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NEWS Alert on epilepsy drug after link to birth defects proven

April 26th 2017 /

Young and pregnant women are being warned not to take the epilepsy drug valproate—marketed as Epilim, Depakine, Depakote and Stavzor—because it's likely to cause birth defects in the newborn. 'Serious malformations' have been reported in up to 4,100 children born in France alone.

NEWS Psychosis cases could be an auto-immune disorder

December 12th 2016

An immune system malfunction could be a cause of psychotic conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia—a discovery that could open the door to new treatments.

FEATURE Lithium: Miracle-Gro for the brain

2016 (Vol. 27 Issue 7) /

Lithium, a mineral largely disparaged as an obsolete treatment for mental illness, is proving to be a magic bullet for all manner of conditions—from fibromyalgia to alcoholism, as Cate Montana discovers

NEWS Mental problems could be linked to gut infections

May 9th 2016

Mental problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could be linked to a yeast infection in the gut. Sufferers also tend to have a history of Candida albicans infection, new research has found.

NEWS Low omega-3 levels could be the cause of bipolar disorder (and the drugs could be making it worse)

December 1st 2015 /

People suffering from bipolar disorder which causes manic episodes, including extreme highs and lows have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and this could be causing the problem.

NEWS ....but powerful antipsychotics are fine

September 19th 2012 /

While it's 'dangerous' for children to take natural cold remedies that contain Echinacea, it's apparently safe to give a three-year-old a powerful antipsychotic drug

NEWS Schizophrenia and bipolar are reversible, scientists discover

October 11th 2011 /

People suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are told there is no cure as the condition is inherited - but exciting news this week suggests that one third of all cases are caused by the environment, not genes, and so could be reversed

FEATURE A typical story

2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1) /

Atypical antipsychotics-designed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic-depression)-were introduced in 1990, and were heralded by the drug companies as being more effective and safer than the standard antipsychotics

FEATURE Crazy about chemicals

2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1) /

Sam (not his real name) was such a naughty boy at the

NEWS Bipolar: The age of your father may play a part in mood swings

November 5th 2008

The age of your father when you were born may be a factor in determining whether you will suffer from bipolar disorder, or severe mood swings

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