Popular antidepressant is turning fish into “zombies,” new research shows

Fluoxetine, a popular antidepressant sold under the brand name Prozac, might soon need a new warning label – “Caution: This antidepressant turns fish into zombies.” Findings of a new study showed that long-term exposure to fluoxetine made guppies act more alike, erasing crucial behavioral differences. Giovanni Polverino, a behavioral ecologist from the University of Western Australia, led the the study published on … Continue reading Popular antidepressant is turning fish into “zombies,” new research shows

Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen and Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands have found that 18 common drug categories can negatively impact the gut microbiome, the total population of microbes present in the gut and their collective genetic material. Many of these drugs, such as the diabetes drug metformin and the antidepressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can disrupt … Continue reading Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Study: Over-the-counter drugs can increase your risk of developing dementia

Anticholinergic drugs are prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of conditions. These range from inflammatory lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea and brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Anticholinergic drugs work by blocking a chemical called acetylcholine, which serves as the chief neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system. This part … Continue reading Study: Over-the-counter drugs can increase your risk of developing dementia

Big Pharma EXPOSED: Study of 3 top medical journals reveals that many medications, medical products and services are completely INEFFECTIVE

If you’ve ever suspected that a medication you’re taking isn’t really doing much to improve your symptoms, it might not just be your imagination: A comprehensive study has shown that a concerning number of medications, medical products and services are simply not effective. A study that was recently published by eLife showed just how poor Big Pharma’s record … Continue reading Big Pharma EXPOSED: Study of 3 top medical journals reveals that many medications, medical products and services are completely INEFFECTIVE

If they can’t cure your depression, maybe they can make you forget you have it: Common anticholinergic drugs increase dementia risk by 50 percent

The use of anticholinergic medications is widespread, especially among older adults. These medications are often prescribed by physicians to treat a wide variety of health problems, including bladder disorders, gastrointestinal issues, seasonal allergies and even depression. However, recent studies have found a connection between the use of anticholinergic drugs and acute cognitive impairments. In particular, these medications have been … Continue reading If they can’t cure your depression, maybe they can make you forget you have it: Common anticholinergic drugs increase dementia risk by 50 percent

Do antidepressants really work? Danish study says otherwise

It remains unclear whether antidepressants are an effective treatment for depression in adults, according to a recent review. Published in BMJ Open, it revealed that previous clinical trials and existing studies do not provide conclusive evidence that antidepressants can treat symptoms of depression better than alternative treatments. Depression: Types, symptoms and causes Depression is one of the most common … Continue reading Do antidepressants really work? Danish study says otherwise

How depression and breast cancer are linked

Scientists have discovered that depression and breast cancer may be intricately linked. A 2017 study published in the prestigious British Medical Journal found that those who exhibit “psychological distress” are 32 percent more likely to die from cancer in general. Antidepressants may lead to breast cancer   The first connection has to do with pharmaceutical antidepressants. “Estrogen receptor (ER)-positive” breast … Continue reading How depression and breast cancer are linked

Is depression just a symptom of bad gut health? Study confirms link between gut and brain health

One area of research that has been getting a lot of attention recently is the connection between gut and brain health. With mental health problems a growing concern, scientists have been trying to uncover some of their causes, and a new study out of Belgium shows that depression could well be a symptom of poor gut … Continue reading Is depression just a symptom of bad gut health? Study confirms link between gut and brain health

Curcumin found to be one of the best natural ways to alleviate depression

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric (Curcuma longa), is the closest thing that people have to a silver bullet. Studies have shown that it can be used to treat a laundry list of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Now, a meta-analysis published in the journal Phytotherapy Research suggests adding depression to the list. In the … Continue reading Curcumin found to be one of the best natural ways to alleviate depression

Sea bilberry found to be an effective natural antidepressant

A recent study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine revealed that sea bilberry (Vaccinium bracteatum) exhibited antioxidant and antidepressant properties. The research, led by the Jeonnam Institute of Natural Resources Research in South Korea, investigated not only the ability of sea bilberry to prevent oxidative damage, but also the mechanism behind its antidepressant properties. The team used a two-pronged approach in their experiments. … Continue reading Sea bilberry found to be an effective natural antidepressant