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Virtual House Calls for Speedy, Effective Parkinson's Care

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Parkinson's disease patients get as much benefit from seeing a neurologist via home video conference as from seeing a local doctor in person, a new study reports. The research included nearly 200 patients who received either care from their usual doctor or their usual care plus up to four video (virtual) visits with a neurologist they had not seen before. The virtual visits were as effective as in-person visits. In both groups, quality of life, quality of care and burden on caregivers was the same, the study found. Each virtual visit saved patients an average of 169 minutes and nearly 100 miles of driving. Ninety-seven percent of patients and 86 percent of neurologists said they were satisfied with the virtual visits, and 55 percent of patients said they preferred virtual visits over in-person visits. Parkinson's disease is a motor system disorder resulting in ... Read more

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Singing May Be Good Medicine for Parkinson's Patients

Posted 12 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Singing? To benefit people with Parkinson's disease? It just may help, a researcher says. "We're not trying to make them better singers, but to help them strengthen the muscles that control swallowing and respiratory function," said Elizabeth Stegemoller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University. Stegemoller holds a weekly singing therapy class for Parkinson's disease patients. At each session, participants go through a series of vocal exercises and songs. Singing uses the same muscles as swallowing and breathing control, two functions affected by Parkinson's disease. Singing significantly improves this muscle activity, according to Stegemoller's research. "We work on proper breath support, posture and how we use the muscles involved with the vocal cords, which requires them to intricately coordinate good, strong muscle activity," she said ... Read more

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White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases. The research found that richer, better-educated people with Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease), appear more likely to die from these diseases than those in lower paying or less educationally demanding work. Workers in these "high socioeconomic" occupations include mathematicians, architects, engineers, lawyers and managers, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This is kind of an unexpected finding," said lead author John Beard, a research officer at the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Most prior studies have focused on ... Read more

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No Sign That Antidepressants in Pregnancy Harm Kids' Brains: Study

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – For women battling depression, the decision over whether or not to continue their antidepressant during a pregnancy can be a difficult one. Now, reassuring news: A new study finds little risk of intellectual disability in children whose mothers take these pills while pregnant. The data "provides more information for clinicians to evaluate the risks in pregnant women taking antidepressants," said study co-author Abraham Reichenberg. He is a professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. The new findings "should be factored into other considerations, such as the increased risk for the mother if [she is] not medicated, the drug's side effects, and other medical conditions," Reichenberg explained in a hospital news release. One specialist in the developing brain stressed that going without a needed antidepressant during ... Read more

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Med Switch Not Always Best Choice With Tough Depression

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Switching to another antidepressant may not be the best way to help depression patients who don't respond to the first antidepressant they take, a new study indicates. Among more than 1,500 depression patients at 35 U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers, better symptom relief was achieved when people were prescribed an antipsychotic medication or a second antidepressant rather than being switched to another antidepressant, the researchers found. "We found that among three strategies evaluated in this study, evidence of the greatest symptom benefit was provided by adding an antipsychotic to previous antidepressant therapy," said study author Dr. Somaia Mohamed. She is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. The researchers found that 29 percent of patients who took the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole ... Read more

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Depression May Worsen Health for Cancer Caregivers

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Depression is known to be linked to worsening physical health, and a new study finds this may be especially true for cancer caregivers. The researchers recommended assessing caregivers' mental health soon after their loved one's cancer diagnosis. "Identifying caregivers in need, and connecting these caregivers to effective and accessible psychosocial services, are imperative next steps to improve comprehensive care for families facing cancer," study leader Kelly Shaffer said in a news release from the American Cancer Society. Shaffer is with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She and her team analyzed responses from 664 caregivers who answered American Cancer Society surveys. Specifically, the researchers looked for changes in participants' health from two years to eight years after their loved ones' cancer diagnosis. Two years after the ... Read more

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy Safe for Baby: Study

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Expectant mothers, if you're taking an antidepressant it won't make your newborn cranky or at higher risk for other problems, researchers report. Northwestern University researchers divided 214 new moms into three groups: those with a mood disorder who were not using an antidepressant; those who were taking a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant; and those without a mood disorder who were not on an antidepressant. At two to four weeks after birth, babies in all three groups had similar rates of irritability, difficulty feeding, sleep disturbances and respiratory problems, the study found. The issues affected 3 out of 10 babies in each group. Instead, preterm birth was the major risk factor for what is known as Neonatal Discontinuation Syndrome (NDS). Babies with NDS get agitated, restless, cry excessively and may be rigid or have tremors. Many ... Read more

