Some years ago, I was making videos for an organization with a huge campaign about end-of-life care (palliation, hospice, Living Wills, etc.) They made a large contribution to the field by getting a Los Angeles film professional to serve as liaison with the television and motion picture industry. This man made certain that producers knew to come to him to get correct information about end-of-life care. When AJ Soprano revealed his battle with depression on television, I wasn’t there to watch, but I applaud the notion that we’re no longer afraid to show mental illness on TV, and that – occasionally – whether through advisory groups or other media, we can get it “right.” If Soprano takes his Lexapro, and Joe and Jane Doe take their Prozac or other anti-depressants, we may have a chance to both educate the public and help palliate depression. On a related note, those who were watching HOUSE on Fox Network last night would have noticed that they seemed to have been working in tandem with T...
Several new medications for the treatment of depression have been introduced over the last 20 years. What has been missing is any consistent data about the effectiveness of these "second-generation" antidepressants.
A team of researchers have now reviewed 117 controlled trials to compare second-generation antidepressants for the acute treatment of unipolar major depressive disorder in adults. The medications were reviewed for efficacy (effectiveness), patient acceptability, and cost.
Researchers reviewed 117 controlled trials of second-generation antidepressants.
These trials had a total of 25,928 participants.
The antidepressants compared were:
Medications were judged by the proportion of patien...
About a decade ago, a nurse I know tried to start an adult day care center in my town. I thought it sounded like a good idea, though I wasn't sure there was a market for it. I'd contracted some in-home care for my uncle and mother-in-law, and enough nursing home care for several family members- but adult day care was a new concept for me. My friend's efforts with the day care failed, perhaps because, like me, no one was familiar with the idea. When I asked her about it afterwards she said she was "ahead of her time." She now owns a franchised in-home care business. News.inquirer.com recently ran an in depth article titled "Adult day- care booming." One of the day cares they interviewed referred to themselves as "a best-kept secret." I think that secret is now out. Several nursing homes in my area have started adult day care services. Several of them also have child day care centers which allows fo...
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