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2016

July

Baltimore Magazine – July 2016
Care First
After losing her son to schizophrenia, Laura Pogliano keeps his memory alive by helping others.
JH Schizophrenia Center is mentioned and Krista Baker is quoted

The last sane drug on Earth fights for survival.... “In the U.S. big pharma is already pushing lithium out of the market,” Dr. Thomas Schulze of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department at Johns Hopkins, said. “They only want to market their own medications. There’s off-label use [like for schizoaffective disorder], but nobody has ever quite managed to rebrand lithium. You can’t patent that, you can’t re-release it.—Inverse

‘I’m sorry you were offended’ is not really an apology!.... [R]esearch points to an increase in the forgiveness-health connection as you age. “There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.—Psychology Today

Researchers homing in on the genetic causes of bipolar disorder.... Earlier studies examining the genetic cause of bipolar disorder focused on identifying common DNA changes that could only explain a small percentage of the risk for bipolar disorder. [Newly published] research, led by Dr. Fernando Goes of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, instead focused on identifying more rare genetic mutations that are less common, but may be linked to the more severe forms of bipolar disorder.—Healthline

How psychedelic drugs could help treat addiction.... “People will often report a changed relationship in observing themselves [when using psychedelic drugs]. I think this is much like what we refer to as mindfulness: someone’s ability to view their own motivations and behaviour from a more detached and less judgemental perspective,” said Matthew Johnson, a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University who is testing psilocybin in a trial aimed at nicotine addiction.—Motherboard

Researchers develop genetic test that can predict your risk of Alzheimer's disease…. [T]he latest effort at early detection is “an important first attempt,” said Johns Hopkins University’s Dr. Dimitrios Avramopoulos, who studies genes and mental illness and was not involved in the study. As genome-wide association studies become larger, and researchers’ gain confidence in identifying the true risk variants for Alzheimer’s Disease, “prediction will improve,” Avramopoulos added.—Los Angeles Times

Derrick Morgan doesn't want to get high, he wants to save his brain…. Morgan, [an NFL player], is mostly intrigued by further study of a non-psychoactive element in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, which in very preliminary animal studies has shown the ability to protect and heal the brain. He has donated money toward two upcoming studies — to be conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania — meant to examine the impact of cannabis on current and former NFL players—USA Today

The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies…. "[Addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and end-of-life anxiety] are among the most debilitating and costly disorders known to humankind," Matthew Johnson, one of the psychedelics researchers at Johns Hopkins University, said. "We have some things that help, but for some people they’re barely scratching the surface, [and] for some people there’s nothing that helps at all."—Vox

CBD research for NFL players spurs “productive dialogue” with NFLPA….  Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and Dr. Ryan Vandrey, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, have teamed to study former players’ use and non-use of [cannabidiol] via detailed questionnaires, and to follow a group of current players throughout the season to track their injuries, recoveries and use of CBD and other pain relievers.—Denver Post

June

How pro-anorexia websites exacerbate the eating disorder epidemicAngela Guarda, director of the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins University, explains that there are three levels of causality in anorexia.—Newsweek

When the body attacks the mind.... Some scientists now wonder whether small subsets of depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder may be somehow linked to problems in the immune system.​ Robert Yolken, a scientist at Johns Hopkins University, estimates that about one-third of schizophrenics show signs of immune activation (though he adds that this could be related to other factors, such as smoking and obesity) .—The Atlantic

Fitbit’s newest feature reminds you to go to bed…. “Sleep Schedule” is focused on helping you meet your own, personalized sleep goals, [Fitbit] says…. The option was developed in collaboration with a panel of sleep experts, including Drs. Michael Grandner at the University of Arizona, Allison Siebern at Stanford University, and Michael Smith at Johns Hopkins University.—Tech Crunch Also: PC magazine

My mission after a depressive episode: Find joy again.... I remember the words of the psychiatric nurse when I was hospitalized at Johns Hopkins’ psychiatric unit. During group therapy one day, she had us all go around a circle and mention one thing that brought us joy — one activity that we loved to do when we were feeling well. “You will enjoy those things again,” she said. “You must trust me on that.”Everyday Health

Scientists, frustrated by funding shortfalls, launch institute for research on cannabinoids….“I’m super excited about [the institute],” said Ryan Vandrey, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore…. “We want to try to form a place where a state that is considering a new medical marijuana program can go to obtain expertise and data to inform their policies.—International Business Times

