Medications News

Insomnia in Early Addiction Recovery Ups Relapse Risk

November 8th, 2014
Insomnia is a "prevalent and persistent" problem for patients in the early phases of recovery from the disease of addiction -- and may lead to an increased risk of relapse. "Treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of ...

Alternative Therapy Guidelines Issued for Breast Cancer Survivors

November 6th, 2014
Experts say more than 80 percent of breast cancer survivors in the United States rely on some form of complementary or integrative therapies such as vitamins, acupuncture, meditation, massage, and yoga. Despite their widespread use, there has been little rigorous research to see ...

Mice Study Suggests Exposure to Smoke Can Lead to Weight Gain

November 5th, 2014
While many people smoke as a means to control their weight, provoking new research suggests the effects of smoking can actually cause weight gain. The finding comes with a caveat as the potential to gain weight comes from exposure to secondhand smoke. “For people ...

Bipolar Disorder May Hike Risk of Premature Birth

November 4th, 2014
New research suggests women who have been hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness. Investigators from Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), both ...

Meditation, Support Groups Shown to Impact Cell Biology in Cancer Survivors

November 4th, 2014
Canadian researchers say they have proof that practicing mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. Investigators from the Alberta Health Services' Tom Baker Cancer Centre discovered that telomeres ...

Resveratrol May Hinder, Not Aid, Some Physical Training

November 3rd, 2014
New research suggests that use of the supplement resveratrol (RSV) may not enhance the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The finding is contrary to popular belief as many news outlets and health blogs have recommended RSV as a complement to exercise and ...

One-Fifth of Schizophrenia Cases Could Involve Parasite

November 2nd, 2014
The hypotheses that schizophrenia may be linked to Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) -- a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat, and cat feces -- is still viewed with skepticism. A new study, however, suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the ...

Ketamine Used to Counter Loss of Pleasure in Bipolar Depression

November 1st, 2014
Ketamine, recently the focus of research as a rapid-acting antidepressant that can ease symptoms within hours instead of weeks, is now being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter to treat bipolar patients. In a National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial, the drug -- sometimes referred to ...

Sleep Apnea Affects REM Sleep and Memory

October 31st, 2014
New research suggests sleep apnea may disrupt the formation of new spatial memories. Spatial memories are used every day and act as our internal compass to keep us from getting lost, remember where we left the keys, or parked the car. Sleep ...

1 in 5 Americans Face Chronic Pain

October 28th, 2014
A new analysis suggests nearly one in five U.S. adults are in pain most every day for spells of three months or longer. Researchers estimate the 39 million adults in persistent pain outnumber the residents of our most populous state, California. According to previous ...