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Large study links hormonal birth control to depression

Hormonal birth control, especially among adolescent girls, was associated with subsequent use of antidepressants and a first-diagnosis of depression, suggesting depression may be an adverse effect of hormonal contraception, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Millions of women worldwide use hormonal contraception, available in pills, patches, implants, and intrauterine devices. The products have often been blamed for mood swings, though studies have not definitively established that link. Researchers with the University of Copenhagen in Denmark set out to investigate whether these types of contraceptives were linked to behavior changes, specifically depression leading to the use of antidepressants or a ... Read More

AAP recommends children be tested for cholesterol, depression, HIV

All children should be screened for cholesterol, depression and HIV, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced as part of its updated recommendations for preventative pediatric care. The new guidelines call for testing cholesterol levels in children between the ages of 9 and 11. Previously, cholesterol was checked only in children at high risk based on family history. But new research has shown that many children with abnormal cholesterol were falling under the radar. The incidence of high cholesterol in children is becoming an increasing problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thanks in large part ... Read More

FDA approves new diet pill Contrave

A new prescription diet pill has been given clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing in the United States. Contrave, made by Orexigen Therapeutics, is a combination of bupropion, an antidepressant that is also used for smoking cessation, and naltrexone, a drug used to treat drug and alcohol dependence. Contrave is approved for overweight or obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, as well as people with a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one other health issue such as diabetes. Patients treated with Contrave lost an average of 4.2 ... Read More

New testosterone treatment in development carries fewer side effects

Testosterone levels in men typically drop as a man ages, but when it drops too low it signals a possible problem. In many cases the drop can be associated with obesity, diabetes and circulatory disease. Low testosterone levels can result in symptoms such as low libido, loss of muscle mass, increased body fat, and depression. Regardless the cause, many doctors prescribe testosterone replacement therapies, such as AndroGel, Axiron and Testim, to treat the condition. However, recent studies have shown that testosterone therapy can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or death. The drugs can also be expensive, and after ... Read More

Man suffers paranoid psychosis, cognitive impairment after taking Hepatitis C treatment

A frightening new side effect has emerged with the standard treatment for the hepatitis C – paranoid psychosis and cognitive impairment, according to a report published in a recent issue of General Hospital Psychiatry. According to the report, a 55-yearold male was diagnosed with paranoid psychosis and cognitive impairment after being treated for four months with interferon-based hepatitis C virus antiviral therapy. The psychosis stopped after he continued the therapy and he began treatment with the antipsychotic medication risperidone (Risperdal), however the cognitive impairment could not be reversed. Months later when doctors attempted to lower his dosage of risperidone, the paranoid ... Read More

Testosterone therapy does not appear to work in obese men with type 2 diabetes

Testosterone replacement therapy is designed to treat symptoms of “Low T,” such as low libido, weight gain, and fatigue; however, the treatment doesn’t appear to work on aging, obese men with type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. The new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that testosterone supplements do not improve erectile dysfunction or general health in this population because testosterone levels are not the only issue causing their symptoms. The findings raise even more question about the controversial hormone supplements. Prescriptions for testosterone therapies, such as the widely used Androgel, Axiron and Testim, have skyrocketed ... Read More

Experts worry about skyrocketing prescriptions for antidepressants

The number of prescriptions for antidepressants has reached a record high in the United Kingdom, and experts fear that some people may be unnecessarily exposed to antidepressant side effects. The Health and Social Care Information Centre released the new figures on prescription drugs, which showed antidepressant use had risen by one-third in just a year, and that about four million Britons are taking the drugs each year – twice as many compared to 10 years ago. Representatives from mental health agencies say they worry that people suffering from depression are prescribed drugs as a first-line defense because other forms of ... Read More

New meta-analysis raises serious questions about SSRI use during pregnancy

There is not enough research to provide a clear guidance on the risks or benefits of antidepressant use during pregnancy, however there are serious concerns regarding the drugs’ affects on newborns that should be addressed, a new meta-analysis has found. The analysis on antidepressant use during and after pregnancy was conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study focused on a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include the brand names Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, and Paxil. Researchers reported finding evidence that SSRI use during ... Read More

Mental anguish from gynecomastia can last decades

Lorne Jaffe, a stay-at-home dad and blogger for the Huffington Post describes life with gynecomastia, a condition in which adolescent boys grow breasts, this way: “I grew up a seemingly normal, slightly chubby boy who by age 11 had a chest resembling a partially-deflated blow-up doll’s, sagging breasts, one noticeably larger than the other, huge areolas. For the next 18 years I wore dark, oversized clothing and walked with hunched shoulders, thumbs pushing out my shirt bottom to keep my upper body formless, using anything I could (pillow, notebook, rolled-up jacket) as a shield to deflect imagined prying eyes. I ... Read More

NFL removes cap on proposed settlement for retired players who suffered head injuries

A $765 million award cap on a compensation program for retired National Football League (NFL) players suing the league for improper handling of concussions was eliminated, and funds will now be available for any retired player who develops a qualifying neuro-cognitive condition. The NFL had hoped the $765 million fund would be enough to resolve the lawsuits, however in January a Pennsylvania federal judge rejected the deal based on concerns that the dollar amount wasn’t enough to compensate all members in the class. The plaintiffs claim that brain injuries they suffered during their careers caused them dementia, depression, memory loss, ... Read More