October 19, 2011
New Guidelines Issued for Common Tremor
An antiseizure drug
called primidone (Mysoline) and a high blood pressure drug called
propranolol (Inderal) are the most effective medicines to treat
shaking in people with essential tremor, according to an updated
treatment guideline from the American Academy of Neurology.
U.S. Cancer Groups Release Their Own Cervical Cancer
Three leading U.S. cancer
groups have proposed new guidelines for cervical cancer testing for
women, including when to start screening for sexually active young
women, extending intervals between screenings and in some cases,
supplementing the traditional Pap test with human papilloma virus
Antidepressant Use Skyrocketed in Past 20 Years:
The rate of
antidepressant use among Americans of all ages increased nearly 400
percent over the last two decades, and 11 percent of Americans aged
12 and older now take antidepressant drugs, according to a federal
government report released Wednesday.
Care for Mentally Ill Vets at VA Centers May Differ
The U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs rivals other health care systems in the quality of
care it provides to mentally ill veterans, but there are huge
discrepancies in the level of care offered in various facilities
across the country, according to a new study.
Start HIV Drug Treatment Early in Patients With TB:
Three new studies provide
insight into the best time to begin AIDS drug treatments in
HIV-positive patients who are also infected with tuberculosis, a
double whammy common in Africa. Starting the drugs earlier, even by
a few weeks, could make a big difference for patients who are very
sick, the research suggests.
Long-Term Unemployment Can Tax Mental Health
Americans who were
jobless for longer than 25 weeks in the past year were three times
more likely than those who were continuously employed to suffer
mental health issues for the first time, a new study finds.