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Subscribe to Clinical Compass™ VOLUME 2, ISSUE 4 - February 13, 2007
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Weight Gain with the Atypicals: How to Screen, Monitor, and Intervene

Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD

Emory University School of Medicine

Robert R. Conley, MD

University of Maryland School of Medicine

John W. Newcomer, MD
Washington University School of Medicine

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Premiere Date:
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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Treatment Convergence: Management of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder with Atypical Antipsychotics
John Kane, MD
Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD

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Released Nov. 16, 2006
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Recovery vs. Recurrence: Optimizing Maintenance Therapy for Patients with Bipolar Disorder
Paul E. Keck, Jr., MD
Roger McIntyre, MD, FRCPC

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Released Sept. 6, 2006
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Dosing and Receptors: Lessons Learned from CATIE
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD
John W. Newcomer, MD

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Register today for the new CME/CE broadcast series: neuroscienceCME TV. Beamed directly into the clinical environment via satellite, delivered via live webcast, and even available over toll-free telephone lines, this educational series debuts on March 21 at noon Eastern. neuroscienceCME TV will feature the leading names in clinical practice, research, and academia as they present the latest findings in critical areas of the neurosciences. Join Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, as he moderates Weight Gain with the Atypicals: How to Screen, Monitor, and Intervene. His guests will be Robert R. Conley, MD, and John W. Newcomer, MD. The producers of neuroscienceCME TV invite you to email your questions in advance to the faculty. Please indicate that your question is for the March 21 broadcast, then tune in on that day to hear your question or comment addressed by this prestigious panel of experts.

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Factors Predicting Age of First Drink and Progression to Alcohol Dependence

Addendum: Facts from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 


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Factors Predicting Age of First Drink and Progression to Alcohol Dependence
The week of February 11th-17th has been designated as "Children of Alcoholics Week" by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA). According to NACOA, one in four children lives in a family environment where alcohol abuse or alcoholism negatively affects their world and their healthy development. There is growing evidence that living in such families during the crucial developmental years can create lifetime mental and physical health consequences - including the development of alcohol dependence. And in fact, a study published in February 2007 has shed some light on factors that predict the age at which young people begin to consume alcohol, and the time from the first drink to a diagnosis of alcohol dependence (AD).

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Your response to this issue's Compass Questions™ will be added to an ongoing needs assessment for educational programming in this important area. Responses to this issue's questions will be reported in an upcoming issue.

Question #1: How often do you ask your younger patients about whether they have had their first drink?
Each and every time I see them
Only if I suspect there is a problem
If a parent or guardian brings it up

Question #2: I perceive the following issues as barriers to discussing alcohol-related topics with my younger patients:
Patient trust and engagement
My own personal discomfort with the subject

Responses from our last Compass Question™
In the 01.30.07 issue of Clinical Compass, we posed the question: "Based on this study of patients with schizophrenia, I plan to initiate a dialogue about religious/spiritual beliefs:" and the neuroscienceCME learning community responded:
25% - At every visit
57% - When the patient makes reference to it
8% - When a family member brings it up
0% - During the holidays
10% - Never

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Addendum: Facts from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
If you are in a position to speak with young people about their alcohol consumption, here are some important facts to share from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
  • Alcohol is a powerful drug that slows down the body and mind. It impairs coordination; slows reaction time; and impairs vision, clear thinking, and judgement.
  • Beer and wine are not "safer" than hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and 1 ounce of hard liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol and have the same effects on the body and mind.
  • On average, it takes 2 to 3 hours for a single drink to leave the body's system. Nothing can speed up this process, including drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or "walking it off."
  • People tend to be very bad at judging how seriously alcohol has affected them. That means many individuals who drive after drinking think they can control a car - but actually cannot.
  • Anyone can develop a serious alcohol problem, including a teenager.
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