March 27, 2015

5:18 AM | Is a trauma focus truly needed in PTSD treatment?
Last month Joris Haagen shared Part 1 of a saga around the question whether a trauma focus is truly necessary in trauma treatment. Based on a meta-analysis, Benish, Wampold and their colleagues concluded that the answer is No. Their analysis, … Continue reading →

Barlow DH, Bullis JR, Comer JS & Ametaj AA (2013). Evidence-based psychological treatments: an update and a way forward., Annual review of clinical psychology, 9 1-27. PMID:

Gerger, H., Munder, T., Gemperli, A., Nüesch, E., Trelle, S., Jüni, P. & Barth, J. (2014). Integrating fragmented evidence by network meta-analysis: relative effectiveness of psychological interventions for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder, Psychological Medicine, 44 3151-3164. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291714000853

Schnurr PP (2007). The rocks and hard places in psychotherapy outcome research., Journal of traumatic stress, 20 779-92. PMID:

Watts BV, Schnurr PP, Mayo L, Young-Xu Y, Weeks WB & Friedman MJ (2013). Meta-analysis of the efficacy of treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder., The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 74 50. PMID:

Wampold BE, Imel ZE, Laska KM, Benish S, Miller SD, Flückiger C, Del Re AC, Baardseth TP & Budge S (2010). Determining what works in the treatment of PTSD., Clinical psychology review, 30 923-33. PMID:

1:42 AM | Faster Wound Healing with Silent Gene
ByThe Toombst   New study finds that a drug combining siRNA and nanoparticles promotes faster wound healing. Nanoparticles are marvelously multi-purposed. Earliers studies have used the particles to fight different forms of cancer, used them as an antiseptic, to reduce inflammation or even replace certain blood cells . Now a new study combines siRNA with nanoparticles to engineer a drug that promotes faster wound healing. Faster Wound healing with siRNA and Nanoparticles “We envision […]

March 24, 2015

10:05 PM | Disease to Digest – Haemophilia
Some people will know of this rare disorder because of its prominent feature in European Royalty, or as the textbook example of a recessive X-linked genetic disorder. Haemophilia is a group of inherited genetic disorders that affect the body’s ability to control blood clotting. Coagulation (clotting) is the process in which the blood clots to […]
2:05 AM | Less Aggressive Treatment = Favorable Prostate Cancer Survival
ByThe Toombst A new study finds favorable prostate cancer survival in patients opting for more conservative treatments. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, the risk being exceedingly high in old age. Some more aggressive treatments for the disease can cause serious side-effect like incontinence and impotence which is why it isn’t the preferred option in slow-growing forms of prostate cancer. A new study from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey finds favorable […]
2:05 AM | Prostate Cancer Treatment Options : Less is More
ByThe Toombst   A new study finds favorable survival in patients opting for more conservative prostate cancer treatment options. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, the risk being exceedingly high in old age. Some more aggressive treatments for the disease can cause serious side-effect like incontinence and impotence which is why it isn’t the preferred option in slow-growing forms of prostate cancer. A new study from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey […]

March 23, 2015

2:02 PM | Psychology & Empowering Stress Tools Help Breast Cancer Outcomes
When a person hears they’ve just been diagnosed with any kind of cancer, the last thing running through their mind is taking care of their emotional health. But your emotional and mental well-being is probably just as important a component of any other part of your treatment, it needs your attention. Yet another study has […]

March 20, 2015

10:55 PM | The Unnecessary Financial Burden Caused by Mental Illness
It has been just a year since I returned to see my psychiatrist for treatment. I was depressed and needed help. As an out-of-network provider, each month I submit her bill and complete the claim form for my insurance company and then I receive a percentage back. The reimbursement averages about 60 percent per month. […]

March 16, 2015

7:22 PM | TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) For Depression
Is TMS the answer for depression?
5:19 PM | Zinc Lozenges Reduce Common Cold Symptoms
ByThe Toombst New meta analysis show that using zinc lozenges reduce common cold symptoms. Treating common colds with zinc to reduce how long you’re sick might sound like an awesome fix, but the science is divided. Previous studies on the area vary, some find an effect reducing the time you’re sick or the severity of the symptoms, while others find no effect at all. Is the effect real, or simply the result of placebo ? New research from Helsinki University analyze data from three […]

March 13, 2015

4:32 PM | Cancer Drug Helps Nerve Cells Regenerate After Spinal Cord Injury
ByThe Toombst New research finds that a cancer drug helps nerve cells regenerate after spinal cord injury. The spinal cord is a tube made up of nerve cells that runs from the brain stem down to the small of the back. Its purpose, to transmit signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, but some of the damage can be avoided if damaged nerve fibers regenerate, this process is unfortunately hindered by the formation of scar tissue. Now new […]

