Health News

Getting Your Bell Rung
With football season in full swing, it's time to get reacquainted with concussions: what to expect, how to treat and when to return to action.
FDA Drug Safety Communication: Saphris
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public that serious allergic reactions have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic medication Saphris ( asenapine maleate ).
Morning Sickness Linked to Behavioral Issues
Old wives tales abound concerning pregnancy. One popular one is "if the future mother is really sick, it's a girl." According to recent research, it may cause something else.
Stem Cells Unlock Bipolar Disorder Secrets
In 2001 Heinz Prechter, a successful automotive entrepreneur, committed suicide after a lifetime of battling bipolar disorder. He was only 59 years old, and left behind two children and a wife.
New Drugs Changing Outlook on Bipolar Disorder
When it was discovered more than 100 years ago, Bipolar Disorder was believed to be the result of "bad blood," thought to be caused by black bile. Later the mental disorder best known for episodes of depression and mania was treated with lithium.
Antidepressants Work to Stop Suicides
A landmark study has shown that antidepressants significantly reduce suicide risk among patients with depression or bipolar disorder.
Does Panic Come On Gradually?
People with panic disorder—overwhelming bouts of physical anxiety symptoms—don’t respond to stress like some might expect, according to a new study.
Risperdal (risperidone) and Risperidone Recall
Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals notified healthcare professionals and the public of a recall of specific lots of Risperdal ( risperidone ) 3mg tablets and risperidone 2mg tablets.
Medication Errors Resulting From Name Confusion
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public to medication error reports in which patients were given risperidone ( Risperdal ) instead of ropinirole ( Requip ) and vice versa. In some cases, patients who took the wrong medication needed to be hospitalized.
Unbalanced Body and Mind
Interestingly, people who have psychiatric disorders typically have balance problems. This mind-body connection may hold keys to new treatment directions.