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Mental Health and College Students

Posted 4 Dec 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – There's an adjustment period for almost every new college student – many young people have struggles balancing independence and a heavy workload. But there are some signs that suggest your young person needs more serious help than a care package from home. Some problems are temporary, like anxiety and stress, which affect huge numbers of college students. Some lifelong ...

Sharp Rise Seen in Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Woes

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Mental health issues are sending more and more kids and teens to hospital emergency rooms, and that increase has been most dramatic among minorities, a new report shows. Between 2012 and 2016, overall admissions shot up 50 percent in the United States, the researchers said. "Prior to our study, we knew that an increasing number of children with mental health concerns were ...

Is Evolution of the Human Brain to Blame for Some Mental Disorders?

Posted 9 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – Evolutionary changes in the human brain may be responsible for psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new research suggests. The researchers identified long, noncoding stretches of DNA (called "repeat arrays") in a gene that governs calcium transport in the brain. Their findings were published Aug. 9 in the American Journal of Human Genetics. ...

FDA Approves Perseris (risperidone) for Extended-Release Injectable Suspension for the Treatment of Schizophrenia in Adults

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

SLOUGH, England and RICHMOND, Va., July 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Indivior PLC (LON: INDV) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Perseris, the first once-monthly subcutaneous risperidone-containing, long-acting injectable (LAI) for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Clinically relevant levels were reached after the first injection of Perseris without ...

FDA Approves Aristada Initio (aripiprazole lauroxil) for the Initiation of Aristada for Schizophrenia

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, July 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Aristada Initio (aripiprazole lauroxil) for the initiation of Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil), a long-acting injectable atypical antipsychotic for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. For the first time, Aristada Initio, in combination with a single ...

Massive Study Finds Same Genes Drive Many Psychiatric Conditions

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia show a great degree of overlap in the genes that may contribute to them, a large, new study shows. Researchers said the findings should deepen the understanding of how various psychiatric disorders arise. Eventually, they might even change the way the conditions are diagnosed and treated. The "high degree" of ...

Empathy May Reside in Your DNA

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Your ability to "feel" the emotions of others lies partly in your genes, new research suggests. The British study, of nearly 47,000 adults, found that genes seemed to explain 10 percent of the variance in empathy from one person to another. And some of those genes are also associated with the risks of autism, schizophrenia and anorexia. "We've known for a few decades ...

Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds. The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or more, depending on the kid's diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to treat their disorder, the researchers said. The findings mirror earlier studies showing ...

Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that "they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. immigration policies and news," ...

Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the researchers say. Gene expression refers to cells' conversion of genetic instructions into proteins. "These ...

Genes Start Mutating Soon After Life Begins, Study Finds

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered. The Yale University and Mayo Clinic scientists said that many of these mutations occur as sex cells are forming in the embryo. That means they can become part of the embryo's genome and be passed on to the next generation. "This opens up a ...

Allergan Receives FDA Approval for Vraylar (cariprazine) in the Maintenance Treatment of Schizophrenia

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Vraylar (cariprazine) for the maintenance treatment of adults with schizophrenia. Vraylar is also approved in the U.S. in adults for the acute treatment of schizophrenia and acute treatment of manic or mixed ...

FDA Approves Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole) Pill with Sensor to Digitally Track if Patients Have Ingested Their Medication

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

November 13, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated ...

FDA OKs First 'Digital Pill', Abilify Mycite, That Lets Doctors Know It's Been Taken

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Offering both the promise of better patient compliance with health care, but also fears of a medical "Big Brother," a newly approved "digital pill" allows physicians to track whether or not it's been ingested by patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the nod to Abilify MyCite, for use in patients with schizophrenia, an add-on treatment for depression, ...

'Digital Pill', Abilify Mycite, Tells Doctor When Patient Takes It

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – The first drug designed to alert a doctor when a patient takes the medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole with sensor) has an embedded sensor that sends a message to a wearable patch that the medication's been taken. This allows the patient and doctor to track the medication's use via smartphone. Abilify, first ...

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