Sunday, September 20, 2020

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

Canadian Newspaper Investigates Health Problems of ADHD Meds

The Toronto Star's investigation of ADHD meds has revealed 600 cases so far of Canadian children "suffering serious, sometimes fatal side effects suspected to...

When Placebos Beat Active Treatment

U.K. researchers find, in a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of medical (not only psychiatric) treatments that when bias is ruled out and effects...

$1 Billion J&J Settlement Rejected as Insufficient

Federal prosecutors have rejected as insufficient the $1 billion settlement reached two months ago between Johnson & Johnson and prosecutors in Philadelphia to resolve...

Skin-to-Skin Contact Benefits Mothers with Post-Partum Depression

In a study of 90 new mothers in Nova Scotia, five hours per day of skin-to-skin contact (SSC) reduced mothers' depression scores in their...

Military Court Hears Arguments Re: Chantix-Related Murder Defense

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces heard arguments on Tuesday for the defense of former Army paratrooper George D.B....

Jury Awards $3M to Family of 5-Year-Old With Topamax-Related Birth Defects

A Pennsylvania jury awarded $3 million to the family of a 5-year-old born with cleft palate and lip as a result of the mother...

Fostering Secure Attachment Prevents Depression and Anxiety

Researchers from China and the Harvard Medical School studied the effects of anxious and avoidant attachment on the development of depression and anxiety in...

Antipsychotics are Poor Sleep Aids

Research from Australia shows that "remained pervasive" in 70% of a sample of 83 patients medicated with antipsychotics and other medications, and concludes that...

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...

Exercise as an Adjunct to Medication Does Not Help Depression

A study of 361 adults with depression published online in the British Medical Journal today finds no evidence that facilitated physical activity improved depression...

Insanity on Trial

The trial of Anders Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people last summer in Norway, has become a test of the concept of insanity...

New Research on Insomnia & Depression

The New York Times reports on new research from multiple sources that finds focused attention on insomnia is proving to be a "cheap, relatively...

The Changing Face of NAMI

Pete Early, author of Crazy, traces the history of NAMI, including its "complicated love-hate relationship with Dr. E. Fuller Torrey" and shift from his...

“Special K” as Antidepressant: Short-term Gain; Long-term ?

Ketamine (known in social circles as "Special K") has been touted as a rapid-acting and "profound" treatment for depression. The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing...

All Charges Dropped Against Mom Who Refused to Allow Her Daughter to Be Taken,...

When police came to enforce a 2011 court order to remove her 13-year-old daughter Arianna, and medicate her, Maryann Golboldo stood her ground -...

Closing Arguments Begin in Arkansas Risperdal Trial

Arkansas is asking for a minimum of $1.2 billion in fines for the 250,000 Risperdal prescriptions issued under its medicaid program. Fletch Trammel, lawyer...

Temperature-Related Deaths in People with Mental Illness

Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry, English researchers found that "patients with mental illness showed an overall increase in risk of death of...

Pharma-linked Panel Advises Wider Use of Statins Even as Drugs’ Links to Dementia Re-affirmed

People who take statins are at “significantly greater” risk of memory impairment than those who don’t take the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to research...

US Government Proposes Stronger Rules for Disclosure of Medical Trial Results

The US government is proposing to toughen the rules governing medical trials involving human subjects, to help ensure the trials are registered in advance...

Study Explores Correlates of Low-Level Physical Activity and Psychosis

A study examines the variables correlated with low levels of physical activity in persons diagnosed with psychosis in low and middle-income countries

Dissociative Experiences Mediate Childhood Trauma/Auditory Hallucinations

Researchers in Spain assessed 71 patients diagnosed with psychoses for dissociative experiences, trauma, delusions and hallucinations. Childhood trauma was positively associated with dissociation (r =...

WRAP Reduces Depression and Anxiety, Improves Recovery

519 individuals recruited from community mental health settings in Ohio were assigned to Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) or treatment as usual and assessed...

One in Seven Scots Take Antidepressants

Following a fourfold-increase in antidepressant use in Scotland over the last two decades, one in seven Scots are taking the drugs.  Prescriptions for antipsychotics...

Benzo Rx Increasing Dramatically in U.S., Often With Opiods

Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine finds that 12.6% of primary care visits in the U.S. involved...

Nursing Homes Shift Tactics on Dementia

As part of a series on the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in nursing homes, the Boston Globe explores alternative approaches, such as llama therapy,...

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