Thursday, April 24, 2014

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association is asking you to Solve the Puzzle of the Mind for the 2014 Spring Conference scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, at The Renaissance Montgomery at the Convention Center in Downtown Montgomery. Click here for a conference registration form. *Prices have changed because early registration ended on April 1. Click here to make your hotel reservations.   Solving the Puzzle of the Mind Friday, April 25 7 – 8 a.m.Conference Registration [...]


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MONTGOMERY — During the Business Session at our Spring Conference, we will present a slate of candidates for various positions for our members to vote into office. Ballots and more information will be mailed to members in the coming weeks, but first candidates must be selected. The viability of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association is highly dependent on the active participation of all members. Just paying annual dues and attending an occasional meeting is not sufficient [...]


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MONTGOMERY —Clinics that provide mental health care are seeing an increase in people seeking help, and many people seem to be turning to affordable alternatives. Those alternatives include Samaritan Counseling Center, which provides licensed therapists, and Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, which has licensed psychiatrists. Some mental health care providers said the increase is at least in part because of a weak economy in which people are struggling to find jobs. Would you like to read [...]


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Editor’s Note: Don’t miss Nancy Bishop’s presentation, Alabama’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, on Friday, April 25, at the Spring Conference. BOSTON — More than 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who receive opioid prescriptions get them from multiple providers, raising the risk of hospitalization from narcotics-related conditions such as injuries from falls, altered consciousness and respiratory depression for millions of patients. The findings, reported in BMJ, come in the midst of what the Centers for Disease Control [...]


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Editor’s Note: Don’t miss David Cash’s presentation, The Possibilities and the Perils of Telepsychiatry: Managing the Risk, on Friday, April 25, at the Spring Conference. People who are younger, more affluent and do not have established health care relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows patients to get medical help — including prescriptions — by talking to a doctor over the telephone, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Patients who [...]


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Editor’s Note: Don’t miss Dr. Lalit Singh’s presentation, ADHD: Across the Life Span, on Friday, April 25, at the Spring Conference. ONTARIO — People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are less able to consider the perspective of their conversational partner, according to research from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. The findings may lead to new remediation that can improve the way individuals with the disorder interact and communicate with others. The research appears in two published [...]


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Editor’s Note: Don’t miss Dr. Bruce Korf’s presentation, Integration of Genetics and Genomics into Psychiatry, on Friday, April 25, at the Spring Conference. CHICAGO — Although the time and cost of sequencing an entire human genome has plummeted, analyzing the resulting 3 billion base pairs of genetic information from a single genome can take many months. In the journal Bioinformatics, however, a University of Chicago-based team – working with Beagle, one of the world’s fastest [...]


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Editor’s Note: Don’t miss Dr. Lloyda Williamson’s presentation, Physicians: Lifelong Learners about Substance Use Disorders, on Friday, April 25, at the Spring Conference. SAN DIEGO — Recent studies suggest promising new treatments for nicotine and heroin addiction, and further our understanding of pathological gambling and heroin abuse in those suffering chronic pain. This new knowledge, released at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news [...]


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BIRMINGHAM – The 2013 Fall Conference at The Westin Birmingham was a great success! APPA’s DSM Dash to the Finish Line brought more than 50 attendees and 15 exhibitors to Downtown Birmingham for an evening get-together in an historic section of Birmingham at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Paul O’Leary before diving into a day filled with education. Party goers at the Friday Social on Clairmont Avenue were entertained by great food, libation and music provided by Unknown [...]


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