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Chronic Pain Common in Adults With Depression, Anxiety

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Chronic pain afflicts about half of adults who have anxiety or depression, a new study finds. More than 5,000 adults in Brazil diagnosed with anxiety or mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder were asked about other health problems. Among those with a mood disorder, half reported chronic pain; 33 percent, respiratory diseases; 10 percent, heart disease; 9 percent, arthritis; and 7 percent, diabetes. Among those with anxiety, 45 percent reported chronic pain; 30 percent, respiratory diseases; and 11 percent each for arthritis and heart disease. Adults with two or more chronic diseases had an increased risk of a mood or anxiety disorder. High blood pressure was associated with both disorders at 23 percent, according to the Columbia University study published online June 1 in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Senior author Dr. Silvia Martins said ... Read more

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What You Need to Know About Antidepressants

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – Medication can help millions of people who struggle with depression, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Depression affects some 350 million people worldwide. It's a serious illness and a major cause of disability. But its symptoms can be mistaken for other health issues and some people are afraid to seek help, the FDA said. Not everyone with depression needs medicine, the agency said. But drugs used to treat it – antidepressants – can help ease symptoms, such as: Depressed mood, Loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, Changes in appetite or weight, Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, Loss of energy or fatigue, Restlessness, Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, Problems thinking, focusing or making decisions, Thoughts of death or suicide. Doctors consider these symptoms – as well as a patient's medical history, behavior ... Read more

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Hold That Pose: Yoga May Ease Tough Depression

Posted 9 Mar 2017 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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Patients Often Reject Drug-Only Psychiatric Treatment

Posted 6 Mar 2017 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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Government Funding Could Save Canadians $4 Billion on Medicines

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – A new report suggests that Canada would reap savings of more than $4 billion a year if the government funded nearly 120 types of "essential" medications. "Adding an essential medicines list is a pragmatic step toward universal pharmacare," said Steven Morgan, in a news release from the Canadian Medical Association. "It would ensure all Canadians have access to the most commonly required medicines while saving patients and private drug plan sponsors over $4 billion per year," Morgan said. He's a professor at the University of British Columbia. The report authors listed 117 drugs as essential medications. This list included antibiotics, insulin, birth control and antidepressants. These drugs made up 44 percent of all prescriptions filled at Canadian retail pharmacies in 2015. When "therapeutically similar" drugs were included in the list, that figure was as high ... Read more

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'Off-Label' Antidepressants Common, But Where's the Evidence?

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Doctors often prescribe antidepressants to tackle conditions like migraine headaches for which they aren't technically approved. Now, researchers say such "off-label" usage mostly occurs without clear scientific evidence backing up the treatments. A new Canadian study found that almost one-third of antidepressants are prescribed for pain, insomnia, migraine or other unapproved uses. But just 16 percent of those off-label prescriptions were found to be supported by strong research. Study lead author Jenna Wong described the findings as "eye-opening" but in line with the findings of prior investigations. Wong, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology, biostatistics, and occupational health at McGill University in Montreal, said she hopes the findings raise awareness among doctors. "Some physicians may not be aware that certain off-label antidepressant uses are not ... Read more

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After Stroke, 'Blue' Light May Help Beat the Blues

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Depression is always a danger for people recovering from a debilitating stroke. But new research suggests that tweaking a rehabilitation facility's lighting system may help patients keep depression at bay. Specifically, the Danish study of stroke rehab patients found they were less prone to depression if the facility used "blue" light in its lighting system. Sunlight is humans' largest source of blue-spectrum light, noted a team led by Dr. Anders West, a stroke specialist at the University of Copenhagen. So, blue light is key to the circadian (day-night) "body clock" that helps guide bodily processes, the study authors explained. As such, blue light has been shown to increase memory and thinking skills, as well as alertness, the Danish team said. However, stroke patients are often kept in indoor rehabilitation facilities with artificial lighting systems that ... Read more

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Some Partners Need Extra Loving This Valentine's Day

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – The best gift you can give a stressed or depressed partner this Valentine's Day is extra love and support, researchers say. They surveyed more than 1,400 couples on self-esteem, levels of depression and mutual support. The study revealed that when one partner was feeling stressed, support from their mate was associated with improved self-esteem and lower risk of depression in the future. "Efforts from a partner to help alleviate stress may prevent the development or worsening of mental health problems and, in fact, could help keep the relationship healthy," said lead researcher Matthew Johnson. He's an assistant professor at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, in Edmonton, Canada. "When we experience stress, especially high levels of stress, we are particularly vulnerable and perhaps that's why partner support ... Read more

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