Lexapro Maker Charged Over Teen Prescriptions
Monday, March 02, 2009 By editor
Category: Medication Info

 In what will almost certainly prove to be a controversial case, the United States Justice Department charged drug maker Forest Laboratories with fraud for paying doctors to market major antidepr... more

Online Research Helps Patients Find New Treatments
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 By editor
Category: Medication Info

Patients who research their healthcare options online are more likely to ask for, and receive, the latest specialized treatments for their conditions. This obsession with data has a conceivable downsi... more

Cash Incentive Helps Smokers Quit
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 By editor
Category: Addiction

In an attempt to relieve America’s overburdened healthcare system, President Obama signed a law that will more than double the Federal Cigarette Tax starting April 1st. The American Lung Associa... more

Exercise Reduces Smokers' Cravings
Friday, February 20, 2009 By editor
Category: Addiction

It's no coincidence that the best-funded rehab clinics usually offer aerobics and yoga classes. The classic good-health trifecta (exercise, eat well, sleep well) is the crux of almost all successful a... more

MRI May Predict Alzheimer's Risk
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Nearly every individual suffers from some sort of memory problem as their age increases. But only a minority develop Alzheimer's Disease. A new study shows that special "structural" MRIs may... more

Brain Exercise Programs Lack Evidence
Friday, February 13, 2009 By editor

Brain exercise programs are rapidly expanding in popularity, already generating more than $80 million in sales a year. Marketing has targeted the anxieties of elderly populations that fear mental de... more

Autism/Vaccine Link Ruled Meritless
Thursday, February 12, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

Special courts recently ruled, in three separate decisions, that a group representing the parents of autistic children has no standing to sue the federal government for the conditions of their offspri... more

"Mediterranean" Diet Slows Cognitive Decline
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

In a society obsessed, to an unhealthy degree, with diet and appearance, a new study has made waves in scientific and health-centered media circles. The long-term report reveals that consistently eati... more

Postpartum Depression Risk Detected Early
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

While the birth of a child is usually a joyous occasion, a significant number of women feel an inexplicable darkness descend on them afterwards. Postpartum depression (PPD) can make childrearing seem ... more

Meth Costs U.S. More than $23 Billion in One Year
Friday, February 06, 2009 By editor
Category: Addiction

The RAND Corporation, one of the world’s most renowned think tanks, just completed the first comprehensive analysis of the cost of methamphetamines to the U.S. economy. Their report focuses on 2... more

Higher Bipolar Mortality Rates Confirmed
Thursday, February 05, 2009 By editor
Category: Bipolar Disorder

A large-scale retrospective survey has confirmed the long-held belief that mortality rates for individuals with bipolar disorder are higher than those in the general population. Affected individuals a... more

Mental Illness Alone Not Linked to Violence
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 By editor
Category: Schizophrenia

 A new study renders indisputable the fact that the mentally ill are not inherently more prone to violence than those in the general population. Only when drug and alcohol addiction or traumatic ... more

Stronger Link Between Concussions, Mental Illness
Saturday, January 31, 2009 By editor
Category: Our Psychology

  In summer 2007, TOL reported on a long-simmering problem threatening to engulf the National Football League. This issue revolved around the declining mental health status of former players w... more

Short Window Between Suicide Idea and Attempt
Friday, January 30, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

After someone commits suicide, their loved ones and counselors may be haunted by the thought that they might have been able to intervene in time. There has been a lot of debate about how detectable ... more

Coffee Appears to Lower Dementia Risk
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Coffee: many, if not most of us drink it on a regular basis despite reports naming caffeine as a dangerously addictive stimulant and old wives’ tales insisting that it will lead to high blood pr... more

Anxiety and Balance Treated Together
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 By editor
Category: Stress

While childhood is supposed to be a carefree time, a worrying number of children develop anxiety disorders before they are seven years old. These children can be particularly hard to help because they... more

Study Clarifies Schizophrenic Brain Functions
Friday, January 23, 2009 By editor
Category: Schizophrenia

A newly released MIT/Harvard study appears to reveal the neurological source of the confusion and incoherency so common to schizophrenic subjects. The study's authors hope their conclusions will point... more

SSRI Effective for Anxiety in Seniors
Thursday, January 22, 2009 By editor
Category: Stress

Researchers have found, in an encouraging development, that one of the most popular SSRI antidepressant medications may also prove effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety disorder in older adul... more

Speech Disorders Accurately Assessed Online
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 By editor
Category: Our Stories

Speech-language pathologists are frequently able to correct developmental problems or substantially restore communication ability, but only if they are able to reach patients and properly assess them.... more

Future Meds May Curb Smoke Damage
Monday, January 19, 2009 By editor
Category: Addiction

Naming changes in genetic expression as the culprits behind the ravages of long-term smoking habits, researchers now propose a pill that could slow, prevent or even reverse the damage caused by cigare... more

Atypical Antipsychotics Linked to Heart Failure
Friday, January 16, 2009 By editor
Category: Schizophrenia

Next-generation antipsychotic drugs have been linked, in a disturbing New England Journal of Medicine study, to a 200% greater chance of heart failure and sudden death. This news will certainly serve ... more

Antipsychotics Shorten Life of Alzheimer Patients
Monday, January 12, 2009 By editor
Category: Medication Info

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease are difficult to care for not only because of their deteriorating mental capacities, but also because of frequently accompanying behavioral problems like aggres... more

Pentagon Says No Purple Hearts for PTSD
Thursday, January 08, 2009 By editor
Category: Stress

In a controversial ruling contradicting the wishes of many returning veterans and their families, the U.S. Army has announced that no Purple Heart medals will be awarded to service members suffering f... more

Early Antidepressants Effective for Parkinson's
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

According to a recent study, newer, more narrowly focussed antidepressant drugs that have proven to more effectively treat serotonin imbalances may actually be less effective for subjects diagnosed wi... more

Sleep Disturbance Predicts Neurodegeneration
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 By editor
Category: Our Psychology

Crying out and thrashing in sleep has always been annoying for bedmates. However, new research suggests that you shouldn’t just roll over and try to go back to sleep after receiving a somnambula... more

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