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Is a Haywire Body Clock Tied to Mood Disorders?

Posted 19 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 – There may be a genetic link between mood disorders and the body's internal clock, a new study suggests. Research published earlier this year linked disruptions in the body clock (circadian rhythms) with an increased risk of mood issues such as depression and bipolar disorders. In this new study, researchers analyzed data from 71,500 people in the United Kingdom and ...

Nitrates in Meat May Be Tied to Mania: Study

Posted 18 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 – Chemicals used to cure meats like salami and hot dogs may be linked to a mood disorder called mania, researchers report. Those chemicals, known as nitrates, are frequently added to processed meats to prevent bacteria growth. "There's growing evidence that germs in the intestines can influence the brain," said study lead author Dr. Robert Yolken. "This work on nitrates ...

Psychiatric Drug Lithium Tied to Birth Defect Risk

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 – Using the psychiatric drug lithium early in pregnancy may raise the risk of birth defects – but not as much as previously thought, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that women who used lithium during the first trimester were more likely to have a baby with a birth defect, compared to pregnant women who had a mental health disorder but did not take lithium. ...

Genes May Explain Why Some Don't Respond to Bipolar Drug

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – In a finding that pulls the roots of two mental illnesses closer together, researchers say people with bipolar disorder that's resistant to the drug lithium have a high number of genes associated with schizophrenia. Since the 1950s, lithium has been widely used to treat bipolar disorder. The drug stabilizes mood swings – the highs and lows associated with the disorder ...

Daily 'Light Therapy' May Help Some With Bipolar Disorder

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 – People afflicted with bipolar disorder may find some relief from depression with daily doses of light therapy, new research suggests. With light therapy, people spend time sitting in close proximity to a light-emitting box – in this case, bright white light – with exposures increasing from 15 minutes per day to a full hour over a period of weeks. The study found that ...

Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Sleep problems may provide early clues about worsening suicidal thoughts in at-risk young adults as well as a potential way to intervene, a new study suggests. "Suicide is the tragic outcome of psychiatric illness interacting with multiple biological, psychological and social risk factors," said lead author Rebecca Bernert. She is a suicidologist and assistant ...

Study Cites Top Reasons Young Autism Patients Are Hospitalized

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Having a mood disorder significantly boosts the odds that young people with autism will be hospitalized for psychiatric care, according to a new study. People with autism are often hospitalized when their behavior problems overwhelm their caregivers, the study authors said. "The demand is far greater than the number of clinicians, the number of programs and the number of ...

Heart Risks to Fetus From Bipolar Drug May Be Lower Than Thought

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Lithium, a drug commonly used to treat bipolar disorder, is linked to an increased risk of heart malformations in babies born to women taking the drug during pregnancy. But new research says the risk is smaller than once believed. In a study of more than 1 million pregnant women, researchers found that those who took lithium during the first trimester of pregnancy had a ...

Brain Scans May Shed Light on Bipolar Disorder-Suicide Risk

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Among teens and young adults with bipolar disorder, researchers have linked brain differences to an increased suicide risk. About half of people with bipolar disorder – marked by extreme mood swings – attempt suicide and as many as one in five dies by suicide, the study authors said. For the new study, teens and young adults with bipolar disorder underwent brain scans. ...

Demi Lovato Wants to Change the Face of Mental Illness

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Since her 2008 breakthrough role in the Disney Channel musical "Camp Rock," singer and actress Demi Lovato has released five best-selling albums and a slew of hit singles. Numerous music awards have followed, as has a stint as a judge on the TV megahit "The X Factor." But for the 44 million American adults struggling with mental illness, it's the 24-year-old's decision ...

Kids With Bipolar Disorder More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol: Study

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – For some teens with bipolar disorder, the risk that they will abuse alcohol and drugs may increase as they get older, a new study suggests. The research included 105 young people with bipolar disorder and 98 without the illness (the "control" group). Their average age was 14 when they first enrolled in the study. Bipolar disorder causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and ...

'Managing' Elderly Patients Without Powerful Antipsychotics

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 – About 25 percent of dementia patients in U.S. nursing homes are still quieted with risky antipsychotic medications. Now, a small study suggests that managing these difficult patients, instead of medicating them, could obtain better results. "Drugs have a place, but should not be first-line treatments. They don't work well, and there are side effects," said study author ...

Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years

Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 – People with bipolar disorder may face a long wait from when their symptoms start to the time they get a proper diagnosis. In fact, a new study reports the average delay is six years. That lost time can result in greater frequency and severity of episodes of the psychiatric condition, the researchers said. "While some patients, particularly those who present with ...

Lithium Beats Newer Meds for Bipolar Disorder, Study Finds

Posted 12 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Lithium outperforms newer mood stabilizers in the treatment of bipolar disorder, a new study has found. Patients taking lithium had lower rates of self-harm and unintentional injury compared to those taking other bipolar drugs, such as valproate (Depacon, Depakote), olanzapine (Zyprexa) or quetiapine (Seroquel), said lead researcher Joseph Hayes. He is a fellow of ...

Brain Wiring Changes Might Help Guard Against Bipolar Disorder

Posted 6 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – Naturally occurring brain wiring changes might help prevent bipolar disorder in people who have a high genetic risk for the mental illness, a new study suggests. The discovery about these brain wiring changes could help efforts to develop better treatments for the disorder, according to Mount Sinai Hospital researchers in New York City. People with bipolar disorder ...

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