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Among all scientific traditions alive, medical publishing has a good chance to be the oldest. The first fully peer reviewed academic journal, “Medical Essays and Observations” was launched in 1731 by the Royal Society in Edinburgh. Since then, hundreds of medical journals have been published worldwide. Medical publication in Hungary started in 1857 when the famous physician, Markusovszky founded “Orvosi Hetilap”, which has been published since then every week (with short breaks during the world wars). It is now a most prestigious piece in AKJournals’ portfolio, listed in Journal Citation Reports, with a remarkable impact factor.

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Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Authors:
Haishan Tang
,
Yuanyuan Li
,
Wanglin Dong
,
Xiajun Guo
,
Sijia Wu
,
Chaoran Chen
, and
Guangli Lu

Abstract

Objective

Many studies have explored the relationship between childhood trauma and internet addiction from different theoretical perspectives; however, the results have been inconsistent. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to examine the relationship between childhood trauma and internet addiction.

Methods

The PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, CNKI, Wanfang and VIP electronic databases were searched to identify studies examining the correlation between childhood trauma and adolescent internet addiction. The databases were searched from inception to December 31, 2022. Two researchers independently screened the literature, extracted the data, and evaluated the risk of bias of the included studies. Then, Stata 17.0 software was used to perform meta-analysis.

Results

This study was registered on PROSPERO (CRD42023388699). A total of 19 studies involving 21,398 adolescents were included in this meta-analysis. The random effects model was used for pooled analysis, and the results revealed a strong positive association between childhood trauma and internet addiction (r = 0.395, 95% CI [0.345, 0.442]). The relationship between childhood trauma and internet addiction was moderated by sample size, survey area, and internet addiction measurement tools. There were significant differences between the associations based on the various child trauma measurement tools and study quality scores. However, interstudy heterogeneity was not significantly affected by study year, sample source, or participant age.

Conclusion

Internet addiction is positively correlated with childhood trauma. Therefore, it is extremely important for parents to provide a good growth environment during childhood to enhance the physical and mental development of adolescents. A warm family atmosphere helps individuals develop a healthy personality, thereby reducing or preventing the occurrence of internet addiction. Due to the limited number and low quality of the included studies, the above conclusions need to be verified by additional high-quality studies.

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Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Authors:
Maja Finkenstaedt
,
Daniel Biedermann
,
Johanna Schröder
,
Rose Gholami Mazinan
,
Johannes Fuss
, and
Sarah V. Biedermann

Abstract

Background and aims

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health condition characterized by emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and unstable interpersonal relationships. Some individuals with BPD regularly engage in sexual risk behavior such as unprotected sex and are at higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections. This study investigates discounting of condom- or dental dam-protected sex in women with BPD compared with a control group.

Methods

Data were collected from 40 women diagnosed with BPD and 40 healthy controls with an average age of 27.28 years (SD = 6.14) using the Sexual Delay Discounting Task (SDT), the Borderline Symptom List-23 (BSL-23), and the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder Scale-19 (CSBD-19).

Results

Women with BPD were less likely to use an immediately available condom or dental dam and more likely to discount safer sex than controls. Partner desirability and the perceived STI risk influenced the participants' likelihood of having protected sex. Women with BPD showed more symptoms of compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) than controls. However, sexual delay discounting was not significantly correlated with borderline symptoms or CSB in the BPD group.

Discussion and conclusions

These findings contribute to our understanding of sexual impulsivity in women with BPD and highlight the omission and delayed availability of safety measures as important contributors to sexual risk behavior and STI risk in women. Impulsive sexual behavior, as well as the accompanying sexual health concerns, should receive special attention in the treatment of women with BPD.

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Journal of Psychedelic Studies
Authors:
Nicholas Spiers
,
Beatriz Caiuby Labate
,
Anna O. Ermakova
,
Patrick Farrell
,
Osiris Sinuhé González Romero
,
Ibrahim Gabriell
, and
Nidia Olvera

