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  • Fort Hood shooter was taking "prescription drugs for depression and anxiety". SSRIs?

    04/04/2014 9:29:47 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 48 replies
    Above Top Secret.com ^ | Apr 3, 2014 | gladtobehere
    Fort Hood shooter was taking "prescription drugs for depression and anxiety". SSRIs? "Lopez was undergoing a variety of treatments for conditions including depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances, McHugh said. He was prescribed drugs that included Ambien, a sleep aid. Lopez was fully examined last month by a psychiatrist. There was no record of any sign he was likely to commit violence against himself or others, according to McHugh. "So the plan (going) forward was just to continue to monitor and treat him as deemed appropriate," he said." They say that he was "prescribed drugs" but only named one, Ambien, which...
  • Pop The Paxil! Super-Subdued Obama Speaks To Supporters

    11/18/2013 7:14:14 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tonight's Organizing For Action conference call with President Obama was billed as "exclusive," and indeed it was . . . in the sense that anyone in the world who signed up for it could listen in. I was one of the lucky few hundred thousand, and was dumbstruck by how depressed President Obama seemed. Looks like SNL was onto something. Listen to the brief, edited audio clip from the conference call, and compare and contrast the super-subdued tone with the soaring rhetoric from the good old hope 'n change days of the 2008 campaign. More here.
  • Suicides and Homicides in Patients Taking Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft: Why They Keep Happening

    02/13/2013 11:12:14 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 32 replies
    MedicationSense.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jay S. Cohen M.D.
    Suicides and Homicides in Patients Taking Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft: Why They Keep Happening -- And Why They Will Continue Underlying Causes That Continue to Be Ignored by Mainstream Medicine and the Media From almost the day that they were introduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s, sudden, unexpected suicides and homicides have been reported in patients taking serotonin-enhancing antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. I'm not surprised this problem hasn't disappeared, nor will it unless we look deeper. I never hesitate to say that these drugs -- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- help millions of people....
  • GlaxoSmithKline Agrees to $3B Fraud Settlement

    07/02/2012 6:44:29 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 1 replies
    Blog of legal times ^ | Today | Mike Scarcella
    GlaxoSmithKline agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and to pay $1 billion in criminal fines and forfeitures for the illegal marketing and promotion of the drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin. Officials said the company between 1998 and 2003 unlawfully promoted Paxil for treating depression in patients under the age of 18. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved that use of the drug, DOJ officials said. The officials said GlaxoSmithKline illegally promoted Wellbutrin for uses that included weight loss, substance abuse and sexual dysfunction. DOJ officials said the company will...
  • GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion for health fraud

    07/02/2012 3:54:47 PM PDT · by Moose4 · 30 replies
    AP via Raleigh News & Obstructor ^ | 2 July 2012 | Jesse J. Holland
    WASHINGTON -- GlaxoSmithKline LLC will pay $3 billion and plead guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to disclose important safety information on a third in the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, the Justice Department said Monday. Accompanying the criminal case was a civil settlement in which the government said the company's improper marketing included providing doctors with expensive resort vacations, European hunting trips, high-paid speaking tours and even tickets to a Madonna concert. The $3 billion combined criminal-civil fine will be the largest penalty ever paid by a drug company, Deputy...
  • Popular Drugs May Help Only Severe Depression

    01/24/2010 1:28:55 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 11 replies · 672+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 5 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Some widely prescribed drugs for depression provide relief in extreme cases but are no more effective than placebo pills for most patients, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. The latest study may settle a debate about drugs like Prozac. The findings could help settle a longstanding debate about antidepressants. While the study does not imply that the drugs are worthless for anyone with moderate to serious depression — many such people do seem to benefit — it does provide one likely explanation for the sharp disagreement among experts about the drugs’ overall effectiveness.
  • Antidepressants may damage more sex lives

    12/15/2008 6:33:47 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 19 replies · 1,148+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 15 December 2008 | Carey Goldberg
    Such sexual symptoms have long been known side effects of the popular Prozac class of antidepressants, but a growing body of research suggests that they are far more common than previously thought, perhaps affecting half or more of patients. And a handful of recent medical and psychological journal articles document a small number of cases in which sexual problems remain even after a patient goes off the drugs. "This is such an upsetting issue," said Aline Zoldbrod, a Lexington psychologist and sex therapist. "There are people for whom SSRIs are really life-saving, I think, but the idea that someone would...
  • Doctors Visit (Vanity)

