Thursday, November 26, 2020

Global Survey: Do Antidepressants Work?

The Guardian and its partners in Europe - Le Monde, El Pais, La Stampa, Gazeta Wyborcza and Suddeutsche Zeitung - are conducting a global...

Mental Well-Being and Engagement in the Arts

Public health researchers at the University of Western Australia examined the relationship between recreational arts engagement and mental well-being in the general population. The results, which have implications for policy makers as well as health practitioners, indicate that those who engage with the arts for two or more hours per week have significantly better mental well-being.

Psychotropics Significantly Increase Falls in the Elderly

Psychotropic medications, including short-acting benzodiazepines, strongly increase the frequency of falls in the elderly, according to research from the Netherlands published in Maturitas: The...

South Dakota Court Revives Cymbalta Suicide Case

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's summary judgment in favor of Eli Lilly,   allowing the parents of a South Dakota...

Psychiatrists Took Undisclosed Payments While Promoting Antipsychotic to Government

Two psychiatrists took money from a pharmaceutical company, and then did not disclose it when they lobbied state legislators about the company's drug.

Dr. Oz Takes on Big Pharma

Dr. Oz looks at the research on antidepressants today, finding that they are over-prescribed, may be counter-productive or harmful, may not work at all,...

FDA Applies Uneven Standards to New Drugs’ Safety and Efficacy

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that, although "many patients and physicians assume that the safety and effectiveness of...

Stimulants, But Not Cannabis, Predict Readmission for Psychosis

Prior admissions with stimulant disorder, but not a prior cannabis disorder diagnosis, are a negative prognostic sign in first-episode psychosis according to new research...

Schizophrenia Subtypes Disappearing From the Literature

Schizophrenia Bulletin publishes a review of published articles that finds the use of schizophrenia subtypes (Catatonic, Disorganized, Paranoid, Residual & Undifferentiated), "while widely used...

Non-Distressed Psychosis-Like Experiences Not Linked to Serious Mental Illness

Research from the University of Maryland finds that "Although 'psychosis-like experiences' (PLEs) may reflect elevated risk for onset of serious mental illness," further examination...

California Senate Panel Investigates Drugging of Foster Kids

The chair of a state Senate committee told a public hearing that California’s foster care system “has grown more addicted to mind-altering medication."

Nightmares in Childhood Associated With Later Psychosis

Children who reported experiencing frequent nightmares between 2.5 and 9 years of age were significantly more likely to report psychotic experiences at age 12, regardless...

Family Oriented, Home-Based Treatment Best for Youth with Symptoms of Psychosis

A pathbreaking new study out of Finland suggests that early intervention programs for youth experiencing psychotic-like symptoms may see the greatest improvement when treatment works within the home rather than in a hospital setting. The research, to be published in next month’s issue of Psychiatry Research, found greater improvement in functioning, depression, and hopelessness among teens in a new need-adapted Family and Community oriented Integrative Treatment Model (FCTM) program.

Cortisol Levels Increased in Youth at Risk for Psychosis

Researchers from Columbia University and the Institute of Neurosciences in Barcelona assessed cortisol levels in 33 patients at clinical high risk of psychosis. Cortisol...

Day Two of the Philly J&J Trial: “Risperdal Popcorn” & Other Perks

Testimony at day two of the Philadelphia trial concerning a 17-year-old Texas boy who grew breasts after taking Risperdal from the age of five...

Benzos & Brain Tumors

Researchers in Taiwan found a 3.33x greater risk of benign brain tumors in patients who had been prescribed benzodiazepines for at least 2 months....

Medicaid Fraud Argued Before 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

MIA blogger (and lawyer) Jim Gottstein presented a 20-minute Oral Argument in ex rel Watson v. King-Vassel in front of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago last Thursday. "The technical issue on appeal is a lawyer nerd question about whether expert testimony is required," said Gottstein, "but I like to think it contains a succinct and clear explanation of why even though a doctor can prescribe a drug for anything, if they prescribe one off-label to a child they are causing a False Claim (committing Medicaid Fraud) unless the use has support in at least one of the specified drug references called Compendia."

Global Pharmaceutical Industry Fined $11 Billion in Three Years

Although the global pharmaceutical industry racked up $11 billion in fines in the last three years, "Companies might well view such fines as a...

Bipartisan Agreement on Mental Health Treatment

The New York Times on Obama's $235 million initiative: "Mental health unites lawmakers Republican and Democrat, urban and rural, even those with safe seats...

Both Older and Younger Parental Age Linked to Mental Health

Recent research has focused on a seemingly high rate of psychiatric disorders in the offspring of older fathers.  New research in JAMA Psychiatry, using...

UK NHS Adopts Lifestyle Program for Antipsychotic Users

Britain's National Health Service is adopting a "lifestyle medicine program" that was developed in Australia for young people taking antipsychotics, according to The Guardian....

Abbott to Pay $700 Million for Off-Label Marketing of Depakote

Pleading guilty to marketing Depakote for behavioral problems in dementia patients, a purpose for which the drug was not approved, a federal judge has...

ADHD Drug Studies Find Little Change in Academic Performance

According to the Wall Street Journal's, story on a June study of 4000 Qubequois students, "a growing body of research finds that in the...

Body of Missing Man Found; Paxil Withdrawal Blamed

The body of 78 year-old Bob Farthing, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found in the back seat of his car Friday evening.  "He...

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