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US court dismisses AstraZeneca Seroquel suit

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57404284/us-court-dismisses-astrazeneca-seroquel-suit/ LONDON — AstraZeneca PLC says a U.S. court has dismissed the company’s bid to extend the patent on Seroquel, its blockbuster drug for the treatment of bipolar disorder. AstraZeneca said Monday that the suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had been dismissed on Friday in Washington D.C. …

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Sometimes Less is Not Better

I have been trying to write this post for days, but the words haven’t been coming easily. As part of the master plan to slim down my med cocktail, and after successfully weaning off of the antidepressant, I jumped the gun with the planned elimination of the antipsychotic. The result …

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Body clocks may hold key for treatment of bipolar disorder

Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects. Read the entire article here.

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Living Cells Used in Research of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

Scientists are growing living brain cells from skin samples which could help research into treatments for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh are growing the cells from skin samples taken from families known to carry faulty genes, which are believed to cause mental illness. The project, …

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Bipolar
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Crossing the Threshold – Obesity and Bipolar Disorder

Today my weight crossed two boundaries. I’ve not been this heavy since right after giving birth to my son and I’ve tipped the scale just enough for my BMI to now be considered inside the ‘Obese’ range. So, after an hour of hopeless sniveling and re-weighing myself a few times, …

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Homeland: Claire Danes says it’s ‘a responsibility’ to play a bipolar character

    “I didn’t want to play crazy. That’s not bipolar, and it’s not Carrie. I wanted to play ‘Carrie who occasionally becomes unhinged’.” “Playing someone with bipolar and taking the mystery out of that is a responsibility I don’t take lightly,” she says. “I really spent a lot of …

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I AM Bipolar

This week, I had the distinction of meeting with the Head of Psychiatry at my new care facility. When my regular psychiatrist first told me that she would like me to meet her boss, in true bipolar fashion two thoughts immediately raced through my head.  The first was, “Hey, if …

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Protest ACTA This Saturday

Together, we beat SOPA in a huge victory for internet freedom. But this Saturday, internet freedom protests are breaking out in over 200 cities across Europe. Why? Because the companies behind SOPA are using international trade agreements as a backdoor to pass SOPA-style laws SOPA’s supporters are pushing two agreements: …

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Levels of β-amyloid 42 peptide reduced in bipolar depression

MedWire News: Plasma levels of β-amyloid 42 (Aβ42) peptide are reduced in patients with bipolar depression, and could serve a possible biomarker of cognitive decline in patients with mood disorders, say researchers. Read the entire article here.

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New Country – New Healthcare System – New Psychiatrist

Finally, after seven months of moving-house-related chaos, including various insurance SNAFUs, I now have a new psychiatrist. As most of you already know, I moved from the US to The Netherlands last summer. After all the hubbub in the US media last year about the supposedly poor quality of the …

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