Medications News

Weight Loss Pills Counterproductive

November 14th, 2014
American culture is dominated by quick fixes -- or “have an app for that” mentality. Similarly, we have a belief that technology can cure all ills, even obesity. Experts note that the sale and use of weight loss pills and remedies ...

‘Smart Drugs’ May Have Negative Effects

November 13th, 2014
A new study suggests so-called "smart drugs" such as modafinil (brand name Provigil) may have negative effects in healthy people. Currently, it is claimed that one in five students have taken modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam ...

Study Probes Neuroscience of Bipolar Risk-Taking

November 10th, 2014
Researchers are beginning to discover some of the reasons why bipolar disorder can cause people to engage in risky behavior. The condition involves fluctuating depression and mania. In the manic stage, the patient often feels intense excitement and irritability, which can trigger ...

New Hope for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

November 8th, 2014
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered a genetic biomarker that could help identify schizophrenia patients who are resistant to antipsychotic drugs (about 30 percent of all schizophrenia patients). “Many treatment-resistant patients are not identified as such and are treated ...

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 ...