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IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:
December 2016

Botulinum Toxin for Borderline Personality Disorder?
In a small open-label case series, patients with borderline personality disorder benefited from botulinum toxin injections.

Lamotrigine: Brand-Name versus Generic
Two studies found no significant changes in blood levels or pharmacokinetic variables when patients with seizure disorders were switched between brand-name lamotrigine (Lamictal and others) and various generic formulations.

Drugs to Help Smokers Quit: New Data
A new study comparing varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban, and others) with a nicotine patch and placebo in smokers with and without psychiatric diagnoses reports no significant difference in neuropsychiatric adverse events among the four treatment groups.

Antipsychotics, Pneumonia, and Alzheimer Disease
A large study in Finland found that antipsychotic use was associated with an increased risk of pneumonia both in patients with and those without Alzheimer disease.

In Brief
Children with Hypertension Score Lower on Neurocognitive Tests; Use of Hormonal Contraception in Women Linked to Depression

BTP's 40th Year
The next issue of this newsletter, January 2017, will mark the start of our 40th annual volume.

CME 2016
Please be sure to submit the Continuing Medical Education (CME) posttest and evaluation for 2016. You can complete the test online or print it out and then submit by email or fax.

About Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D.

Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D. is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and has chaired Departments of Psychiatry at Arizona and Penn State. He has also been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, MIT, and the University of Wisconsin. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the field's most widely read peer-reviewed journal, and founding author of Biological Therapies in Psychiatry Newsletter.

Dr. Gelenberg has been lead author of manuscripts in the Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and Journal of the AMA and has published over 280 scientific articles, editorials, and book chapters. He chaired the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) workgroup on Treatment Guidelines for Major Depressive Disorder, 3rd edition, was on a joint APA/AMA taskforce on similar guidelines for primary care and a committee to advise the U.S. Centers for Disease Control about depression. He helped create the ASEX scale to monitor sexual side effects of antidepressants and electronic versions of suicide-assessment instruments.

Often a guest lecturer and visiting professor throughout the world, Dr. Gelenberg has sat on National Institute of Mental Health committees, is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA, former chair of its Committee on Research on Psychiatric Treatments, past President of the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is on the Council of the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, Boards of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Professional Advisory Council of the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service, Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and NCDEU Steering Committee. He chairs the Data and Safety Monitoring Board of the NIMH study Treating Depression and Insomnia (TRIAD). Consistently listed in The Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors, he received an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and two teaching awards at the University of Arizona. He has mentored numerous researchers, many of whom are now highly productive scientists.

A native of Philadelphia, Alan Gelenberg received an A.B. from Columbia University and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. After a year's internship in internal medicine at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, he was a resident in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. For six years he was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. Dr. Gelenberg's wife was the first woman TV news anchor in Arizona, on the air for 34 years, and a candidate for the U.S. Congress. Between them, the Gelenbergs have five children.

If you have a question for Dr. Gelenberg, you can send him an email at drgelenberg@btpnews.com.