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September 28, 2005

Study: Paxil Linked to Birth Defects

The FDA has issued a warning following a study that suggests Paxil, the popular antidepressant, may cause birth defects in babies whose mothers were taking the drug during their first trimesters. GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil's manufacturer, plans to include the information in the list of precautions for the drug. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor at 06:07 AM

September 23, 2005

Opiate Addiction a Big Problem in Iran

If he could afford it, Ali Nariman would drink beer, he says. But like most Iranians, he is poor, and so takes his solace in the form of a small gray ball of opium.

Swallowed whole for maximum absorption, the ball takes only half an hour to deliver the warm, surging relief that inhabitants of the Persian plateau have long associated with advanced age. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor at 06:38 AM

September 20, 2005

New Antipsychotic Drugs No Safer Than Old Ones

Expensive new antipsychotic drugs that are among the most widely prescribed pills in medicine are no more effective and no safer than an older, cheaper drug that has been largely discontinued, according to the most comprehensive comparative study ever conducted. (Washington Post)

Posted by hdiaries at 05:04 AM

September 15, 2005

The Mental Health Repercussions from Katrina

... experts in disaster psychiatry predict that the repercussions from Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophe without parallel in modern American history, are likely to be far greater and to last for years. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor at 06:55 PM

Erasing Cocaine Memories May Cure Addiction

In research with rats, scientists showed they can selectively disrupt memories associated with cocaine use -- a finding that may help in the development of new ways to fight addiction. (

Posted by news editor at 04:53 AM