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Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?

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WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed powerful antipsychotics, even though the medications aren't approved to treat two disorders – ADHD and depression – they are commonly used for, a new study shows. Researchers found that antipsychotic use rose among children aged 13 and older – from 1.1 percent in 2006 to nearly 1.2 percent in 2010. And among young adults – people aged 19 to 24 – antipsychotic use increased from 0.69 percent in 2006 to 0.84 percent in 2010. Of concern to some experts are the conditions for which many of these antipsychotic prescriptions are being written, namely attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves this class of drugs for psychiatric conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or impulsive aggression tied to ... Read more

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Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

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TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows. Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need to spot and treat depression when it first develops, particularly among young people. Ian Hickie, who co-directs the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney, led the study. His team looked at the neurology of almost 9,000 people from the United States, Europe and Australia. To do so, they analyzed brain scans and medical data for about 1,700 people with major depression, and almost 7,200 people who didn't suffer from depression. The researchers noted that 65 percent of the participants with major depression had suffered recurring symptoms. The study, published June 30 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found that people with ... Read more

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Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women

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FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Women prescribed a common class of antidepressants to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture, a new study suggests. The antidepressants in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Besides being used to treat depression, these drugs are often prescribed as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to tackle hot flashes, night sweats and other problems that can accompany menopause. However, "SSRIs appear to increase fracture risk among middle aged women without psychiatric disorders," wrote a team led by Dr. Matthew Miller of Northeastern University in Boston. The team added that the effect seems to be "sustained over time, suggesting that shorter duration of treatment may decrease [this effect]." The study authors acknowledged that their ... Read more

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Poor Health as Teen, Poor Job Prospects Later, Study Suggests

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MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Mental or physical health problems during the teen years may make it harder to get a good job or to complete higher education later on, a new research review suggests. "Chronic health conditions and particularly mental health conditions contribute substantially to education and employment outcomes," said study co-author Leonardo Bevilacqua, a researcher at the University College London Institute of Child Health in England. "This is extremely important for developing and implementing policies in and outside schools that promote health and support those with health conditions," he said. Teens' health needs to be a core focus in school to improve their educational and employment success, Bevilacqua added. Although the review found an association between mental or physical health problems in teens and greater difficulty pursuing a higher education or getting work, ... Read more

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FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online

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THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with international partners, moved this week against more than 1,050 websites that sell potentially dangerous counterfeit medicines and medical devices, the agency said Thursday. Illegal medicines and medical devices were seized worldwide, and warnings were sent to the operators of offending websites, the FDA said in a news release. "Our efforts to protect the health of American patients by preventing the online sale of potentially dangerous illegal medical products will not cease," said George Karavetsos, director of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations. Counterfeit prescription drugs that claim to be generic versions of brand-name drugs that are sold illegally on the websites include generic Nolvadex, generic Meridia, generic Valium, generic Truvada and generic Advair Diskus, according to the FDA. Mail ... Read more

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U.S. Hospitals Seeing More Kids With Self-Inflicted Injuries

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MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – A growing number of U.S. kids are landing in the ER because of self-inflicted injuries, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2012, self-injuries accounted for a rising percentage of children's emergency room trips – increasing from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent of all visits. Most of the time, researchers found, the injuries were not life-threatening, and included acts such as cutting, piercing and burning. But, while the total numbers remained relatively low, experts said the increase in self-injuries is concerning. "I do think this is worrisome," said Aleta Angelosante, a child psychologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City. In part, that's because ER visits account only for kids who are injured seriously enough to need quick medical attention, according to Angelosante, who was not involved in the study. Gretchen Cutler, the study's lead researcher ... Read more

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Many U.S. Men With Depression, Anxiety Don't Get Treated, CDC Finds

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THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Close to one in 10 American men suffers from depression or anxiety, but fewer than half get treatment, a new survey reveals. The nationwide poll of more than 21,000 men also found that among younger males, blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to report mental health symptoms. And when they do acknowledge psychiatric troubles, they are less likely to seek professional help than whites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "We suspect that there are several social and cultural pressures that lead black and Hispanic men to be less likely than white men to seek mental health treatments," said report lead author Stephen Blumberg, an associate director for science with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "These pressures, which include ideas about masculinity and the stigma of mental illness, may be ... Read more

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World's Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – A new global tally of health finds that only about 4 percent of people worldwide had no health problems in 2013, while a third – about 2.3 billion people – had more than five health problems. And the situation is getting worse, not better: Worldwide, the proportion of years of healthy life people lost because of illness (rather than simply dying earlier) rose from 21 percent in 1990 to 31 percent in 2013, according to the Global Burden of Disease study. The growing number of elderly people also means that the number of people who will be living with health problems will rise rapidly over coming decades, the researchers warned. The study involves data from 188 countries and looks at more than 300 illnesses and injuries, according to a news release from The Lancet, which published the findings June 8. The study is the largest analysis of trends in health around ... Read more