    09/26/2008 7:34:05 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 31 replies · 959+ views
    Had to go to the doctor yesterday and there I was, stuck in a small waiting room with no way to escape. See, there was this flatpanel on one wall tuned into CNN and I couldn't change the channel or sound, and unfortunately, McCain was speaking. I expect blather, falsehoods, socialism, innuendos, garbage and BS from BO but there is McCain with blather, falsehoods, socialism, innuendos, garbage and BS. I was looking for the nearest chair to put thru the screen. Decided it probably was not the best thing to do. If he had half a brain, and I'm sure...
  • Exclusive: Mysterious Deaths

    03/03/2008 3:05:18 PM PST · by Ready2go · 17 replies · 312+ views
    West Virginia Media ^ | February 29, 2008 | Sara Gavin
    Exclusive: Mysterious Deaths Posted Friday, February 29, 2008 ; 06:11 PM Updated Friday, February 29, 2008 ; 10:22 PM Watch Story Video Three West Virginia military men die within a three week period, but they weren't at war when they lost their lives. Share your reaction Story by Sara Gavin Email | Bio | Other Stories by Sara Gavin CHARLESTON -- The last time Janette Layne saw her husband Eric was January 24th. "He would normally stay up watching TV at night because it was hard for him to sleep and I went ahead and went to bed. The next...
  • Study confirms suicide rates dropping

    09/29/2006 12:26:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 749+ views
    Scientific American ^ | September 28, 2006 | Maggie Fox
    Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suicide rates among the youngest and oldest Americans have steadily declined since the late 1980s, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday in a finding that contradicts popular conceptions that rates were rising. The study suggests that new antidepressant drugs may not raise the risk of suicide after all, the researchers said, but they acknowledge they are mystified by what might be causing the decline, because it is not affecting people aged 25 to 64. "For 40 years adolescent suicide rates rose," said Dr. Robert McKeown, a professor at the University of South Carolina's school...
  • GOP talk of vibrant economy rings hollow

    09/18/2006 5:32:03 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 120 replies · 1,915+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-18-06 | LIZ SIDOTI
    FALMOUTH, Ky. - Used boots fetch $3 and old salt-and-pepper shakers bring in a buck at a makeshift flea market along Highway 27, presumably not what President Bush and Republicans have in mind when they herald a vibrant economy. ADVERTISEMENT Times are "very good for the rich and very, very bad for the poor" who "can't afford to live," laments Larry Mitchell, 43, a now-and-then merchant peddling his wares recently in a submarine sandwich shop parking lot. He says the middle class is "having a hard time." In the Ohio River Valley, where people decry high gas prices, stagnant wages,...
  • Lawmakers to probe housing "bubble," mortgages

    09/13/2006 5:52:11 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 27 replies · 993+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-12-06
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers will question some leading government and industry economists about the perils of a possible 'housing bubble' in a Wednesday hearing. Lawmakers wanted the session "because we've heard a great deal about the possibility of a housing bubble for several years now," said Sen. Wayne Allard, a Republican from Colorado. The hearing, "The Housing Bubble and its Implications for the Economy," will be held in an open session of the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m.. Next week, the same committee will hold a hearing on the growth of innovative mortgage products that have mushroomed along...
  • How low will real estate go?

    09/12/2006 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 120 replies · 2,804+ views
    msnbc.com ^ | 9-11-06 | Lacey Rose
    Get used to it ¡ª the seller's market is closing up shop. The days of fat, fast home value increases are gone. Pack away those flipping fantasies. "The boom is definitely over, there's no debate about that," said Mark Zandi, chief economist of West Chester, Pa.-based research firm Moody's Economy.com. "Now the question is more how hard is it going to land, if it lands at all." The answer? Depends who you ask ¡ª and what location you're talking about. How to feel about it? Depends which side of the market you're on ¡ª and what location you're talking about....
  • A Humbling Lesson for Realtors' President

