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Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects

Posted 2 days 23 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication. "Omega-3 fish oil – in combination with antidepressants – had a statistically significant effect over a placebo," said study leader Jerome Sarris. He is head of the ARCADIA Mental Health Research Group at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The study looked at the result of trials where patients battling depression took either a standard antidepressant plus a form of omega-3 fish oil, versus the antidepressant plus an inactive placebo. "The difference for patients taking both antidepressants and omega-3, compared to a placebo, was highly significant," Sarris ... Read more

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Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Preschoolers given higher levels of emotional support from moms, dads or other caregivers tend to have better emotional health during their childhood and teen years, a new study suggests. The researchers saw increased growth in a brain region known as the hippocampus in children who were highly supported at preschool age. The hippocampus is involved in emotion, learning and memory formation. Reductions in hippocampus volume have been linked with worse emotional health and unhealthy coping, the study authors said. "Support during the preschool period seems critical to healthy brain development, and healthy brain development is important for healthy emotional functioning," said study leader Dr. Joan Luby. She's a professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers reported that they didn't see changes in the volume of the ... Read more

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No Link Between Anti-Smoking Drugs, Mental Health Issues: Study

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – The anti-smoking drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Wellbutrin (bupropion) don't appear to raise the risk of serious mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. "Clinical guidelines recommend that the most effective way to give up smoking is smoking cessation medication and counseling. However, smokers do not use these services enough, in part due to concerns that the medications may not be safe," said lead author Dr. Robert Anthenelli, professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego. The new study, published April 22 in The Lancet, should help ease those concerns for patients, the researchers said. The study was requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to concerns about the safety of the drugs used to help people quit smoking. Funding was provided by drug makers Pfizer (which makes ... Read more

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Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students' parents had a university education. "Eating disorders have an enormous effect on the lives of young people who suffer from them – it is important to understand the risk factors so that we can address them," said study leader Dr. Helen Bould. Bould is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Oxford in England. "For a long time, clinicians in the field have noted that they seem to see more young people with eating disorders from some schools than others, but this is the first empirical evidence that this is the case," she said in a university news release. However, the study did not prove that these ... Read more

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Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Athletes may take longer to recover after a concussion if they had psychosomatic symptoms – aches and pains caused by mental distress – before their head injury, new research suggests. The study included 127 high school and college athletes who had concussions; 80 percent of the athletes were male. About two-thirds of the head injuries occurred during football. About one-quarter of the concussions happened during soccer. The remaining concussions occurred during lacrosse, wrestling, hockey, rugby and field hockey. Concussion symptoms lasted an average of five days. But athletes with psychosomatic symptoms prior to their concussion took longer to recover, the study authors said. The majority of those with concussion and previous psychosomatic symptoms recovered within about 20 days. In comparison, most of those with concussion and no previous psychosomatic ... Read more

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Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – U.S. veterans have a higher risk of homelessness if they suffered sexual trauma while in the service, and the odds are worse for men than women, a new study finds. Military sexual trauma is the name for psychological trauma resulting "from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training," according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Since 2004, VA medical facilities have screened for it in all veterans seeking care. About one-quarter of female veterans and 1 percent of male veterans report being victims of military sexual trauma during their military service, according to background notes with the study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 603,000 veterans, average age 39, who left the military between 2001 and 2011 ... Read more

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Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious diseases like Zika virus, dengue fever and cholera are flourishing as global temperatures rise, said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the college. "Our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed. If we don't begin to address climate change, we're going to see more and more manifestations of these health problems," Riley said. "There is clear, compelling scientific consensus that climate change is real," he added. "There is no dispute." ... Read more

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Many U.S. Adults Think Kids' Health Is Worse Today

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – More than half of American adults believe children have worse emotional and mental health than children in previous generations, a new survey shows. Many of the nearly 2,700 respondents also believe youngsters today have higher stress levels, less quality family time, and poorer coping skills and personal friendships, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Mott is part of the University of Michigan. The survey, published April 18, also found that 42 percent of the adults believe children today have worse physical health than when the adults were children. Respondents aged 18 to 69 were more likely to think that than respondents 70 and older. "We have seen major advances in medicine and public health over the last century that have greatly reduced children's illness and death. On the other hand, conditions like ... Read more

