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IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:
May 2017

Over-the-Counter Melatonin: Purity and Composition
Widely used in the United States to treat insomnia, although banned in many other countries, over-the-counter melatonin products exhibit extreme discrepancies in actual versus labeled content.

DBS for OCD
Preliminary results from a small pilot study suggest that deep brain stimulation (DBS) might be considered for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who are incompletely responsive to medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Vitamin D Levels in Psychiatric Disorders
Two studies report that patients with psychiatric illnesses have a higher incidence of vitamin D deficiency than the general population.

In Brief
Long-Term Treatment with ADHD Medication Associated with Decreased Height and No Reduction of Symptom Severity in Adults; Treatment with Antioxidant Supplements Does Not Appear to Prevent Dementia

Infections, Antibiotics, and Mental Illness
Anti-infective agents, particularly broad-spectrum antibiotics, may be associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia or affective disorders.

Exercise and Depression in Children
A study in children suggests moderate-to-vigorous exercise at ages 6 and 8 years may prevent future symptoms of major depressive disorder.

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