Medications News

Taking Meds to Work Night Shift May Do More Harm than Good

August 14th, 2014
Nearly 15 million Americans work the night shift and many struggle with the assignment experiencing restlessness, sleepiness on the job, fatigue, decreased attention, and disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm. As a result, many workers take drugs to help them stay awake or ...

Tracking Eye Movements Can Diagnose ADHD

August 14th, 2014
A novel method to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be in plain sight. In a new study from Tel Aviv University published in Vision Research, involuntary eye movements accurately reflect the presence of ADHD, as well as the benefits of stimulants used to treat the ...

Aim for Next-Gen Schizophrenia Drugs Is Dimming Symptoms Without Side Effects

August 12th, 2014
A recently published study suggests a new class of drug may act as a dimmer switch to control schizophrenia. The approach is heralded as a method to manage the symptoms of schizophrenia without some of the side effects associated with current anti-psychotic medicines. Schizophrenia ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

New Depression Approach Tailored to the Individual

August 5th, 2014
New research suggests treatment for clinical depression should be adjusted or tailored for the individual according to the stage or phase of depression as the disorder is more complex than commonly believed. University of Adelaide researchers believe their findings demonstrate that there cannot ...

Reduce Depression, Decrease Dementia

August 1st, 2014
Although prior studies have shown that people with symptoms of depression are more likely to develop dementia, the relationship has remained obscure. A new study corrects this knowledge gap and provides insight into how the two illnesses are related and how ...

Childhood Obesity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Health Problems

July 29th, 2014
New research from the UK identifies a link between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. In a new investigation, endocrinologists studied a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds to the sex hormones androgen and estrogen ...

Childbirth Pain May Influence Depression

July 24th, 2014
A provocative new editorial suggests controlling pain during childbirth and after delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Katherine Wisner, M.D., a perinatal psychiatrist, bases her hypothesis on a new Chinese study that found women who had pain control with epidural anesthesia ...

New Brain Stimulation Technique May Provide Rapid Depression Relief

July 24th, 2014
Brain stimulation treatments are often used to treat depression. However, protocols of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), often have a delayed onset -- similar to depressant medications. For example, a patient may receive several weeks of regular ECT treatments ...

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

July 24th, 2014
A new study suggests a new set of compounds initially developed for cancer treatments, show potential as a pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and officials worry that as baby boomers enter ...