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6 Reasons You Need a Primary Care Doctor In This Age of Specialization

As we age, most of us develop health issues. Along the way we may visit a specialist to handle each of these issues: for example, a cardiologist to treat hypertension and a gastroenterologist to treat acid reflux. However, it has become increasingly clear that in today’s era of specialization, you need a…

News Scan 6/18/2019: Gabapentin and Ketamine

Sad news this week: Drugs causing suicide and the FDA’s shortcuts in approving the drugs. Read on: Gabapentin Suicide, overdose high especially among young people. Lyrica is worse than Neurontin.Gabapentinoids Tied to Suicidal Behavior and Unintentional Overdose MedPage Today, June 14, 2019 Ketamine  Spravato, inhaled ketamine, had 3 patients die…

Can virtual reality help people with depression?

Some Americans suffer from a depression that keeps them from feeling any pleasure, called anhedonia. Can virtual reality help them? Stat News reports on research testing this proposition. Many of us feel thrills and joy from flying down a ski slope, snorkeling in coral reefs, watching a football game or…

FDA Reinforces Warnings About Kratom

The FDA has issued another warning about the herbal supplement kratom, this time noting that unsafe levels of heavy metals have been found in 30 products in analyzed. The latest warning is not the first one on the heavy metals issue. Back in November, the FDA issued a similar warning….

What You Eat Can Impact Your Mental Health

The New York Times reports on nutritional psychiatrists who advise people to eat as little processed foods, meat and dairy products as possible in order to ease anxiety and mild depression. Is it possible that how you feel turns on what you eat? For your mental health, nutritional psychiatrists recommend you…

FDA Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression

The FDA has approved the first drug ever specifically for postpartum depression, Zulresso (brexanolone). Zulresso is given intravenously. Because of concerns such as sudden loss of consciousness and extreme sedation after administration, the approval of the drug was given with a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). This means that…

Nasal Spray for Depression? Not So Fast.

By Kim WitczakWoodyMatters On February 12, a joint meeting of the FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee endorsed Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ — a division of Johnson & Johnson — experimental nasal spray for depression despite a mixed bag of clinical trial results. The panel…

Is Club Drug Answer for Treatment-Resistant Depression?

With many people suffering from depression not responding to antidepressants despite trying several, there is a critical need for therapies that can treat what is known as treatment-resistant depression. Although it might sound unusual, a medication derived from what is best known as a party drug might just be what…

5 Things to Know About Ketamine for Depression

The anesthetic ketamine is increasingly being used off-label for depression. The drug seems to work rapidly, but its long-term side effects are unknown. Two decades ago, ketamine was known as two things: an anesthetic used in pet surgery and a party drug nicknamed “special K” that was popular at raves….

Moderate Aerobic Exercise Can Produce Antidepressant Effects

If you suffer from depression and anxiety, exercise that gets your heart pumping several times a week may help to ease symptoms, according to new research. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 11 studies covering 455 patients. The participants engaged in moderate aerobic exercise an average of 45 minutes, three times…

Mediterranean Diet’s Newest Benefit: Curbing Depression

The Mediterranean diet has been highly touted for helping to improve physical health, and a new study indicates that it may also help to curb the risk of developing depression. Researchers conducted a review of 41 studies that examined the connection between diet and depression risk. Four of them, which…

Get Fit to Avoid Depression, Cardiovascular Disease Later in Life

Middle-aged men and women who exercise regularly and are physically fit have a lower risk of depression and cardiovascular death, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from a prospective study and examined 17,989 Medicare-eligible men and women who were around the age of 50. After assessing the association of…

More Than One-Third of Adults Take Meds That Have Depression Risk

An estimated 37% of adults use medications where depression is a potential side effect, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 26,192 adults who participated in a national survey between 2005-2014. Results, published in JAMA, indicated that more than one-third (37.2%) of adults use medications that have depression as…

Can Cannabis Control Depression?

Untreated and inadequately controlled depression is a big problem. In 2016, 16.2 million American adults experienced at least one major depressive episode, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Approximately 37% did not receive any kind of professional treatment –- no counseling, no antidepressants, no mental health evaluation. That’s…

Can Using Dumbbells Help Alleviate Depression?

Resistance exercise training (RET) may significantly curb depressive symptoms, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Though previous reviews have shown that exercise provides physical health benefits, the new study attempted to determine whether exercise — specifically resistance training — could combat or prevent mental health problems. Researchers looked…

Why You Should Consider Acupuncture to Treat Depression

Bob, a 30-year-old real estate agent, had been suffering from insomnia for 6 months before he came to see me. His problem, he told me, was falling asleep. Once he finally got to sleep, he was down for the count, but before that, he would stare at the ceiling for…

5 Drug Classes That May Cause Depression

You may not have even thought about it, but some drugs may actually cause you to have depression as a side effect. Depression can be a complex disorder with many causes, but depressive feelings can also result as a side effect of medication. For most medications, the risk is small,…

Quick Hits: Ketamine for Depression, Non-Addictive Opioid, & More

The FDA has fast-tracked for potential approval a derivative of the party drug ketamine for major depression. The drug, esketamine, is being developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical as a nasal spray. One of the reasons esketamine has been generating a lot of excitement is that research has shown the therapeutic effects…

Can a Magic Mushrooms Compound Treat Depression?

One of the psychedelic compounds found in so-called “magic mushrooms” may help ease depression in people who have failed on other treatments. A new study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, found that people with depression who were given psilocybin, which occurs naturally in certain kinds of mushrooms, twice 7 days apart,…

Is Ketamine Safe and Effective for Depression?

The anesthetic ketamine, used in both humans and animals, is perhaps best known as an illegal party drug due to its hallucinogenic effects. However, a growing body of research indicates that the drug may have a powerful new medical use: as a fast-acting antidepressant without the side effects seen in…

How ‘Medical’ Is Marijuana?

A systematic review published in The Journal of the American Medical Association looked at all randomized controlled trials of cannabis or cannabinoids to treat medical conditions. They found 79 trials involving more than 6,400 participants. Medical marijuana prevented nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy (47% of those using it versus…

Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

High doses of powerful narcotic painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, appear to be linked to a higher risk of depression in patients, according to research published in the journal Pain. Although the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, people who used higher doses of narcotic painkillers to manage their pain were…

Abilify: Controversial Side Effects Plague Top Drug as Add-On for Depression Treatment

MedShadow.org interviews leading psychiatrist, Dr. Candida Fink NEW YORK CITY, NY, November 11, 2014  – In 2013, the drug Abilify generated sales of $6.5 billion, making it the best-selling prescription in America. Although initially introduced for schizophrenia as an anti psychotic, Abilify is now used widely used as an add-on…