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Flashing Lights and Odd-Ball Beeps: The Tools that Help PASWFL Map and Treat Depression

Flashing Lights and Odd-Ball Beeps: The Tools that Help PASWFL Map and Treat Depression

Quantitative Electroencephalograms (QEEG’s) Help us ‘See’ Depression QEEGs have allowed us to repurpose existing neurological tests to help us better diagnose and treat major depressive, and related, disorders. Until now, we have bolstered a solid history and mental status examination with direct patient queries, objective written tests and scales. Technology and neurochemistry have given us […]

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AMA: Do Not Use Electronic Cigarettes

AMA: Do Not Use Electronic Cigarettes

HealthDay News – Americans should not use electronic cigarettes while health officials investigate cases of severe lung illness that may be linked to the devices, according to a statement issued by Patrice A. Harris, MD, president of the American Medical Association. “In light of increasing reports of e-cigarette-associated lung illnesses across the country, the AMA […]

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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Glutamate System

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Glutamate System

Ketamine, Similar Compounds Emerging as Mood Disorder Treatments Sanjay J. Mathew, MD, vice chair for research at Baylor College of Medicine and staff physician at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, has long been interested in the brain’s glutamate system and how it could be manipulated with substances such as ketamine to […]

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US health officials report new vaping deaths, repeat warning

US health officials report new vaping deaths, repeat warning

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday again urged people to stop vaping until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses. Officials have identified about 450 possible cases, including as many as five deaths, in 33 states. The count includes newly reported deaths in California, Indiana and Minnesota. […]

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Frequent Use of Medications for Sleep May Increase Dementia Risk, Especially Among Older White Adults

Frequent Use of Medications for Sleep May Increase Dementia Risk, Especially Among Older White Adults

Frequent use of sleep medications appears to be associated with increased long-term risk of dementia, particularly among older white adults, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles this week. “Based on our findings, we recommend that clinicians make more effort to be aware of their patients’ sleep problems including […]

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Estimates of Adult Benzodiazepine Use Double

Estimates of Adult Benzodiazepine Use Double

Baby boomers match seniors in the use of benzodiazepines, while misuse is most common in those aged 18 to 25. Over 30 million U.S. adults took benzodiazepines in the past year, including 5.3 million who misused the medication, according to a study posted December 17, 2018, in Psychiatric Services in Advance. The findings, which were based […]

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House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law

House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law

By Abby Goodnough WASHINGTON — In the heat of the legislative fight over the Affordable Care Act, Obama administration officials argued that including a steep tax on high-cost, generous health insurance plans was critical to the law because it would hold down soaring costs while helping to pay for its expanded health benefits. On Wednesday, that […]

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Intranasal esketamine combo tied to symptom improvement

Intranasal esketamine combo tied to symptom improvement

Concern raised about drug’s abuse potential Publish date: May 21, 2019 By Jim Kling REPORTING FROM APA 2019 SAN FRANCISCO – In treatment-resistant depression, a switch to a new antidepressant combined with inhaled esketamine (Spravato) led to better symptom improvement than did a switch to a new antidepressant plus placebo, results from a new trial show. The […]

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In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting ‘bottom line’ over patients’ health

In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting ‘bottom line’ over patients’ health

In a scathing decision, a federal judge blasted a subsidiary of the nation’s largest insurance company for focusing on the “bottom line as much or more” than patients’ health, saying the insurer illegally denied treatment to thousands of people. The judge also slammed the company’s medical directors for being “deceptive” under oath.US Chief Magistrate Judge […]