Maternal Multivitamin Supplementation During Pregnancy May Reduce Autism Risk of Child

HealthDay (10/5, Reinberg) reports, “Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child’s risk of developing autism,” research indicated. After analyzing data on “more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden,” investigators found that “multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was associated with a lower likelihood of child autism with intellectual disability, compared with mothers who did not use supplements.” The findingswere published online Oct. 4 in the BMJ. Healio (10/5, Oldt) also covers the study.

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— “Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk,” Steven Reinberg, HealthDay, October 5, 2017.

Families’ Ability To Care For Alzheimer’s Patients Is Declining

USA Today (10/3, Weintraub) reports that according to a new report to be released today by the advocacy group UsAgainstAlzheimer, American families are decreasingly able to provide care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. American families have fewer financial resources and “Medicare and Medicaid are simply not prepared to cope with the growing numbers of people with this disease,” according to UsAgainstAlzheimer chairman George Vradenburg. While “fewer 75-year-olds are getting the disease, … more people are living to 85, and roughly half of them will develop Alzheimer’s, statistics show.”

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— “Caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients at risk in coming years, report says,” Karen Weintraub, USA Today, October 3, 2017.

PTSD Particularly Common Among People Exposed To Mass Shootings

The AP (10/3, Tanner) reports that people who survived this week’s shootings in Las Vegas may be at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also at risk for “psychological fallout” are first responders, medical staff, eyewitnesses, and bystanders. Studies indicate “PTSD is particularly common among people exposed to mass shootings versus other types of trauma, with rates as high as 90 percent reported” by some researchers.

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— “Concert shooting puts many at risk for post-traumatic stress,” Associated Press, October 4, 2017.

Financial Costs of Frontotemporal Degeneration Nearly Twice As High As Costs With Alzheimer’s

Medscape (10/4, Harrison) reports that research indicates “the financial costs associated with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), the most common dementia in patients under age 60 years, are nearly twice as high as those associated with Alzheimer’s disease.” Data “from the web-based survey show the total annual per-patient cost of caring for a patient with FTD was $119,654 in 2016 US dollars,” approximately “two times higher than reported costs of taking care of a patient with AD.” The survey indicated “the median annual household income” one year “before an FTD diagnosis was in the range of $75,000 to $99,000. But 12 months after diagnosis it fell to the $50,000 to $59,000 range – a drop of up to 50%.” The findings were published online Oct. 4 in Neurology.

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Study Of Twins Reveals Causal Association Between Bullying And Concurrent Mental Health Symptoms

Healio (10/4, Oldt) reports, “Analysis of a population-based cohort of” 11,108 “twins revealed a causal association between exposure to bullying and concurrent anxiety, depression, hyperactivity and impulsivity, and other mental health symptoms,” researchers reported. The findings were published online Oct. 4 in JAMA Psychiatry. The authors of an accompanying editorial “applauded the contribution of these findings to the mental health field.”

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— “Bullying in childhood linked to poorer mental health,” Silberg J, et al., Healio, October 4, 2017.

Women Who Develop Hypertension In Their 40s May Have Higher Risk Of Dementia Later In Life

HealthDay (10/4, Thompson) reports that research published online Oct. 4 in Neurology suggests “women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life.”

MedPage Today (10/4, Kneisel) reports that investigators “analyzed records for 5,646 members of the Kaiser Permanente system (3,095 women, 2,551 men) during 1964-1973 (average age 33 years) and 1978-1985 (average age 44 years).” The researchers found that “women who developed hypertension in their 40s were at significantly increased risk of dementia (HR 1.73, 95% CI 1.24–2.40) compared to normotensive women.” However, no association “was seen between midlife blood pressure and subsequent dementia risk in men.”

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— “High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?,” Dennis Thompson, HealthDay, October 4, 2017.

Older Adults May Be More Likely To Disclose Suicide Intent

Reuters (10/4, Rapaport) reports that “23 percent of suicide victims age 50 or older shared suicidal thoughts with another person in the month before their death,” researchers found after examining “data on 46,857 suicide deaths among adults 50 or older in US states.”

HealthDay (10/4, Preidt) reports that “the older” the adults “were, the more likely they were to disclose” their intentions, the study revealed.

Healio (10/4) reports researchers also concluded via “logistic regression analyses” that “depressive mood…and health problems” were tied to “increased likelihood of suicide intent disclosure.” The findings were published online Oct. 3 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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— “Older adults more likely to disclose suicidal thoughts as they age,” Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, October 4, 2017.

Psychiatrists Urge Young People, Parents Not To Give Way To Fear After Las Vegas Shootings

HealthDay (10/2, Mundell) reports that in wake of the Las Vegas shootings, “psychiatrists urge young people and their parents to not give way to fear.” Psychiatrist Victor Fornari, MD, “director, child and adolescent psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital,” said, “The acts of violence we have seen are rare events, and should not interfere with young people from attending concerts.” Psychiatrist Matthew Lorber, MD, of the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said, “It is natural for parents to be fearful [after such events], but they have to be careful to not teach teens to be afraid of everything, but rather teach teens smart safety precautions.”

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— “Reassuring Kids After Another Senseless Tragedy,” E.J. Mundell, HealthDay, October 2, 2017.

Illicit Drug Use Highest For Marijuana Last Year

Healio (10/2) reports, “Illicit drug use initiation was highest for marijuana in 2016, followed by prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers and stimulants,” researchers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found after analyzing “data from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for individuals aged 12 years and older.”

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— “Survey results shed light on substance use initiation trends,” Rachel N. Lipari, PhD, Healio, October 2, 2017.

NIH To Launch Online Tool To Help Patients Find Alcohol Abuse Treatment

The AP (10/3, Neergaard) reports the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will launch Tuesday a novel online tool to help patients find alcohol treatment professionals. NIAAA Director George Koob “ordered development of the Alcohol Treatment Navigator after realizing if medical professionals were confused, families must be lost.” The Navigator offers a step-by-step guide to assessing options beyond detox and Alcoholics Anonymous, including links to thousands of board-certified addiction physicians or psychiatrists, accredited alcohol treatment centers, and licensed therapists, organized by ZIP code.

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— “Trying to get sober? NIH offers tool to help find good care,” LAURAN NEERGAARD, ABC News, October 3, 2017.