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Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians' offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed with a mental health condition over five years. Most often, that meant ADHD – which accounted for close to two-thirds of all of those cases. Just over 3 percent of kids were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 2 percent with depression, the findings showed. However, there were large differences from one pediatrician's office to the next, the study found. The proportion of kids diagnosed with ADHD at each practice ran anywhere from 1 percent to 16 percent – making it the disorder with the greatest variability. For other conditions, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Mental Health 'Red Flags' in Kids

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Children and teens aren't immune to stress and mental health issues, and parents should be aware of potential warning signs. The American Academy of Pediatrics says don't ignore these behaviors from your children: Changes in sleep habits, whether sleeping excessively or not getting enough. Low self-esteem. Losing interest in once-enjoyed hobbies. In a sudden reversal, doing poorly in school. Losing appetite, or significant weight loss. Unusual changes in behavior, such as unexplained aggression or anger. Read more

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Antipsychotics Don't Ease Delirium in Hospitalized Patients

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (Haldol) or clozapine (Clozaril), aren't appropriate for preventing or routinely treating delirium in hospitalized patients, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed past studies and found that antipsychotic drugs given before surgery didn't prevent delirium. These drugs also didn't make any difference in the course of delirium in medical or surgical patients, the study authors said. "The American Geriatrics Society guidelines suggest avoiding using these medications as a part of routine care of a patient with delirium," said lead researcher Dr. Karin Neufeld, clinical director of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. Delirium causes confused thinking and diminished awareness of the environment, such as time and place. Delirium is often caused by physical or mental illness, such as ... Read more

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How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says. One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In many cases, however, they don't receive treatment until years later, according to Dr. Aaron Krasner, an adolescent psychiatrist and Transitional Living Service chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. "Only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive necessary mental health services. As a society, we have to do a lot better than that," he said in a hospital news release. A number of signs can alert parents to problems, Krasner said. These include significant changes in behavior at home or school, an unexpected decline in school ... Read more

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Troubled Kids' Psychiatric Care Often Delayed by Insurance Rules

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – Children with severe psychiatric problems often have lengthy waits before they're transferred from a hospital emergency department to a psychiatric hospital due to insurance companies' "prior authorization" requirements, a small study suggests. Mental health workers at one Rhode Island hospital spent an average of an hour on the telephone seeking insurance companies' approval, the study authors reported. In one case, the researchers said approval took up to 4.5 hours. "The majority of these kids are suicidal; a minority of them are homicidal. That's as dangerous as having a burst appendix," said study senior author Dr. J. Wesley Boyd, a psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass. All of the admissions were ultimately approved. This suggests that prior authorization appears to serve "more as an administrative hurdle," the study authors wrote. ... Read more

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Antipsychotic Drugs Tied to Risk of Early Death in Parkinson's Patients

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – New research suggests that Parkinson's patients who are given antipsychotics to treat dementia and psychosis may be more likely to die early. However, the medications provide important benefits and the study authors aren't suggesting that these patients stop taking them. And it's still not clear exactly why there seems to be an increased risk of early death. "This [study] does not necessarily answer whether the drugs themselves lead to more deaths, or if it's instead the reasons they were prescribed," said Dr. Mark Baron, interim director of Virginia Commonwealth University's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center. He wrote a commentary accompanying the new study. Antipsychotic drugs, despite their name, are used to treat a variety of mental conditions other than psychosis, including anxiety and dementia. As many as 60 percent of long-term ... Read more

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Young Transgender Women May Face Mental Health Woes

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – More than 40 percent of young, low-income transgender women with a history of unsafe sexual behavior struggle with at least one serious mental health issue and/or substance abuse problem, a small study suggests. Nearly 20 percent have two or more serious mental health diagnoses, the investigators said. The findings concern both teens and young adults who identify as women but were born male. The study also found that mental health and substance abuse issues are roughly two to four times greater among these transgender women than among the U.S. population at large. The findings show that "interventions are urgently needed to address adverse mental health and substance use outcomes for young transgender women," said study author Sari Reisner, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. However, the researchers stressed that because the ... Read more

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