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

Why Most Biomedical Findings Echoed by Newspapers Turn Out to be False

Researches in France and the United States found that seven of the top ten most reported-upon studies on ADHD in newspapers in the 1990s...

Pfizer Accused of Knowing Zoloft Antidepressant Caused Birth Defects

The first of more than 1,000 lawsuits about Zoloft and birth defects has gotten underway.

Antidepressants and Advertising: Psychopharmaceuticals in Crisis

An article by written by faculty of the Harvard History of Science Department and the Program in Placebo Studies explores how "drug marketing portrays...

Janssen to Pay $11M for Failure to Warn of Topamax Birth Defects

A Philadelphia jury yesterday ordered Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen to pay $11 million to the parents of a five-year-old boy for failure to warn...

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....

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...

Australia Reinforces Suicidality Warning on Strattera

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has reinforced its warning to health professionals about the risk of suicidality associated with Straterra, after receiving reports of...

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...

“Zoloft Defense” to Start Monday

The defense phase of the trial of Anthony Nicholas Orban begins on Monday, with Mr. Orban's lawyer presenting evidence that Orban was so overwhelmed...

Psychiatrists Discuss Psychiatry’s Poor Public Image and What to Do About It

The January 2015 issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica has a section of freely available articles discussing the public image of psychiatry from a variety...

Researchers Gain Insight into Stimulant Effects on Brain

Researchers believe that they have gained a clearer understanding of how cocaine, amphetamines and related psychostimulant drugs "disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain."

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...

Childhood Adversity Changes Stress-Related Gene Expression

Researchers in Rhode Island and New Hampshire examined 99 healthy adults for changes related to stress hormones, and asked about their childhood attachment experiences....

“Psychiatry Takes a Beating” in Norway

"Anders Behring Breivik is not standing trial alone in Oslo. Psychiatry is being judged as well," says Time magazine, as the trial nears its...

Australian Hospital Locks Up & Injects Wrong Man

An unidentified man who matched the description of an "eloped" patient was brought to Graylands Hospital in Perth, where he was injected with an...

Peer-Led Education Improves Recovery and Hopefulness

In a study of 428 outpatients in Tennessee, researchers from the University of Chicago and the NIMH found that BRIDGES, an 8-week peer-run education...

Training the Brain for Well-Being

Experience shapes the brain, for better or worse. Richard Davidson & Bruce McEwen review the ways that adverse early experience create measurable changes in...

Review of the Evidence: Childhood Adversity High in Schizophrenia and Other Disorders

Researchers from Australia and the UK found that people with a schizophrenia diagnosis almost four times more likely than controls to have a history of...

One Million in U.K. Addicted to Prescribed Benzos

The Times of London reports today that more than a million people in the U.K. are addicted to benzodiazepines prescribed to them by their...

Beliefs About Psychosis Predict Engagement With Therapy, and Outcomes

A study by U.K. researchers finds that patients with schizophrenia diagnoses are more likely to engage in therapy and to experience positive outcomes when...

Childhood Maltreatment Alters Neurobiology of Emotion Perception and Regulation

Martin Teicher, noted researcher of the neurobiology of child abuse, finds in an MRI study of 265 maltreated 18-25 year-olds that "Maltreatment was associated...

J&J Whistleblowers to Collect Record $168 million

The whistleblowers who helped to build the case for prosecuting Johnson & Johnson for illegal marketing of Risperdal will take home nearly $168 million...

FDA Investigator: “The Clinical Trial System is Broken”

A featured article in the British Medical Journal relates the perspective of FDA investigator Thomas Marciniak, who says “Drug companies have turned into marketing machines. They’ve kind of...

Loss of a Parent in Childhood Raises Psychosis Risk

Children who lose a parent before the age of 3 are 84% more likely to experience psychosis as adults, according to research published in...

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