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  • Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

    08/11/2014 2:42:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Gardening Know-How ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bonnie L. Grant
    Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists...
  • Antidepressant medication linked with increased risk of superbug infection

    05/09/2013 1:30:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 07, 2013 | NA
    Certain types of antidepressants may put people at an increased risk for developing a deadly superbug infection, a new study suggested. Researchers from the University of Michigan revealed that individuals who suffer from depression and those taking antidepressants such as mirtazapine and fluoxetine had a much higher chance of contracting Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) – a life threatening infection that can cause severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. One of the most common infections acquired by patients at hospitals, C. difficile has been occurring with more and more frequency, resulting in the deaths of 14,000 individuals in the United...
  • Pfizer disputes suit claiming Zoloft doesn't work

    01/31/2013 6:11:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Niami Herald ^ | 01.31.13 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    AP BUSINESS WRITER TRENTON, N.J. -- The maker of Zoloft is being sued in an unusual case alleging the popular antidepressant has no more benefit than a dummy pill and that patients who took it should be reimbursed for their costs. --snip-- He said Pfizer produced two studies showing Zoloft worked better than placebo - the FDA's requirement for approval - but most Zoloft studies showed its effect was the same as a placebo. Dr. Michael Thase, who heads the mood and anxiety disorders program at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, said research by others using the same unpublished...
  • Recoil Therapy: the Art of Relaxing at the Range

    02/08/2012 7:05:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies · 1+ views
    guns.com ^ | 6 February, 2012 | Jim Downey
    Whatsamatter, buddy? Winter blahs got you down? Having a hard time focusing on work? Can’t quite clear your head after those interminable PowerPoint presentations? Sick & tired of being sick & tired? What you need, my friend, is a little Recoil Therapy because nothing chases away the blues like a .44 magnum. Wouldn’t You Like to Get Away? When I was a full-time care provider for a family member with Alzheimer’s, it used to surprise people when I would make use of my relatively rare respite care breaks (when someone else would come care of my charge) to go out...
  • Failed anti-depressant drug could be 'women's Viagra'

    11/17/2009 11:49:22 AM PST · by waiyu · 65 replies · 2,046+ views
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 11/17/09 | breitbart
    A drug that failed to fight the blues could be the female answer to the little blue pill Viagra, the lead North American investigator analysing tests of the drug said Tuesday. Women who took the drug flibanserin when it was being tested as an anti-depressant said it didn't help them beat the glums, but did give them "an increase in libido that they liked," John Thorp, one of the investigators analyzing data from three clinical trials of the drug, told AFP.
  • Antidepressant use doubles in US

    08/03/2009 7:42:53 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 47 replies · 892+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-3-09 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday. About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found. "Significant increases in antidepressant use were evident across all sociodemographic groups examined, except African Americans," Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Steven Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia wrote in the Archives of General Psychiatry. "Not...
  • Gadfly or Watchdog?

    07/15/2008 3:32:58 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 107+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 15, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Gadfly or Watchdog? by: Bethany Stotts, July 15, 2008 Some controversies never die. As Accuracy in Academia recently reported, Dr. Alan Schatzberg and around thirty medical researchers are now under investigation by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for financial conflicts of interest. In Dr. Schatzberg’s case, the conflicts reach as far back as 1998, when he co-founded the company that purchased a patent for mifepristone from Stanford University, his then (and current) employer. To this day Dr. Schatzberg continues as the principal investigator on Stanford’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the anti-depressant effects of mifepristone, an abortion drug....
  • The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise

    02/29/2008 6:46:55 PM PST · by BGHater · 19 replies · 1,497+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | Charles Barber
    The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise Close to 10 percent of men and women in America are now taking drugs to combat depression. How did a once rare condition become so common? I am thinking of the Medicated Americans, those 11 percent of women and 5 percent of men who are taking antidepressants. It is Sunday night. The Medicated American—let’s call her Julie, and let’s place her in Winterset, Iowa—is getting ready for bed. Monday morning and its attendant pressures—the rush to get out of the house, the long commute, the bustle of the office—loom. She opens the...
  • Antidepressant Studies Unpublished

    01/18/2008 2:39:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 116+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2008 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The makers of antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil never published the results of about a third of the drug trials that they conducted to win government approval, misleading doctors and consumers about the drugs’ true effectiveness, a new analysis has found. In published trials, about 60 percent of people taking the drugs report significant relief from depression, compared with roughly 40 percent of those on placebo pills. But when the less positive, unpublished trials are included, the advantage shrinks: the drugs outperform placebos, but by a modest margin, concludes the new report, which appears Thursday in The New England Journal...
  • In Kids, Benefits of Antidepressants Appear to Outweigh Risks

