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April 2009

Medication Treatment for BPD: The Limited Evidence Base
Antipsychotics, especially olanzapine (Zyprexa), may be beneficial in treating borderline personality disorder, but the data are limited and mixed.

Chelation Therapy for Autism?
A study of chelation therapy for autism was stopped due to potential adverse effects.

Varenicline for Smoking Cessation
Varenicline (Chantix) should be used with caution in psychiatric patients attempting to quit smoking.

Minocycline for Schizophrenia: Preliminary Results
The results from an open-label study of minocycline (Solodyn and others) suggest benefit in the treatment of schizophrenia.

In Brief
Modifying risk factors can help prevent dementia; Increased lighting improves cognition in elderly

Chelation Therapy for Autism?

April 2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently stopped two clinical trials, both designed to test chelation therapy.1 One was to assess the possible benefits of chelation for autism; the other, for coronary artery disease.

Chelating agents, which bind and remove heavy metals (eg,…

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