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FDA Calling For Further Research On Earlier Stages Of Alzheimer’s.

Healio (11/29) reports the Food and Drug Administration “is calling for further research on earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease to attack the disorder head on.” In a press release, Eric Bastings, MD, deputy director of FDA’s Division of Neurology Products, said, “There may be a window of opportunity to affect the disease before people experience symptoms.”

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— “FDA calls for more research in early Alzheimer’s disease, Healio, November 29, 2016.

Women With Chronic Conditions Who Don’t Use The Internet May Have Worse Health, Study Suggests.

HealthDay (11/28, Dotinga) reports that research suggests “chronically ill women who don’t use the internet may struggle with worse health.” Investigators came to this conclusion after analyzing “information provided by hundreds of American women aged 44 and older with at least one chronic condition,” such as “heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, emphysema and anxiety.” The findings were published in the Journal of Women’s Health.

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— “Many Women With Chronic Ills Don’t Use Online Tools,”Randy Dotinga, HealthDay, November 28, 2016.

Long-Term Marijuana Use May Reduce Blood Flow To Hippocampus And Increase Susceptibility For Alzheimer’s, Study Indicates.

According to Medical Daily (11/28, Borreli), “long-term marijuana use may reduce blood flow to the brain, specifically the hippocampus, and increase the susceptibility for Alzheimer’s disease,” researchers found by using single photon emission computed tomography to help gain data from “approximately 1,000 current or former marijuana users and about 100 healthy participants” while “at rest and during a mental concentration task.” The findings were published online Nov. 24 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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— “Effects Of Smoking Marijuana On The Human Brain: Drug Reduces Blood Flow To Hippocampus, Increasing Alzheimer’s Disease Risk,”Liza Borreli, Reuters, November 28, 2016.

Children Of Pregnant Moms Who Contracted Flu During Pregnancy Appear Not To Have An Increased Risk Of Autism, Study Says.

Reuters (11/28, Seaman) reports, “Pregnant women who get the flu…are not increasing their baby’s risk for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” research suggests.

The NPR (11/28, Shute) “Shots” blog reports that “getting a flu shot while pregnant” also appears not to increase the risk for ASD.

MedPage Today (11/28, Walker) reports researchers arrived at both conclusions after examining “data from 196,929 children in Kaiser Permanente Northern California inpatient and outpatient databases who were born from 2001 to 2010.” The findings were published Nov. 28 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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— “Flu – or flu vaccine – in pregnancy not tied to autism in kids,”Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters, November 28, 2016.

Most Memory Loss In The Middle Years Not Due To Dementia, Geriatric Psychiatric Says.

In a special piece for the Wall Street Journal (11/27, Agronin, Subscription Publication), geriatric psychiatrist Marc E. Agronin, MD, vice president for behavior health and clinical research at Miami Jewish Health, writes that memory loss in persons in their middle years most often may be attributed to factors besides Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

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— “Baby Boomers, Relax. It Probably Isn’t Dementia,”Marc Agronin, The Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2016.

Foundation News

Dr. Leon Levin, Honorary Director of the Foundation, Passes

[The following obituary is from Cremation and Funeral Alternatives as posted on Legacy.Com. You can find it there as well as a guest book to sign.]

Leon Levin, M.D.: A Life of Meaning May 22,1930-October 18, 2014

For Dr. Leon Levin, 84, finding the meaning in life, relationships, people, literature and film was synonymous with breathing. How could he do otherwise? A psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst, a scholar, a community servant, a film lover, a friend and a quintessential family man – it was the lens through which he looked. He had a natural sensitivity for depth, emotion, conflict, fear, hope, pain and was always curious and empathic. The close relationships with his family, Psychoanalysis and film served as his foundation. Many have echoed that Leon’s belief in them, inspired them to be their best selves. He touched generations in the most understated and gentle manner.
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Latest Foundation Radio Spot Examines Link Between Illness and Depression

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on how how various illnesses can be linked to depression. Being ill by itself can often be enough to cause depression, but many illnesses can affect the brain and lead to depression, too. The spot urges people to seek help when needed.

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You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

Maryland Parity Project Now in Our Links

The Maryland Parity Project is an initiative of the Mental Health Association of Maryland that “works to educate insured Marylanders of their new rights in accessing mental health and addiction treatment under The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.”

Their website says understanding the complex system of state and federal rules governing mental health coverage can be very difficult. Their staff hopes to alleviate concern and stress by answering questions for insured Maryland citizens. They will provide case assistance as well as evaluate complaints, help with appeals to an insurer’s decision, and assist filing complaints with the proper government authority.

You can find more information at their website here: Maryland Parity Project

The Maryland Parity Project is a featured link on our Links page.

MFP Radio Ad Examines Mental Illness and Violence

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on the real statistics concerning mental illness and violence. It discusses the problem of cuts in mental illness coverage by insurance companies and less focus by government.

You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.