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Reducing heart failure deaths: an interview with Dimitrios Georgiopoulos, UK Medical Director, Novartis

Reducing heart failure deaths: an interview with Dimitrios Georgiopoulos, UK Medical Director, Novartis

Heart failure is a debilitating, and life-threatening, condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body. When heart failure continues to progress and worsen over time, the persistent condition is known as chronic heart failure. [More]
Son's vulnerability for alcohol use disorders could be shaped by father

Son's vulnerability for alcohol use disorders could be shaped by father

Even before conception, a son's vulnerability for alcohol use disorders could be shaped by a father who chronically drinks to excess, according to a new animal study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. [More]
Alkermes initiates second ALKS 3831 Phase 2 clinical study for treatment of schizophrenia

Alkermes initiates second ALKS 3831 Phase 2 clinical study for treatment of schizophrenia

Alkermes plc today announced the initiation of the second phase 2 study of ALKS 3831, a novel, oral, broad-spectrum antipsychotic medicine in development for schizophrenia. [More]
Unexpected death may trigger mania in loved ones

Unexpected death may trigger mania in loved ones

The unexpected loss of a loved one can trigger a range of psychiatric disorders, including mania, in patients with no history of mental illness, a study shows. [More]
Researchers examine relationships between alcohol and PTSD

Researchers examine relationships between alcohol and PTSD

Alcohol abuse occurs in 52% of men and 28% of women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Comorbid alcoholism and PTSD leads more frequently to low income, unemployment, and overall social dysfunction than either condition on its own, in part due to the clinical challenges their simultaneous treatment poses. [More]
Young adult social drinkers may develop alcohol use disorder over time

Young adult social drinkers may develop alcohol use disorder over time

Heavy social drinkers who report greater stimulation and reward from alcohol are more likely to develop alcohol use disorder over time, report researchers from the University of Chicago, May 15 in the journal Biological Psychiatry. [More]
Excessive alcohol use does not alter course of bipolar mood states

Excessive alcohol use does not alter course of bipolar mood states

Patients with bipolar disorder who consume alcohol do not experience significant changes in their self-reported mood states with increased consumption, show Dutch study findings. [More]
Research findings have important implications for personalized treatment of alcohol abuse

Research findings have important implications for personalized treatment of alcohol abuse

Heavy drinking is common in the United States and takes a personal and societal toll, with an annual estimated cost of $223.5 billion due to losses in workplace productivity, health care and criminal justice expenses. [More]
Shared genetic risk for bipolar and alcohol use disorders

Shared genetic risk for bipolar and alcohol use disorders

Shared genetic factors affect the risk for bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder, suggesting a common underlying biology, research shows. [More]

Adolescents who drink alone have more alcohol problems

Most teenagers who drink alcohol do so with their friends in social settings, but a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that a significant number of adolescents consume alcohol while they are alone. [More]
Students who use false IDs are at increased risk for alcohol use disorder

Students who use false IDs are at increased risk for alcohol use disorder

A study found that almost two-thirds of college students used a fake ID at least once to obtain alcohol. Students who used false ID more often indirectly increased their risk for alcohol use disorder, according to a new longitudinal study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. [More]
Binge drinking during pregnancy linked to negative emotions

Binge drinking during pregnancy linked to negative emotions

​Researchers in Norway found that negative affectivity is linked to light alcohol use and binge drinking during pregnancy. Results published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, show 16% of women had light alcohol use in the first trimester and 10% in the second trimester. [More]
Pancreatitis and diabetes drugs: an interview with Dr Sonal Singh, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Pancreatitis and diabetes drugs: an interview with Dr Sonal Singh, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Acute pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas which leads to leakage of pancreatic enzymes. Apart from certain drugs such as GLP-1 based therapies, the most common causes of pancreatitis are Gallstones and Alcohol use. [More]
UK’s health performance: an interview with Prof. Murray, University of Washington

UK’s health performance: an interview with Prof. Murray, University of Washington

Rates of premature mortality in the UK have been falling steadily, but the pace of decline is not as fast as in many other high-income countries, such as Australia. In that sense, the UK lags behind. [More]
FDA agrees to allow ADial to move forward with Phase III trial of AD04 for alcohol use disorder

FDA agrees to allow ADial to move forward with Phase III trial of AD04 for alcohol use disorder

ADial Pharmaceuticals, LLC, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to allow ADial to move forward with its plan to initiate Phase III trials of AD04 as a treatment for alcohol use disorder in certain targeted genotypes population only. [More]
Baylor University study shows acute dose of alcohol may cause greater impairment in elderly

Baylor University study shows acute dose of alcohol may cause greater impairment in elderly

An acute dose of alcohol may cause greater impairment in coordination, learning and memory in the elderly than in young people, according to a study by Baylor University. [More]
Patients’ eligibility for liver transplantation may be lowered by incarceration, marijuana use, and psychiatric diagnoses

Patients’ eligibility for liver transplantation may be lowered by incarceration, marijuana use, and psychiatric diagnoses

Results from an anonymous survey of U.S. transplant providers report that incarceration, marijuana use, and psychiatric diagnoses, particularly suicide attempts, may lower patients’ eligibility for liver transplantation. [More]
UK’s health performance declining compared with 14 EU countries over past 20 years

UK’s health performance declining compared with 14 EU countries over past 20 years

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Protective services workers more likely to develop psychiatric disorder after traumatic events

Protective services workers more likely to develop psychiatric disorder after traumatic events

Police, firefighters and other protective services workers who are repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and are new to their profession are at greater risk of developing a psychiatric disorder, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. [More]
Stress and mental illness: an interview with Professor Akira Sawa

Stress and mental illness: an interview with Professor Akira Sawa

As a psychiatrist I am interested in how stress may play a role in the pathology of adult mental disorders. You may know that most of the major mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, mood-disorder, substance abuse or even anxiety disorder, become prominent in early adulthood. [More]