March 12, 2015

10:04 PM | Sugar-Nanoparticles Reduce Inflammation Caused by Strokes
ByThe Toombst     New research finds that amino sugar-nanoparticles reduce inflammation and cell damage caused by a stroke. A stroke is when brain tissue becomes deprived of oxygen by a blood clot or a rupture causing bleeding. The reduced or blocked blood flow starves tissue downstream of the blockage causing tissue damage. Tissue damage leads to inflammation resulting in even greater damage. Reducing damage caused by inflammation could improve prognosis of stroke patients. New […]

March 11, 2015

2:44 PM | Massachusetts Psychiatric Patients Get Right to Fresh Air
A month ago, Massachusetts became one of the only governments in the world to recognize that its citizens have a basic human right to fresh air — especially while undergoing treatment for a mental illness. Outgoing Governor Deval Patrick surprised mental health advocates with his signing into law the “Fresh Air” act. The law adds […]

March 10, 2015

5:30 PM | Body Scan Finds Secret Hiding Spots Of HIV-Like Virus In Monkeys
To determine if a human has HIV (or if a monkey has the primate equivalent, SIV), doctors test the blood or saliva for the virus. This is a fast way to tell if a person has…
2:15 AM | New Class of Drugs Slows Aging
ByThe Toombst New Class of Drugs Slows Aging: Researchers identify a new class of drugs, coined senolytics, that extends the healthy lifespan of mice. New drugs and treatments for common ailment affecting us at an old age have increased the mean lifespan. Technology can extend our lives but growing old still means frailty and susceptibility to disease. This frailty stems from the fact that our cells can’t divide indefinitely, they enter senescence. Now new research from Scripps Research […]

March 09, 2015

3:10 PM | Experts Share their Biggest Lessons about Depression
Depression often is misunderstood in our society. One reason may be because it’s a variable illness. It can look different in different individuals. There are gradients of depression. For instance, the depression may be mild — abating after making lifestyle changes — or more moderate — requiring therapy and medication. And there’s no single underlying cause. […]

March 08, 2015

6:46 PM | Pharmacogenetic Testing May Change Psychiatric Treatments for ADHD, Depression
Prescribing medications has long been a trial-and-error approach for nearly any medication you could take. That’s been especially true in psychiatry, where there are dozens of medications that could be prescribed for common mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). What if doctors had a better idea ahead of […]

March 05, 2015

8:05 PM | Confusing How and Why Is Prolonging The Suffering in Bipolar Disorder
Do you suffer from bipolar disorder or know someone who does? If you want to end all suffering you need to understand the difference between why and how. The reason so many people are still suffering is because this difference has not been made clear enough. Why do people go to a psychiatrist? To end […]
4:00 AM | Menzies Gets it Wrong
In Opioid Addiction Treatment Should Not Last a Lifetime, Percy Menzies resurrects old theories  to tarnish buprenorphine-based addiction treatment.  Methadone maintenance withstood similar attacks over the decades, and remains the gold standard for the most important aspect of treating opioid dependence:  preventing death. Menzies begins by claiming that a number of ideas that never had the support of modern … Continue reading Menzies Gets it Wrong

March 03, 2015

7:27 PM | Alternative Approaches in the Treatment of Depression
Our friends over at The People’s Pharmacy, Joe & Terry Graedon, have a long-running radio show (or podcast, if you prefer) that is one of the best-kept secrets in natural and alternative treatments in health. They also cover mental health topics, and this past week’s topic was alternative treatments for depression (alternatives to regular antidepressant […]
4:10 PM | 6 Things I Learned about Serious Mental Illness While Caring for My Brother
Over the past year since I published my memoir about caring for my brother Paul, who suffered from schizophrenia, I have encountered several misguided but firmly held beliefs that get in the way of understanding our fellow humans who suffer from a severe brain disorder. Here are just a few: 1. If people with serious […]

March 02, 2015

5:01 AM | Media Bias Against Suboxone
First Posted 2.8.2014 After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, I anticipated a flood of articles describing the ineffectiveness of non-medication treatments for opioid dependence.  I assumed the media would finally report on the need for long-term treatment of a long-term illness.  Instead we read more articles describing Suboxone (i.e. buprenorphine) as a ‘bad drug’, since Hoffman may have used the … Continue reading Media Bias Against […]
21 Results