ADHD, Stimulants, and Young Hearts
Stimulant medications, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin and others), are associated with a small increase in the risk of cardiovascular events in children and adolescents, and a slightly greater risk in those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Estradiol for Schizophrenia?
In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, women with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder had a small but statistically significant improvement in previously treatment-resistant psychotic symptoms when treated with transdermal estradiol.
Rapid Clozapine Titration: Additional Comments
Some patients with schizophrenia may benefit from very gradual (rather than rapid) titration of clozapine (Clozaril and others), especially if they are taking concomitant benzodiazepines.
Mindfulness Training Promotes Recovery from Stress in Military Personnel; Compound in Pomegranates May Help Slow Neurodegenerative Disorders
Pregnenolone for Bipolar Depression?
Adjunctive treatment with the neurosteroid pregnenolone may improve depressive symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder.
Allopurinol in Acute Mania?
Preliminary findings indicate benefit from adding allopurinol (Zyloprim and others) to valproate (Depakene and others) for the treatment of acute mania.
About the BTP Newsletter
Our subscribers say BTP is…
"Very relevant, practical, and thought-provoking."
"About the only thing left without drug ads...objective and balanced."
"Succinct, readable, clear, timely and relevant!"
"Well written and scientifically sound."
Originating at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Biological Therapies in Psychiatry has been a trusted resource for physicians for over 30 years. Described as "influential" by the Atlantic Monthly, this concise, four-page, monthly newsletter provides up-to-date information about the rapidly expanding field of psychotropic medications and other biological treatments for mental disorders.
From his perspective as an editor, teacher, investigator, and clinician, Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D., reviews the widespread literatures of science and clinical practice. Dr. Gelenberg distills the material most relevant for a busy practitioner and presents it each month with a balance of scientific curiosity, healthy skepticism, and clinical experience.
Dr. Gelenberg is Professor and Interim Chair of Psychiatry at Penn State, Hershey. Since 1987, Dr. Gelenberg has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and he recently chaired the workgroup that revised the American Psychiatric Association's major depressive disorder guidelines. Dr. Gelenberg has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, MIT, and the University of Arizona and has written numerous scientific articles and book chapters on mood disorders, depression, and schizophrenia. He is listed in the Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors and received the 1997 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
We offer both print and online subscriptions. Our web site provides subscribers with 24-hour access to archives as well as current issues. In addition, Continuing Medical Education credit is available for reading BTP. You can earn up to 12.0 hours in category 1 credit by answering questions in the December issue about topics covered during the year.