• Meds

    Science

    Science Scientists create new way to make drugs Published: Jan. 29, 2008 at 12:07 PM BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 29 (UPI) — U.S. scientists have developed a new method for manufacturing pharmaceutical compounds using a catalyst based on the element rhodium. The University of Buffalo researchers said the process is expected to result in more efficient and economical production of drugs for a broad range of diseases.

  • Depression

    Aging really is depressing (until 50)

      January 30, 2008 — According to new research published in the current issue of the journal Social Science & Medicine, whether you’re in Canada, Mexico or Malaysia, most of us bottom out in our mid-40s, describing ourselves as unhappy or even depressed. But here’s the good news: We bounce back and describe ourselves as happier in our 50s and 60s. Crunching data collected from health and social well-being surveys completed since 1972 by two million people in 80 countries, economist Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in Britain found that happiness follows a U pattern regardless of geography. “You get this U shape with more or less whatever…

  • DF Archive

    Current Research on the Link between Exercise and Depression

    Jan 29, 2008 – It’s only been a few weeks since you made that New Year’s resolution to exercise more, but already you’re finding reasons to skip days – maybe even weeks. You know all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle: In addition to the weight loss, which would obviously be nice, exercise has been linked to reduced depressive symptoms and reduced risk for heart disease. Yet the temptation of sitting on the couch and watching TV instead of going for a short jog is just too great. You’re not alone. According to the surgeon general, more than 60 percent of American adults don’t exercise regularly and 25 percent aren’t…

  • DF Archive

    Loneliness May Be Alleviated By Animals, Gadgets, Spiritual Beliefs, Not Just People

    21 Jan 2008 New research at the University of Chicago finds evidence for a clever way that people manage to alleviate the pain of loneliness: They create people in their surroundings to keep them company. “Biological reproduction is not a very efficient way to alleviate one’s loneliness, but you can make up people when you’re motivated to do so,” said Nicholas Epley, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. “When people lack a sense of connection with other people, they are more likely to see their pets, gadgets or gods as human-like.”  Social scientists call this tendency “anthropomorphism.” As a research topic, the…

  • DF Archive

    Using Music to Lift Depression’s Veil

    January 24, 2008,  10:38 am  An uplifting result of music therapy. (Alan Zale for The New York Times) Many people find that music lifts their spirits. Now new research shows that music therapy — either listening to or creating music with a specially trained therapist — can be a useful treatment for depression. The finding that music therapy offers a real clinical benefit to depression sufferers comes from a review by the Cochrane Collaboration, a not-for-profit group that reviews health care issues. Although there aren’t many credible studies of music therapy for depression, the reviewers found five randomized trials that studied the effects of music therapy. Some studies looked at…

  • Mental Health

    Anxiety and aging

    January 21, 2008 11:06 AM EST         Recently I had coffee with a friend who is worried about her 86-year-old mother, who lives in the Midwest. “Lately it seems like she’s worried about everything,” my friend told me. “She never used to be this way. Do you think she has an anxiety disorder?” It’s possible. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders among older adults. Approximately 11% of people ages 55 and over suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. Although most anxiety disorders start in early adulthood, they tend to last well into the later years. In addition to enduring anxiety disorders from their youth, older adults…

  • Mental Health

    One route to alcoholism

     chicagotribune.com   After the first drink, you want that ‘rush’ again. Sheryl, 55, a court reporter in the north suburbs, seemed to have the American dream: “a decent life—two healthy kids, a nice husband, a two-car garage, what you’re supposed to have,” she said. “Only something was wrong. I was in my late 30s and miserable.”   She began to drink—not daily but three or four times a week. And once she had the first drink, “that was the end of it. I’d continue to drink for the rest of the day or evening,” she said. “[After] you take that first drink, you want to replicate that rush, but it…

  • DF Archive

    NAMI StigmaBuster Alert January 2008

    ***********************NAMI StigmaBuster Alert***********************Britney SpearsNAMI purposely has not spoken out about the Britney Spears ordeal in recent weeks,in part because we do not presume to diagnose anyone's illness and try to respect aperson's privacy—even when it's being violated by others.We also have not wanted to feed the media circus.Even Dr. Phil, who tried to exploit the story, has expressed regret for saying thatthe 26-year old singer was "in dire need of both medical and psychologicalattention.""If I had to do it over again," he said, "I probably wouldn't make any statement atall. Period."

  • Depression

    Suicide Warning Cut Antidepressant Use

    Jan. 7, 2008 — Warnings about suicide risk in youths taking antidepressants have affected the use of those drugs.New research shows that antidepressant use by kids and teens fell nearly 10% annually after the drugs got a “black box” warning — the FDA’s sternest warning — about youth suicide risk.That news is based on data from Medco, one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in the U.S. The data included more than 2 million people.The researchers analyzed antidepressant use by children aged 6-17 and adults before, during, and after FDA warnings on antidepressants and youth suicide risk came out in 2003 and 2004.From May 1, 2002 to June 19, 2003…

  • Therapy

    LEARNING TO SPEAK UP

    Helping the Mentally Ill Includes Teaching Them to Be Assertive By Robin Williams Adams The Ledger  Write an email to Robin Williams Adams Robin Williams AdamsHealth/Medical ReporterDept.: Metro Desk(863) 802-7558robin.adams@theledger.com Your Name:  Your Email:  Subject:  Message:    RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER Art therapy teacher Rudy Malizia, right, works with, from left, Marilyn Whittier, Mark Herbolsheimer and Charles Hamilton during a class at the Jeanene Brown Drop-In Center in Lakeland earlier this month. LAKELAND | Some regular attendees of the Jeanene Brown Drop-In Center still ask for permission to use the bathroom. That may seem strange to anyone who hasn’t dealt with severe mental illness, but Chip Jones has and…