HR 2646: The families of the 4 percent speak out…. The common thread running through all these [families’] stories is anosognosia. Russell L. Margolis, M.D., the Clinical Director of Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center, says, “Anosognosia is a symptom of not knowing that you are ill. It is not uncommon in many individuals with severe mental illness. It is a major problem.”—Huffington Post

Push for CBD research gains notice from NFL.... “When the Bright Lights Fade” [was] launched to raise money for the initial studies — led by [Dr. Ryan] Vandrey at Johns Hopkins University and Bonn-Miller at the University of Pennsylvania — on CBD’s [cannabidiol's] potential efficacy in treating pain and even chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to former NFL players and others with histories of repeated head trauma.—Denver Post

Live every day like you’re on mushrooms…. [Kathleen] Conneally was a participant in an addiction study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who wanted to determine whether the relentless pull of nicotine could be weakened by another drug: psilocybin — the active compound in magic mushrooms. Conneally’s trip, the second in a series of three such “sessions,” was probably the best outcome the researchers could have hoped for.—The Atlantic

June1, 2016 – WYPR Midday | Facing Alzheimer’s Disease Jason Brandt joins the conversation - LISTEN

Prince died from potent prescription painkiller: Autopsy…. "Opioids are the gold standard for pain management," said Kelly Dunn, an assistant professor with the behavioral pharmacology research unit at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "And it's important not to vilify physicians who are genuinely treating patients who need them.—HealthDay and numerous subscribers

Can meditation and psychedelics have the same benefits for your mind?.... "Meditation interventions have been shown to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety... it is a powerful and established method to alter human consciousness," said Frederick Barrett, a behavioral neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University. His team focuses on practices that can affect human consciousness.—CNN

Mental health programs gaining momentum…. By the end of July, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore hopes to have six behavioral health teams working side-by-side with physicians and nurses to help manage the mental health of patients. The ambitious plan aims to prove that investing in behavioral health specialists is good for patients and the bottom line.—Health Leaders Medi

Researchers look for link between head trauma and Parkinson’s.... “We are working hard to figure that out [if repeated blows to the head and brain-related disorders are connected],” said Dr. Jennifer Coughlin, a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is one of many researchers around the country turning to new technology to help solve the puzzle.—WTOP-FM (D.C.)

Reader’s Digest – June 2016
Myths About ADHD You Still Get Wrong – David Goodman clears the confusion about ADHD, a prevalent yet often misunderstood disorder.

The high life: Pot for pain.... With a little help from weed, Baltimore Raven Eugene Monroe is tearing through NFL hypocrisies. Last month, the Ravens' offensive tackle kicked off a campaign opposing NFL drug testing for pot, demanding the league consider using cannabinoids to treat chronic pain, and donated $80,000 to the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for medical cannabis research.—Baltimore City Paper

What’s the best way to talk to someone with Alzheimer’s? ... Christopher Marano, a geriatric psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, said that the interval between the initial diagnosis and a significant downturn can range from five to 20 years but that “people who are diagnosed at a younger age tend to progress faster.”—Washington Post

FDA approves implant to battle opioid addiction…. The steady flow from the implant [probuphine​] will reduce fluctuations that can occur when taking a medication once or twice daily, and it removes the need for a patient to remember to take it, said Dr. Annie Umbricht, an expert in substance abuse treatment at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.—HealthDay

Lecture on trauma hits home for family who lost daughter in car crash.... Medical professional and interested parties alike gather to listen to a lecture on treating trauma…. Daniel Buccino, a clinical director at the Moods Disorder [Center] at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, weaves a delicate line between the stigmas that can pervade the field of psychiatric treatment and the successes effective treatment can have on patients.—Capital Gazette

May

Bright spot in treatment of heroin addiction…. An injectable drug … is offering new hope to those struggling with addiction. The drug [naltrexone] is the new standard of care for treating addiction, said Dr. Marc Fishman, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and medical director of a Baltimore treatment center.—Delaware Online

Are kids really more likely to get high when marijuana is legal? ... “We have two years of data on what happens when you legalize cannabis,” said Ryan Vandrey, a behavioral pharmacologist with an expertise in cannabis at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “I don’t think that’s long enough to fully understand and grasp the nature of change.”—Boston Globe

