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Judge to Allow Chantix Defense in Murder Trial

The judge hearing the case of Tim Danielson, who stands accused of shooting his ex-wife then attempting suicide, will allow expert testimony about the...

Media and Public Frequently Exaggerate Significance of Behavioral Genetics Findings

Other studies have shown that abstracts and press releases often mislead journalists about the significance of findings in behavioral genetics; but a new study...

Music Therapy Interventions Reduce Depression Symptoms in Dementia

Therapists can use music to meet the emotional and social needs of individuals with dementia.

Pharma Prosecutions Begin to Pay for Themselves

In what may prove to be a tipping point for prosecutions against pharmaceutical companies, states are beginning to see their "enforcement efforts pay for...

Glaxo to Bring Doctors In-House as Educational Speakers

GlaxoSmithKline, which previously announced it would suspend the practice of paying outside doctors to promote drugs, has announced that it will instead hire doctors...

Nature Neuroscience Dedicates Special Issue to Big Data Efforts

The November issue of Nature Neuroscience is focused on discussions of "big data" initiatives for mapping the brain, finding genetic clues to psychology questions,...

Increase in Suicide Attempts by Self-Poisoning in Youth

Researchers shed light on hike in attempted suicide by self-poisoning in young adults between 2011 and 2018.

Fluoxetine in Adolescence Raises Sensitivity to Stress in Adults

Research on neurochemicals associated with moods in mice and rats finds that, while less depression-like behavior was observed in those receiving fluoxetine (Prozac) administration...

Infant Rats Adopt Their Mothers’ Fears

Newborn rats can "learn" the fears their mothers have, and then will carry those same fears for the rest of their lives, according to...

Child Poverty Linked to Early Neurological Impairment

A new NIH-funded study suggests that children from low-income environments are more likely to have neurological impairments. The researchers claim that these neurodevelopmental issues are “distinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty.”

NMS in 2nd Gen. Antipsychotics: Similar, But Younger

A study released online today by the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that the clinical profile of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is similar in 1st- v....

Language, Culture, and Physical Restraint Among Immigrants

Researchers in Italy found that first-generation immigrant patients  in Italy (100 patients compared to 100 controls) were three times more likely to be placed in...

A Review of Drug-Company Funded Mental Health Websites

A meta-analysis of studies of mental health websites by John Read found that 42% are either drug company owned or receive funding from drug...

Maternal Skin-to Skin Contact Affects Long-Term Development

Israeli researchers find that maternal skin-to-skin contact with pre-term infants are related to "dynamic cascades of child physiological regulation and parental provisions in shaping...

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs

In a first for a major drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, the British pharma that was fined $3 billion for illegal marketing of Paxil and Wellbutrin,...

A History of Rapid Tranquilization

A paper by Joanna Moncrieff and Laura Allison in the journal History of Psychiatry reviews "the theory and practice of emergency sedation for behavioural...

Living Alone Nearly Doubles Antidepressant Use

Finnish researchers found that in a study of 3471 men and women, those living alone were almost twice as likely to use an antidepressant....

Why Journals Resist Drug Trial Registration

Although publication bias is known to be a serious problem that public drug trial registration is meant to address, only a fraction of journals...

Completely New Naming System for Psychotropic Drugs Proposed

A group of influential organizations are beginning an effort to change the entire way that psychiatric medications are named, according to a press release...

Antidepressants and the Eyes

Antidepressants can affect neurotransmitters involved in regulation of the iris, say researchers in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. In a study of  acute angle-closure...

Autism Linked to Antidepressants During Pregancy

A study of the Swedish medical birth registry, conducted by researchers from Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.A., found a 3.3X greater risk of...

J&J Settlement Inspires PA Legislators on False Claims Act

Following Johnson & Johnson's $2.2 billion settlement for off-label marketing and kickbacks related to its antipsychotic Risperdal, Pennsylvania legislators Brandon Neuman and Tony DeLuca...

High Cost to Medicaid Programs For Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics

A study of 42 state Medicaid programs found that 58% of prescriptions for antipsychotics  were not for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Off-label prescribing was most prevalent...

Even Low Lead Levels Affect Child Behaviors

A team of American and Chinese researchers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences report in JAMA Pediatrics that lead concentrations in...

Man Found “Not Criminally Responsible” for Shooting Wife While on Chantix

The Washington Post reports that "a Maryland man was found not criminally responsible for shooting his wife in the neck in their home in...

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