|News & Information for October 10, 2018
Soaring antidepressant use is turning our waters into a ‘drug soup’ and changing marine life’s ability to mate, feed and move
Rising use of antidepressants is turning our waters into a ‘drug soup’ and harming marine life, experts warn. […] the drugs can cause havoc in the natural world after they pass out of the body of the person taking them in the form of urine and faeces and enter the water supply. Effects include the chemicals causing limpets to lose their ability to cling to rocks, as well as shrimp swimming towards areas populated by predators.
Your antidepressants are bad for the environment, study shows
“Antidepressant and antianxiety medications are found everywhere, in sewage, surface water, ground water, drinking water, soil, and accumulating in wildlife tissues.” […] “Laboratory studies are reporting changes such as how some creatures reproduce, grow, the rate at which it matures, metabolism, immunity, feeding habits, the way it moves, its colour and its behaviour,” says Ford.
Soaring anti-depressant use in the North East is ‘dangerous’
North East MP Ronnie Campbell has warned that a surge in anti-depressant prescriptions has reached “dangerous” levels. Official figures show that the North East tops the league table for anti-depressant prescriptions across the UK. The number of prescriptions across the North East rose by 285,189 in one year, from 4,868,544 in 2016/17 to 5,153,733 in 2017/18, NHS data shows.
30 medical professionals on notice for overprescribing opioids
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday, Oct. 5, it identified this group of people “prescribing opioids in significantly higher quantities than their peers or to patients who may pose a high risk of abuse or diversion. […] We aim to make these medical prescribers — who are outliers — aware of their atypical practices, so that they can make informed decisions about whether their opioid prescriptions are for a legitimate medical purpose. We will also continue to monitor prescribing habits.”
Here’s why you shouldn’t take OTC sleeping pill every night
“Many OTC sleep aids—such as Benadryl and Tylenol PM—contain diphenhydramine,” says Dr. Donovan Maust, co-author of the recent study and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Michigan Medicine. Diphenhydramine is an anticholinergic drug, which means it blocks activity of a brain chemical called acetylcholine, which plays a role in muscle activation and also in brain functions like alertness, learning and memory, Maust says.
Four certified ways to get out from depression
Depression is way more than your momentarily feeling of sadness. It’s a mood disorder characterized by prolonged feeling of sadness and loss of interest in daily activities. As depicted by the definition above,it’s certainly not a good state to be in,the good news is this-just as you can think yourself depressed and fearful…you can think your way out of depression. […] Real quick, Here are 4 Practical ways to deal with depression…