    09/09/2006 1:26:07 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 31 replies · 1,204+ views
    WashPost ^ | 9/9/2006 | Sandra Fleishman
    He, of all people, should have known better. The president of the National Association of Realtors, Thomas M. Stevens of Vienna, admits he didn't follow his agents' advice when the real estate market started to cool. That, he says, is why his old house in Great Falls has now been on the market for a year at the price of $1.45 million. "What I should have done," confessed the senior vice president of NRT Inc., parent of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, "was listened to my agent and cut the price by $50,000 to $100,000 early on, and the property would...
  • Risk of U.S. recession growing: HSBC

    09/08/2006 10:57:03 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 34 replies · 930+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 9-8-06
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investment bank HSBC has revised downward its forecast for 2007 economic growth and cautioned that the risk of an outright recession is growing as a retreat in housing threatens household balance sheets. ADVERTISEMENT The company argues that while corporate profits have remained sky-high, the incomes of most Americans have effectively fallen over the last 18 months. That, say economists Stephen King and Ian Morris, could be a recipe for hard times in an economy that relies on consumers for over two-thirds of its strength. "Never before have households been so hard hit at a time companies...
  • `Priced below Assessment'

    09/07/2006 11:33:38 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 59 replies · 1,802+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 9/07/2006 | Kimberly Blanton
    Falling prices have created a new twist in the suburban Boston real estate market: More homes are selling for less than their assessed values. Massachusetts house prices slumped 3.5 percent in July, the biggest monthly drop since 1993, as a slowdown in sales brought about by rising interest rates created a glut of homes on the market. which are the estimated values communities place on homes to determine property taxes, their primary source of revenue. State law requires communities to assess properties at ``full and fair cash value." * * * But for the past five years, most homes sold...
  • Realtors lower forecast for home sales

    09/07/2006 7:56:35 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 18 replies · 699+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 9-7-06
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home sales will be a good deal weaker this year than earlier thought as potential buyers remain on the sidelines waiting for better deals, a national real estate group said on Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT The National Association of Realtors said sales of existing homes were likely to drop 7.6 percent this year to 6.54 million. A month ago, the group thought existing homes sales would fall only 6.5 percent to 6.61 million. The association, which said housing prices were likely to dip temporarily below year-ago levels, also revised lower its forecasts for new homes sales and housing...
  • So Rep. Murtha Accused American Marines of Cold-Blooded Murder... So What?

    05/17/2006 5:58:24 PM PDT · by Coop · 495 replies · 11,894+ views
    MATTHEWS: Draw us a picture of what happened in Haditha. MURTHA: Well I'll tell you exactly what happened. One Marine was killed and the Marines just said we're gonna take care...we don't know who the enemy is, the pressure was too much on them, so they went into houses and actually killed civilians and...I... MATTHEWS: Was this My Lai? When you say cold blood Congressman, a lot of people think you're basically saying you've got some civilians sitting in a room or out in a field and they're executed on purpose... MURTHA: That's exactly what happened. MATTHEWS: ...not because any...
  • God warns of coastal storms, possible tsunami, Robertson says

    05/17/2006 4:05:08 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 263 replies · 4,566+ views
    PilotOnline.com ^ | 05-17-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    VIRGINIA BEACH-Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson is warning that, according to God, storms and possibly a tidal wave will pound America's coastline this year.
  • The Weakness of Empire

    05/13/2006 6:53:00 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 53 replies · 6,334+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | May 22, 2006 Issue | Michael Vlahos
    History has not dealt kindly with imperial ambitions, and America, however benevolent her intent, cannot hope to be an exception. Something remarkable happened on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Commentators began to declare, in somewhat exultant tones, that America had at last become a true empire. America was of course also a benevolent empire, they insisted, but that nod to altruistic tradition could not hide their excitement that America had at last joined the greatest empires of the past. Implicit in these giddy declarations was the assumption that empire was an exalted state of power and...
  • Antidepressant May Raise Suicide Risk

    05/12/2006 6:51:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 882+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 12, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY and GARDINER HARRIS
    After analyzing data from clinical trials, GlaxoSmithKline has sent letters to doctors warning that its antidepressant drug Paxil appears to increase the risk of suicide attempts in some young adults. The company said it had changed the labeling on the drug to reflect the finding of the study, which analyzed clinical trial data involving some 15,000 people. The study found that reported suicide attempts were rare but significantly more common in adults who took the drug for depression than in those who received placebo pills. The Glaxo researchers reported only one suicide in the trials, a number so small it...
  • Good news on treating depression

