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2009-06-04 12:30:00

Swedish researchers said on Wednesday that sedatives and sleeping pills prescribed to ease depression, anxiety and sleep problems appear to increase the risk of suicide four-fold among the elderly, Reuters reported. Antidepressants, antipsychotics, sedatives and hypnotics appeared to make it more likely that an older person would commit suicide, according to a review of elderly suicides in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and two nearby counties. Anders Carlsten and Margda Waern of Gothenburg...

2009-06-01 10:41:40

Many drugs commonly prescribed to older adults for a variety of common medical conditions including allergies, hypertension, asthma, and cardiovascular disease appear to negatively affect the aging brain causing immediate but possibly reversible cognitive impairment, including delirium, in older adults according to a clinical review now available online in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, a peer reviewed, open access publication. Drugs, such as diphenhydramine, which have an...

2009-06-01 07:29:10

 A study in the June 1 issue of the journal SLEEP demonstrates that online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic insomnia significantly improves insomnia severity, daytime fatigue, and sleep quality. Online treatment also reduces erroneous beliefs about sleep and pre-sleep mental arousal.Results indicate that 81 percent of treated participants (30 of 37) reported at least mild improvement in their sleep after completing the five-week program, including 35 percent (13 of 37) who...

2009-05-29 12:34:18

Drug-facilitated sexual crimes are increasing. The Bonn Institute for Forensic Medicine has recorded that the number of examinations on the use of intoxicants in sexual offences within their catchment area increased 10-fold between 1997 and 2006. In the current edition of Deutsches Óžrzteblatt International, Burkhard Madea and Frank Musshoff present the modes of action and the detection windows for the most frequent substances (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106 (20):...

2009-05-21 08:00:00

Safety and Efficacy Study of Zolpidem Tartrate Sublingual Tablet in Treating Middle-of-the-Night Awakening on an As-Needed Basis Evaluation of Ondansetron Augmentation in the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder RICHMOND, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSPT), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary products that address important therapeutic needs in the field of neuroscience,...

2009-05-20 13:27:06

Cognitive behavior therapy and the medication zolpidem taken for six weeks improved sleep in those with persistent insomnia, Canadian researchers found. Charles M. Morin of the Universite Laval in Quebec City and colleagues evaluated the short- and long-term effects of cognitive behavior therapy singly and combined with the medication zolpidem, for persistent insomnia, and compared treatment strategies to optimize long-term outcomes. The trial included 160 adults, who were randomized to...

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2009-05-20 12:52:08

New charges in the ongoing lawsuit against British drugmaker AstraZeneca suggest that market executives blocked company scientists from raising concerns that the antipsychotic drug Seroquel caused weight gain and other problems, The Associated Press reported. Plaintiff lawyers say the company researchers were forbidden for years to reveal such concerns because it would harm sales of the drug. They maintain that internal documents released Wednesday back these claims. Patients of the drug for...

2009-05-20 06:59:28

People suffering from insomnia appear to benefit from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). A recent study found CBT used alone or with the medication zolpidem (Ambien) led to significant improvements in the amount of time it took to fall asleep, the amount of times a person woke up during the night, and how well a person slept during the initial therapy. Researchers at the University Laval in Quebec, Canada, compared the short-term and long-term effects of CBT combined with the zolpidem on...

2009-05-18 11:32:52

Canadian officials warn there's a possibility a small quantity of bottles labeled as containing the medication Rofact may, in fact, contain another drug. Health Canada said some bottles of one lot of Rofact -- an antibiotic manufactured by Valeant Canada that's used to treat tuberculosis and some other infections -- might actually contain the drug clonazepam due to a production error. The affected lot number of Rofact is 8K5467 and the Drug Identification Number is 00343617. Clonazepam is an...

2009-05-08 10:00:00

DETROIT, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ford Hospital is embarking on an unusual study intending to reduce brain damage or death of patients resulting from prolonged seizures before arriving at the hospital. But because the patients are unconscious during the seizure, they will not be able to provide informed consent to participate in the study. The Food and Drug Administration created regulations for research to be performed during emergency conditions without informed consent of the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • 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.
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