Psychiatry
Virtual patients developed for training medical students in psychiatry

Virtual patients developed for training medical students in psychiatry

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh): Dr C Radhakanth, professor of psychiatry, Maharajah’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Vizianagaram, has developed virtual patients using computer graphics for teaching medical students about post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar suicidal patient. more

Women with dementia receive less medical attention: Study

Women with dementia receive less medical attention: Study

London: Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP (general practitioner), receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, reveals a new study by the University College London (UCL). more

Long-term opioid use associated with increased risk of depression

Long-term opioid use associated with increased risk of depression

New York: The arrest of Indian-American psychiatrist Dr Narendra Nagareddy for allegedly overprescribing opioids, leading to overdoses and several deaths, has once again highlighted how the use of narcotic pain medication and psychoactive drugs can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life and may ultimately prove lethal if taken long-term. more

Hormonal therapy may treat postnatal depression

Hormonal therapy may treat postnatal depression

Sydney: Treatment with a hormone that plays an important role in labour and breast-feeding can improve behaviour of mothers suffering from postnatal depression, a common disorder affecting 10 to 20 percent of mothers, says a study. more

Psychotherapy for gut disease has long-term benefits

Psychotherapy for gut disease has long-term benefits

New York: While doctors have known for some time that psychological therapy can reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome — a gastrointestinal disorder — in the short term, a new study has found that the benefits can extend up to one year after the completion of the therapy. more

Psychiatric symptoms could be sign of brain tumour

Psychiatric symptoms could be sign of brain tumour

London: Psychiatric symptoms such as depression, mania, hallucinations, anxiety disorders and anorexia nervosa, even without any neurological signs, may be signs of a brain tumour, according to doctors who treated a woman thought to have treatment-resistant depression. more

Key biological markers for psychotic disorders identified

Key biological markers for psychotic disorders identified

New York: A team of researchers led by the University of Georgia has identified several biological markers that make it possible to classify mental disorders with greater precision. more

Two-drug combo can treat depression in elderly

Two-drug combo can treat depression in elderly

Washington: An antidepressant drug, if taken along with an antipsychotic pill, can better help the elderly with hard-to-treat depression, a clinical trial including researchers from Washington University in St Louis has indicated. more

Study describes patient who suffered memory loss after root-canal treatment

Study describes patient who suffered memory loss after root-canal treatment

London: A University of Leicester clinical psychologist, Dr Gerald Burgess, has described the study of an amnesia patient – who suffered memory loss after root-canal treatment at a dentist – in the journal Neurocase. more

Genetic predictors of postpartum depression uncovered by Johns Hopkins researchers

Genetic predictors of postpartum depression uncovered by Johns Hopkins researchers

Washington: Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered specific chemical alterations in two genes that, when present during pregnancy, reliably predict whether a woman will develop postpartum depression. more