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Drugs for Prostate Trouble, Balding Not Linked to Suicide Risk

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Drugs used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness may raise an older man's risk of depression and self-harm, but not their risk of suicide, a new study finds. The study focused on a class of medications called 5a- reductase inhibitors (5ARIs), which include widely used drugs for male pattern baldness, such as Propecia, and Proscar, used to fight an enlarged prostate gland. Researchers led by Dr. Blayne Welk, of Western University in Ontario, Canada, noted that "there have been concerns raised by patients and regulatory agencies regarding serious psychiatric adverse effects" in users of 5ARIs. To learn more, Welk's team tracked data on more than 93,000 Canadian men, aged 66 and older. The men had started a new prescription for a 5ARI medication between 2003 and 2013. Although the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, some psychiatric ... Read more

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Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – U.S. veterans with substance abuse problems have a higher risk of suicide than veterans who don't, new research suggests. The study looked at more than 4 million veterans, and found that drug or alcohol problems affected 8 percent of males and 3 percent of females. These veterans had a more than twofold increased risk of suicide compared with those without a substance use disorder. The suicide rate was especially high among female veterans with drug or alcohol problems. These women had a more than five times greater rate of suicide than female veterans who did not have substance abuse problems. "We hope these findings will help clinicians and health systems care for people with substance use disorders, with mental health conditions, and with both – and focus suicide prevention efforts accordingly," said lead study author Kipling Bohnert. Bohnert is an ... Read more

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U.S. Suicide Rates Rising Faster Outside Cities

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Although the U.S. suicide rate has been rising gradually since 2000, suicides in less urban areas are outpacing those in more urban areas, according to a new federal report. "Geographic disparities in suicide rates might be associated with suicide risk factors known to be highly prevalent in less urban areas, such as limited access to mental health care, made worse by shortages in behavioral health care providers in these areas, and greater social isolation," the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote. It's also possible that economic pressures may have played a role, the study authors noted. The biggest increase in the suicide gap occurred beginning in 2007-2008, when the U.S. economy was experiencing a severe recession. Another possibility the researchers pointed to is the country's opioid epidemic. In the early years of ... Read more

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Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – It's often difficult for doctors to tell the difference between depression and schizophrenia, especially early on. Now, researchers say they're on the trail of a blood test that might be able to do just that. "This is the first objective, physiological marker for two major psychiatric disorders that, once fully developed into a clinical test, can allow for earlier and more accurate diagnosis, and selection of more appropriate medications for patients," study co-author Dr. Handan Gunduz-Bruce said in a news release from The Physiological Society. Gunduz-Bruce is a schizophrenia researcher at the Yale School of Medicine. One psychiatrist agreed that such a test is needed. "It can be very difficult to diagnose depression and schizophrenia, especially when they onset in the adolescent years," said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant chief of psychiatry at Zucker ... Read more

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Sinus Trouble Can Lead to Depression, Lost Work

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – People who are depressed due to chronic sinus infections are less productive, according to a new study. They're more likely to miss work or school than those with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who aren't depressed, researchers found. Scientists said their findings could lead to targeted therapy to help improve patients' overall quality of life. "We found that of all symptoms related to CRS – sinus, nasal or otherwise – the severity of depressed mood and depression symptomatology was the predominant factor associated with how often our CRS patients missed work or school due to their CRS," said senior author Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat. He is a sinus surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. CRS is a common illness that interferes with breathing and sleeping. The study authors identified three other issues ... Read more

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Hold That Pose: Yoga May Ease Tough Depression

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – The calming poses and meditation of yoga may be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to beating depression, new research suggests. Researchers found that weekly sessions of yoga and deep breathing exercises helped ease symptoms of the common condition. They believe the practice may be an alternative or complementary therapy for tough-to-treat cases of depression. The intervention seemed helpful for "people who are not on antidepressants and in those who have been on a stable dose of antidepressants [but] have not achieved a resolution of their symptoms," study lead author Dr. Chris Streeter said in a news release from Boston Medical Center. He's a psychiatrist at the hospital and an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Boston University. Major depression is common and often persistent and disabling, Streeters' team noted. Up to 40 percent ... Read more

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Depression May Hasten Death in Years After Heart Diagnosis

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Heart patients who subsequently develop depression may be about twice as likely to die over the next 10 years as those without mental health troubles, a new study suggests. Depression – which is common after a heart diagnosis – appears to be a greater predictor of death than the type of heart disease, smoking, diabetes status or even age, the researchers said. Although the findings don't prove that depression leads to an earlier death, "screening for depression needs to happen continually in these patients, not just right after their heart disease diagnosis," said study lead author Heidi May. May is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. It's estimated that up to one-third of heart attack survivors develop some degree of depression, and doctors have long recognized a two-way link between ... Read more

