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May 2020 Briefing - Psychiatry

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Psychiatry for May 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Parents Facing Higher Levels of Stress During Pandemic

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals, particularly parents, are coping with extreme stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a survey released May 21 by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Large U.S. Pharmacy Chains Played Role in Opioid Crisis, Lawsuit Claims

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Large pharmacy chains, including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Giant Eagle, and those operated by Walmart, played a role in the U.S. opioid epidemic, alleges a lawsuit filed in federal court in Cleveland by two Ohio counties.

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Links Found Between Leaders of Medical Associations, Industry

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There are extensive financial relationships between leaders of U.S. professional medical associations and industry, according to a study published online May 27 in The BMJ.

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9.5 Percent Uninsured in U.S. From January Through June 2019

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A total of 9.5 percent of persons were uninsured from January through June 2019, according to a report published online May 28 by the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Spirituality May Have Protective Effect on QOL for Stroke Survivors

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- High spirituality among stroke survivors may moderate the association between care partner depressive symptomatology and quality of life (QOL) for survivors and their care partners, according to a study published online May 26 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Parents Struggling to Provide for Families During Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic poses risks to children's health, well-being, and development as parents struggle to provide for their families, according to a survey released by the Urban Institute.

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Neurofilament Light Chain Levels Elevated After Repetitive TBI

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) are associated with elevated exosomal and plasma levels of neurofilament light (NfL) chain, according to a study published online May 27 in Neurology.

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Benzodiazepines, Codispensed Opioids Common in Hemodialysis

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients initiating hemodialysis often are prescribed opioids and short-acting benzodiazepines, which are associated with increased mortality risk, according to a study published online May 26 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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CBT Offers Some Benefits in Adults With Dissociative Seizures

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with dissociative seizures, cognitive behavioral therapy plus standardized medical care is not associated with a reduced frequency of monthly seizures but does improve secondary outcomes, according to a study published in the June issue of The Lancet Psychiatry.

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Early Informed Lung Cancer Patients Have Greater Survival Rates

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer patients who are given the opportunity to be informed of their diagnosis have a longer median survival time, according to a study published in the May issue of Psycho-Oncology.

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Only One in Four U.S. Hospitals With ICUs Have Tele-ICU Services

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In 2018, half of U.S. hospitals had the capacity to conduct telehealth-based outpatient visits, while only one in four had tele-intensive care unit (tele-ICU) capabilities, according to a research letter published online April 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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USPSTF: Little Evidence Interventions Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Youth

TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that current evidence is inadequate for assessing the balance of benefits and harms of primary care interventions for preventing illicit drug use among children, adolescents, and young adults. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Three Trajectories of Picky Eating Identified in Children

TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Three stable trajectories of picky eating have been identified in childhood from ages 4 to 9 years, with maternal feeding behaviors associated with picky eating, according to a study published online May 26 in Pediatrics.

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Clinical Genetic Testing for Autism Remains Very Low

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Only 3 percent of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report having received all recommended clinical genetic testing, according to a research letter published online May 13 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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One-Year Mortality High Following ED Visit for Overdose

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency department patients with nonfatal opioid or sedative/hypnotic drug overdose have exceptionally high risks for death in the following year, according to a study published online May 7 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Mobile Platform Useful for Treating Depression, Anxiety

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A coach-supported platform composed of a suite of apps is effective for treating depression and anxiety among primary care patients, according to a study published online May 20 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Deaths From Alcohol, Drugs, Suicide Topped 150,000 in 2018

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In 2018, opioid overdose deaths declined, but deaths involving alcohol, suicide, synthetic opioids, and other psychostimulants rose, according to a brief released May 21 by the Trust for America's Health and the Well Being Trust.

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Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder Up With Affected Aunt, Uncle

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increased for children with an aunt or uncle with ASD, according to a study recently published in Biological Psychiatry.

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Review Highlights Neuropsychiatric Presentations of COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 may cause delirium in some patients, according to a review published online May 18 in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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Mental Health Symptoms Up for Medics Dealing With COVID-19

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The scores for mental health symptoms in medical personnel responding to COVID-19 pneumonia are generally higher than the norm in China, according to a study published online May 19 in PLOS ONE.