    03/23/2006 11:59:16 AM PST · by DallasMike · 10 replies · 566+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | March 23, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    There is good news today for those who suffer from depression: The largest study ever done on treating depression has found that patients who didn't get well with the first medicine they tried had a good chance of succeeding the second time around. The study found little difference among the five drugs tested: Celexa, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Effexor and Buspar -- and wasn't designed to compare them. All proved similarly effective and relatively safe. The clear message, doctors said, was that antidepressants should be given a 6-to-12-week chance to work and that if one doesn't help, another should be tried."It's important...
  • The Pendulum Turns on Darwinism and Good and Evil

    12/22/2005 6:12:19 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 329+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12/22/05 | Purple Mountains
    Although proponents of Intelligent Design (ID) have received a setback in this week’s Dover, PA decision, I do not believe that the world-is-flat defenders of Darwinism can continue for long keeping people from discussing the possibility that the world is actually a globe that revolves around the sun. Future discoveries may show ID proponents to be wrong, but inquisition should have died with Galileo. Darwin’s theory that life began from a confluence of accidental events and evolved over eons into many thousands of life forms, including man, through a series of random mutations that were passed on through inheritance (if...
  • Pregnant Women Warned By FDA to Avoid Paxil

    12/11/2005 9:12:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 495+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 9, 2005 | Marc Kaufman and Shankar Vedantam
    The Food and Drug Administration warned pregnant women and their doctors away from the antidepressant Paxil yesterday because of an increased risk of heart defects in newborns. With the warning, the agency for the first time placed a popular antidepressant -- one in the same drug class as Prozac and Zoloft -- into its second-highest category for risk of birth defects. The agency did not say Paxil could never be used by pregnant women, but it did say the FDA "is advising patients that this drug should usually not be taken during pregnancy." The advisory is based on early results...
  • I am Mad, Hysterical, and Zotted

    07/30/2005 9:11:44 AM PDT · by unhappy camper · 322 replies · 10,066+ views
    Excuse me for infiltrating your kingdom, but I need to vent. I just had to pay $2.41 a gallon for gas and I can't afford this. I blame Bush and his illegal wars for this travesty. And since you are part of the remaining 40% of dummies who still support that assclown, I blame you, too. I hope so much the Democrats take back Congress in 2006 so this nazi will be impeached and tossed in the clink. How you idiots can't see this man is pure evil, I don't know. Hopefully, both he and KKKarl Rove will be in...
  • Stronger Warnings for Antidepressant Drugs

    07/24/2005 10:31:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 655+ views
    Health Central ^ | 07.23.05
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a new warning label be added to antidepressants more than a year ago, cautioning physicians to pay close attention to patients taking the drugs for signs of suicidal behavior. Now the agency issued its second (much stronger) warning, urging the monitoring of adults who use antidepressants for signs of suicidal thoughts and deepening depression.FDA's New AdvisoryThe new warning, which is applicable to children and adults, was in the wake of recent studies that linked suicidal behavior in adults to their use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most commonly prescribed class of...
  • Saturday Vigil for Christopher Pittman in Chester, SC

    03/18/2005 5:56:46 PM PST · by texaspirate · 399+ views
    Yahoo Group ^ | 3/18/2005 | LARA ISAAC
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Alert Friends of Christopher Candle Light Vigil What: Candle Light Vigil in support of Christopher Pittman and all of South Carolina’s children. Who: Christopher’s young friends who live in Chester, SC and other supporters from around the southeast who are concerned about the persecution of children as adults will gather in Chester for a candle light vigil in support of justice for South Carolina’s children and in support of Christopher Pittman. When: Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 6:30 pm Where: New Hope United Methodist Church 2149 West Chester School Rd. Chester, SC 29706 Background: Concerned citizens...
  • U.S. Seizes Batches of Two Glaxo Drugs Over Quality (Avandamet & Paxil CR)

