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Genetic testing may be best way to prescribe antidepressants

A genetic test being offered may shed light on which antidepressants will work best for people who suffer from severe depression. When a person is seeking treatment for this, a psychiatrist usually prescribes two or three medications before finding one that works, with the least amount of side effects,  for the patient. The test, GeneSightRx […]

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Illinois to receive nearly $20 million in Depakote settlement

The state of Illinois is going to receive nearly $20 million in the Depakote lawsuit that was settled last week. Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay $1.6 billion in order to settle the claims that they illegally marketed the antisiezure medication for off-label uses. Abbott Laboratories has made two national settlements, which total to $1.6 billion […]

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Using the clock to treat seizures in epilepsy patients

A pediatric neurologist is using a new technique in order to help children who suffer from seizures that can not be helped by medication or surgery. Nearly a third of all people that suffer from epilepsy have a form that is untreatable by medication and this doctor hopes to find a solution on how they […]

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Four percent of U.S. adults have Bipolar disorder

In the U.S. nearly four percent of all adults will have Bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Out of those that suffer from the disorder, many of them suffer severe side effects. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder, is a condition in the brain that causes mood swings that […]

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New Jersey in lead for screening heart defects

The state of New Jersey is leading in its efforts to screen infants in heart defects while still in the womb. According to officials, a simple new screening test called, pulse oximetry, is helping to find birth defects of infants at the earliest stage. The screening is now a New Jersey law and works by […]

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Surgery may be effective treatment for those who suffer from epilepsy

Recently, surgery has begun to be used as a way to correct epilepsy and new studies have shown that those who have the surgery done may go 10 years without having a seizure. Researchers have said that this shows promise to be an alternative way to treat the disorder. On the first long-term study of […]

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Abbott labs may pay at least $1.3 billion in Depakote marketing suit

Abbott Laboratories will be paying at least $1.3 billion in order to settle a lawsuit over the alleged illegal marketing of the antisiezure medication, Depakote. The suit was filed by the U.S. government and 24 states after claiming that the drug was illegally marketed by the company in order to be prescribed for unapproved uses. […]

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Children’s cognitive development and Depakote use

When a woman becomes pregnant or is trying to become pregnant and they are taking anti-seizure medication, such as Depakote, it is important to speak to a doctor about your options. Multiple birth defects have been associated with the use of Depakote during pregnancy. The most recent warning from the FDA about the use of […]

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