Montelukast Helpful in Recurrent Wheezing

A recent study shows that Montelukast (Singulair) helps with children who develop recurrent wheezing after a bout of RSV bronchiolitis.  RSV bronchiolitis is a viral infection that causes respiratory distress in children.  After the children recover from the infection, some children develop recurrent wheezing episodes like asthmatic children.  A medication that treats asthma and allergies […]

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Time for Spring Cleaning

Now is the perfect time to clean your house to minimize allergy triggers.  The first thing is to vacuum up the nasty pollens and dust mites that are hiding in your carpet, couches and drapes.  Be sure to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter so you don’t blow it all back into the room.  […]

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Earlier Than Expected Allergy Season

A recent article from MSNBC/Women’s Health attributes an earlier allergy season to climate change and increased carbon dioxide levels. Spring is now here and pollen counts are rising; regardless of the cause, there are many ways you can protect yourself and your family.  Keep your windows closed, take antihistamines, or see your doctor for prescription […]

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Rethinking ‘‘Generation Me’’

In a scientific analysis of approximately one-half million high-school seniors over three decades,  Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are no more egotistical – and just as happy and satisfied – as previous generations. “We concluded that, more often than not, kids these days are about the same […]

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Troubled Children Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder May Fare Better with a Different Diagnosis

In a paper published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health,Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston examine the evolution of the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and its dramatic increase since the mid 1990s, after the criteria for diagnosis broadened. The increase in cases has led to concerns about accurately defining psychiatric disorders in children […]

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Allergy and Asthma Season

Spring is just around the corner and patients with allergies should start to thinking about signs of allergies and strategies to avoid symptoms.  As the weather warms up, trees and flowers will start to bloom that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.  In addition there are year round allergy triggers that can cause chronic respiratory […]

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Superior Academic Performance Linked to Increased Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Students who at the age of 16 years excel at school, particularly in creative subjects, are almost 4 times more likely to develop bipolar disorder during the next decade than teenagers with average grades, a new study has found. This finding supports the hypothesis that creative individuals are more susceptible to bipolar disorder, lead author […]

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Antidepressants Cut Risk of Hospital Readmission for Suicidal Youth, Study Suggests

Suicidal adolescents who were prescribed an antidepressant medication during inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment were 85 percent less likely than others to be readmitted within a month after discharge, a new study found.  This is reassur-ing data, as there have been concerns about prescribing antidepressants in adolescents since 2003, when the FDA issued a black box […]

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New Research Uncovers How Antidepressants Work

Reserachers at Queensland Brain Insitute in Australia have discovered the class of drugs that increase levels of a neurotransmitter known as ‘norepinephrine’ triggers neurogenesis – the growth of new neurons – in a brain region called the hippocampus. If you block hippocampus neurogenesis, antidepressants no longer work,” lead researcher Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri said. “That suggests […]

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