August 22, 2013

Huge Misdiagnosis Rate

1 2/3 of Clinically "Depressed" May Not Be

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health report that a study of 5,000 subjects who had been recently diagnosed as suffering from clinical depression found that almost two-thirds of them did not meet the criteria for depression as defined in the accepted source, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The elderly were most often wrongly diagnosed as depressive -- over 60 percent of those 65 or older -- while the better educated or physically ailing were the least misdiagnosed. Experts cite these overdiagnoses as a major reason that fully ten percent of the American public currently take antidepressants. This soaring usage rate is also attributed to an increased public willingness to treat routine sorrow or stress with medication.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Exercise, the Magic Drug for Depression

Tags: Depression, Diagnostic Errors, Misdiagnosed Depression, Overmedicating with Antidepressants, Antidepressant Abuse

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Predisposed to Eating Disorders

2 Teens with Anorexia Have Bigger Brains

Teens with anorexia have bigger brains than their peers who don’t have the disorder finds research from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Researchers used MRIs to discover that anorectic teens have a larger insula, which is active when we eat and a larger orbitofrontal cortex, the part of the brain that tells us when to stop eating. Previous studies found similar results in anorectic children and recovered adults. Lead researcher Guido Frank, MD, reports that a bigger brain may be the reason people with anorexia can starve themselves. He adds, "While eating disorders are often triggered by the environment, there are most likely biological mechanisms that have to come together for an individual to develop an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Anorexia May Be Caused by Brain Abnormality

Tags: Anorexia Nervosa, Eating Disorder, MRI, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Guido Frank, Predisposition to Eating Disorders

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DEA Cracks Down

3 CVS Bans Docs Who Over-Prescribe Pain Meds

CVS has revoked dispensing privileges for more than 36 doctors and other healthcare providers who the drugstore chain found were prescribing painkillers at a very high rate, it was just announced. While this isn’t a definitive solution to the problem of opioid prescription abuse, the company wanted to share its actions with others healthcare providers “and discuss what some more comprehensive solutions might be,” said CVS Chief Medical Officer Troyen Brennan. Abuse of prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin is the second leading cause of accidental death in the US. The US Drug Enforcement Administration targeted CVS and other large drugstore chains to help stem the availability of these drugs where abuse is suspected. CVS continues its analysis of its database to identify other abusers.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Pain-Med Opiates Kill 15,000 Uses Yearly

Tags: Drug Enforcement Agency, Opioids, Oxycontin, Prescription Drug Abuse, CVS, Troyen Brennan

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Using DNA from Molar

4 Dentist Hopes to Clone John Lennon

Michael Zuk, a Canadian dentist and Beatlemaniac, hopes to clone John Lennon with DNA from one of Lennon’s rotten molars that Zuk purchased at auction in 2011. Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980 in NYC. The tooth, which Zuk bought for $30,000 had been in the possession of the son of Lennon’s former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, who acquired it when it was extracted in the late 1960s. The tooth, which is currently in an American laboratory in an undisclosed location, was reportedly too fragile for DNA testing at the time of purchase but Zuk hopes that advances in science and technology will allow Lennon’s DNA to be made into stem cells. Zuk, who also claims to own one of Elvis Presley’s teeth, said he would not attempt to clone a human in any country where cloning is illegal.

More at Nydailynews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Foal Cloned Using Eggs for First Time

Tags: DNA, Stem Cells, John Lennon, Cloning, Michael Zuk, Elvis Presley, Dentist Hopes to Clone John Lennon, Human Cloning

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