    03/04/2005 9:21:44 AM PST · by OrangeDaisy · 6 replies · 536+ views
    Excite ^ | 3-4-05 | Reuters
    U.S. Seizes Batches of Two Glaxo Drugs Over Quality Friday March 4, 11:33 AM EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that officials had seized batches of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's (GSK) diabetes drug Avandamet and the controlled-release antidepressant Paxil CR because of concerns over manufacturing quality. The FDA said in a statement that the manufacturing practices for the two drugs failed to meet standards for safety, strength, quality and purity. However, the agency said it was not aware of any harm to consumers and did not believe there was a significant health hazard. Patients taking...
  • Teen Says Antidepressants Led to Slayings

    12/04/2004 2:32:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies · 2,749+ views
    My Way News ^ | Dec 4, 2004 | JEFFREY COLLINS
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say three years ago, Christopher Pittman, then 12, shot his grandparents as they slept because they had scolded him for fighting. But Christopher's father, Joe Pittman, thinks his son killed because his sense of right and wrong was clouded by the anti-depressant Zoloft. Joe Pittman spoke out against the drug in a Food and Drug Administration hearing early this year. The boy, who had threatened suicide, was put on the drug three weeks before the slayings, and his dose was doubled just two days earlier. Joe Pittman's hands shook as he read his son's confession...
  • National Treasure it is NOT!

    11/29/2004 12:37:12 PM PST · by BereanBrain · 371 replies · 5,335+ views
    I believe National Treasure implies that Freemasons are a POSITVE influence on our country. Anybody that knows the TRUTH about Freemasonry rather than the propaganda they wrap themselves in will NOT be takin in by the positive portrayal in this movie. Please America, wake up, don't buy into the guys who brought "Seperation of Church/State" to America, model ISLAM as the highest truth (the Shriners), label the Holy Bible as "Furinture" in a lodge, and outlaw the name of "Jesus" in any lodge. I know I will get flamed by 10,000 Masons and Mason supporters on this, but if you...
  • The Antidepressant Dilemma (long read)

    11/20/2004 7:07:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies · 6,755+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2004 | JONATHAN MAHLER
    Looking back, Mark and Cheryl Miller would have done a lot of things differently with their 13-year-old son, Matt. They probably would never have left Lenexa, Kan. They would have sent him to a different school, and they certainly would have chosen a different therapist. But most of all, they wouldn't have given him Zoloft. ''It's not a pleasant thing living with the thought that you had a hand in your son's death,'' Mark Miller told me recently. ''Making him take those pills was done out of love for Matt, but it was still the wrong thing to do.'' We...
  • Caption Lurch Boy on Cover of Rolling Stone

    10/19/2004 9:13:18 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 66 replies · 2,639+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | November 11, 2004 | Jann Wenner
  • FDA Study Confirms Antidepressant Risks

    08/10/2004 7:00:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 843+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2004 | Shankar Vedantam
    Drugs Linked to More Suicides Among Children, Unpublished Analysis Says Six months after the Food and Drug Administration withheld an internal finding that antidepressant medications were associated with an increased risk of suicide among children, a second staff analysis has arrived at the same conclusion. The agency has not publicly disclosed either report, despite growing pressure from critics and Congress. Agency officials say they do not plan to discuss the data until a scheduled meeting in September, which would come nine months after British authorities warned physicians not to prescribe Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and similar drugs to depressed children, and...
  • LIVE THREAD: DEMCON -- DAY 4

    07/29/2004 10:32:33 AM PDT · by Howlin · 5,262 replies · 97,838+ views
    www.freerepublic.com | July 29, 2004
    Live Convention Video, 7 - 11 p.m. ET• Sen. John F. Kerry• Max Cleland• Kerry's daughters, Alexandra and Vanessa Kerry• former Green Beret Jim Rassman• Madeleine Albright• Sen. Joe Biden (Del.)• Wesley Clark• Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.)• Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.)• Rep. Ed Markey (Mass.)• Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (Calif.)• Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.)• House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.)• Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.)• John Sweeney, President of AFL-CIO• Gov. Mark Warner (Va.)
  • In a Shift, Bush Moves to Block Medical Suits

    07/24/2004 5:40:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 4,357+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 25, 2004 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, July 24 — The Bush administration has been going to court to block lawsuits by consumers who say they have been injured by prescription drugs and medical devices. The administration contends that consumers cannot recover damages for such injuries if the products have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In court papers, the Justice Department acknowledges that this position reflects a "change in governmental policy," and it has persuaded some judges to accept its arguments, most recently scoring a victory in the federal appeals court in Philadelphia. Allowing consumers to sue manufacturers would "undermine public health" and...
  • Study of Antidepressants Finds Little Disparity in Suicide Risk

