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The Task Force on Men's Mental Health

Leo Sher, M.D.

The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) Task Force on Men’s Mental Health was founded in 2013.

Currently, the Task Force consists of the following experts:

Officers:

Chair: Leo Sher (USA)

Co-Chair: Zoltan Rihmer (Hungary)

Secretary: Timothy R. Rice (USA)

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Prostate cancer, depression and suicidal behavior

Leo Sher, M.D.

Our article, “Prevention and management of depression and suicidal behavior in men with prostate cancer” has been published in “Frontiers in Public Health” under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. Therefore, we can publish this article on the website, www.internetandpsychiatry.com  Citation: Kiffel J and Sher L (2015) Prevention and management of depression and suicidal behavior in men with prostate cancer. Front. Public Health 3:28. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00028
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Firearm safety education

Steven Lippmann, M.D.

There are over 30,000 gun-related deaths annually, thus, safety has become a health-care issue. Since 66% of these are suicides, it is of  vast protective importance to psychiatric practice.
 
We should promote safety-related advise and information to our patients. Besides the plan to always store guns unloaded, locked-up, and apart from ammunition, emphasize close monitoring whenever handled by children, and for all users to be up-to-date on gun-safety rules.
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TMS: An effective treatment for depression

Gagandeep Kaur, M.D., Rif S. El-Mallakh, M.D., Ahmad S. Bashir, M.D., Paul Kensicki, M.D., Steven Lippmann, M.D.

Abstract. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a promising therapeutic option in psychiatry, especially for patients with treatment resistant affective illnesses. Some depressed people who are refractory to conventional therapies improve with TMS. Complications or side effects are uncommon. Administration requires no anesthesia, so patients can be fully alert and decisional during and after each session. TMS can be an acute therapy and also be a long-term intervention.
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Translating the Evidence of Prescription Monitoring Program

Yulin Chu, N.P.

Addiction, overdoses and deaths involving nonmedical prescription drug use, especially narcotic pain relievers, have risen dramatically over the last decade (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis [PDMPCE], 2014).  In 2010, drug related poisonings were the leading cause of death due to unintentional injuries in the US. The number of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids has more than tripled since 1999; in 2010 these deaths were greater than those involving heroin and cocaine combined. A study estimated that in 2006 the total cost in the US of nonmedical use of prescription opioids was $53.4 billion (PDMPCE, 2014).
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The New York Declaration

Leo Sher, M.D.

Recently, four members of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) Task Force on Men’s Mental Health developed the statement on the future directions concerning the impact of childhood and adolescent adversities in the field of men’s mental health. The article, “Future directions concerning the impact of childhood and adolescent adversities in the field of men’s mental health: The New York Declaration” has been published in “Frontiers in Public Health” under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. Therefore, we can publish this article on the website, www.internetandpsychiatry.com
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The Madrid Declaration

Leo Sher, M.D

In 2013, the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) Task Force on Men’s Mental Health was created. Currently, the Task Force consists of the following academics: Chair: Leo Sher (USA); Co-Chair: Zoltan Rihmer (Hungary); Secretary: Timothy R. Rice (USA); Members: Mikkel Arendt (Denmark), M. Dolores Braquehais (Spain), Javier Didia-Attas (Argentina), Masahito Fushimi (Japan), Julia Golier (USA), Jose de Leon (USA), Shih-Ku Lin (Taiwan), J. John Mann (USA), Anne-Maria Möller-Leimkühler (Germany), Alexander Neumeister (USA), Jorge Ospina-Duque (Colombia), Carlos Roncero (Spain), Wolfgang Rutz (Sweden), Robert G. Stern (USA), Nestor Szerman (Spain).
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Artificial sweeteners: beneficial or added concerns?

Pramod Kayathi, M.D., Gurpreet Singh, M.D., Vivek C. Shah, M.D., Steven Lippmann, M.D.   

Introduction
Artificial sweeteners are synthetic or natural substances utilized as a substitute for table sugar. These sweeteners contain few calories, thus they are a frequent dietary choice. Since they are sweeter than sucrose, small amounts of these substances are taste-equivalent to sugar. Approximately 180 million Americans consume these sweeteners daily in “sugar-free” foods and beverages (1). They have gained popularity due to being marketed as low calorie options, thus expected to minimize obesity as a health-aid for weight loss or control. Recently, however, there is inconclusive data suggesting that such sweeteners might even induce weight gain.
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