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Pimavanserin Might Be Safer Alternative to Ease Dementia Psychosis

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – The "overmedication" of agitated dementia patients – with the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs – is an ongoing issue in U.S. health care. Now, British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease those symptoms, but in a much safer way. The newer antipsychotic pimavanserin appears to ease psychosis symptoms in people with Alzheimer's disease ...

City Life Tough on Teens' Mental Health

Posted 23 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,000 18-year-olds in England and Wales who were interviewed about psychotic experiences (such as hearing voices and feeling extremely paranoid) since age 12. The research team from King's College London and Duke University found that teens raised in large cities ...

'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. ...

Little Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Gaining too little weight during pregnancy may increase the odds that a child will develop schizophrenia later in life, Swedish researchers suggest. Past research has shown that pregnant women in areas of famine are more likely to have children who suffer from mental disorders, including schizophrenia. The new study found a 30 percent increased risk for schizophrenia ...

Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – More Americans with mental illness and substance abuse disorders got health insurance after the Affordable Care Act was introduced, a new study shows. However, these patients still face significant barriers to treatment, the Johns Hopkins researchers added. "The Affordable Care Act has been very effective in reducing the uninsured rate in this vulnerable population, where ...

Many With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV Tests

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – People with severe mental illness are only slightly more likely to be screened for HIV than those in the general population, a new study finds. And that's true even though they're at higher risk for infection with the AIDS-causing virus, the researchers added. The study included nearly 57,000 Medicaid patients in California. They were between the ages of 18 and 67. They ...

Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Nearly six in 10 Americans with severe mental illness smoke, and a new study suggests that many of them want to quit. The problem is that many of these patients don't get help from their psychiatrists and caseworkers, researchers report. "Patients with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than people who don't have these problems, and smoking is a big ...

More Than Half of Americans Have Chronic Health Problem: Study

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – More than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, mental illness or problem with drugs or alcohol, according to a new study. "The health of individuals in the U.S.A. is increasingly being defined by complexity and multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions," said the study authors, Elizabeth Lee Reisinger Walker and Dr. ...

Psychiatric Drugs May Reduce Ex-Prisoners' Violent Crime Rate

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Released prisoners may be less likely to commit violent crimes if they're prescribed certain kinds of psychiatric medications, a new study suggests. These medications can affect someone's mental state. They include antidepressants, antipsychotics, psychostimulants, drugs to treat addiction and antiepileptic drugs, the researchers said. The study authors looked at ...

U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – People with mental illness often wait long hours – or even days – in an emergency room before receiving the care they need, according to a new poll conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). One in five ER doctors polled said they've had psychiatric patients who needed hospitalization who had to wait two to five days before being assigned an ...

Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – A subsidized independent-living intervention appears to help homeless young people with mental illness get and keep a roof over their heads, a new Canadian study indicates. Called Housing First, the program has previously been tested with homeless adults with mental illness, and has been found to improve housing stability and quality of life, the researchers said. ...

Can Trauma Trigger Violent Crime in Mentally Ill?

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – People with serious mental illness who are victims of violence or exposed to stressful events are more likely to engage in a violent crime in the week following the trauma, a new study contends. Stressful experiences also affect people without psychiatric disorders, but not to the same extent, the researchers said. Some stressful events – such as being violently ...

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

Posted 23 Apr 2016 by

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 ...

Exercise Helps Ease Psychosis Symptoms

Posted 19 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 – Exercise can reduce symptoms in teens and young adults who had a first psychosis episode, a new study says. "Establishing an exercise regime for people with psychosis is likely to be much more effective when they are younger, and in the earliest stages of treatment. Getting people into a routine early on also helps set habits for life, which can make a huge difference to ...

Psychosis Plus Pot a Bad Mix: Study

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 – People diagnosed with psychosis will probably have a longer, harder struggle to maintain their mental health if they're regular marijuana users, British researchers report. And those who just experienced their first episode of psychotic illness are 50 percent more likely to need subsequent hospitalization for their condition if they use marijuana, according to findings ...

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