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This Week's Radio Show: 771 Dealing with Depression (archive)


Depression is a debilitating disease that affects as many as 20 million Americans in a year. It can take a terrible toll on health as well as on family and work relationships. Many drugs are prescribed to treat depression, but...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/26/771-dealing-with-depression-archive/

Nail Polish Protects Against Eczema


Q. When I began my first real job in an office 20 years ago, I developed severe eczema from handling a large pair of scissors and wearing a new watch. Since the rash was only on my right hand and...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/22/nail-polish-protects-against-eczema/

Drug Interaction Disaster Waiting to Happen


Q. I take a lot of medicine. Even my doctors say I am a walking drugstore, and I am only 37. My husband's in the Army so I use the military hospital and rarely see the same doctor. I take...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/22/drug-interaction-disaster-waiting-to-happen/

Listerine Kills Lice


Over the last couple of decades lice have become resistant to some of the most common treatments. This spells frustrations for parents. There is a new prescription product called Ulesfia Lotion (benzyl alcohol). According to the FDA, this topical treatment...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/21/listerine-kills-lice/


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Osteoporosis Drugs Raise Risk of Broken Thighs

Some osteoporosis drugs may actually cause fractures rather than preventing them. Bisphosphonates like Actonel, Boniva and Fosamax have become very popular. Commercials on television urge older women to ask their doctors for a prescription to keep their bones strong. New...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/22/osteoporosis-drugs-raise-risk-of-broken-thighs/

 

New Use for Old Drug

Women at risk of osteoporosis may get help from an unexpected medication. Nitroglycerin is a very old drug that is prescribed primarily for the chest pain called angina. It dilates blood vessels in the heart to improve circulation. Doctors have...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/22/new-use-for-old-drug/

 

Exercise Prevents Brain Shrinkage


Exercise has been shown to be good for the heart. New research confirms it can also benefit the brain. Aerobic exercise reversed brain shrinkage, especially of the hippocampus, a structure associated with memory. The study included 120 people between their...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/22/exercise-prevents-brain-shrinkage/

 

Farm Kids Less Likely to Have Asthma


Americans have become phobic about germs. We've been urged to wash our hands dozens of times a day to avoid catching colds or the flu. Antibacterial gels, sprays and wipes are promoted to reduce exposure to bacteria and viruses. A...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/22/farm-kids-less-likely-to-have-asthma/

 

High Triglycerides Raise Risk of Stroke

Cardiologists have focused on cholesterol as a major risk factor for heart disease. Neurologists, on the other hand, may start paying more attention to triglycerides for preventing strokes. A new study from Denmark suggests that the danger of having a...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/22/high-triglycerides-raise-risk-of-stroke/

 


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Depression has been described as a chemical imbalance. In view of this, has there been a single identified biochemical or electrolyte that is out of normal or reference range in the blood, spinal fluid or any other biological fluid or tissue in clinically depressed patients?

The answer is no. Hence, depression cannot be described as a chemical imbalance.

The dexamethazone suppression test was one effort to find a chemical abnormality associated with depression, and it fell flat.

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