    07/21/2004 9:34:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 554+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 21, 2004 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Amid an international debate about the side effects of drugs taken for depression, a large-scale analysis of British medical records has found little difference in rates of suicidal behavior among patients given some of the most commonly prescribed medications. The risk is highest when patients begin taking the drugs, as doctors have long suspected, and tapers off quickly after that. The study, which is being reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found no evidence that withdrawal from the drugs put patients at an increased risk of suicide. The analysis, conducted and financed by the Boston University...
  • Paxil Man (Potential Dem NYS governor, Eliot Spitzer)

    06/21/2004 5:13:34 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 399+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 21, 2004 | Editorial
    New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has sued so many people based on so little legal authority that it's almost hard to get worked up about it anymore. But it's worth making an exception for his recent lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, because it threatens to damage good science and public health. Mr. Spitzer is going after British-based Glaxo for "concealing" information about its popular antidepressant medicine, Paxil. According to America's new self-anointed drug czar, Glaxo's crime is that it publicized one study showing Paxil had positive results in adolescents, but didn't advertise four studies that showed inconclusive results or suggested Paxil...
  • Fan Calls It the Worst Concert Ever (Songstress Jewel Totally Loses It On Stage In NH!)

    05/24/2004 1:40:03 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 92 replies · 502+ views
    Exeter News ^ | 5/24/04 | Patrick Cronin
    HAMPTON - Gloria Dion wants her money back after being subjected to what she calls the worst Jewel concert ever. Dion, along with her two daughters Nicole and Kaitlin, went to last Saturday’s 8 p.m. Jewel concert at the Hampton Beach Ballroom Casino. The singer performed two concerts that evening at the Casino. People who saw the first said Jewel was at the top of her game and said it was a "rocking show." Those who had tickets to the second show saw something quite different, according to Dion. "People were literally walking out of the show," she said. "As...
  • 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...
  • Study Advises Against Drugs for Children in Depression

    04/10/2004 7:43:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 756+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 9, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Pediatricians and family physicians should not prescribe antidepressants for depressed children and adolescents because the drugs barely work and their side effects are often significant, Australian researchers have concluded. The researchers analyzed data from five published trials of three antidepressants, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, in depressed patients under age 18. They found that the drugs offered only a "very modest" benefit over placebos. At the same time, the drugs carry significant risks, the researchers said in their report, published in today's issue of the British medical journal BMJ. "If the drugs were highly advantageous over placebo, then you'd live with...
  • F.D.A. Seeks Suicide Caution for Ten Antidepressants

    03/22/2004 12:18:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 758+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 22, 2004 | NA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Patients on some popular antidepressants should be closely monitored for warning signs of suicide, the government warned Monday in asking the makers of 10 drugs to add the caution to their labels. Although the Food and Drug Administration's investigation into the possible suicide connection initially focused on children given the drugs, its warning is aimed at both adult and pediatric use of the pills to alleviate depression. It isn't clear yet that the drugs actually do lead to suicide, the FDA stressed. After all, depression itself can lead to suicide. But until that is settled, advisers to...
  • 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...
  • Curing Chronic Illness Can Be Used to Destroy Either Political Party

    02/12/2004 3:20:19 PM PST · by MedicalMess · 25 replies · 1,912+ views
    Rough draft outline of Original experimentation and medical meta-analysis by Douglas R. Griffin | February 12, 2004 | Douglas R. Griffin
    Curing Chronic Illness Can Be Used To Destroy Either Political Party Ladies and Gentlemen: I present to you the world's longest running, and greatest, medical blunder, the cures for incurable diseases, and the Second Coming of Christ. There are 120 million American's with chronic illness. In 1997, researchers at Yale University were studying the clustering of autoimmune disorders in 84 families with Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APLA). They stated then that if they knew what caused APLA they would know a lot more about many of the other chronic illnesses. At the same time, I was searching the Internet for information...
  • MOORE BLOWS

