Monthly Archives: August 2009

Are meds always the answer for stressed-out moms?

Share I can relate to Katherine Snow Smith, the mom in Florida who wrote in the St. Petersburg Times about how she lost it with her kids one time too many. But what I can’t relate to is Smith’s decision … Continue reading

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Radio Interview: the story behind the deceptive marketing of Paxil

Share Madness Radio, the radio station affiliated with Freedom Center, a nonprofit advocacy group for people with mental illness, interviewed me about Side Effects, the story behind the deceptive marketing of Paxil, and the ongoing battle to clean up corruption … Continue reading

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New study: Antidepressant warnings did not affect suicide rates in young people

Share Many mental health professionals remain concerned that the regulatory warnings put on antidepressants in this and other countries have had a deleterious effect, possibly leading to an increase in depression and suicides among young people. This concern has been … Continue reading

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Ghostwriting in drug research back in the spotlight

Share It’s good to see The New York Times maintain a spotlight on the widespread practice of ghostwriting in drug research. In her article today, Natasha Singer focuses on Wyeth’s use of a ghostwriting firm to prepare an estimated 60 … Continue reading

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Now’s the time to speak up about meaningful health care reform

Share It looks like the Obama administration may be backing off its insistence on a public health plan option in the health care reform bill wending its way through Congress. I’m sorry to hear that because I believe that the … Continue reading

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Study confirms that antidepressants double suicide risk In young adults

Share In recent weeks, researchers with ties to the drug industry have once again tried to drum up opposition to the FDA’s black box warnings on antidepressants for children and young adults. The latest dart came in an Archives of … Continue reading

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Is the financial meltdown of the media becoming a public health threat?

Share At a conference I attended yesterday in Boston on Reinventing Journalism, the talk was all about how online social media tools are introducing new models of sharing information and helping journalists do their jobs better. The panelists made scant … Continue reading

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