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Depression May Be Common, But Overlooked, In Patients With Cancer

HealthDay (9/25, Preidt) reports that research suggests “depression is common, though often overlooked, in people with cancer.” Investigators “assessed depression in 400 patients treated for cancer between 2013 and 2016.” The study indicated that “depression was found in 40 percent of the patients, and 3 out of 4 of those patients were never diagnosed or treated for it.” The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

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— “Cancer Patients May Have Undiagnosed Depression,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, September 25, 2017.

Lack Of Paid Sick Leave May Cause Mental Distress For Ill Workers

HealthDay (9/22, Preidt) reported, “Lack of paid sick leave can cause mental distress for workers when they’re ill because they’re afraid of losing wages or their jobs,” researchers concluded after studying “nearly 18,000 workers, ages 18-64,” 40 percent of which had no paid sick leave. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

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— “Workers Without Paid Sick Leave Suffer Ill Effects,” Robert Preidt, , September 22, 2017.

Asthma Medication Montelukast May Be Associated With Adverse Psychiatric Effects

HealthDay (9/21, Gordon) reports, “The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches,” researchers concluded after analyzing data from the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Center Lareb database and the World Health Organization’s VigiBase. The findings were published online Sept. 20 in Pharmacology Research and Perspectives. Medscape(9/20, Hackethal) also covers the study.

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— “Asthma Drug Tied to Nightmares, Depression,” Serena Gordon, HalthDay, September 21, 2017.

Women With History Of PTSD May Have Increased Risk Of Developing SLE

MedPage Today (9/20, Walsh) reports, “Women with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an increased risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE],” researchers found. What’s more, “a history of any trauma exposure, regardless of PTSD-specific symptoms, was associated with a significantly higher risk of incident lupus,” the study of some 50,242 women revealed. The findings were published online in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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— “PTSD Tied to New-Onset Lupus in Women,” Nancy Walsh,, MedPage Today, September 20, 2017.

New York City Public Defender Describes Personal Experience Of His Psychotic Break

In an opinion piece in the New York Times (9/20, McDermott, Subscription Publication), attorney Zack McDermott, a 26-year old public defender in New York City, describes his personal experience of his psychotic break while he was working at the Legal Aid Society of New York. He discusses his behaviors, feelings, and support system as he returned to work after embarrassing himself at a happy hour event.

McDermott, who was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder, points out that 40 percent of inmates at Rikers Island suffer from mental illness, and says that “jails have become our de facto mental health facilities.”

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— “The ‘Madman’ Is Back in the Building,” Zack Mcdermott, New York Times, September 20, 2017.

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