Medications News

Specialized Psychotherapy Shown to Help Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

August 25th, 2014
New research from Wayne State and Duke universities suggests a non-pharmaceutical approach can help individuals cope with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a serious autoimmune disease that affects one to two percent of adults, a painful condition that can cause disability and joint ...

In Autism, Poor ‘Pruning’ of Neurons Leads to Excess Synapses

August 23rd, 2014
Children and teens with autism have a sluggish brain “pruning” process during development compared to healthy kids, according to neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). This slower pruning process results in a surplus of brain synapses -- the points where neurons ...

Happiness Still Attainable, Even With Schizophrenia

August 23rd, 2014
More than one-third of patients with schizophrenia report being happy all or most of the time, according to a new survey by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In fact, happiness levels were found unrelated to the severity ...

Meds + Therapy = Best for Severe, Non-Chronic Depression

August 22nd, 2014
A major new clinical trial has found that the best method to treat severe, non-chronic depression is a combination of cognitive therapy and antidepressant medicine rather than antidepressants alone. However, researchers discovered a person with chronic or less severe depression does not receive ...

Tinkering With Genes to Prevent Migraines

August 20th, 2014
Two new drugs in promising clinical trials use genetic engineering to prevent migraine headaches, the third most common and seventh most disabling medical disorder in the world. Both use genetically engineered "monoclonal antibodies" attacking a new target in migraine prevention, a small protein known as ...

Low Levels of Oxytocin Linked to Poor Social Skills

August 18th, 2014
A new study has found that higher levels of the “cuddle” hormone oxytocin are linked to stronger social skills in both healthy children and in children with autism. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It ...

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 ...