Latest Aripiprazole Stories

2012-03-02 05:53:58

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- Elderly folks ages 65 and up who are living in a nursing home and taking certain antipsychotic medications for dementia could be hastening their death. The Harvard Medical School undertook the largest study ever among US nursing home residents, researchers looked at 75,445 older nursing home residents from 45 US states between 2001 and 2005. All nursing home residents studied were at least 65 years of age. Risks of mortality were examined over a 6 months period. The...

Antipsychotic Medication Death Rate Among Dementia Patients Analyzed
2012-02-27 06:21:22

A new Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women's Hospital study has discovered that some types of antipsychotic medication present more of a risk of death in older dementia patients than others. According to MedPage Today North American Correspondent Michael Smith, Dr. Krista Huybrechts of the Boston hospital and colleagues looked at six medications used to treat dementia in more than 75,000 nursing home residents over the age of 65 who had started using the drugs between 2001...

2012-02-23 18:00:25

Research: Differential risk of death in older nursing home residents prescribed specific antipsychotic medications: Population-based cohort study Nursing home residents over the age of 65 who take certain antipsychotic medication for dementia are at an increased risk of death, suggests a research paper published today on bmj.com. The Harvard Medical School study, the largest ever undertaken among US nursing home residents, looked at 75,445 older nursing home residents from 45 US states...

2011-09-27 18:09:48

A review of previous studies suggests that even though atypical antipsychotic medications are commonly used for off-label conditions such as behavioral symptoms of dementia, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, these medications are effective for only a few off-label conditions, and that the benefits and harms of these medications for these uses vary, according to an article in the September 28 issue of JAMA. "Atypical antipsychotic medications are approved for marketing and...

2011-05-04 12:37:49

The evidence base for the prescribing of aripiprazole in maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder is limited to a single trial, sponsored by the manufacturer of aripiprazole, according to a rigorous appraisal of the evidence for its use led jointly by Alexander Tsai of Harvard University, Boston USA, and Nicholas Rosenlicht of the University of California San Francisco, USA. In the paper, published in this week's PLoS Medicine, the authors describe key limitations of the trial, which were...

2011-01-10 08:54:23

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Top-selling drugs, known as atypical antipsychotic medications, lack evidence that they'll actually be beneficial, according to a new study. Drugs in this class may cause serious effects such as weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, along with costing Americans billions of dollars. "Because these drugs have safety issues, physicians should prescribe them only when they are sure patients will get substantial benefits," Randall Stafford, M.D., Ph.D., associate...

2011-01-07 08:45:00

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Chicago have found that many people currently using a specific type of antipsychotic medication are doing so for a condition that the drug has not yet been proven effective in treating. According to their findings, published online Friday in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, atypical antipsychotic medications were originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 for treating...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.