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Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Children with certain mental or behavioral disorders are at increased risk of abuse or neglect, a new study suggests. The findings add to evidence that children with disabilities face higher abuse risks. But they also suggest those risks vary depending on the type of disorder a child has. "We've known for years that children with disabilities have an increased risk of abuse," said Dr. Vincent Palusci, a pediatrician at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City. But the new study "took a deeper dive," he said. Overall, the researchers found that children with autism, Down syndrome or certain birth defects, such as spina bifida, were not at heightened risk of abuse. But, children with intellectual disabilities were. The same was true of kids who fell into the broad category of "mental or behavioral disorder" – which included problems ranging from depression ... Read more

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Patients Often Reject Drug-Only Psychiatric Treatment

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Mental health patients are more likely to reject treatment if it involves only drugs, a new study finds. Some experts believe talk therapy should be the first treatment option for many mental health disorders. The new finding – from a review of 186 prior studies – supports that stance, the researchers said. "Patients often desire an opportunity to talk with and work through their problems with a caring individual who might be able to help them better face their emotional experiences," said study co-author Roger Greenberg. He's a professor of psychology at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University. Greenberg and his colleagues analyzed 186 studies of patients who sought help for mental health conditions. Overall, the average treatment refusal rate was more than 8 percent. Patients offered drug therapy alone were almost twice as likely to ... Read more

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Hearing Loss May Double in United States by 2060

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – As the U.S. population ages, millions more will face the prospect of losing their hearing, researchers report. Among American adults 20 and older, hearing loss is expected to increase from 44 million in 2020 (15 percent of adults) to 73.5 million by 2060 (23 percent of adults). The increase will be greatest among older adults, according to the researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. In 2020, 55 percent of all adults with hearing loss will be 70 or older. In 2060, that rate will jump to 67 percent. "In the coming decades, there will be an increased need for affordable interventions and access to hearing health care services," said lead study author Adele Goman. She's a research fellow at Hopkins' Center on Aging and Health. Goman and her colleagues projected future hearing loss using data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination ... Read more

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What Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study Says

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – When it comes to sleeping pill prescriptions, doctors often stick to the same old routine, a new study suggests. "Our results illuminate the notion that just as everyone else, many physicians are creatures of habit who tend to rely on cognitive shortcuts in their decision-making," said study first author Andrew Beam. He's a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School's department of biomedical informatics in Boston. "Doctors are not always as rational as we'd like to believe," Beam added in a Harvard news release. People with insomnia have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The condition is believed to affect up to 40 percent of Americans, but is underdiagnosed and poorly treated, the researchers said. Hoping to better understand what guides doctors' prescribing practices, Beam and his colleagues analyzed the medical records, including clinical ... Read more

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Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Depression in people with the chronic inflammatory skin disease psoriasis increases the risk of getting the joint condition known as psoriatic arthritis by about 37 percent, new research indicates. The finding raises concerns because depression is not uncommon in people with psoriasis, according to the authors of the study in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. "For many years, the rheumatology and dermatology communities have been trying to understand which patients with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis, and how we might detect it earlier in the disease course," senior investigator Dr. Cheryl Barnabe said in a journal news release. She is from the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary in Alberta. While the study found a connection between ... Read more

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Study Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke Risk

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Getting care at a hospital for a psychiatric disorder may be linked to a higher risk of stroke in the following weeks and months, new research suggests. People who sought care at a hospital for serious mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder – faced a tripled risk of stroke following their visit, the study authors contended. The risk started to decrease after 30 days, but remained twice as high for at least a year after the ER visit or hospital stay, the researchers said. "We have known for some time that people who have a stroke seem to be at an increased risk for later on developing some sort of psychiatric illness, depression or post-stroke psychosis," said study lead author Jonah Zuflacht. He's a fourth-year medical student at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. "But ... Read more

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How the Neanderthal in Your Genes Affects Your Health

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Neanderthals were wiped out about 40,000 years ago, but some of their genes live on in modern humans. And scientists are learning more about what that might mean for our health. Researchers have known for some time that many people carry bits of Neanderthal DNA. In fact, if you're of European or Asian ancestry, your genes are likely between 1 and 2 percent Neanderthal, said Rajiv McCoy, the first author of the new study. And while most people have heard of Neanderthals, they often have mistaken beliefs about them, noted McCoy, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle. "A lot of people think Neanderthals were an ancestor of modern humans," he said. In reality, they walked the Earth at the same time as our modern human ancestors – and roughly 50,000 years ago, started mating with them, historians say. That happened after modern ... Read more

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As Trump Rolls Back Transgender Bathroom Rights . . .

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – The controversy over so-called transgender bathroom bills continues to escalate following President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to overturn an Obama administration directive that allowed students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Conservatives who saw the Obama directive as a glaring example of federal government overreach were delighted with Wednesday's announcement. "No longer will federal officials distort federal law that is meant to equalize educational opportunities for women, and no longer will they force local officials to intermingle boys and girls within private areas like locker rooms, showers, hotel rooms on school trips and restrooms," Gary McCaleb, senior counsel for the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Associated Press. But others, including medical professionals, saw the Trump ... Read more

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