Juan Battaglia

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The authors CAT-scanned 45 people admitted to the psychiatric ward of a large general hospital with a first episode of psychosis. Forty-two scans showed no evidence of intracranial pathology, and three scans showed positive findings that correlated with neuropsychiatric symptomatology. Ordering a head CAT scan in a first episode psychotic illness remains an(More)
The effects of fluoxetine (FLU) and its active metabolite, norfluoxetine (NFLU), on the polysomnogram (PSG) of nine depressed outpatients (eight with major depression; one with bipolar II, depressed phase disorder) were investigated by contrasting PSG values prior to treatment and during administration of FLU. The PSG changes were correlated with daily(More)
The authors evaluated the impact of a Mental Illness Awareness Week program on the attitudes of adolescents attending public school toward seeking help for mental health problems and toward psychiatrists. Most students involved in the program liked it and indicated that they were interested in learning more about mental health topics. Students in the(More)
Roughly 15 million of the 62 million rural U.S. residents struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. These rural dwellers have significant health care needs but commonly experience obstacles to obtaining adequate psychiatric services. Important but little-recognized ethical dilemmas also affect rural mental health care delivery. Six attributes of(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of two doses of monthly intramuscular (i.m.) injections of fluphenazine decanoate in reducing self-harm behaviours in outpatients with histories of multiple suicide attempts. Fifty-eight patients who presented to a psychiatric emergency service after an attempted suicide and who had histories of multiple(More)
Current illicit drug and alcohol users were identified by laboratory evaluation of urine samples from nonpsychotic patients without a primary clinical diagnosis of a substance use disorder seen in a psychiatric emergency room. Urine screens revealed that 32 of 93 nonpsychotic patients (34 percent) had used a substance just before visiting the emergency(More)
BACKGROUND Flavobacterium psychrophilum causes serious fish diseases such RTFS and BCWD, affecting the aquaculture industry worldwide. Commercial vaccines are not available and control of the disease depends on the use of antibiotics. Reliable methods for detection and identification of different isolates of this bacterium could play an important role in(More)
OBJECTIVE This study used laboratory tests to identify current drug and alcohol users among psychotic patients seeking treatment in an urban psychiatric emergency room. Rates of clinician-suspected use and self-reported use were compared, as were treatment and disposition of users and nonusers. METHODS Logistic regression modeling was used to identify(More)
This paper describes a school-based program in which psychiatry residents educate adolescents about a variety of mental health topics. Adolescents responded positively to the program and were principally concerned about drugs, depression, suicide, and family problems. Residents also liked presenting in the schools. Participation in this program allowed(More)
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