Medications News

Increased Health Risks Linked to First Psychotic Episode

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that many patients experiencing their first psychotic episode have other health risks that could lead to premature death. The study found that increased risks of heart disease and metabolic issues, such as high blood sugar, in people with first episode ...

Pregnant Women with Psychosis Need Higher Drug Dosage

October 11th, 2014
Although the newer generation of antipsychotic drugs, or neuroleptics, have fewer negative side effects than the older generations, a new study has found that higher doses are needed during pregnancy to maintain a therapeutic effect. Researchers from the University Department of Paediatrics and ...

Attention Requires Balanced Brain Activity

October 6th, 2014
Psychologists have made important discoveries into attention problems in schizophrenic individuals. Tobias Bast, Ph.D., and colleagues at Nottingham University in the U.K. explain that inhibitory signals between brain neurons are crucial for healthy brain activity. But disruptions to this inhibition can cause attention ...

Study Implicates Depression Screens in Overprescribing Meds

October 1st, 2014
Although the general belief is that many cases of depression go untreated, new research suggests short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression may lead to overprescribing of antidepressant medications. The new research from University of California, Davis Health System (UC ...

Study Finds Rise in Bodily Symptoms of Depression

October 1st, 2014
New research shows Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s. San Diego State University researchers analyzed data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all over the country. "Previous studies ...

Psychotherapy Beats Medication for Social Anxiety Disorder

September 27th, 2014
While antidepressants are the most commonly used treatment for social anxiety disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is more effective and -- unlike medication -- can have lasting effects long after treatment has stopped, according to a new study. CBT is one of ...

The Future of Epilepsy Medication

September 23rd, 2014
Researchers are making progress on a new "on demand" epilepsy pill which can be taken when people feel a seizure starting. The pill has been developed by a team at University College London, UK, led by Professor Dimitri Kullmann. They explain that about ...

Just 1 in 4 ADHD Kids Gets Drugs Plus Psychotherapy

September 23rd, 2014
A new independent study finds that at best, only one-quarter of children treated with medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also receive psychotherapy. RAND Corporation researchers reviewed utilization patterns among children with commercial insurance and discovered psychotherapy intervention is far lower in many parts of the ...

Deep Brain Stimulation for Some OCD Patients OK’d in New Guidelines

September 23rd, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines recommend two specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for some patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who fail to respond to other treatments. The guidelines for bilateral DBS, which were found to reduce symptoms by nearly one-third, are endorsed by the American Association of ...

Brain Scan Study Aims to One Day Personalize PTSD Treatment

September 21st, 2014
Researchers have linked a certain opioid receptor (associated with emotions) to specific trauma symptoms, including sadness, emotional detachment and listlessness. The brain imaging study, conducted by researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, could one day aid in the development of targeted, ...