Social Anxiety Disorder Linked to High Serotonin Levels, Throwing Treatment with SSRIs into Serious Question

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) drugs work by making more serotonin available for use in your brain, which is thought to improve your mood

has been the prevailing theory for explaining social anxiety, Continue reading

Restless Legs Syndrome Causes and Treatments

The specific causes of restless legs syndrome (RLS) are not known. That is what most doctors say and it is certainly what WebMD says. “Disease in the blood vessels of the legs or in the nerves in the legs that control leg movement and sensation was once thought to cause RLS, but both of these suggestions have been rejected.” Continue reading

EFT is an Effective Tool for Anxiety

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Chronic anxiety, like stress, is very damaging to your mental and physical health, temporarily shutting down your immune system

Long-term anxiety raises your risk for depression, Continue reading

Report: Many Urban Tap Water Systems Loaded with SSRI Antidepressant Drugs

As you may recall, the Associated Press (AP) released the results of a groundbreaking investigation it conducted back in 2008 concerning the presence of pharmaceutical drugs in the water supply. In this report, it was revealed that at least 41 million Americans are exposed daily to tap water containing Continue reading

How Medical Ripoffs Threaten Your Health and Financial Security

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  • According to a scientific review, the practice of using a type of starch intravenously to replace lost blood volume in critically ill patients is based on studies “loaded with fraudulent data,” and may increase their risk of death or kidney failure
  • According to a British poll from last year, more than one in 10 scientists and doctors claimed to have witnessed colleagues deliberately fabricating data in order to get their research published Continue reading

Opioids Linked to Higher Risk of Pneumonia in Older Adults

Risks highest for long-acting opioids and new use, says Group Health study

Opioids – a class of medicines commonly given for pain — were associated with a higher risk of pneumonia in a study of 3,061 adults, aged 65 to 94, e-published in advance of publication in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study from researchers at Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington (UW) also found that benzodiazepines, which are drugs generally given for insomnia and anxiety, did not affect pneumonia risk.

“Pneumonia is a common infection that can have serious consequences in older adults,” said study leader Sascha Dublin, MD, Ph.D, a Group Health Research Institute assistant investigator and Group Health primary care physician.

“Opioids and benzodiazepines work in different ways, but both can decrease the breathing rate. Both are also sedatives, which can increase the risk of aspiration.” Aspiration is inhaling material (including saliva or food particles) from the mouth into the lungs, which can lead to pneumonia.

A 2009 study estimated that two million Americans Continue reading