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Cord Blood Does Not Improve Socialization Skills in Autism

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A single infusion of cord blood (CB) does not improve socialization skills or reduce autism symptoms among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online May 19 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Yoga May Help Ease Depressive Symptoms

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga is associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms among adults with a diagnosed mental health disorder, according to a review published online May 18 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Burnout Comparable Between Millennial, Gen X Residents, Fellows

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Millennial and Generation X medical residents and fellows experience similar rates of burnout and have similar levels of empathy, according to a study published online May 5 in Academic Psychiatry.

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Spending on Primary Care Continues to Lag in the U.S.

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Spending on inpatient services, specialty care, and prescriptions together accounted for about two-thirds of the increase in total U.S. health care spending from 2002 to 2016, according to a research letter published online May 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Most Physicians Have Seen False-Negative COVID-19 Test Results

MONDAY, May 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians believe they have seen false-negative results for a COVID-19 diagnostic test, according to the results of a recent survey.

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Sleep Problems in Infancy May Be Tied to Autism Diagnosis

MONDAY, May 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-onset problems in the first year of life may precede an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in children at higher risk for ASD, according to a study published online May 7 in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Co-Occurring Visual Impairment, Dementia Heighten Disability Risk

MONDAY, May 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with both dementia and self-reported visual impairment (VI) may be at higher risk for disability than adults with only one of these conditions, according to a study published online May 14 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Autism in Childhood May Up Risk for Later Eating Disorders

FRIDAY, May 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Greater autistic social traits in childhood could be a risk factor for the development of disordered eating in adolescence, according to a study published online May 3 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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Prevalence of Postpartum Depressive Symptoms 13.2 Percent

THURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- About 13 percent of women report postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS), according to research published in the May 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Improvements Seen in Some Cognitive Domains With Aerobic Exercise

THURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A six-month aerobic exercise intervention is associated with improvements in cognitive domains and cerebrovascular regulation among middle-aged and older adults, according to a study published online May 13 in Neurology.

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Children of Mothers With Mental Illness Less Likely to Receive Vaccines

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers have mental illness are significantly less likely to receive vaccinations through age 5 years, according to a study published online April 24 in the European Journal of Epidemiology.

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Long-Term Flavonoid Intake Tied to Lower Alzheimer Risk

TUESDAY, May 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Higher long-term dietary intake of flavonoids is associated with lower risks for Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD) in U.S. adults, according to a study published online April 22 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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2007 to 2016 Saw Increase in Peds ED Visits for Mental Health

MONDAY, May 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2007 to 2016, pediatric emergency department visits remained stable, but visits for all mental health disorders increased 60 percent, according to a study published online May 11 in Pediatrics.

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Deaths of Despair Likely to Increase During Pandemic

FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Up to 75,000 more people could die from drug or alcohol misuse and suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released May 8 by the Well Being Trust (WBT) and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.

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Incidence of Psych Morbidity Up With Spinal Cord Injury

FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) have an increased incidence of psychological morbidities and multimorbidity, according to a study published in the May issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder a Professional Concern for Nurses

THURSDAY, May 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a professional concern for nurses, although the prevalence rates vary across studies, according to a review published online May 5 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Microstructural Differences Detected on Brain MRI in PANS

THURSDAY, May 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children with pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) have cerebral microstructural differences in multiple brain structures, including the deep gray matter structures, according to a study published online May 4 in JAMA Network Open.

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Health Care Workers at Risk From Mental Burden of COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Health care workers and younger people have an increased risk for a psychological impact from COVID-19, according to a study published online April 14 in Psychology, Health & Medicine.

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Ability to Stabilize Mood Via Everyday Activities Lacking for Some

TUESDAY, May 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People with low mood and those with a history of depression may be less able to stabilize mood via mood-modifying activities, according to a study published online April 22 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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One-Third of U.S. Families Struggling to Meet Basic Needs

MONDAY, May 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is straining many families' abilities to meet basic needs, according to a study published April 28 by the Urban Institute.

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Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Seen in China After COVID-19

MONDAY, May 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 people in parts of China hit hardest by COVID-19 report posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), according to a study published in the May issue of Psychiatry Research.

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More Mental Health Visits Tied to Lower Rates of Youth Suicide

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The odds of suicide decrease among youths who have more mental health visits, according to a study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Fear of COVID-19 Keeping Adults From Emergency Care

FRIDAY, May 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Adults are avoiding emergency medical care for fear of catching COVID-19, according to a poll released April 28 by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

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