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Major depressive episodes (MDEs) have physical symptoms such as anhedonia, anorexia and weight loss—all of which can be triggered by activation of the immune system.In a report in JAMA Psychiatry Elaine Setiawan, PhD and colleagues said their research shows that translocator protein density intensifies during an MDE, and that shows brain inflammation.They measured translocator protein by distribution volume (TSPOVt) assessed through PET scans.
Everyone involved in the care of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) wants to know that child’s long-term prognosis. In a study in JAMA Psychiatry Peter Szatmari, MD reports on his study of 421 newly diagnosed preschoolers in a Canadian multisite longitudinal study. Data were collected over 4 years, until each child was age 6.The author found that there are several trajectories ASD can take.
Higher cumulative use of anticholinergics may increase the risk of dementia, according to a new study published online Jan. 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
JAMA Psychiatry has published a study ahead of print examining the relationship between PTSD and T2DM in Nurses’ Health Study II participants. The study questioned whether PTSD increased the risk of T2DM among civilians, and the magnitude of change. The findings indicated a positive association.
For patients with diabetes, a self-management-oriented group program (Diabetes Motivation Strengthening) is associated with reductions in depressive symptoms, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in Diabetes Care.
Patients with gastrointestinal conditions can benefit from psychological counseling as well. The question is how much it can help and what it will do to help them with their symptoms.
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