Category Archives: Mental Health

FDA panel unanimously backs use of Amarin’s fish-oil heart drug; action could produce gigantic profit haul.

The News: Government health experts recently recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems…. Read more »

Hillary not cool with Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All;” neither are many docs.

The News: Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, said last Wednesday she hoped for a return to “boring, normal times” after the 2020 election, voicing skepticism of her party’s populist… Read more »

Reducing salt consumption may protect against Alzheimer’s. Considering the stakes, start now.

The News: A high-salt diet may negatively affect cognitive function by causing a deficiency of the compound nitric oxide, which is vital for maintaining vascular health in the brain, according… Read more »

Sackler Family, Purdue Pharma not the only ones to blame for US opiod crisis. Not by a long shot.

The News: After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma LP (Stamford CT) finally filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. But it’s hardly a done deal, according to The New York Times…. Read more »

Close (but not too close) encounters with God confer mental health benefits, say researchers at Johns Hopkins. This definitely isn’t your typical medical article.

The News: Profound religious experiences are linked to lasting mental health benefits, new research suggests. In a survey study of more than 4000 individuals, those who reported having profound personal… Read more »

It’s time to reclassify schizophrenia as a neurologic disorder.

The News: A mental health advocacy group has spearheaded a new initiative to reclassify schizophrenia as a neurologic, rather than a psychiatric, disease. The action is designed to reduce stigma and ultimately… Read more »

Stodgy Johns Hopkins wants FDA to clear psilocybin mushrooms for depression. Here’s what you need to know (or recall) about the differences between magic shrooms and, say, LSD.

The News: Researchers from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) have recommended that psilocybin, the active compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified for medical use, potentially paving the way for the psychedelic… Read more »