Obesity and hypertension associated with impaired cognition in BPD
As reported in Bipolar Diseases, obesity and treated hypertension are associated with decreased global cognitive ability in patients with bipolar disease (n=341), but not schizophrenia (n=417).
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.
Risk factors for suicidal ideations in bipolar disorder
As reported in Bipolar Disorders, the following risk factors were associated with suicidal ideations in patients with bipolar disorder (n=130): grade of severity of current episode (OR=22.601); family history of suicide attempt (OR=18.06); preceding life event (OR=3.797); and past history of suicidal event (OR=3.11).