Lithium in Pregnancy
Because of the high rate of preterm deliveries and a possible increased risk of cardiovascular anomalies in babies born to women who take lithium during pregnancy, increased monitoring and the use of the lowest possible dose are recommended.
Varenicline for Smoking Cessation in Bipolar Disorder
Varenicline (Chantix) appears to be efficacious for smoking cessation in patients with euthymic bipolar disorder without increasing psychiatric symptoms.
Several Variables Predict Risk of Dementia in Patients with Parkinson Disease; Depression Is Common but Undertreated in Patients with Cancer
Please be sure to review the Continuing Medical Education (CME) posttest and evaluation for 2014, inserted in this month's issue.
Challenges and Hopes
Although problems remain in the field of psychiatry today, there are also many reasons for optimism.
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