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A reduction in brain size could be seen in people with anorexia

Time : 28th of June 2022 01:14:03 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Neurology & Neurosurgery

Individuals with anorexia showed a notable decrease in the subcortical volume, cortical thickness, and cortical surface areas, as per a study. The reduction ranges between 2 and 4 times more than the abnormalities in brain shape and size of the people with mental illnesses. However, the reduction of brain structure was less severe in people who recovered from anorexia.
  Neuroscience News

No gender discrimination exists in terms of autism diagnosis

Time : 27th of June 2022 09:54:14 AM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Paediatrics

Boys and girls showed similar rates of concerns of autism spectrum disorder when corrected for gender-based bias contributing to the inflated sex ratios in diagnostic instruments, according to a study. Diagnostic tools and screening processes for autism often miss a diagnosis of many girls, preventing them from receiving early intervention.
  University of Minnesota

A case of Waldenström macroglobulinemia presenting as hyperviscosity retinopathy

Time : 24th of June 2022 07:19:03 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Nursing

A 60-year-old man presented to a hospital with a 2-month history of blurry vision. On examination, the best-corrected visual acuity was 10/20 in each eye. A fundoscopic examination showed retinal vein dilation in both eyes and tortuosity with retinal haemorrhages. His visual acuity improved gradually to 20/20 after treatment with seven rounds of plasmapheresis.
  Twitter @AaronGoodman33

Licensure of medical cannabis increased from 2016 to 2020: Study

Time : 23rd of June 2022 01:53:12 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Physician/Medicine,Pharma News

A nearly 4.5-fold increase in enrolled patients for medical cannabis licensure was observed from 2016 to 2020. Also, the increase in medical cannabis licensure was seen in 927.1 patients per 10,000 total population in Oklahoma. The enrollment raised in states without recreational legalisation and declined in five states with recreational legalisation.
  Rheumatology Advisor

What is high functioning anxiety?

Time : 21st of June 2022 12:10:14 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health

People with high functioning anxiety push themselves to work more to combat anxiety. Also, they tend to be having more fight responses. A person with this disorder might appear calm externally and feel very anxious inside. People with high functioning anxiety demonstrate signs such as highly organised, outgoing personality, proactive, detail-oriented, and high achiever.
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Dog-assisted intervention could decrease stress in children

Time : 21st of June 2022 12:00:44 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Paediatrics

The kids in both mainstream and special needs schools had lower cortisol levels after dog intervention than kids in the control and relaxation groups, as per a study. Mainstream school kids in relaxation and control groups showed increased salivary cortisol during the school term. In contrast, these kids in either group who interacted with dogs had no increase in cortisol.

Recordings from the retina could be a potential biomarker for ADHD and ASD

Time : 21st of June 2022 10:55:32 AM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Physician/Medicine,Diagnostics & Pathology

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) showed greater electroretinogram energy, according to researchers. In contrast, kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had less electroretinogram energy. Retinal recordings could help identify the distinct signals for ADHD and ASD. These findings offer promising results for improved diagnosis in the future.
  Neuroscience News

Why do people don't see the world the same way as others?

Time : 20th of June 2022 02:52:04 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Physician/Medicine,Neurology & Neurosurgery

The gestalt cortex is responsible for different views of people on situations and politics, according to researchers. This region helps people to make sense of incomplete or ambiguous information and deletes other interpretations. Also, a neurocognitive pathway extends from the brain's back to the front, mainly to the front areas when people think about others' mental states.
  University of California

What are derealization and depersonalization?

Time : 20th of June 2022 12:21:36 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health

Derealization and depersonalization are the terms used to describe an unreal experience in which a person feels detached from the outside world. Things may appear 'less real' than they ought to be. In a few cases, derealization can be caused by severe mental disorders, like schizophrenia or hallucinogens. Sometimes the derealization may be linked to brain damage.
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A case of low dose quetiapine induced myoclonus

Time : 17th of June 2022 02:39:22 PM Psychiatry & Mental Health,Physician/Medicine,Pharma News

A 64-year-old man presented to a clinic with complaints of insomnia for many years and recent onset of low mood, tiredness and reduced interest. The patient was diagnosed with mild depression with insomnia. He was treated with mirtazapine 3.75 mg/night and low-dose quetiapine. However, he reported severe recurrent jerky movements after the treatment.
  Twitter @PsychiatristCNS