μ-opioid receptors, making it similar to morphine and its ilk.  Do we need…

This is from an interesting open-access article in Annals of General Psychiatry.  It describes two studies, relating to two different catastrophic events.  The authors examine the differences in how various risk factors may contribute to the development of PTSD in persons of each gender. Risk factors predict post-traumatic stress disorder differently in men and women…

This Is Your Brain…On Art

This is an image of a human brain.  It is constructed using an imaging method known as diffusion spectrum imaging.  The technique has been discussed at Neurophilosophy and Anthropology.net; both posts were based upon a paper in PLOS Biology. The image above is perhaps more visually appealing that the images in the POLS Biology paper,…

The Problem with Bipolar Disorder

The Archives of General Psychiatry has an open-access article about bipolar disorder in childhood (Child Bipolar I Disorder).  I started to write about that.  But then, as often happens, I stumbled upon something else. The LA Times has a consumer-oriented article about the journal article.  It is one of those OK-level news articles.  One glaring…

Paliperidone: Cost Effective (?)

This is a peculiar article: Costs and effects of paliperidone extended release compared with alternative oral antipsychotic agents in patients with schizophrenia in Greece: A cost effectiveness study.  It’s a open-access article in the Annals of General Psychiatry, dated 28 August, 2008. (Annals of General Psychiatry 2008, 7:16 doi:10.1186/1744-859X-7-16) Background To compare the costs and…

Ever since the inception of the Global and Perpetual War on Terror, there has been concern about the role of professionals with training in psychology and psychiatry in the design, conduct, and interpretation of torture programs. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) banned such participation in May 2006.  The American Medical Association (AMA) followed a few…

Mental Health Needs Increasing

The economic crisis is reported to be responsible for a recent increase in calls for mental health services: Economy worries driving more people to seek help By ROB WATERS and DAVID OLMOS September 20, 2008