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Distracted Young Women May Need More Iron

Young women who have trouble concentrating might just need more iron in their diets, researchers say. Women in the Penn State study who were iron-deficient performed significantly worse on memory and attention tests than healthy women, and an iron supplement was all it took to correct the problem. ``We were able to bring it right back to normal, back to the level of the iron-sufficient women,'' said Laura Murray-Kolb, a Penn State nutritional researcher....

If Not Pills, What?

Recent news reports questioning the safety and effectiveness of several antidepressant medications widely prescribed for children -- Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and Celexa -- raise a key question: What other treatments have been proven safe and effective for kids with depression?

The practice guidelines of the...

J&J Warned on Claims About Antipsychotic Drug

regulators have warned Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceutica that a letter sent to doctors about its Risperdal drug to treat schizophrenia and bipolar mania is misleading. In a warning disclosed on Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration told Janssen that its November letter failed to disclose information added to Risperdal's labeling about excess blood sugar and diabetes and minimized the risk of serious events including coma and even death. The FDA also said the letter fails to recommend regular testing...

Prozac Affects Babies, Sexual Function, Report Says

One of the most popular antidepressants, best known by the brand name Prozac, can affect the development of babies when pregnant women take the drug, according to a government report released on Tuesday. Normal doses can cause babies to be born lighter and sleepier than normal, or make them jittery or cause respiratory problems, the panel appointed by the National Toxicology Program said. "These effects appear to result more readily from in utero exposure late in gestation," the report, issued for...

Sibling violence leads to battering in college dating

Brothers and sisters who fight while growing up lay the groundwork for battering their dates by the time they get to college, a new University of Florida study finds. In fact, the study found that sibling violence is a predictor of dating violence and is compounded by the experience of growing up in families where parent-to-child violence or parent-to-parent violence exists, said Virginia Noland, a UF professor of health science education.

"The findings suggest that sibling violence – the most common and least understood...
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