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988 to become the new 911 for suicide prevention

988 to become the new 911 for suicide prevention

BY LI COHEN JULY 16, 2020 / 5:31 PM / CBS NEWS By 2022, people experiencing a mental health crisis will be able to connect with someone who can help faster than ever. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to designate 988 as the new nationwide emergency number that will connect callers 24/7 to the National […]

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Cannabinoids for the treatment of mental disorders and symptoms of mental disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Cannabinoids for the treatment of mental disorders and symptoms of mental disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Summary Background Medicinal cannabinoids, including medicinal cannabis and pharmaceutical cannabinoids and their synthetic derivatives, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), have been suggested to have a therapeutic role in certain mental disorders. We analysed the available evidence to ascertain the effectiveness and safety of all types of medicinal cannabinoids in treating symptoms of various […]

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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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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 […]

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FDA approves new nasal spray medication for treatment-resistant depression; available only at a certified doctor’s office or clinic

FDA approves new nasal spray medication for treatment-resistant depression; available only at a certified doctor’s office or clinic

For Immediate Release March 5, 2019 Release The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, in conjunction with an oral antidepressant, for the treatment of depression in adults who have tried other antidepressant medicines but have not benefited from them (treatment-resistant depression). Because of the risk of serious adverse outcomes resulting […]