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Articles  |  April 1, 2014
Head Injury as Risk Factor for Psychiatric Disorders

A head injury, especially a severe head injury or one occurring between the ages of 11 and 15, increased the risk for subsequent schizophrenia by 65%, the risk of depression by 59%, the risk of bipolar disorder by 28%, and the risk of organic mental disorders by more than 400% in this largest-to-date analysis of data from over 100,000 individuals.

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Excess Mortality in Depression in General Versus Patient Communities

The mechanisms linking depression to mortality were found to be related to biological dysregulations or lifestyle factors rather than disease specific in this unprecedented meta-analysis of 247 studies—which included 105,986 depressed and 578,503 nondepressed participants from 31 countries.

Articles  |  April 1, 2014
Influence of Genetics on Topiramate Treatment for Heavy Drinkers

Heavy drinkers trying to cut back but not completely eliminate their alcohol intake were treated with topiramate as an adjunct to counseling and reduced their drinking more rapidly than patients given placebo. The effect of topiramate was significant only in patients with a specific gene variation, the CC genotype of the GRIK1 polymorphism, offering a way to identify heavy drinkers who are likely to respond well to this treatment.

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