Swapping LSD for coffee at work is probably a bad idea.... Dr. Matthew Johnson, an associate professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and an expert on drug addiction, has been skeptical of the breathless media coverage of LSD microdosing from the beginning. He told The Daily Beast that there is “no evidence that this is a big thing.”—The Daily Beast

9 sneaky things that might be killing your sex drive…. “Over the course of time, we’re understanding it more [why it’s hard for women to get in the mood sometimes],” explains Kate Thomas, Ph.D., a director of clinical services in the sexual behaviors consultation unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. “With Addyi [the new female libido Rx], some women might respond to the medication, even though we don’t know why.”—Glamour

How an online community is boosting health in the real world…. One woman's quest for answers after a devastating diagnosis led to an online storytelling community where people can find the emotional support they need to feel better. Johns Hopkins neuropsychiatrist Dr. Adam Kaplin found this community improved some users’ outlook and even their health. “I was completely blown away. We saw an enormous increase in people’s purpose in life,” he says.—NBC News

LSD-like drugs are out of the haze and back in the labs.... American research interest in psilocybin is especially keen. This is a psychoactive ingredient in the fungus family known as magic mushrooms. It helps that psilocybin carries little of the baggage that still burdens LSD, said Matthew W. Johnson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Johns Hopkins.—New York Times

Want to test a marijuana-based drug? Expect a visit from the ‘men in black’ ... It recently took Ryan Vandrey [a behavioral pharmacologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine] and other researchers six months to get the nod from the DEA for a clinical trial looking at cannabis as a possible therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder — and the agency had no comments on the proposed study itself, Vandrey said.—Stat

LSD-like drugs are out of the haze and back in the labs.... American research interest in psilocybin is especially keen. This is a psychoactive ingredient in the fungus family known as magic mushrooms. It helps that psilocybin carries little of the baggage that still burdens LSD, said Matthew W. Johnson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Johns Hopkins.—New York Times

Pot candy manufacturer faces lawsuit over Denver death…. Consuming marijuana edibles may lead to a strong effect while maintaining low levels of THC in the blood, claims a report by Ryan Vandrey, a researcher of the effects of marijuana at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.—RT (Russia)

Is addiction a brain disease? ... In so-called contingency management experiments, subjects addicted to cocaine or heroin are rewarded with vouchers redeemable for cash, household goods or clothes. Those randomized to the voucher arm routinely enjoy better results than those receiving treatment as usual. Consider a study of contingency management by psychologist Kenneth Silverman at Johns Hopkins.U.S. News & World Report

The latest prescription psychedelics idea? Treat addiction with magic mushrooms…. In a recent Johns Hopkins University study, 80 percent of heavy smokers treated with [psilocybin] were still cigarette-free six months after treatment. The best nicotine treatments available on the market today, on the other hand, have success rates of just 20 percent.—Huffington Post

History of yeast infection may increase risk of psychiatric disorders… Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have observed a link between yeast infections and a history of mental illness…. [They] caution that the association doesn’t prove a causal effect but that it may provide insight on how lifestyle, immune system weaknesses and gut-brain connections may affect an individual’s risk of psychiatric disorders and memory impairment.—Fox News

April

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU – April 25, 2016 – LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD
Suicide in America – panel included Holly Wilcox, Ph.D.

Hospitals test putting psychiatrists on medical wards.... Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in April launched a program to screen patients for psychological problems shortly after they are admitted. About 20% of the nearly 50,000 patients the hospital discharges a year have mental-health disorders in addition to their physical ailments, the hospital says.—Wall Street Journal* (Sign-in with USER: JohnsHopkins and PASSWORD: Medicine)

Correcting the Record: Leo Kanner and Autism…Pioneering researcher's work has been misrepresented. And Op-Ed by James Harris, MD, and Joseph Piven MD.  MedPage Today

This opioid treatment model that provides all levels of care is spawning imitators…. Operated by Johns Hopkins Hospital and located two blocks from its main campus, the Broadway Center — or “911” as it’s called because of its address at 911 N. Broadway — has provided methadone maintenance therapy for people with opioid addiction for more than two decades.—Huffington Post

