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“Pitt joins medication study”

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This February 3, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Business Times website talks about a medication study being done in the Pittsburgh area involving


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Pittsburgh Point Park from top of Duquesne Incline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

personalized medicine.

“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)

“Psychiatry Embraces Patient-Centered Care”

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This January 29, 2014 article on the American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric News website talks about the shift that is happening across the United States towards a patient centered method of treating people with mental illnesses.  Pat Deegan’s Common Ground is among the tools that are being used in this shift and showing great success.

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“Funding healthy society helps cure health care”

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This August 23, 2010, article on SFGATE.com talks about on medical professional’s learning experiences as they discovered that some of the problems that they were diagnosing were ones that could be corrected by the patient simply being able to find work, or having enough food to eat.  In essence the professional realized and even points out that sometimes spending money to help people with basic needs can help to decrease medical costs.

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“Mental health program recognized”

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This July 25, 2013 article on the Lancaster Online website talks about a Pennsylvania mental health organization that has recently been recognized on the national registry of evidence based practices listing for its work in helping people with mental illnesses.  The organization is Compeer Lancaster.

The registry can be found at … http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/

“Stressed Out: Health care system comes up short in responding to need for early treatment”

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This March 11, 2013 article found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about stress, not only the high level of it in America, but also the issue of it being largely ignored by the medical community unless it leads to something like a heart attack.


“Congress addresses mental illness in wake of rampage”

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This March 6, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website gives a glimpse into a recent hearing on mental illness and the treatment of folks who have a mental illness as well as the struggles families go through trying to get help for their loved ones.



“Stressed Out: Manage modern-life stress before health problems set in”

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This January 21, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about stress and the impact it has on us.  The article also talks about some of the dynamics of our society as they pertain to the response  to how others handle stress and what some of the consequences are for those who are unable to manage stress.





“Grapefruit Linked to Medication Overdoses”

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This video published on Nov 26, 2012 by , talks about the dangers of mixing grapefruit with medications.  For me, this is old news, because I actually experienced a situation that could have been fatal had I not gotten medical treatment.  This happened to me about 6 years ago, and it caused a very serious serotonin overload, so I know first hand it isn’t anything to mess around with.  My advice is that if you are on medication simply avoid eating grapefruit altogether, but if you do eat it and start noticing unusual symptoms/problems, go to the emergency room.


Here’s some other resources for more information about the interaction between grapefruit and some medications.








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