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Higher Risk Of Stroke, Heart Attack Linked To Long-term Use Of Antidepressants

The longest stringent studies of antidepressants’ safety and efficacy only followed patients for only a couple of years. Yet a greater number of Americans are taking antidepressants like Paxil and Prozac for prolonged periods of time. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a quarter of people on the medications have used […]

Antidepressants Can Lead To Reduced Responses To Pain Empathy

Antidepressant treatment can lead to impaired empathy regarding perception of pain, and not just the state of depression itself, according to a collaboration involving social neuroscientists, neuroimaging experts, and psychiatrists from the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. Depression is a disorder that often comes along with strong impairments of social functioning. […]

EEG Testing Can Help Predict Patient’s Antidepressant Response

Measuring electrical activity in the brain can help predict a patient’s response to an antidepressant, a new study has found. The results are the first from the Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response for Clinical Care (EMBARC) trial, a national clinical trial begun by UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2012. In the coming months, […]

Transcription Factor Potential New Depression Treatment Target

A new mechanism involved in depression has been identified by a team of scientists at McGill University and France’s Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM). More importantly, they also discovered a way to target it with a drug as effective as classical antidepressants. The results of the study, which investigated […]