Ethics of Palliative Psychiatry; 4-Year Lybalvi Data; ‘Dry January’ Psych Benefits

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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Canada is bracing for a controversial new law that will allow doctors to help people with mental illness end their life. (New York Times)

Is palliative psychiatry for anorexia ethical? (New York Times)

Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman (D) discussed how social media hurt his mental health amid his battle with depression. (The Hill)

Body dissatisfaction at age 11 was predictive of depression by age 14, especially for girls. Authors cautioned that measures taken to lower weight in childhood should target environmental drivers of weight, not individuals, and need to avoid increasing body dissatisfaction. (The Lancet Psychiatry)

In an open-label extension study of olanzapine and samidorphan (Lybalvi) in patients with schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, or bipolar I disorder, the treatment was well tolerated and participants had stable weight and metabolic profiles for up to 4 years, said Alkermes.

Kids with severe obesity who would eventually go on to undergo bariatric surgery were more likely to be medicated for psychiatric diagnoses than the general population. (The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health)

Here’s what to know about nitazenes, powerful opioid analgesics popping up in the illicit drug market. (CBS News)

Researchers detailed the first suspected case of a patient who developed ketamine-induced cystitis after receiving a treatment dose of ketamine for depression. (BMC Psychiatry)

The New York Times examined the physical — and psychological — benefits of “Dry January.”

Only 1 in 18 people with opioid use disorder started opioid agonist therapy in the week after an overdose hospitalization, according to a Canadian study. (CMAJ)

President Biden signed a bill that expands access to counseling and mental health services for Colorado’s military families. (CBS News)

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    Kristen Monaco is a senior staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and nephrology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company since 2015.

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