ADHD Meds and Cardiovascular Safety: New Data

A new study provides some reassurance regarding the cardiovascular safety of medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A large meta-analysis showed no statistically significant association between use of stimulant or nonstimulant ADHD medications and any cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcome across age groups. However, a “modest” increase in risk could not be ruled out, especially … Read more

EEG Backs Near-Death Experience During CPR

Brain wave recordings obtained during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) offer support to near-death experiences subjectively reported by some people who survive cardiac arrest, according to a novel new study. “These recalled experiences and brain wave changes may be the first signs of the so-called ‘near-death’ experience, and we have captured them for the first time in … Read more

Video Games Trigger Dangerous Arrhythmias in Some Children

Playing video games can produce potentially fatal arrhythmias in susceptible children, including those not known to be at risk, and war games are a potent trigger, an international case series and systematic review reveals. Nineteen patients experienced or suspected arrhythmia while playing video games, six went into cardiac arrest, and four died suddenly. “Now that … Read more

APA, Others Seek FDA Forum on REMS

Multiple psychiatric groups have asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider holding a public meeting about its approach to risk management of the schizophrenia drug clozapine, which is effective but carries serious risks, including death. In a February 14 letter, the groups asked the FDA to reconsider its new risk evaluation and … Read more