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Spending On Behavioral Health Is A Shrinking Portion Of Overall Health Expenditures

Spending on psychiatric drugs grew by 5.6 percent from 2004 to 2005, which represents an overall decrease from the 27.3 percent growth seen from 1999 to 2000. This is according to a study published today in the February issue of Health Affairs. The study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration analyzed […]

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The Future Of The Pharmaceutical Industry – In Dire Need Of Smarter Regulation

The closure of Pfizer’s Sandwich Lab is part of a long-term decline in drug development, a trend that has been affecting all major UK pharmaceutical multinationals. Big pharmaceutical companies have been downsizing, outsourcing, and merging in an attempts to find an innovation strategy that will keep their pipelines filled with new, potentially profitable products. This […]

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Antidepressants In Combination With Mood Stabilizers Lead To An Elevated Mortality Rate

Depression is expected to constitute the second largest source of global burden of disease after heart disease by the year 2020. The consequences for society and individuals are lowered quality of life, social isolation, decreased intellectual capacity as well as an inability to carry out activities of daily living. Additional consequences are significantly affected health […]

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Psychotic-Like Symptoms Associated With Poor Outcomes In Patients With Depression

Among patients with depression, the presence of many aspects of illness which may be associated with bipolar disorder does not appear to be associated with treatment resistance – evidence against the common hypothesis that some cases of difficult-to-treat depression are actually unrecognized bipolar disorder. However, many patients with depression also report psychotic-like symptoms, such as […]

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Neurofeedback Improves Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia In A Randomized, Controlled Study

In a recently published article in the journal, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, researchers report that neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback, significantly improves symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). The authors devised a well thought out study that included a total of 36 patients who experienced FMS. Patient were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups: 18 […]

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