10 stories that capture what it’s like to struggle with depression…. 2. 6 things not to say to someone with depression. “Just think — there are others who have it worse than you do.” While you may be trying to put things into perspective, it may not be received that way. “[The key] is to recognize their suffering as opposed to being dismissive,” says Dr. Adam Kaplin, an associate professor in the departments of psychiatry and neurology at Johns Hopkins University.—Huffington Post

VIDEO | TedMed2016 | Roland Griffith, Ph.D. | The Science of Psilocybin and its Use to Relieve Suffering

Why you don’t sleep well in a strange bed…. While it's possible that the findings may explain poor sleep among frequent travelers, the study wasn't designed to test whether these "first night effects" continue to happen to people every time they hit the road, said Patrick Finan, a psychiatry and behavioral health researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "It is possible, for example, that frequent travelers might adapt to this first night effect over time," Finan, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email.— Reuters

DEA approves PTSD marijuana study…. Marcel Bonn-Miller with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is now overseeing the project, with [Dr. Sue] Sisley running half the study in Arizona and Ryan Vandrey overseeing the other half at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.—Military Times Also: Huffington Post

Can your genes make you kill? … “Genes are programs that run every activity of every cell in your body every second you are alive,” says Daniel Weinberger, director of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development at Johns Hopkins University. “If you inherit small glitches, little pieces of noise, this sets you on a path. But it doesn’t determine you will end up with mental illness. These glitches aren’t fate. They are for risk.—Popular Science

9 insightful stories only people with anxiety will understand…. People with anxiety are feeble. “Many people think that having this disorder means that they’re fearful or weak — and that’s certainly not the case,” says Joseph Bienvenu, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University.—Huffington Post

Will Whoopi Goldberg’s pot-infused bath soak ease menstrual cramps?.... “It’s possible to ingest too much or to ingest not enough,” said Ryan Vandrey, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins University who has studied the potential risks of edibles and other medical marijuana products. Because such products are largely unregulated, the levels of THC can vary widely between brands. “There’s no guarantee in consistency of dosing from one product to the next,” he added.—Stat, PBS Newshour

LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it? … When we trip ... the boundaries between self and world, subject and object dissolve….  As Matthew Johnson, a principal investigator in Johns Hopkins’s psilocybin studies, explains, these [LSD] experiences include a “transcendence of time and space,” a sense of unity and sacredness and a deeply felt positive mood.— Washington Post

March

Psychiatric News – March 14, 2016
Seeing with the Mind’s Eye: A Profile of Barbara Young, M.D.

A grown-up approach to treating anorexia…. “The longer you have anorexia, the more anorexia creates physiological changes in the body and the brain that then create a self-sustaining cycle,” says Angela Guarda, Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins University.—New Republic

Antipsychotics don't ease delirium in hospitalized patients.... Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (Haldol) or clozapine (Clozaril), aren't appropriate for preventing or routinely treating delirium in hospitalized patients, a new study suggests. "The American Geriatrics Society guidelines suggest avoiding using these medications as a part of routine care of a patient with delirium," said lead researcher Dr. Karin Neufeld, clinical director of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.—​HealthDay, United Press International, Doctors Lounge

Mindful meditation may be the answer to relieving chronic back pain, study suggests…. In an editorial, Madhav Goyal and Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said that the mechanisms for why meditation might work on back pain is still a mystery but that question is merely "academic" for many clinicians and their patients who need immediate relief.—Washington Post Also: HealthDay, LiveScience

Moms: Help needed for largest ever postpartum depression study…. To reach those women, researchers will be distributing iTouches to clinics around the country, 10 so far and counting, with institutions like the University of Arkansas, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University committed to participate.—CNN

Patients in ecstasy clinical trial find drug beneficial.... FDA-approved studies with psilocybin, sponsored by the Heffter Research Institute and under way at Johns Hopkins University and New York University, are also focusing on psychological treatment of cancer patients.—San Francisco Chronicle

Raven Eugene Monroe promotes medical marijuana for football pain, non-athletes…. Monroe said he would donate $10,000 to the Realm of Caring Foundation, a 3-year-old nonprofit based in Colorado that works with hospitals, doctors and patients to collect data on cannabis products and to advocate for medical marijuana use. Dr. Ryan Vandrey, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, works with the foundation.—Baltimore Sun*​, Also: WBFF-TV

