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Psychiatric Hospital Aesthetics Affect Seclusion, Restraint Use

Psychiatry News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:00
An initiative that involved redecoration of a psychiatric facility’s physical environment is credited with reducing the need for seclusion or restraint over the long term.
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Study Examines Role of Psychiatric Drugs in ED Visits

Psychiatry News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:00
While these medications have tremendous benefits, more careful prescribing and monitoring for adverse events are needed.
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FDA Panel Says No to Aversive-Therapy Devices

Psychiatry News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:00
Aversive therapy devices are sometimes used as an intervention of last resort for severe psychiatric disorders that are resistant to treatment, but opinions of clinicians are mixed on certain forms of their use.
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New Clues Into Motivational Circuitry Uncovered

Psychiatry News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00
Two animal models provide insight into how motivation, or lack thereof, intertwines with addiction or chronic pain.
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IPS: The Place to Get Your Integrated Care Questions Answered

Psychiatry News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00
The Scientific Program Commitee of the Institute on Psychiatric Services has ensured that integrated care topics have a prominent place on this year’s program.
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Advantages of Supported Employment Persist at Five-Year Follow-up

Psychiatry News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00
Competitive employment remained stable over several years for those in supported employment, even though contact with an employment specialist decreased.
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Benefits Counseling Can Help Encourage Veterans to Seek Employment

Psychiatry News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:00
Veterans may worry that if they work for pay they will lose their benefits, but the reality is often different, and when they have an opportunity to examine their options, work can often be an attractive one.
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CMS: No Policy Change on M.D.s Who Opt Out of Medicare

Psychiatry News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00
Opted-out physicians can still have referrals and prescriptions for privately contracted patients covered, but claims denials will be issued to those who haven’t submitted an opt-out affadavit.
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GME Legislation Includes Funding for Child Psychiatric Hospitals

Psychiatry News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00
Child psychiatric hospitals were not included in a 1999 bill meant to fill a gap in federal funding for GME training at children’s hospitals.
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Psychiatry Residency Builds Global Reach by Using Local, Overseas Settings

Psychiatry News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00
Global mental health in residency begins at home and visits many continents.
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Court Upholds Ban on Doctors Discussing Gun Ownership

Psychiatry News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00
An appeals court rules that Florida’s effort to bar gun discussions between physicians and patients is a “legitimate regulation” of medical practice.
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Mixed Reviews Follow IOM Report on Future of GME Financing

Psychiatry News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
The Institute of Medicine’s report on restructuring financing for graduate medical education elicits strong feedback from organized medicine.
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Law Will Boost VA Medical Workforce, Access to MH Care

Psychiatry News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00
A new law responding to the VA’s well-publicized health care crisis includes provisions to enhance the agency’s general medical and mental health workforces.
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N.Y. Child Psychiatry Divisions Fill Gap in Collaborative Care Model

Psychiatry News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
Formal training of primary care physicians to manage mild to moderate mental health problems has been a missing link in collaborative care programs.
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Potential Biomarker for Suicide Vulnerability Identified

Psychiatry News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:00
Elevated methylation of a stress response gene is identified in the blood of people manifesting suicidal behaviors and could be involved in suicide etiology.
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