    04/17/2007 11:30:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,449+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | 4/17/07 | Deborah Kotz
    Parents of clinically depressed children often find themselves in a troubling quandary, forced to weigh the mood-lifting benefits of antidepressants against the small but very real risk of suicidal behavior that may occur in young people who take these drugs. The Food and Drug Administration requires a black box warning on antidepressants (including Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft) concerning the possibility of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and behaviors in anyone under 25 who takes the drugs. But a new study, published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, indicates that the drugs' benefits outweigh the risks. Researchers examined 27 clinical...
  • Sources: Virginia Tech gunman left note

    04/17/2007 8:55:01 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 528 replies · 21,996+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 17, 2007 | Aamer Madhani
    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The suspected gunman in the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, Cho Seung-Hui, was a troubled 23-year-old senior from South Korea who investigators believe left an invective-filled note in his dorm room, sources say. The note included a rambling list of grievances and ended with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on the inside of one of his arms.
  • Club drug finds use as antidepressant - Psychedelic ketamine hits the blues surprisingly fast.

    08/08/2006 5:03:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 620+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 7 August 2006 | Erika Check
    Close window Published online: 7 August 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060807-1 Club drug finds use as antidepressantPsychedelic ketamine hits the blues surprisingly fast.Erika Check Pills popped in a nightclub are potential therapeutics too.© Punchstock The 'club drug' ketamine may be the fastest-acting antidepressant ever tested, researchers report today. A team based at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland, studied ketamine in 17 people with major depression. All the subjects had failed to respond to treatment with standard antidepressant drugs or more drastic methods, such as electroshock therapy. But 71% felt better the day after taking ketamine,...
  • Tsunami diplomat went 'berserk' on plane after binge

    01/17/2006 12:57:21 PM PST · by Shermy · 75 replies · 2,059+ views
    London Times ^ | January 17, 2006
    A British diplomat went berserk after a drinking binge on his flight home from tsunami aid work in Thailand, a court heard today. Colonel Peter Roberts, the British defence attaché in Thailand, hurled obscene abuse at other passengers in business class, threatened to kill cabin staff, grabbed at women, and struggled free of the plastic ties binding his wrists and ankles to subdue him, it was alleged. He was arrested when his flight landed at Heathrow and then tried to punch and kick police officers, Isleworth Crown Court in London heard. As fellow passengers and cabin staff tried to restrain...
  • Essay Questions Role of Antidepressants,Authors Challenge Link Between Chemical Imbalance/Depression

    11/21/2005 2:55:59 PM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 12 replies · 474+ views
    WebMD ^ | Nov. 7, 2005 | Salynn Boyles
    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), include the drugs Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Celexa. The drugs increase the availability of serotonin, which acts as a chemical messenger in the brain among other areas. Millions of Americans take SSRIs for depression and other mood disorders, and in the U.S. alone sales of the drugs top $10 billion a year. In a newly published essay, anatomy professor Jonathan Leo, PhD, along with colleague Jeffrey Lacasse, say that SSRI ads aimed at the public are often misleading. Leo teaches neuroanatomy at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla. "The advertising is...
  • F.D.A. Panel Urges Stronger Warning on Antidepressants

    09/14/2004 8:42:30 PM PDT · by familyop · 5 replies · 240+ views
    New York Times ^ | 15SEP04 | GARDINER HARRIS
    BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 14 - Federal drug regulators should warn physicians and patients in the strongest possible terms that antidepressants not only cause some children and teenagers to become suicidal but most have also failed to cure their depression, a federal advisory committee voted Tuesday. The committee voted 15 to 8 that the Food and Drug Administration should mandate that the drugs contain "black box" warnings on the sheet of information that physicians review when prescribing drugs. This type of warning is in boldface type, surrounded by a black border and placed at the top of a drug's warning label....
  • Antidepressant Seen as Effective in Treatment of Adolescents

    06/02/2004 12:49:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 345+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 2, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    PHOENIX, June 1 — In the midst of a worldwide debate on whether depressed children should be treated with antidepressant drugs like Prozac, a landmark government-financed study has found that Prozac helps teenagers overcome depression far better than talk therapy. But a combination of the two treatments, the study found, produced the best result. The study, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, was the first to compare psychotherapy and drug treatment for depressed adolescents. Statistically, the researchers found, talk therapy — in which a patient discusses problems with a therapist — was by itself no more effective in...
  • Antidepressant Use in Children Soars Despite Efficacy Doubts