3 ways to end bedtime procrastination (for good)…. Turning on a noise machine at the time you know you should start getting ready for bed….. "In addition to drowning out noises that might keep you up, white noise works on a deeper psychological level, conditioning you to associate the noise with bedtime," says David Neubauer, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine.Huffington Post

Centers to Treat Eating Disorders Are Growing, and Raising Concerns….. “For the most part, the people who are running and working in these programs believe they’re doing the right thing,” said Dr. Angela Guarda, the director of the eating disorders program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “But it’s a slippery slope,” she said. “Money can cloud your view.” -  New York Times

What to look for in an eating disorder treatment center.... Place a priority on therapies that focus on behavior, rather than on identifying the roots of the eating disorder. “Unless you can change the behavior, no amount of insight-oriented therapy is helpful,” said Dr. Angela Guarda, the director of the eating disorders center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.—New York Times

Marijuana-based drug found to reduce epileptic seizures…. GW [Pharmaceuticals] executives say that an approved pharmaceutical should be favored by doctors and patients because the other medical marijuana products have not gone through the same rigorous vetting. A study last year by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and elsewhere found that medical marijuana products rarely contained the amount of ingredients stated in their labels.—New York Times

(Opinion) Brain injury: A public health crisis in the spotlight.... For the millions of Americans suffering from the effects of [traumatic brain injury] there is a moral and economic imperative to accelerate efforts not only to find ways to prevent brain injuries, but also to improve the lives of individuals who suffer from them. (Note: This opinion piece was written by Daniel R. Weinberger, director and CEO of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Neuroscience and Human Genetics.—The Hill

CDC opioid prescribing guidelines unlikely to affect physicians' practices…“Unfortunately, I'm not sure that the people who are prescribing these medications long-term are going to heed the pretty practical advice that's provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Dr. Una McCann, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medicine – Modern Healthcare

A Call for Better Awareness and Diagnosis of ADHD in Older Adults… Both health care providers and patients need to be better informed about the prevalence of ADHD in people over 50. Op-ed by David Goodman, M.D. – US News and World Report

Psychiatric symptoms speed conversion to dementia.... Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) are associated with more rapid progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease, two new studies confirm. The first study, led by Sarah Forrester, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, pinpoints clusters of NPS associated with faster progression.—Medscape

What Amnesia Tells Us About Memory - Sheilah Kast on WYPR MIDDAY interviews Dr. Jason Brandt. - WYPR

Why you need more sleep tonight…. Waking up in the middle of the night shortens your fuse. Spending all night tossing and turning can cause you to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, says a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine (Dr. Patrick Finan).—Family Circle

February

30-Year Amnesia: How the Brain Suddenly Remembers…. Although amnesia is a clichéd plot device for mystery novels and soap operas, this type of global amnesia — in which a person forgets everything about his or her life, typically called a fugue state — is very rare, said Jason Brandt, a neuropsychologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, who was not involved in Latulip's care. – Live science

Hall of Fame recognizes Cody Unser’s role in diving, disability communities.... Dr. Adam Kaplin, neuroscientist and principal psychiatric consultant to the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology, was the lead investigator for [a study that showed some divers with disabilities experienced improvement in sensation, tone or motor function]. Kaplin wrote a letter recommending Unser for the [Women Divers] Hall of Fame.—Albuquerque Journal

Filmmaker Paul Dalio mines his bipolar disorder for feature debut​.... Dalio sat down recently to talk about the film, along with Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University whose book about the link between creativity and manic-depression lends the film its title.—Washington Post

New techniques, hope for treatment of eating disorders.... “These are important public health problems,” says Dr. Graham Redgrave, assistant director of the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins. He says it’s crucial to identify people who are suffering — which is the theme of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday.—WTOP-FM (D.C.)