Abstract

This annotated bibliography comprises 49 texts concerning psilocybin mushroom practices developed by Indigenous peoples. The books and articles have been selected for their academic rigor, relevance, and historical significance, and to foreground overlooked research and subject matter. This includes research on a plurality of contemporary practices and evidence of historical uses, from cultural traditions in Mexico and other regions of the world. The curated texts are sourced from various disciplines, including anthropology, history, archaeology, ethnolinguistics, and ethnomycology. Employing diverse methodological and analytical frameworks, the texts explore the diversity of ways Indigenous cultures have related with, utilized, and conceptualized psilocybin mushrooms and the effects occasioned by their consumption. The annotations include brief summaries of the texts, contextualization of the research, and more critical appraisals. The aim of this annotated bibliography is to offer the reader a diverse overview of the research to date and provide an accessible resource for further exploration of historical and contemporary Indigenous psilocybin practices. The team of psychedelic researchers behind this annotated bibliography hope it will contribute to more nuanced dialogue around Indigenous people and practices in the context of the so-called psychedelic renaissance.

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From greenwashing to screenwashing?

How the tech industry plays around with children's future

Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Authors:
Ina Maria Koning
,
Regina J.J.M. van den Eijnden
, and
Helen G.M. Vossen

Abstract

In this viewpoint, we introduce the term ‘screenwashing’, which describes the phenomenon whereby social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram, pretend to be more socially responsible than they actually are. That is, social media platforms pretend to be thoughtful about children's health and the prevention of problematic social media use, but this often turns out to be nothing more than “a lick of paint”. We describe how features like the one-hour notification on TikTok and Instagram are considered screenwashing and why we believe so. Screenwashing, an unethical practice, has the potential to mislead parents and young users. Consequently, we advocate for increased government intervention to protect our youth from the potential hazards associated with problematic social media use.

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Abstract

Background

Increasing research has examined the factors related to smartphone use disorder. However, limited research has explored its neural basis.

Aims

We aimed to examine the relationship between the topology of the resting-state electroencephalography (rs-EEG) brain network and smartphone use disorder using minimum spanning tree analysis. Furthermore, we examined how negative emotions mediate this relationship.

Methods

This study included 113 young, healthy adults (mean age = 20.87 years, 46.9% males).

Results

The results showed that the alpha- and delta-band kappas and delta-band leaf fraction were positively correlated with smartphone use disorder. In contrast, the alpha-band diameter was negatively correlated with smartphone use disorder. Negative emotions fully mediated the relationship between alpha-band kappa and alpha-band diameter and smartphone use disorder. Furthermore, negative emotions partially mediated the relationship between delta-band kappa and smartphone use disorder. The findings suggest that excessive scale-free alpha- and delta-band brain networks contribute to the emergence of smartphone use disorder. In addition, the findings also demonstrate that negative emotions and smartphone use disorder share the same neural basis. Negative emotions play a mediating role in the association between topological deviations and smartphone use disorder.

Discussion

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the neural basis of smartphone use disorder from the perspective of the topology of the rs-EEG brain network. Therefore, neuromodulation may be a potential intervention for smartphone use disorder.

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Abstract

In 2021, the final series of phase 3 clinical trials looking at MDMA-AT for treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) found that 71.2% of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) full-dose participants no longer met criteria for PTSD. MDMA-assisted therapy is not US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in treating borderline personality disorder (BPD), and while PTSD is quite different from BPD, it is possible that some of the beneficial effects of MDMA-assisted therapy may be applicable in treating BPD. Interviewing two clinicians utilizing dialectical behavioral therapy treatment and two MDMA-assisted therapy clinicians was one way to examine the phenomenology of MDMA-assisted therapy with BPD individuals in a thoughtful manner. An exploratory, qualitative, interview-based study assessed clinicians' perspectives of MDMA-assisted therapy and BPD and increased our understanding of underlying therapeutic mechanisms and processes and the role of pharmacological factors in these treatment modalities, optimizing treatment context, and leading to improved clinical responses and patient recovery. The codes generated unique perspectives of the participants revealing a chronological narrative which included three phases of treatment.

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Abstract

Background and aims

Scientific interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics has been experiencing significant growth. Understanding the perceptions of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy (PAP) among health professional, patients, and the public is essential to guide future research objectives, trial protocols, and identify any barriers to future implementation.

Methods

A comprehensive search of the databases (Medline, EMBASE, PSYCHinfo, SCOPUS, and Web of Science) was conducted on the 29th of November, 2022. This review included cross-sectional, longitudinal, and quasi-experimental studies published in peer-reviewed journals exploring perceptions of PAP among the three stakeholder groups. Studies were limited to English-language and the years 2012–2022. The protocol and review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines.

