Medications News

Rat Study Suggests Schizophrenia May Stem from Surplus Brain Protein

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers a gene associated with schizophrenia also plays a role in brain development. The finding may help to explain the way the disease originates. Bonnie Firestein, Ph.D., a Rutgers professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much ...

Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Drugs to Teens Comes with Abuse Risk

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers prescription of an anti-anxiety or sleeping medication to a teen comes with a risk of illegal abuse of medications by the teen. Experts say the findings suggest substance abuse assessments should be performed before the drugs are prescribed. University of Michigan ...

Prolonged Negative Thinking May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

November 18th, 2014
Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) may increase a person's risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. In Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells begin to degenerate and die, causing severe problems with memory ...

Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes

November 18th, 2014
New research using a rat model suggests even brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavior in a person even after use of the medication ends. Investigators believe use of oxycodone may result in a “cognitive hangover” that can lead to enduring ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...

Too Much of Two Drugs May Increase Risk of Dementia

November 16th, 2014
Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, may increase the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to a new research. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that ...

Cannabis Extract, Radiation Shrink Brain Tumors in Mice

November 15th, 2014
Cannabis extract and radiation therapy have been found to be an extremely effective combination in treating brain cancer, virtually shrinking the tumors to nothing, according to a new mouse study by researchers at St. George’s, University of London. For the study, researchers experimented ...

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Weight Loss Pills Counterproductive

November 14th, 2014
American culture is dominated by quick fixes -- or “have an app for that” mentality. Similarly, we have a belief that technology can cure all ills, even obesity. Experts note that the sale and use of weight loss pills and remedies ...

‘Smart Drugs’ May Have Negative Effects

November 13th, 2014
A new study suggests so-called "smart drugs" such as modafinil (brand name Provigil) may have negative effects in healthy people. Currently, it is claimed that one in five students have taken modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam ...