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Alexza Inhaled Antipsychotic May Pose Fatal Lung Risks

Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s inhaled antipsychotic drug may put some patients at risk for respiratory failure, according to U.S. regulators considering whether to approve the treatment for sale.  While Adasuve is effective as a fast-acting treatment for agitation among patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, it can cause bronchial spasms that …

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The Misuse and Abuse of Antipsychotics

(November is over, so is NaNoWriMo, and I’m happy to report I was able to complete the challenge under schedule and over word count.  Thanks to all for their well wishes and support!) I took most of November off from blogging but never gave up on following the news.  Throughout …

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Drugs Used for Psychotics Go to Youths in Foster Care

Think children are being over-diagnosed and over-treated where psychiatric disorders are concerned? Take a look at the disturbing trend of the use of antipsychotics within the foster care system:

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Unraveling how a mutation can lead to psychiatric illness

MIT neuroscientists show that a gene linked with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder impairs early brain development. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/disc1-mutation-schizophrenia-1117.html.

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Bipolar Disorder Can Mimic Psychopathy?

Huh? OK, OK. I know I should be writing for NaNoWriMo, but since I’m ahead of schedule I decided to read the news, and stumbled upon yet another careless remark made by a ‘professional’ that is pretty demeaning to Bipolar sufferers. Soon to be released in the US is the …

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Should Involuntary Treatment for the Mentally Ill Be the Law?

Before I make my exit for the month of November to take part in NaNoWriMo, let me leave you with something meaty to chew on while I’m offline. In 2002, California passed legislation allowing judges to order involuntary treatment for people with severe mental illnesses if they have a history …

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More on Bipolar and Socioeconomic Status

Genes can be reset during early life in profoundly different ways depending on whether children grow up in privileged or deprived households, a landmark study has shown. The penalty might be activation of genes that make poorer people more prone to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. That could …

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FDA Approves First Generic Olanzapine to Treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 24, 2011 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic versions of Zyprexa (olanzapine tablets) and Zyprexa Zydus (olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets) to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Read the full press release here.

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Researchers at the University of Leeds investigating the genetic causes of bipolar disorder have identified two new drugs – one of which has already been found safe in clinical trials – that may be effective in treating the disorder.

Researchers at the University of Leeds investigating the genetic causes of bipolar disorder have identified two new drugs – one of which has already been found safe in clinical trials – that may be effective in treating the disorder. Read the full article here.

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Hypomania or Mania – Which was it?

I’ve had this post in the hopper for a while, and finally decided to publish it after reading another blogger’s post today about what she believes are the differences between Bipolar I and Bipolar II.  Basically, I believe she is incorrect.  But thinking about the real differences between Mania and …

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