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Archive for the ‘psychiatry’ Category

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Teenager has eyelash transplant

Posted by iskanbasal on August 11, 2009

trichotillomania- obsessive plucking or pulling out hair. New things to learn

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Teenager has eyelash transplant

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Popular Stop-Smoking Drugs to Carry Mental Health Risk Warnings

Posted by iskanbasal on July 3, 2009

The FDA said it will immediately require boxed warnings about the risk of serious neuropsychiatric symptoms on the packaging of two popular smoking cessation drugs, — varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin, and generics).

First I read this from KevinMd site. Then from the medpage site. See the link below. To think that these drugs is said has been very effective in helping smokers to quit. I should go to read about their mechanisms of action but i recall the importance of Nucleus acumbens, situated at the base of the bran, in developing reward.

Popular Stop-Smoking Drugs to Carry Mental Health Risk Warnings

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Understanding the psychiatric prodrome of Huntington Disease

Posted by iskanbasal on September 1, 2007

At my last test in clinica neurologica, at the oral session, I was questioned about the genetic disease, Huntington Disease aka Huntington Chorea (HD); the prof wanted to know first about the mode the disease is inherited and the genetic defect that underlie it. Then he moved to ask me about the clinical features of HD. It was somewhat easy to describe the movement disorder : chorea, it is also included in the disease name itself; I also watched a video presentation from the UTAH school of medicine about gait abnormalities in which the abnormal choreic gait is very striking, this it is here.

Then the description of the cognitive decline or dementia, but this as I know appear in the advanced disease. What was somewhat difficult to explain were the psychiatric manifestations in HD, I called them personality disorders when they appear in the early phase of the disease, it was ok. However here is an editorial and an article from the J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2007 ; 78:913.

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 2007;78:913; doi:10.1136/jnnp.2006.112565

which describe an interesting paper on the:

Understanding the psychiatric prodrome of Huntington disease.

“This third feature is especially difficult to characterise, particularly in trying to distinguish emotional symptoms which may be reactive in nature from those which are an essential neuropsychiatric aspect of the disease”.

“The implication is that, while the course of HD may be punctuated by episodes of syndromal psychiatric disturbances, such as major depression, there are also chronic changes, such as irritability or apathy, which must not be shoehorned into existing diagnostic categories”.

it ends describing the paper as an interesting quantitative research in this field. Yet, I have to read the original paper indicated in the above editorial.

(escuse me my english errors).

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