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Bullied Teens at Risk for Later Depression, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 – Young teens who are bullied appear to be at higher risk of depression when they reach early adulthood, according to new research. "We found that teenagers who reported being frequently bullied were twice as likely to be clinically depressed at 18 years," said Lucy Bowes, a researcher at the University of Oxford in England, who led the research. The researchers found an association, not a definitive cause-and-effect relationship, Bowes said. "In our type of study, we can never be certain that bullying causes depression," she explained. "However, our evidence suggests that this is the case." To explore the possible link, the investigators used data on nearly 4,000 teens in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a community-based group born in the United Kingdom. At age 13, all completed a questionnaire about bullying. At 18, they were assessed for ... Read more

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Chantix Study Finds Little Evidence to Support Suicidal, Criminal Warnings

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TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 – The quit-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) doesn't increase the risk of suicidal behavior, mental illness, criminal acts or traffic accidents, European researchers say. A study of more than 69,000 Swedes who used the smoking aid found no evidence for these worries, some of which led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to place its strongest warning on the drug's label in 2009. "Some of the concerns about the safety of Chantix are not supported by evidence," said lead researcher Dr. Seena Fazel, a senior research fellow in the psychiatry department at the University of Oxford in England. And some concerns may have been overstated, he added. However, among participants with a history of psychiatric problems, the study found a small increased risk of mood changes and anxiety. And several U.S. health experts said they're reluctant to prescribe Chantix because of ... Read more

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Risk to Baby From Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Is Small, Study Says

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TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 – Babies born to mothers taking antidepressants in late pregnancy may be slightly more likely to develop a rare circulation disorder, a new study suggests. However, the increased risk of the disorder – known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) – is small, and similar to the risk in women with untreated depression. "Although we cannot exclude the possibility that there might be an increased risk of PPHN associated with SSRI [antidepressant] use late in pregnancy, our study has shown that the absolute risk is small," said lead author Krista Huybrechts. She is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The absolute risk refers to the actual number of infants born with the condition. "The risk increase, if present, appears much more modest than previous studies ... Read more

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Cancer Patient's Health Affected by Spouse's Mood

Posted 1 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 1, 2015 – The emotional health of cancer caregivers may affect the mental health of the loved ones they are caring for, a new study suggests. When their husbands, wives or partners experience symptoms of depression, cancer survivors are more likely to develop depression themselves, say researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). The researchers noted that cancer survivors whose spouses who have good mental and physical health are less likely to suffer from depression after a year, suggesting that better spousal care might also benefit cancer survivors. "Our research highlights that spouses need to take care of themselves not just for their own sake, but also for the sake of the cancer survivor," lead researcher Kristin Litzelman, a cancer prevention fellow in the NCI's Behavioral Research Program, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer ... Read more

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Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC

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THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Women, people with chronic medical conditions, the poor and those without health insurance are more likely to struggle with "serious psychological distress," U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Serious psychological distress is a term that identifies people who are likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder that limits their lives, according to the researchers. Overall, they found that about 3 percent of Americans surveyed have serious psychological distress. "People with serious psychological distress have a lot of challenges," said report co-author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "People with mental health problems have a lot of needs that aren't being met." In the report, the researchers used data from the National Health Interview Survey. The information ... Read more

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Demi Lovato Gets Vocal About Mental Illness

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THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Demi Lovato huddled in the back of her tour bus, eyes wet with tears as she watched a horde of fans streaming into the venue where she was about to play. "I was young and successful and I was looking up at the venue where I was about to play, where I would be able to live out my dreams, something I dreamed of for years, and yet I was crying in the bus," Lovato, now 22, recalled. "I was feeling empty and for some reason I was feeling hopeless, even though I had hope right in front of me." She didn't know it at the time, but Lovato was deep in the throes of a depressive episode, a symptom of her as-yet-undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Lovato eventually got help. Now, the former "X Factor" judge and top 10 recording artist is lending her star power to a campaign aimed at encouraging others who struggle with mental illness to speak out and seek help. Mental illness ... Read more

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Chronic Gambling Linked to Depression, Impulsivity

Posted 27 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – Young men who are chronic gamblers probably suffer from depression, a new study suggests. The Canadian researchers also found boys with impulsive behaviors in childhood were more likely to gamble later in life. "Gambling problems may be more a personal problem similar to an addiction: Once acquired, they are difficult to get rid of," wrote study leader Frederic Dussault, from the University of Quebec at Montreal. In conducting the study, researchers examined data on nearly 900 kindergarten boys since 1984. The boys were from low-income areas in Montreal. Over time, information on their families, as well as the quality of their relationships with their parents and friends, was compiled. The researchers also analyzed how often the boys acted impulsively. When the boys reached the ages of 17, 23 and 28, they were also asked if they had gambling problems or ... Read more

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