Results

The sample consisted of 29 studies, including n = 17 health professional, n = 6 patients, and n = 6 public. Broadly, knowledge of PAP was low among all three stakeholder groups. There was mixed to positive belief in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, with male gender, younger age, and personal psychedelic experience/knowledge being key predictors of more favourable views. The majority of findings reported strong endorsement of further research. Consistent themes were identified surrounding concerns about legal status, funding, access, side-effects, and implementation.

Conclusion

The evaluated research indicates a need for further research that will provide clarity about safety and elucidate how PAP may be implemented in public health settings. Further education of health professionals and the public should be a priority.

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150 éves a katatónia Kahlbaumtól származó, első átfogó leírása

The first concise description of catatonia, originating from Kahlbaum, is 150 years old

Orvosi Hetilap
Authors:
S. Gabor Ungvari
and
Gábor Gazdag
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Ajak- és szájpadhasadékos gyermekek korszerű kezelése

Modern management of children with cleft lip and palate

Orvosi Hetilap
Authors:
Dominika Magyar
,
Mónika Bodroghelyi
,
Laura Pálvölgyi
, and
Krisztián Nagy

Az ajak- és szájpadhasadékok a leggyakoribb, arcot érintő fejlődési rendellenességek. Gyakoriságuk 0,5–2‰ az élve születettekre vonatkoztatva. Az érintett gyermekek kezelése éveken át elhúzódó, műtéti beavatkozások sorozata, amelyhez elengedhetetlen egy multidiszciplináris csapat közreműködése. A hatékony terápia érdekében a legújabb műtéti trendek ismerete nélkülözhetetlen a szakorvosok számára. A sebészi és nem sebészi kezelések egymás utáni sorrendje jól ismert és elfogadott, de mindig egyéni mérlegelésre van szükség. A táplálási nehézségek miatt a gyermekek megfelelő kalóriaellátása és annak gyakorlata jelentősen hozzájárul a gyermekek optimális fejlődéséhez. A sikeres gyógyulás érdekében a következő beavatkozások és tanácsadások szükségesek: szoptatási tanácsadás, majd gyakorlatorientált segítés, az ajak és a lágy szájpad, majd a kemény szájpad zárása, fül-orr-gégészeti gondozás, logopédiai gondozás, végezetül szükség szerinti állcsont-ortopédiai és fogszabályozó kezelés. Orv Hetil. 2024; 165(5): 163–170.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors:
Péter Osváth
,
Viktor Vörös
,
Júlia Simon
,
Edina Hamvas
,
Tamás Tényi
, and
Nasri Alotti

Az online romantikus csalás a kiberbűnözés egyik formája, amely a közösségi média és a társkereső alkalmazások megjelenésével terjedt el. A bűnelkövetés e sajátos formájában az elkövetők szerelmi kapcsolatot imitálva csapják be az áldozatot. Feltételezhetjük, hogy a mentális zavarban szenvedő páciensek kiszolgáltatottabbak a kiberbűnözés e formájával szemben is, eddig azonban alig történtek ez irányú vizsgálatok, illetve esetközlések. Egy idős nőbeteg esetének bemutatása során összefoglaljuk az online romantikus csalás jellemzőit, valamint az áldozattá válás felismerésének és a következmények enyhítésének lehetőségeit. A 70 éves nőbeteg gyógyszeres öngyilkossági kísérletet követően került pszichiátriai kezelésbe, mivel férjével való konfliktust követően nagyobb mennyiségben vett be benzodiazepineket. Az öngyilkossági kísérlet hátterében online romantikus csalás és annak negatív következményei körvonalazódtak. A depresszióban és enyhe kognitív zavarban szenvedő páciens esetében az online romantikus csalás erotomán deluzív zavart és szuicid kísérletet indukált. A szakirodalomban elsőként mutatjuk be egy olyan, mentális zavarban szenvedő páciens esetét, akinél az online romantikus csalás elszenvedése erotomán típusú paranoid zavar kialakulásához vezetett. Következtetésünk, hogy mentális zavarral élő pácienseink kezelése során figyelmet kell fordítanunk online aktivitásukra is, hiszen fokozottan veszélyeztetettek arra, hogy online – romantikus – csalás áldozatává váljanak, különösen akkor, ha egyéb rizikófaktorok is jelen vannak. Orv Hetil. 2024; 165(5): 192–196.

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