News Round-Up: July 2010 2nd Edition

This report highlights recent research findings on biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease http://bit.ly/a43CnZ. Names influence career choice in children http://bit.ly/avw4sH. Study -prior brain size not atrophy related to cognition in community dwelling older adults – open access http://bit.ly/dfOVJ8. Ginko Biloba in dementia – meta-analysis shows efficacy compared to placebo – open access http://bit.ly/99m3b8. Evidence for efficacy of tool that measures pain in non-verbal population – (open access) http://bit.ly/cTFLi7. Study shows association between depression and dementia – others also do although the relationship is complex http://bit.ly/bNKIXn. A lady with panic disorder is reported to have spent 4 months in a hospital car park highlighting the morbidity that can be associated with this disorder. Slowed reading speed found with an e-reader v printed book in one study http://bit.ly/9VEf1H.

Psychiatry 2.0


Mind Hacks has another Spike Activity installment which includes a link to a Neuroskeptic piece on musical hallucinations. At All in the Mind, there is an excellent post on the legacy of H.M. A closer examination of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Dr Shock looks at gender differences in panic disorder. Following on from the recent talk by Fiona Godlee (see review here) there is an interest post at the AJNR blog on bias and editorials. There is an interesting piece on empathy and Oxytocin at the Brains on Purpose blog. Discussion of a sporting link to chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the Neuropathology blog. A discussion of impact factors at the O’Really blog. A study suggesting people like to keep busy. An Implantable Miniature Telescope for age related macular degeneration has just got FDA approval. Review of a study on sleep disorders in Multiple Sclerosis. Neurodiversity at the Mouse Trap blog. A look at Soda taxes at the Frontal Cortex blog. A sociologist’s perspective on what makes a good meeting (including rules for meetings). Allan’s Library features a post reviewing a video on how social media can be used in academic courses. The future of books at Ars Psychiatrica. At the Wolfram Alpha blog it’s World Population Day – using the program the current global population is…6,871,453140. The Library of Congress is archiving tweets. Twitter and the semantic web covered here. This is a very good video – worth watching.

Evolutionary Psychiatry/Human Evolution


There has been a lot of media coverage of the recent finding of stone tools suggesting that a human ancestor was present in Norfolk approximately 800,000 years ago. This raises all sorts of questions. For instance, if the environment was similar to present day Scandinavia then how would they survive without clothing? If they did use clothing that would be fairly significant as this is nearly 1 million years ago and would force a reappraisal of milestones in development of human intelligence. There is a video interview with the archaeologists here http://bit.ly/dC3IOg. John Hawks looks at the recent suggestion that the Neanderthal had very powerful musculature and challenges some of the assumptions about hormones by referring to the recently sequenced Neanderthal genome. At the Primatology blog there is a great article on whether animals keep pets. There is a discussion of a paper on personality in non-human primates here. Was Leonardo Da Vinci the pioneer of palaentology? http://bit.ly/d1jPjC … no – he was preceded by Mayans by 1000 years! http://bit.ly/bSvtH8.

Resources


Paper on oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s Disease – open access http://bit.ly/cLAX7q

Study investigating kraeplin dichotomy of schizophrenia and depression (open access) http://bit.ly/djQK8N

Review of biological insights into antisocial personality (open access) http://bit.ly/ch6rgi

Paper about conducting research in older adults in nursing homes – open access http://bit.ly/9W02mU

Study – falls after discharge following inpatient fall – open access http://bit.ly/cBhm9N

Gait in mild cognitive impairment – open access http://bit.ly/cNG1XG

Executive function and gait in older women – open access http://bit.ly/chovdl

Dipstick analysis and detection of UTI’s – open access study http://bit.ly/dnXVSt

Study – potentially innappropriate prescribing in German older adults – open access http://bit.ly/cCbmPY

Cognitive health in UK and American older adults – open access http://bit.ly/bruigy

MELSHA study – examining medication side effects – open access http://bit.ly/ctZd5Y

Motor skills training and attention in older adults – open access http://bit.ly/9RUbOM

Effectiveness of counselors actively contacting dementia caregivers – open access http://bit.ly/aIsyO3

Transfer from secondary to primary care – open access http://bit.ly/bDgqxF

New approach to examining physical activity in older adults – open access http://bit.ly/coJi2z

Using self-rated measures to predict mortality – 10 year f/u study – open access http://bit.ly/bFS6h2

Effects of reminiscence in 10 Danish nursing homes – open access http://bit.ly/dcRtJj

Cognitive function and mortality in US National Cohort – open access http://bit.ly/9YOXkd

Prospective study on innappropriate prescribing in older adults – open access http://bit.ly/9C8Qn8

Lewy Body Pathology without dementia and functioning – open access http://bit.ly/ahcnwb

