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A Presidential Candidate Openly Taking Meds? Don't Bet On It

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

Today, we know a lot more about mental illness than we did forty years ago. But given the grueling and brutal demands of modern campaigning, we would be extremely unlikely to embrace a presidential candidate who acknowledged taking drugs for a psychiatric condition.

Revisions to Psychiatry's 'Bible' Have People Crying Overmedication -- But Don't Freak Out Just Yet

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

For what might strike a lot of people as inside baseball, the debate over the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is garnering a lot of media attention.

Medication Shortages Surge To Record In 2011

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. — The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the numbe...

Saying Goodbye to a Good Dog

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents
Holly Robinson

A dog isn't just a dog, but a carrier of family history. Saying goodbye to a dog you've had for years means shutting the door on an era.

Dealing With Holiday Office Party Anxiety

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 02.18.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

I want to go to a workplace party this Christmas, but the idea of standing in a crowded room on my own fills me with dread.

Medicating Foster Kids: Not the Travesty It Seems?

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

The reality about foster children and medication is far more complicated than it appears in the political theater of a congressional hearing, or in television news shots of sad-looking, adorable kids set to tug-at-your-heartstrings music.

Dreaming of Sleep During Chemotherapy Treatment

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 01.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Last week, my oncologist told me that if he could get rid of one of my side effects, it would be the insomnia. He told me that this cumulative fatigue is exacerbating all of my other symptoms. How many sheep can a girl count?

Is This The Antidote To Reactivity?

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Scientific research indicates that meditation practice can actually change our brain structure to ameliorate reactivity. But meditation is just one tool for what, at the extreme, is known as impulse control disorder.

What It's Like To Raise A Slacker.. And A Perfectionist

Miriam Novogrodsky | Posted 01.01.2012 | Parents
Miriam Novogrodsky

I have a soft spot for slackers, they are individualists. But as a mother, I'm stumped. I have one slacker and one perfectionist. My slacker was born ...

What Older People Should Consider Before Taking an Antidepressant

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Medication may be the best thing for you, but there are alternatives that you and your doctor may decide you should try first.

L’Oreal Is Developing A Pill That Will Prevent Gray Hair

The Gloss | Posted 12.06.2011 | Women

Imagine a perfect utopia in which all skin is tan and firm, all bodies are toned and hairless, all breasts point skyward and no one has a single lock ...

Hospital Drug Shortages Present Deadly, Costly Crisis

AP | By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 11.24.2011 | Healthy Living

TRENTON, N.J. -- A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15...

WATCH: Suburban Hospital Debuts Illinois' First Prescription Drug Vending Machine

Posted 11.13.2011 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago hospital will be the first in the state to host a new vending machine that offers 24-hour access to prescription drugs. The vend...

Prison Resumes Forcible Medication Of Jared Lee Loughner

AP | By JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 09.21.2011 | Crime

TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal court Friday night denied an emergency motion by defense lawyers to keep prison officials in Missouri from forcibly me...

What Patients Can Do To Avoid Medication Errors

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 08.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Unfortunately, too-few experts offer the following advice: People can -- and should -- simply reduce the number of medications they need.

Diagnosed With Breast Cancer and Feeling Depressed? Don't Isolate Yourself

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 08.20.2011 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Being treated for breast cancer can be tough to endure, both physically and emotionally QUESTION Dear Irene, I'm sorry, I hope this whole post mak...

Marcus Baram

Big Pharma's Role In Overmedicating Nursing Home Patients Noted In Government Report | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.10.2011 | Home

Welcome to "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the...

ReThink Review: Limitless -- Underachiever? There's a Pill for That

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Limitless is a clever, exciting, surprisingly funny film where I honestly didn't know what would happen next.

Meditation or Medication? Or Both?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

A decade ago, having recently begun Buddhist meditation practice, I attended a lecture/Q&A with a Tibetan master at a Buddhist center in Hollywood. Th...

Better Living Through Chemistry

Beth Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Beth Jones

A few weeks after my ex-husband left (and moved in with his personal trainer), I signed-on with a therapist and she promptly set me up with a psychopharmacologist.

You Are Not A Diagnosis

Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D.

Too often, we fall into a sort of trance, marching to doctor's orders, and "I am unfocused or anxious at times" becomes, "I AM ADD."

Heartless Science

Loraine Boyle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Loraine Boyle

Being in a controlled trial means the participants are randomly assigned either an old drug or the new one in order to find out its benefits or risks. In the fast-changing world of medication, the FDA needs to revise the protocol.

Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients?

Hyla Cass, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hyla Cass, M.D.

A little known but potentially life-saving fact is that common medications deplete vital nutrients essential to your health. Here's a practical guide to avoid drug-induced nutrient depletion.

Should Patients Be Paid for Medical Compliance?

Victoria Rogers McEvoy, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Victoria Rogers McEvoy, M.D.

By creating an incentive for patients to stay healthy, it may be possible to avoid ER visits, eliminate surgeries, cut down or avoid hospitalizations and maybe eliminate some of the unnecessary trips to the doctor.

Kevorkian Tells Gupta 'Death With Dignity' Laws Don't Go Far Enough, Doctors Should Administer Life-Ending Drugs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Dr. Jack Kevorkian believes laws that allow terminally-ill adults to end their lives by taking prescribed lethal doses of medicine are wrong because t...