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  • Childhood Maltreatment Drives Self-injury Childhood sexual abuse has been linked to nonsuicidal self-injury, but this is the first study to comprehensively review the association with other forms of childhood maltreatment.
 
  • Alzheimer's Set to Skyrocket By 2060, an estimated 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, a dramatic increase over the 6.08 million currently affected, new research shows.
  • Drug-Induced Psychosis Ups Schizophrenia, Bipolar Risk In almost 6800 patients with psychosis that was induced by any substance, 32% converted to either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; 47% converted after cannabis-induced psychosis.
  • APA Urges Psychiatrists to Address Patients' Physical Health In a new white paper, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) calls on its members to do more to address the physical health of patients with serious mental illness.
  • Medicare to More Closely Scrutinize Opioid Prescribing Medicare will more closely scrutinize opioid prescribing and dispensing beginning in 2019, following through on a proposal outlined in a major 2016 law aimed at addressing the opioid crisis.
 

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  • Alzheimer's Set to SkyrocketBy 2060, an estimated 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment, a dramatic increase over the 6.08 million currently affected, new research shows.
  • New Drug a 'Ground-Breaking' Advance in Huntington's DiseaseAn experimental antisense drug led to significant dose-dependent reductions in mutant Huntingtin protein in patients with Huntington's disease, a finding being characterized as 'ground-breaking' and 'historic.
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