Antidepressant prescriptions increase by 16 million in three years to 2005
WASHINGTON The number of prescriptions for antidepressants increased by 16 million between 2002 and 2005, a government report released Thursday shows.
The report, issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, found that psychiatrists wrote 29 percent of prescriptions for antidepressants, general practitioners wrote 23 percent, family practitioners wrote 21 percent and internal medicine specialists wrote 10 percent.
The agency used data from its Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which it began in 1996.
Gestational diabetes results in increased risk for Type 2 diabetes
NEW YORK Gestational diabetes greatly increases a woman’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on in life, a new study confirms, according to Reuters.
Gestational diabetes is a known risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Denice Feig of the University of Toronto and her team looked at 633,449 women who gave birth in Toronto between 1995 and 2002. A total of 21,823 (3.3 percent) of the women were diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
While just 2 percent of the women who didn’t have gestational diabetes went on to develop Type 2 diabetes during the 9-year follow-up period, 19 percent of those with gestational diabetes did, the researchers found.
Moreover, they say the strongest risk factor for Type 2 diabetes was gestational diabetes, which increased risk more than 37-fold.
Russian antihistamine appears effective against Alzheimer’s
NEW YORK A study that lasted a year and a half has found that an antihistamine developed in the former Soviet Union may be able to stabilize Alzheimer’s disease.
The study, presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, found that the drug Dimebon could stabilize the disease for at least the time of the study. Researchers tested the drug against a placebo in 183 patients in Russia who had mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
Conditions of patients who received the placebo deteriorated, while those of the people who received Dimebon improved or deteriorated only slightly.