    04/18/2004 7:38:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 404+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2004 | Shankar Vedantam
    The number of depressed American children being treated with antidepressants has soared over the past decade -- a tectonic shift in the practice of psychiatry -- but new scientific reviews of the research that fueled the trend suggest that the drugs' benefits have been dramatically oversold. The use of antidepressants among children grew three- to tenfold between 1987 and 1996, data from various studies indicate, and a newer survey found a further 50 percent rise in prescriptions between 1998 and 2002. The explosion in antidepressant use occurred even though the vast majority of clinical trials have failed to prove that...
  • Expert Kept From Speaking at Antidepressant Hearing

    04/15/2004 11:25:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 194+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/16/04 | Gardiner Harris
    Top Food and Drug Administration officials admitted yesterday that they barred the agency's top expert from testifying at a public hearing about his conclusion that antidepressants cause children to become suicidal because they viewed his findings as alarmist and premature. "It would have been entirely inappropriate to present as an F.D.A. conclusion an analysis of data that were not ripe," Dr. Robert Temple, the Food and Drug Administration's associate director of medical policy, said in an interview. "This is a very serious matter. If you get it wrong and over-discourage the use of these medicines, people could die." Dr. Temple...
  • Antidepressant use by preschoolers rising

    04/03/2004 2:09:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies · 254+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 3, 2004 | Joyce Howard Price
    <p>The study examined antidepressant use from 1998 to 2002 among 2 million youngsters ages 18 and younger who were covered by commercial health insurance. About one in 15 children in the United States is covered by commercial insurance, according to officials of Express Scripts Inc. of St. Louis, which conducted the study.</p>
  • Health Experts Warn of Antidepressant Dangers for Children, Teens

    02/20/2004 9:33:45 AM PST · by Coleus · 46 replies · 6,043+ views
    CBN News ^ | 02.18.04
    Check your local listings for airtimes. (Current show is updated every weekday at 5pm EST.) HEALTH Health Experts Warn of Antidepressant Dangers for Children, Teens By Darla SittonCBN News Producer In America, Prozac is the only drug the FDA has "approved" for pediatric depression. CBN.com – (CBN News) - As many as one in eight adolescents suffers from clinical depression. And these kids are often treated with anti-depressant drugs that have been tested and approved for adult use. But the drugs may not be safe for children. Corey Baadsgaard doesn't remember storming into his honors English class with a...
  • Antidepressant Helps Aleviate Compulsive Shopping Disorder, Stanford Researchers Find

    07/17/2003 8:34:39 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 494+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 7-17-2003 | Stanford University
    Source: Stanford University Medical Center Date: 2003-07-17 Antidepressant Helps Alleviate Compulsive Shopping Disorder, Stanford Researchers Find STANFORD, Calif. - While a trip to the mall may mean a cute sweater or new CD for most of us, it has ominous implications for the thousands of Americans who suffer from compulsive shopping disorder, a condition marked by binge shopping and subsequent financial hardship. Now Stanford University Medical Center researchers have found that a drug commonly prescribed as an antidepressant may be able to curb the uncontrollable shopping urges. In a study appearing in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical...
  • Authorities in Homeschool Killings refuse to indict Paxil

    08/29/2002 6:18:57 AM PDT · by hobbes1 · 19 replies · 274+ views
    Helena Independent Record ^ | 08/29/02 | CAROLYNN BRIGHT
    Homeschool killings By CAROLYNN BRIGHT, IR Staff Writer - 08/29/02 Officials try to squelch attempts to explain murder of 2 children. As officials investigating the alleged murder of two Augusta youths by their mother earlier this week clamp down on details of the case, area residents have developed their own explanations for the tragedy. Some newspaper reports quote sources who point accusatory fingers at the anti-depressant Paxil — a drug Jeanette Swanson’s mother said her daughter started taking only weeks before she called 911 stating that she shot her 10-year-old daughter Louisa, and her 14-year-old son, Swen. Other conjecture...
  • National expert blames side effects of depression medication

    08/28/2002 5:29:46 AM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 85 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Great Falls Tribune ^ | 8/28/2002 | Kim Skornogoski
    <p>Jeanette Swanson was taking an antidepressant that can cause delusions and mania -- and is similar to the drug taken by Texas mom Andrea Yates, recently convicted of drowning her five children in a bathtub.</p> <p>Swanson of Augusta is accused of shooting two of her children Monday.</p>