Medications News

Why Antidepressants May Worsen Symptoms Before Kicking In

December 18th, 2014
Emerging research helps explain the delayed, even paradoxical effect of certain antidepressants. Clinicians have known that some medications may actually worsen symptoms before helping patients feel better. The new findings, publishing online in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, may eventually help investigators fix ...

Hepatitis C Ruled Out as Cause of Mental Impairment for Those With HIV

December 15th, 2014
Treatment advances for immunodeficiency virus (HIV) now allow people with the condition to live long and productive lives. As they age, however, many experience impaired thinking, memory loss, mood swings and other evidence of impaired mental function. Scientists are puzzled over why these changes ...

Youngest Bone Marrow Transplant Patients at Highest Risk of Cognitive Decline

December 14th, 2014
Toddlers who undergo total body irradiation in preparation for a bone marrow transplant are at higher risk for a decline in IQ, according to a new study. Researchers at  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital tracked the IQ scores of 170 St. Jude patients ...

Researchers ID New Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

December 13th, 2014
Researchers have identified a new cluster of preclinical symptoms that may indicate when a young person is at greater risk for developing a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. The researchers also identified several biological processes that typically occur during a person’s transition from minor ...

Alcohol Use Can Impair Sleep, Cause Insomnia

December 11th, 2014
Emerging research suggests drinking alcohol to fall asleep may ultimately be counterproductive as the drug interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body’s sleep-regulating mechanism. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine believe that over time, the impairment in normal sleep function can ...

Mindfulness Found to Reduce Opioid Use

December 8th, 2014
A new program for people with chronic pain helps individuals reduce the need for opioid medications. Researchers from the University of Utah developed a program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that applies mindfulness techniques to alleviate pain and craving. The MORE intervention concentrates on ...

On-Line Intervention Reduces Suicide Risk in Veterans

December 5th, 2014
A new study suggests a brief online intervention may help veterans reduce the risk of suicide. In their research, psychologist from Florida State University developed a simple computer-based approach to treating anxiety sensitivity. They believe the software may provide significant benefit for veterans ...

Vitamin D Linked to Seasonal Depression

December 3rd, 2014
Although Vitamin D deficiency is commonly associated with bone and muscle weakness, new research suggests the vitamin may also be vital for mental health. University of Georgia researchers led an international study that found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and ...

Omega 3/6 Lessens Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD Subtype

December 3rd, 2014
Many children and teens who have the inattentive subtype of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience significant improvements after taking the fatty acid supplements omega 3 and 6 for several months, according to a dissertation at Sweden's Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. The findings ...

Mouse Study Suggest Meds to Restore Natural High may Avert Chronic Marijuana Use

December 2nd, 2014
Development of a medication to replenish the supply of a molecule that normally activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain may be an answer to relieve mood and anxiety disorders. Vanderbilt researchers believe this effect would enable some people to quit using marijuana. In ...