The American Psychiatric Association 2011 Annual Meeting | Conference Coverage

The American Psychiatric Association’s 2011 annual meeting was held May 14-18 in Honolulu. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the meeting.

Fears About Discussing Patients’ Suicidal Thoughts Unfounded, Study Says | Medical Blog

Despite some physicians’ reluctance to discuss suicide with depressed patients for fear it could foster feelings of completing or thinking about the act, a study published in

A Web-Based Depression Treatment | News Brief

A web-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) depression treatment appears to be effective in reducing depressive symptoms in adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to

An Upside to Depression? | Medical Blog

A new study has found that depressed individuals appear to perform better in sequential decision tasks, part of our problem-solving cognitive functioning abilities, than non-depressed individuals.

Key Points From New Alzheimer’s Guidelines | Medical Blog

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have been updated in the April 19 online issue of Alzheimer’s &

An Effective Intervention for Managing Depression in Primary Care | Feature

A depression intervention designed for use in primary care has demonstrated sustained improvement in clinical outcomes over 18 months in chronically depressed patients with symptoms that are persistent despite treatment.

Racial & Ethnic Disparities in CAD | Opinion Article

Implementation of the Get With The Guideline-CAD quality improvement program greatly improved racial and ethnic disparities in the treatment of coronary artery disease and decreased the number of patients receiving defect-free care.

A Guideline Update for Major Depressive Disorder | Feature

The APA has updated its practice guideline for the treatment of major depressive disorder and includes new recommendations on antidepressants, depression-focused psychotherapies, and somatic treatments.

The Diabetes Type 3 Enigma: Can Alzheimer’s Drug Help? | Medical Blog

Diabetes Type 3—a “brain specific” disease—is far from understood and very much uncharted territory in the medical community. Diagnosis and treatment strategies remain in the early stages,

The Burden of Pain & Depression in Cancer Patients | Feature

Patients with cancer who experience pain or depression have many types of symptoms. Clinicians should make efforts to recognize and manage somatic symptoms to improve quality of life and function in these patients, regardless of type or phase of cancer.

Antipsychotic Use in Children | Opinion Article

The use of antipsychotic medications in children and adolescents has been debated largely because these agents are increasingly being used for non-psychotic disorders and off-label indications.

Conference Highlights: American Heart Association’s 2010 Scientific Sessions | Conference Coverage

The American Heart Association held its 2010 Scientific Sessions from November 13 to 17 in Chicago. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the

The American Psychiatric Association 2010 Annual Meeting | Conference Coverage

The American Psychiatric Association held its 2010 annual meeting from May 22 to 26 in New Orleans. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from

Psychological Intervention Improves Breast Cancer Survival | Opinion Article

Recent research has demonstrated that stress-related psychosocial factors may be associated with the risk of recurrence and death in patients with breast cancer. Evidence has supported the

Key Practices to Treating OCD | Feature

A recent evidence-based review has demonstrated that obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is often unrecognized and undertreated. Recommendations have been released to assist physicians in recognizing various presentations of OCD and treatments for these variances.

Emerging Drug Options: Adolescent Depression | Opinion Article

Approximately 2 million adolescents between the ages 12 and 17 in the United States have suffered a serious bout of depression within the past year. Major depressive

Navigating Patients Through Depression | Feature

A new survey has found that even after 12 years of living with depression adults still struggle with the condition due to a lack of basic information. Experts have created a three-step plan to guide patients toward recovery.

New Recommendations Managing Depression During Pregnancy | Feature

New recommendations have been unveiled to help physicians and patients weigh the risks and benefits of various treatment interventions for depression during pregnancy.

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