Round Up of Psychiatry News (19-25th July 2008)

A big story as reported earlier in this blog is the congress investigation into the finances of the American Psychiatric Association. This is a new move away from investigating individual practitioners and there are undoubtedly many complexities in this ongoing story. In Ireland, official figures released, show that 3600 children are awaiting assessment by a psychiatrist and of these 1000 children may have to wait more than a year. In Canada, a charity ‘Mind and Brain Canada’ is being established to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada.

An investigation into brain structure using diffuse tensor imaging in people with Tourette’s, and published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, found no association with the presence of antibodies against the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia is part of the brain which is involved in movements. As Tourette’s involves involuntary movements and there is thought to be some connection with these types of antibodies, this research provides evidence against this model. A study showing deep brain stimulation is a viable treatment for treatment resistant depression was published in Biological Psychiatry and reported in the media. A recent study published in BMC Neurology has shown that administration of an anti-TNF drug leads to a rapid improvement in verbal skills in people with Alzheimer’s. This adds to the study published in last week’s Lancet about Dimebon.

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