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“Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs”

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This April 28, 2016 AP article found on the Herald-Standard website talks about Hawaii’s interest in having Psychologists be able to prescribe medications to their clients.  This is something already done in the military, and in a few other states. It is hoped that this change could improve access to care, and maybe also help Hawaii decrease their suicide rate which according to the article is higher than the rate that people die from car accidents in Hawaii.

“Depression May Be Caused by Inflammation”

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This January 5, 2015 Nova Next article on the PBS website talks about ongoing research that seems to show that it is possible that treating depression with an anti-inflammatory medication in addition to standard medications, may be a better approach since it’s possible that depression may be caused by inflammation.

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“FDA Warns of Skin Reactions to Antipsychotic”

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This December 12, 2014 Medpage Today article talks about a possible negative reaction that has been connected to Geodone.

“How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print”

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This July 25, 2014 WESA 90.5 Pittsburgh NPR article talks about what we don’t see with current drug labeling that could help us make a more informed decision if it was there.

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English: National Public Radio headquarters at 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“ADHD Drug Ritalin Boosted Self-Control in Tests”

 

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This April 25, 2014 Heath Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about recent research that seems to show that Ritalin can aid in increasing self-control.  While they aren’t sure about why this happens they are seeing evidence that it does happen.

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“Why Screening for Diabetes is Important (Especially if You Take Psychiatric Medications) “

 

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This March 25, 2014 NAMI Blog post talks about the importance of people who take psychiatric medication needing to be screened for Diabetes.

 

 

 

 

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“Brintellix Approved for Major Depressive Disorder”

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This October 1, 2013 Article found on the Philly.com website talks about a medication recently approved by the FDA for treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

“Research Shows How Ritalin Affects Brains of Kids With ADHD: Medication activates areas associated with the disorder, scans show”

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The cerebellum is largely responsible for coordinating the unconscious aspects of proprioception. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This May 31, 2013 article on the Health Day Consumer News website talks about recent findings that show Ritalin affects the parts of the brain in kids with ADHD that have been long suspected as the areas where deficiencies have been long thought to be.

“Study: Younger patients more likely to skip medications”

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This April 9, 2013 article on the USA Today website talks about a recent study on medication compliance compared between patients over the age of 65 and those under 65 it also looked at the difference between private insurance and those on Medicare and Medicaid.  the findings are interesting yet not overly surprising when I look responses I’ve heard to medication in general when talking to others. The article mentioned an estimated cost to Medicare when they compared the dollars spent on someone taking medication versus someone who didn’t take the medication as prescribed, which I found interesting as well.

“Balancing Work, Medication And Mental Illness”

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This January 30, 2013 article on the NPR website talks about Elyn Saks and discusses her views about how mental illness can be both disabling and at the same time create a sort of super thinking.  She explains that some had told her to maybe consider working as a cashier for a couple of years and then decide if she wanted to pursue something else, but Saks found that for her, work offers a way for her to harness her brain and give her a bit of a break from her delusional thinking.

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