We are happy to share two new research reports accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology.

Ruta Muranovaite, Julius Burkauskas, Wayne D. Norman. Effects of Low-Dose Mindfulness-Based Practice on Patients with Somatoform Autonomic Dysfunction of Cardiovascular System.

Laura Digryte, Irina Baniene. Depression, anxiety and stress coping in parents of children with the oncological disease.

SmigelskasWe are very happy to introduce dr. Kastytis Šmigelskas as Editorial Board member of the Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology.

Kastytis Šmigelskas is associate professor at Department of Health Psychology and senior researcher at Health Research Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. He graduated in Masters of Public Health and later studied and defended PhD thesis at University of Eastern Finland. The main areas of his research include psychosocial determinants of health (mostly but not exclusively – personality and health) as well as determinants of child health. His areas of expertise also include the research methodology and biostatistics.

BMC Neurology logoRare, prion caused, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease was diagnosed for the first time in a live person in Lithuania. Disease manifestation created a conundrum for specialists in Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas Clinics. Clinicians from five departments - neurology, psychiatry, radiology, pathology and neurosurgery have been working in close cooperation.

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virselis-2016-18-2Dear colleagues,

I hope that you will enjoy reading the latest 2016 issue of the Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology.

In this Journal issue Musneckis and colleagues present results of a study that evaluated the association of sexual function with personality traits in medical students. Sexual functioning was not associated with big-five personality traits, but the study revealed other important predictors of sexual health among future medical doctors.

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logoThe Journal “BMC Psychiatry” (IF 2,576) has recently published a study presented by research group from Behavioral Medicine Institute, LUHS Violeta Zaliunaite, Vesta Steibliene, Aurelija Podlipskyte and Robertas Bunevicius in cooperation with members of Freelance Bornavirus Workgroup from Germany Liv Bode and Hanns Ludwig “Primary psychosis and Borna disease virus infection in Lithuania: a case control study”.

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1543-3633_coverpageWhile studies have linked depression, anxiety and cognitive decline, very little research to date has focused on how mental distress symptoms might affect cognitive functioning in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. “These findings underscore the need to consider depressive and state anxiety symptoms when interpreting the cognitive function of patients with CAD” says Julius Neverauskas, an author of the new paper just published in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology.

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ecnpOn the 6 -7  of May, 2016, Lithuanian Society of Biological Psychiatry (LSBP) and  Psychiatry Clinic of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LUHS) were organizing the Conference for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, general practitioners, art and music therapist and specialists from Baltic countries (in Kaunas, Lithuania).

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BMC CDNew publication by Lithuanian Biological Psychiatry Association members in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders (Impact factor 1.88) analyses thyroid hormones (i.e., fT4 level and fT3/fT4 ratio) and N-terminal pro-B-Type natriuretic peptide level as predictors of long-term outcomes of coronary artery disease patients.

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