Zika may increase risk of mental illness, researchers say….[T]he hallucinations, voices and paranoia of true schizophrenia do not normally emerge until late adolescence, “when there is a lot of rearranging and pruning in the brain,” said Dr. Robert H. Yolken, a developmental neurovirologist at Johns Hopkins University, who … believes that Zika increases mental illness risk.—New York Times

Medical marijuana increasingly legal, but trustworthy? A call for regulations.... Prof. Ryan Vandrey of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine says his research has found that the majority of edible cannabis products, a growing trend, had their THC dosage mislabelled by more than 10 percent in California and Washington.—Christian Science Monitor

Study links concussion to higher risk of later suicide.... [L]oved ones should not be shy about watching for warning signs of suicide and urging past concussion victims to get help if needed, said Dr. Vani Rao, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the brain injury program at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.—U.S. News & World Report

Dog DNA probed for clues to human psychiatric ills …. Gerald Nestadt, a psychiatrist who specializes in OCD at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, notes that affected animals often display only one type of compulsive behaviour, whereas a human with OCD will typically have several. Nature

The Buzz on Death Wish Coffee…. “People should be aware of the effects of getting too much caffeine. It varies from individual to individual, but consuming more than your normal amount could make you feel nervous, anxious, irritable, or jittery, and may cause excessive urine production or irregular heartbeat,” says caffeine researcher Maggie Sweeney, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow at the behavioral pharmacology research unit in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.—Consumer Reports

City Paper – February 9, 2016
Most Wanted: JHU students clamor to get into Dr. Kraft's 'Human Sexuality' class

This antidepressant may be no better than cheaper alternatives. But demand could soon soar.... “I don’t want to start someone on something and know that they’re not going to be able to afford more than a week of it,” said Dr. Christopher Marano, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who specializes in treating depression in the elderly. “From my perspective, I don’t see any reason to jump right to Brintellix as a first-line agent right now.”—Stat News

Immune system gene leads to schizophrenia clue…. Dimitrios Avramopoulos of Johns Hopkins University says that while the evidence for C4-related pruning in schizophrenia is interesting, it’s “not undisputable proof at this point.” He says more work is needed to be confident that the results are solid.—Science News

January

Dog DNA probed for clues to human psychiatric ills …. Gerald Nestadt, a psychiatrist who specializes in OCD at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, notes that affected animals often display only one type of compulsive behaviour, whereas a human with OCD will typically have several. Nature

Undiagnosed ADHD in adults is possible -- how to cope​.... Dr. David Goodman, a ADHD specialist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said that he had encountered a lot of ADHD cases in adults that are more than 50-years old. Though these are newly-diagnosed cases, their disorder probably started when they were still 7-years old. Goodman added that ADHD may start at a very young age but the symptoms may last a lifetime….—Latinos Health

Cocaine causes your brain to literally eat itself, study finds…. We know cocaine's not so good for your brain, but it turns out the effects of the popular drug are more gruesome than we thought. A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds that high doses of cocaine cause your brain cells to kill themselves. —Huffington Post Also: Youth Health, The Guardian (U.K.)

Cocaine causes brain cells to cannibalize themselves…. New research [at Johns Hopkins University] finds clues that cocaine actually causes brain cells to cannibalize themselves. This process, known in scientific terms as overactive autophagy, means that when neurons are exposed to cocaine, the brain actually digests itself.—Newsweek Also: Philadelphia Inquirer, Newser, Examiner

New medications for treating opioid addiction are on the horizon…. "Buprenorphine is a way to withdraw someone from opiates," says Dr. David Pickar, a psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on [a FDA] advisory committee…. "The idea of not having any opiates in your body is very disturbing to some. The buprenorphine will help bridge that.—NPR and numerous affiliates

F.T.C.’s Lumosity penalty doesn’t end brain training debate…. George Rebok, a developmental psychologist at Johns Hopkins, is quoted twice in this article, standing with researchers who believe “certain cognitive training regimens can significantly improve cognitive function.”—New York Times

Can't focus? It might be undiagnosed adult ADHD…. [Cathy] Fields was diagnosed with ADHD about eight years ago. Her doctor ruled out any physical problems and suggested she see a psychiatrist. She went to Dr. David Goodman at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who by chance specializes in ADHD.... Goodman decided that Fields most definitely had ADHD.—NPR and numerous affiliates

Testing street drug and more, scientists seek fast-acting anti-depressant.... Promising new research from Johns Hopkins University this month pinpoints a compound that could treat symptoms of depression within hours — and targets the condition in a whole new way, offering hope to patients who haven’t benefited from traditional drugs.—Stat News

Opioid addiction and treatment.... At a House bipartisan task force on opioid addiction, Jessica Peirce, Ph.D., addiction treatment services associate director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, offered three ways to improvement treatment for addicts.—CSPAN​


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