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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


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


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


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​

2015 In the Media