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New CDC guidelines say face masks protect those wearing them, too—here are the best ones

New CDC guidelines say face masks protect those wearing them, too—here are the best ones

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a statement that face masks do in fact offer protection to the wearer in addition to helping prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Initially, it was thought that masks only prevented individuals from spreading the virus to others, but new research shows that exposure from infectious droplets is lowered through the filtration […]

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Ketamine as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder: a review

Ketamine as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder: a review

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to make headlines given multiple military engagements across the world and civilian traumas, and resultant PTSD development continues at an even pace. Currently, antidepressant and cognitive-behavioral therapy have the greatest evidence base but still do not yield a remission of PTSD symptoms in many patients. Off-label and novel treatments continue […]

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Using genetic information to inform policy on cannabis

Using genetic information to inform policy on cannabis

Cannabis is a commonly used drug, and a substantialminority of individuals who use it frequently willdevelop cannabis use disorder (CUD). Johnson andcolleagues1 identify a high genetic correlation betweenliability to frequent cannabis use and CUD. This finding isin line with previous twin research, which has identifieda high correlation between additive genetic influencesacting on exposure to cannabis, […]

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COVID-19, election, racism and more intersect as massive stressors, particularly for Gen Z

COVID-19, election, racism and more intersect as massive stressors, particularly for Gen Z

Compounding stressors this year are seriously threatening the mental health of Americans, particularly the youngest generation, according to results of a national survey by the American Psychological Association. Major sources of this stress include concerns regarding COVID-19, health care, the economy, racism and the U.S. presidential election. “This survey confirms what many mental health experts […]

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8 coronavirus tips that doctors wish patients would follow

8 coronavirus tips that doctors wish patients would follow

As communities continue to navigate the impending flu season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that patients take preventive measures to minimize their risk and limit exposure to SARS-CoV-2, often referred to as the novel coronavirus. Following proper precautions can decrease a person’s chances of being infected or spreading the deadly virus. With […]

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Nurture trumps nature in determining severity of PTSD symptoms

Nurture trumps nature in determining severity of PTSD symptoms

Researchers at Yale and elsewhere previously identified a host of genetic risk factors that help explain why some veterans are especially susceptible to the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new Yale-led study published Sept. 30 in the journal Biological Psychiatry has now identified a social factor that can mitigate these genetic risks: the […]

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Cost-Effectiveness of Esketamine Nasal Spray for Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression in the United States

Cost-Effectiveness of Esketamine Nasal Spray for Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression in the United States

Objective: This study aimed to estimate the cost-effectiveness of esketamine, a novel intranasally dosed antidepressant, for patients in the United States with treatment-resistant depression. Methods: A decision-analytic model parameterized with efficacy data from phase 3 randomized trials of esketamine was used to simulate the effects of treatment with esketamine versus oral antidepressants over a 5-year […]

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, it was noted that psychologists and psychiatrists are bracing for rising rates of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is defined as a disorder that occurs after a person was exposed to death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence. The […]

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FDA orders stronger warnings on benzodiazepines

FDA orders stronger warnings on benzodiazepines

The Food and Drug Administration wants updated boxed warnings on benzodiazepines to reflect the “serious” risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal reactions associated with these medications. “The current prescribing information for benzodiazepines does not provide adequate warnings about these serious risks and harms associated with these medicines so they may be prescribed and […]