Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Summaries of research findings that tell of a scientific need to "rethink psychiatry."

Eli Lilly To Freeze Base Pay in 2012

Citing financial pressure from the loss of its patent on Zyprexa, Eli Lilly announced that it will freeze base pay for most of its...

Voice Hearing as a Dissociative Rather Than Psychotic Phenomenon

Researchers in England review in depth the evidence for voice hearing as dissociation, rather than psychosis, and suggest that voice hearing is a common...

First Personal Injury Lawsuit Over Risperdal Starts in New Jersey

Gary Skala's claim that 14 years of Risperdal caused his diabetes went to trial in New Jersey yesterday in the first personal injury lawsuit...

Adverse Childhood Events Contribute Significantly to Most Mental Health Problems

John Read and Richard Bentall write in the British Journal of Psychiatry about the growing understanding and acceptance of the significant role adverse childhood...

Bribery Alleged in Largest Antidepressant Study Ever Conducted

A 2011 whistleblower complaint that was unsealed on January 20 of this year alleges that Forest Pharmaceuticals bribed a principle investigator of the STAR*D...

Assessing Increased Mortality Risks of Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers in Dementia

An article in January's American Journal of Psychiatry weighs the relative risk of mortality associated with various antipsychotics and mood stabilizers used in the treatment of...

Religion and Spirituality Protect Against Depression

In The American Journal of Psychiatry, a longitudinal study of 114 persons at high risk for depression found that those who reported more religiosity...

Psychosis is Not Unique to Schizophrenia

In a sample of 3021 adolescents and young adults with anxiety or depression, Dutch researchers found that 27% also had one or more psychotic symptoms. Read...

Medications May Add to Mortality Rate in Schizophrenia

Dutch researchers write in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology that, in a prospective study of 7415 persons with diagnoses of schizophrenia, use of a first-generation...

No Long-Term Efficacy For A.D.D. Medication

L. Alan Sroufe, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, writes in the New York Times Sunday Review that there is no...

Legal Coercion, Recovery, and Human Rights

Mary O'Hagan, an international mental health leader with lived experience, writes on the paradox of increasing legal coercion of psychiatric patients, even as the...

Antidepressants Increase Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents

In a meta-analysis of studies of 6039 individuals, researchers in the UK determined that, consistent with previous meta-analysses, antidepressants increased "suicide-related outcomes."  Read more    ...

Stress Associated With Brain Shrinkage in Healthy People

In studies of healthy people experiencing stress, Yale researchers found tissue loss in brain areas regulating emotion, self-control and other behaviors.  Read more      ...

Early Trauma, Social Stress Accompany Psychosis

Researchers at Emory University find that childhood trauma, sensitivity to psychosocial stress and a heightened biological response to stress are associated with the onset...

Discontinuing Psychotropics Reduces Falls in Elderly

Australian researchers look at the literature on the effect of psychotropics on falls in the elderly; largest effect of any randomized trial was achieved...

Evidence That Sadness When Bereaved is Not Illness

While the DSM-IV recognizes that depressive symptoms are sometimes normal in bereaved individuals, this "Bereavement Exclusion" is targeted for elimination from the DSM-V. However...

Antipsychotics Increase Retrovirus Activity in Humans

Endogenous retroviruses, remnants of ancient infections that have become part of the human genome, have been associated with the development of schizophrenia. But researchers...

Pfizer Files to Consolidate Birth Defect Lawsuitsd

With at least 59 lawsuits pending over birth defects allegedly caused by Zoloft, Pfizer moves to consolidate litigation near its headquarters in New York. Read...

J&J Earnings Down 89%

The Wall Street Journal reports that Johnson & Johnson's fourth-quarter earnings fell 89% following settlements for misrepresenting the risks and benefits of Risperdal, its...

Alarm About Antipsychotics as Sleep Aids

Canadian sleep researchers, writing in The Lancet, warn that weight gain, lipid and glucose dysregulation, restless leg syndrome, sleep-walking and eating while asleep, and...

J&J Takes Hit on Wall Street for Its Corrupt Practices

In the wake of the Johnson & Johnson's settlements over its improper marketing of Risperdal, Forbes magazine comments on the company's "vulnerable and now...

Texas Lawsuit Against J&J Underway

Texas' lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its off-label marketing of Risperdal, which the state alleges involved fraudulent claims about the drug's safety and...

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