Psychomotor speed predicts social function in schizophrenics
As reported in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, slow psychomotor speed predicts poor 5-y social function (OR=3.37) in patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum. Global cognitive function and verbal learning ability had no association with subsequent social function.
Salivary markers for alcohol dependence identified
As reported in Alcohol & Alcoholism, salivary levels of α-fucosidase, β-glucuronidase, and α-mannosidase are elevated (7-18-fold) in patients with alcohol dependence compared to healthy controls.
Children’s Depression Screener is a useful tool
As reported in Psychiatry Research, the Childrens Depression Screener (ChilD-S) has been shown to have a diagnostic accuracy of 0.97 in children with depression and at a cut-off level ≥ 12, the sensitivity and specificity are 0.91 and 0.81, respectively.