medication

Antipsychotics linked to diabetes in kids

Antipsychotics have already been linked to type II diabetes in adults. Now a new study shows a connection between these medications and the chronic medical condition in kids as well. Researchers report in the journal JAMA Psychiatry that children taking antipsychotics have three times the risk of developing type II…

A New Wrinkle in Parkinson’s Disease Research: Skin Cream Ingredient May Stop Effects of Parkinson’s On Brain Cells

The active ingredient in an over-the-counter skin cream might do more than prevent wrinkles. Scientists have discovered that the drug, called kinetin, also slows or stops the effects of Parkinson’s disease on brain cells. Scientists identified the link through biochemical and cellular studies, but the research team is now testing…

Common Gene Variants Explain 42% of Antidepressant Response

Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for the treatment of depression, but many individuals do not experience symptom relief from treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health’s STAR*D study, the largest and longest study ever conducted to evaluate depression treatment, found that only approximately one-third of patients responded within their initial medication…

Rx Summit Brings National Leaders Together to Combat Abuse

Underscoring the importance of collaboration in the national fight against prescription drug abuse, the 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit will focus on ways participants can “Make an Impact” not only in their communities, but on the country as a whole. With accidental prescription overdose deaths occurring at 1 every…

Don’t judge that generic pill by its color

It’s not the color, but what’s inside that counts when it comes to medication. However, doctors suspect that’s not exactly how patients see it. According to a study published Monday in the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine, changes in pill color significantly increase the odds that a patient will…