After almost a decade of development and more than 2 years of frequently searing controversy, the DSM-5 has been officially released. Medscape Medical News
Cannabis users who start smoking the drug in adolescence show an irreparable decline in IQ, new research shows. Medscape Medical News
We thank Oliveira et al. for their interesting comments about our case report recently published in General Hospital Psychiatry .
Elevated blood levels of inflammatory proteins may serve as a biomarker for suicidal risk in individuals with major depression. Medscape Medical News
With a mean annual income of $186, 000, US psychiatrists are in the bottom third of the compensation ranks compared with other specialists, according to Medscape’s 2013 Psychiatrist Compensation Report. Medscape Medical News
Users of illicit drugs are now combining xylazine with other drugs of abuse and may be increasing their risk of death, according to new research. Reuters Health Information
Director’s Blog Last week a short piece in the British medical journal, The Lancet, described an “identity crisis” in psychiatry. In the U.K., the number of medical students choosing psychiatry has dropped more than 50 percent since 2009 and over the past decade the number of psychiatrists has dropped by 26 percent while the number of physicians overall has increased more than 31 percent. Ninety-five percent of posts for junior physicians across all specialties are generally filled; but psychiatry posts, as of last summer, were running more than one third unfilled.
The anesthetic ketamine is a novel, fast-acting and effective agent for treatment-resistant depression, but researchers caution the drug is still “not ready for prime time.” Medscape Medical News
Psychiatric inpatients are at extreme risk for suicide within 2 weeks of being discharged from hospitalization, but high-quality aftercare may be protective, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News
The New York State Psychiatric Association’s class action lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group over parity violations may be a harbinger of more suits to come, says APA. Medscape Medical News