A small number of older studies have demonstrated efficacy for a few antidepressants in cancer care – namely mianserin, fluoxetine and paroxetine – but we lack an evidence base for most of the currently used antidepressants. In their systematic review and meta-analysis in this issue of the role of antidepressants in the treatment of cancer-related depression, Riblet, Larson, Watts and Holtzheimer call for high quality randomized clinical trials that properly examine the efficacy, tolerability and safety of modern day antidepressants .
Abstract: This report presents the successful use of low-dose mirtazapine in the treatment of major depression that developed following severe nausea and vomiting symptoms during the early gestational weeks in two cases. The psychiatric diagnosis was determined with the Structured Clinical Interview for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Assessments were performed with the Clinical Global Impression — Improvement Scale and the 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression
Abstract: Objective: Premenstrual onset psychosis is a rare condition of unknown etiology for which no treatment trials have been conducted and whose existence as a definitive diagnosis continues to be debated. The literature includes individual case reports and small case series, leaving psychiatrists to make decisions about prescribing antipsychotic agents on a case-by-case basis.
Abstract: Piracetam is a cognitive-enhancing agent that is used for the treatment of cognitive impairments of various etiologies. Little is known about its side effect profile, especially in those with psychiatric illness. We herewith present two cases with cognitive impairment who had contrasting responses to piracetam
Abstract: Aims: Tuberculosis and mental illness share common risk factors including homelessness, HIV positive serology, alcohol/substance abuse and migrant status leading to frequent comorbidity. We sought to generate a comprehensive literature review that examines the complex relationship between tuberculosis and mental illness.Methods: A literature search was conducted in MedLine, Ovid and Psychinfo, with further examination of the references of these articles. In total 316 articles were identified
Abstract: Objective: Despite the remarkable improvements in pharmacologic treatment efficacy for hepatitis C (HCV) reported in published clinical trials, published research suggests that, in “real-world” patient care, these medical outcomes may be difficult to achieve. This review was undertaken to summarize recent experience in the treatment of HCV in clinical settings, examining the course of patients through the stages of treatment and barriers to treatment encountered.Method: A comprehensive and representative review of the relevant literature was undertaken to examine HCV treatment experience outside of clinical trials in the last decade. This review found 25 unique studies with data on course of treatment and/or barriers to treatment in samples of patients with HCV not preselected for inclusion in clinical trials.Results: Results were examined separately for samples selected for HCV infection versus HCV/HIV coinfection
Abstract: Objective: Erectile dysfunction (ED), defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance, is the most common sexual problem in men. ED arises when there is disruption of the complex interplay between vascular, neurologic, hormonal and psychologic factors necessary for normal erectile function. It may have a significant effect on quality of life and portend undetected cardiovascular disease.