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New research and clinical trials yield frequent developments in neuroscience and mental health. ReachMD welcomes an array of leading thinkers who lend their focused expertise to these principles, central to human function and ability.

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New research and clinical trials yield frequent developments in neuroscience and mental health. ReachMD welcomes an array of leading thinkers who lend their focused expertise to these principles, central to human function and ability.

    Keys to Avoiding an Adrenoleukodystrophy Misdiagnosis

    Keys to Avoiding an Adrenoleukodystrophy Misdiagnosis

    Host: Mario R. Nacinovich, Jr., MSc

    Guest: Paul Orchard, MD


    Although it only affects about one in 18,000 people, the impacts of adrenoleukodystrophy cannot be underestimated. That’s why Dr. Paul Orchard joins Mario Nacinovich to talk about this rare—and fatal—genetic disease, why it’s often underdiagnosed and confused with other conditions, and how we can treat it once we’ve reached an accurate diagnosis.

    Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Disorders: Is It Ready for Primetime?

    Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Disorders: Is It Ready for Primetime?

    Host: Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

    Guest: James B, Potash, MD, MPH


    Psychopharmacology is the study of genetic variations to pinpoint more effective personalized treatments for psychiatric disorders. But with clinicians, industry heads, insurance providers, and regulating agencies all weighing in on this practice and forming varying opinions, what’s the best way to move forward? Here to answer that question and others with Dr. Mimi Secor is Dr. James Potash, a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatrist in Chief at the John Hopkins Department of Psychiatry.

    Strategies for Success: Exercising Our Mental Muscle

    Strategies for Success: Exercising Our Mental Muscle

    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP

    Guest: Kisma Orbovich


    Improvement is something we’re all constantly chasing, whether it’s in the form of a promotion, a bigger house, or maybe even an ideal weight. So why do we often fail miserably at these attempts to make our lives better?
    To get to the bottom of this dilemma, Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Kisma Orbovich, the CEO of Illumination Academy, to reveal the secret to true success and how gratitude may just be the lifehack we’ve been searching for.

    The Lasting Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Fighting the Lifelong Battle

    The Lasting Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Fighting the Lifelong Battle

    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP

    Guest: Teresa Gil, PhD


    Since about 21 million mothers in America experienced sexual abuse in their childhood, there’s a good chance that some of these women are our patients. So as their physicians, how can we provide them with the best possible care as they continue to cope with the lifelong effects of sexual abuse? That’s what Dr. Brian McDonough explores with Dr. Teresa Gil, author of Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children: Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation.

    Detangling Difficult Conversations About Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Exchanges

    Detangling Difficult Conversations About Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Exchanges

    Host: Patricia K. Coyle, MD

    Guest: Clyde E. Markowitz, MD


    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. As the treatment armamentarium continues to grow, patient involvement in the development of an effective treatment strategy is becoming increasingly important. In this Clinical ExchangesSM activity, leading MS specialists discuss issues of diagnosing MS, initiating treatment, and switching therapies, all in the context of practical shared decision-making techniques demonstrated by their own patients.

    Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: Houston, We Have a (Health) Problem

    Bits from “Bullets and Brains”: Houston, We Have a (Health) Problem

    Host: Andrew Wilner, MD, Author of "The Locum Life: A Physician's Guide to Locum Tenens"


    As a follow-up to the Microgravity: A New Risk Factor for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension essay he wrote back in 2012, Dr. Andrew Wilner investigates whether there have been any updates on the 27 astronauts who had significant microgravity exposure.

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