    02/08/2004 6:13:33 PM PST · by Trajan88 · 25 replies · 264+ views
    The New York Post (online edition) ^ | 02/08/2004 | Paula Froelich & Chris Wilson
    <p>February 8, 2004 -- MICHAEL Moore should be forced to give back the Oscar he won for "Bowling for Columbine" because he totally ignored the real reason why two high-school students went on a rampage that left 15 dead — prescription drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. "These kids went off the rails after they were put on medication," said a source who worked on "The Drugging of Our Children," a documentary being produced by Gary Null. The health expert went to Columbine and talked to some of the same people Moore had interviewed. "They had told Moore repeatedly about the meds — he didn't use any of it," our source said. "When his documentary came out, it was all about the guns. He got an Academy Award for something that was a lie." Null refused to comment.</p>
  • FDA Links Antidepressants, Youth Suicide Risk

    02/02/2004 9:57:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 310+ views
    Washington Post | February 3, 2004 | Shankar Vedantam
    Federal regulators said for the first time yesterday that clinical trials of popular antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft show a greater risk of suicide among children taking the drugs compared with those taking dummy pills. Although only one of these drugs has been approved for the treatment of children with depression, doctors are prescribing them to hundreds of thousands of American children every year. The new Food and Drug Administration analysis of the trials is starkly at odds with repeated assurances by the U.S. psychiatric establishment that the drugs are very safe. Regulators said the result of their...
  • Antidepressant Makers Withhold Data on Children

    01/29/2004 9:43:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 314+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2004 | Shankar Vedantam
    Makers of popular antidepressants such as Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor have refused to disclose the details of most clinical trials involving depressed children, denying doctors and parents crucial evidence as they weigh fresh fears that such medicines may cause some children to become suicidal. The companies say the studies are trade secrets. Researchers familiar with the unpublished data said the majority of secret trials show that children taking the medicines did not get any better than children taking dummy pills. Although the drug industry's practice of suppressing data unfavorable to its products is legal, doctors and advocates say such secrecy...
  • Antidepressant Makers Withhold Data on Children

    01/28/2004 9:48:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies · 719+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2004 | Shankar Vedantam
    Makers of popular antidepressants such as Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor have refused to disclose the details of most clinical trials involving depressed children, denying doctors and parents crucial evidence as they weigh fresh fears that such medicines may cause some children to become suicidal. The companies say the studies are trade secrets. Researchers familiar with the unpublished data said the majority of secret trials show that children taking the medicines did not get any better than children taking dummy pills. Although the drug industry's practice of suppressing data unfavorable to its products is legal, doctors and advocates say such secrecy...
  • Panel Says Zoloft and Cousins Don't Increase Suicide Risk

    01/21/2004 10:31:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 381+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 22, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Adding to the debate over using antidepressant drugs for depressed teenagers and children, a group of prominent researchers issued a report yesterday saying that Zoloft and similar medicines did not increase children's suicide risk. The group, drawn from members of the American College of Neuro- psychopharmacology, also found that the drugs were effective in treating children's depression. "Depression in children and adults is the major illness that underlies suicide, and we believe that the S.S.R.I. class represents the medication with the greatest efficacy against this very serious condition," said Dr. J. John Mann, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University...
  • It's open ZOT Friday: You people are [expletive deleted] pathetic.

    12/05/2003 5:21:49 AM PST · by Pedantic_Lady · 499 replies · 2,933+ views
    05-December-2003 | Pedantic_Lady
    With VERY few exceptions (thanks to the people that were human and to people that wrote me privately) you people are a bunch of fundamentalist zealots. You aren't conservatives...you're fascists. You make me embarrassed to be a Republican.
  • In Final Hours, Despair Defeated Poet (murder-suicide)

    07/18/2003 4:37:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 429+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/18/03 | David A. Fahrenthold and Simone Weichselbaum
    In Final Hours, Despair Defeated Poet Indian-Born Writer Apparently Killed Herself, 2-Year-Old in D.C. Home By David A. Fahrenthold and Simone Weichselbaum Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, July 18, 2003; Page A01 A prize-winning poet who used verse to describe her experiences as a child and as an Indian immigrant was identified by D.C. police yesterday as the woman who apparently slashed the left wrist of her 2-year-old son and her own Wednesday and then died with him in a pool of blood. Reetika Vazirani, 40, and Jehan Vazirani Komunyakaa were found lying next to each other in the dining...