March 23, 2012

Abusing Abilfy Is Just Nuts

1 Misuse of Antipsychotics Risks Weight Gain

Medical and pharmaceutical experts are raising alarms about the excessive and inappropriate use of atypical antipsychotics such as Seroquel, Abilify and Zyprexa. Designed to treat the hallucinations, delusions and other symptoms of such serious mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which afflict just 3% of the population, they are increasingly prescribed for an array of conditions they aren't approved for, including insomnia, ADD, simple anxiety, dementia, and even disruptive behavior by small children. Such off-label prescriptions have soared from 4.4 million in 1995 to 9 million in 2008, helping antipsychotic drugs to post over $16 billion in sales in 2010. The drugs' side effects include Type 2 diabetes and rapid weight gain of up to 40 pounds or more.

More at Washingtonpost.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Health News About "Prescription Drug Abuse"

Tags: Antipsychotics, Off-Label Drugs, Seroquel, Antipsychotic Drugs, Antipsychotic Medication, Ability, Zyprexia, Off-Label, Off-Label Prescriptions

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Spread Legs Like Wings to Fly

2 Flying Cat Survives 19 Story Fall

Sugar the cat may have acted like a flying squirrel to survive a 19-story fall from a Boston high rise with no broken bones or cuts. The Animal Rescue League says that Sugar bruised her lungs during the fall, which they estimate to be up to 200 feet. The cat is a companion to Brittany Kirk, who opened a window to enjoy the warm weather. Veterinarian Hugh Davis says that when cats fall from high places, they splay their legs like a flying squirrel to slow their descent. Flying squirrel cat or not, Sugar's stunt days may be over. According to Boston Herald, the building's management has installed a screen in Sugar's window.

More at Boston Herald | Hat tip to BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cat Scratch Fever in Womb

Tags: Sugar Cat, Famous Cat Falls, Cats Survive Falls, Cats Fly, Animal Rescue League, Flying Squirrel

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Downside of Living Alone

3 Living Alone May Affect Mental Health

People ages 30 to 65 who live alone may be more likely than their peers to be prescribed antidepressant drugs, say researchers in Finland. The new research found an association with living alone and receiving an antidepressant prescription. During the seven-year study, 16 percent of people who lived with others filled an antidepressant prescription, compared with 25 percent of people who lived alone. CNN reports that the study raises the chicken-or-egg question of whether living alone might make people become depressed, or if depression-prone people are more likely to live alone due to relationship difficulties, preference or temperament. The research was published in BMC Public Health.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Both Parents at Risk for Depression, Depression Could Increase Stroke Risk

Tags: BMC Public Health, Dangers Living Alone, Depression Risk Factors, Mental Health Risk Factors, Causes Depression, Depressed More Likely Live Alone, University of Helsinkis Institute of Behavioral Sciences

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Gut MicroBes May Be Key

4 Dirty Kids May Become Healthier Adults

Microbes located in the gut may keep a rare part of the immune system in check, say researchers. Published in Science, the findings showed that mice who were raised in a germ-free environment had an immune response in their bodies that looked similar to what happens with humans who have asthma. Testing the "hygiene hypothesis" that exposure to germs as a kid is helpful, the researchers exposed some pregnant germ-free mice to microbes the day before they gave birth. Those offspring had fewer iNKT (or invariant natural killer T) cells in their guts, even when they were grown. NPR reports that researchers aren't sure which microbes help regulate immune cells, but the findings square with years of research suggesting early exposure to microbes and parasites reduces risk of autoimmune disease.

More at NPR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Alzheimer's Vaccine Elicits Immune Response

Tags: Dirty Kids, Germ Avoidance, Immune Disease Causes, Hygiene Hypothesis, Inkt Cells

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