Medications News

Parent Training + Meds Shown to Help Kids with ADHD, Aggression

September 5th, 2014
A new approach that includes stimulant and antipsychotic medication, along with parent training on behavioral management techniques, has been found to reduce aggressive and serious behavioral problems in aggressive children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The approach is welcomed as finding a safe ...

3 Factors Tied To Sky-High Suicide Rate Among MDs

August 30th, 2014
A new analysis finds an astonishingly high rate of suicide among physicians in the following categories: those who were found unfit to practice; those in solo practice; or those who were taking benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety) drugs. The analysis, published in the journal General Hospital ...

Mice Study Suggests Lack of Serotonin Not Behind Depression

August 28th, 2014
New evidence challenges the conventional wisdom that the brain chemical serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression. In a study, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains did not ...

Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a collaborative delivery approach provides the best outcome for adolescents with depression. In the model, a depression care manager is teamed with a primary care (pediatrician or family practice) physician. The care manager, usually a nurse with specialized training, ...

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a disorder called "sleep drunkenness" may affect one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness occurs when, during or following arousals from sleep, peoples are confused or perform inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm. ...

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 ...