The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. But these drugs are designed based on a theory that's already been roundly disproven: the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression. Why haven't our drugs kept up with the science of depression? » 4/01/15 3:10pm Today 3:10pm

9 Well-Meaning Public Health Policies That Went Terribly Wrong

Public health policies can be near-miraculous things. They destroyed polio, and gave us all clean drinking water and strong teeth. But there are occasions when public health policies, when combined with human nature, go terribly wrong. Here are nine of the biggest disasters that resulted. » 7/29/14 10:20am 7/29/14 10:20am

Ex-Lab Chimps Show Remarkable Improvement After Treatment With…

One can only imagine the psychological and emotional states of research chimpanzees who have been poked, prodded, and confined for a good portion of their lives. No doubt, once relieved from the burdens of medical testing, many chimpanzees have a difficult time adapting to "normal" life. But as a recent small-scale… » 2/19/13 3:39pm 2/19/13 3:39pm

At last scientists finally understand what makes antidepressants work

Doctors have prescribed antidepressants for decades without fully understanding why they helped people. Yes, they increase serotonin levels in the brain, but a new study gives a clear picture of what else these drugs do to us. » 9/16/10 2:30pm 9/16/10 2:30pm

Antidepressants in the water are making shrimp suicidal

Improving human mental health is having some serious unintended consequences for our friends in the ocean. Exposure to antidepressants makes shrimp five times more likely to place themselves in life-threatening situations, and the broader effects could damage the entire ecosystem. » 7/12/10 10:30am 7/12/10 10:30am

Ketamine Makes a Good Anti-Depressant

At first blush, you want to chuck this in the "no-kidding-that's-why-it's-abused" department. But the horse tranquilizer and hallucinogenic pleasure drug ketamine may have found a clinical home next to Prozac. A serious study by people smarter than most of us suggests ketamine ("Special K" to friends and close… » 5/05/08 9:30am 5/05/08 9:30am

Battlestar Galactica Sells Anti-Depressants

The new Battlestar Galactica » 12/03/07 4:00pm 12/03/07 4:00pm ads that began airing during last night's miniseries have us wondering why they don't have a list of possible side effects running after them. "Possible side effects might include dizziness, headaches, nausea, feelings of inadequacy, delusions of grandeur, and diarrhea."

Antidepressants Promise Long, Happy Lives to Roundworms

A recent clinical trial involving several members of the Caenorhabditis elegans species in Seattle showed that the worms that given antidepressants lived up to 31% longer than their unmedicated brothers and sisters. Of course, the scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center hope to someday apply this… » 11/26/07 9:45am 11/26/07 9:45am