High Neuro Drug Costs Exclude Most From Cutting-Edge Tx

Because of high out-of-pocket costs of new-to-market neurologic drugs that are of similar benefit as older agents, only a small percentage of patients with neurologic disorders have access to these cutting-edge medications, new research shows. “Our study of people with neurologic conditions found fewer than 20% were being treated with new medications,” study author Brian … Read more

Higher Potency of Fentanyl Affects Addiction Treatment, Screening

As fentanyl-related overdose deaths continue to increase, clinicians should take note of the important differences that set the drug apart from the other drugs of misuse — and the troubling reality that fentanyl now contaminates most of them. “It would be fair to tell patients, if you’re buying any illegal drugs — pills, powder, liquid, … Read more

Biomarker a First Step Toward an Alzheimer’s Urine Test

A recently identified biomarker found in urine could be the first step toward the development of a simple and inexpensive test for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD), new researchers suggest. Investigators found that levels of formic acid, a metabolic product of formaldehyde found in urine, were significantly higher in individuals with AD, including those with subjective … Read more

10 Christmas gifts that support wellbeing and happiness

Gift something that makes a difference this year, with our round-up of wellness-boosting presents ‘Tis the season of giving, of watching with anticipation as your loved ones unwrap gifts you picked out, especially for them. That said, with so much out there, sometimes, choosing the perfect gift to reach that magical moment can feel like … Read more

Take Your Pills: A Review

Source: Shriver Media/Netflix 2022 “Take Your Pills: Xanax,” a compelling 80-minute documentary directed by Blair Foster that Netflix recently released to subscribers, traces the development, marketing, and widespread prescribing of the drug and its close associates Valium, Librium, Klonopin, and Ativan from the 1950s to the present day. Testimony of Patients and Experts Drawing heavily … Read more

Exercise: A No-Cost Antidepressant | Psychology Today

Exercise has long been known to have beneficial effects on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health. It has also been increasingly recognized for its positive effect on mental health, and psychiatrists often encourage their patients to develop an exercise routine. A comprehensive review recently published in Molecular Psychiatry by Ryan Ross and colleagues conclude that physicians should … Read more

Four Myths About Mental Illness

I am crazy, insane even, and I own it (and the words). I’m bipolar. My Twitter name is Madwoman Out of the Attic. Let me say next what I’m not: Anyone’s least favorite president. The billionaire who’s either heading for Mars or emailing pink slips. Or the neighbor who keeps telling you about lizard people. … Read more