Executive functioning and quality of life in older women – open access http://bit.ly/drWN0P

A national survey of nursing homes – open access http://bit.ly/9O7d8P

Commentary on innappropriate prescribing in elderly – open access http://bit.ly/bvbzGm

Risks, ethics and science in China http://bit.ly/cX5OLS

Decoy pseudogenes http://bit.ly/9JvDwc

Cog function after antid. tx in late-life depression – subscription article http://bit.ly/bM3tSb

Positive mental aging – subscription article http://bit.ly/aXUdIX

Position statement on disaster preparedness in US older adults – subscription article http://bit.ly/bzI6QH

Resting paralimbic metabolism in older adults with BPD – subscription article http://bit.ly/anajMB

Medial temporal atrophy and amnestic MCI http://bit.ly/bNe81J

Older adult antid. & executive function study – subscription article http://bit.ly/aGZSgX

AD prospective study on incident depression & anxiety in spouses – subscription article http://bit.ly/b4C7dD

Paper on stigma and Alzheimer’s Disease – subscription article http://bit.ly/dBKPBF

Pilot study of exergames for older adults with subsyndromal depression – subscription article

Relationship between pre-and post-cva depression examined – subscription article http://bit.ly/aYtt5z

Study investigating methylphenidate for apathy in AD – subs article http://bit.ly/dpdVj5

Systematic review – cognitive interventions in MCI – subscription article http://bit.ly/adcQmbS

Investigation of memantine and regional cortical metabolism in AD http://bit.ly/cfgN4C

BNDF variant and hippocampal volume in late-life depression – subscription article http://bit.ly/dtsLhc

Study investigating SSRI in AD – subscription article http://bit.ly/bLwr9L

Subcortical white matter lesions and euthymia in older adults – DTI – subscription article http://bit.ly/bdXRlv

Study on prevalence of MCI according to classification – subscription article http://bit.ly/aI2Rle

DTI and postoperative delirium http://bit.ly/dAe6gm

Subscription article – Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration – benign and malignant forms http://bit.ly/9cenO5

Subscription article – meta-analysis of ethnic differences in dementia care and research http://bit.ly/czY41k

Subs article – study on depresive sx and incident dementia in older women http://bit.ly/ccnodp

Paper on algorithm for discriminating MCI, dementia and normal cognition http://bit.ly/auAyXf

Paper on weight mood interactions in later life – subscription article http://bit.ly/bAgFAn

Subs article on late-life depression and TIA’s http://bit.ly/beoqOG

Study on thyroid disorders in older adults with affective disorders – subscription article http://bit.ly/9DHoQL

Rotterdam study – retinal vessel calibre and late-life depression – subs article http://bit.ly/acULh0

Successful aging – qualitative study in older adults http://bit.ly/cIueCe

Subs article – emotional processing in late-life depression http://bit.ly/a75FSC

Heart rate variability in depressed elderly – free paper http://bit.ly/cB3zyN

Study of function, cv med interactions in AD – free article http://bit.ly/9Ni0NB

Alzheimer’s Disease study investigating psychosocail interventions effects on caregiver depression http://bit.ly/cB5SGd

Study investigating geriatric depression scale – screening performance http://bit.ly/bxeWs9

Executive functioning and late-life depression – free article http://bit.ly/d3vWom

Study investigating symptomatic remission in older adults with schizophrenia – free article http://bit.ly/8ZqL0a

Anxiety symptoms and sleep quality in older women – free article http://bit.ly/bPKlrq

Meta-analysis of behavioural approaches to late-life anxiety – free article http://bit.ly/ds5uI2

Apoe4 and depression interactions in older adults http://bit.ly/cp4xGx

Melatonin trial for insomnia in people with Alzheimer’s Disease – free article http://bit.ly/aiXwCS

Meta-analysis of FHx of depression and post-stroke depression – free article http://bit.ly/9GAClZ

Patterns of MCI after depression tx in older adults http://bit.ly/a4f2nM

Study on visual hallucinations in dementia – free article http://bit.ly/cZTW4n

5 approaches to defining mild cognitive impairment – free article http://bit.ly/aKxYg3

Symptom profiles in depressed older adults – free article http://bit.ly/9BJKAy

Modular psychotherapy for older adults with depression – free article http://bit.ly/9YB655

Insomnia in older adults with generalised anxiety disorder – free article http://bit.ly/cSFpmR

Baltimore epidemiological catchment area follow-up – service use http://bit.ly/azNnac

Alzheimer’s Disease study investigates counselling in spouse caregivers http://bit.ly/bY9i30

Free article – depression and dementia interface http://bit.ly/bCqBD4

Cognitive profiling in Parkinson’s Disease – Free article http://bit.ly/9xhctz

The psychotropic effects of jasmine are discussed in this paper http://bit.ly/9EgkBC

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