Smoking Cessation Drug May Boost Cognition in Schizophrenia

By | 2017-03-22T17:58:08+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Brainscience Blogs, MedWorks|

In findings reported in a letter to the editor published online March 10 in Schizophrenia Research and reported by Medscape Medical News, the smoking cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) appears to enhance cognition in nonsmoking individuals with and those without schizophrenia. The results also showed that the drug reduced the cognitive [...]

FDA Clears Chewable Methylphenidate (QuilliChew) for ADHD

By | 2015-12-14T14:33:45+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Brainscience Blogs, MedWorks|

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a chewable tablet form of extended-release methylphenidate (QuilliChew ER, Pfizer Inc) for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 6 years and older, the company announced today. The chewable product will be available in tablet form in strengths of 20, 30, and [...]

ER Naltrexone Halts Opioid Relapse in At-Risk Population

By | 2015-12-14T14:28:25+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Brainscience Blogs, MedWorks|

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California ― Results of a large, multicenter, randomized trial show that extended-release (ER) naltrexone (Vivitrol, Alkermes, Inc) can effectively prevent opioid relapse among a particularly vulnerable population: adults involved in the criminal justice system. "Extended-release naltrexone is better known now, but this study began prior to its approval [...]

Rexulti now in pharmacies, a new treatment for schizophrenia and MDD

By | 2015-12-01T16:37:50+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Brainscience Blogs, MedWorks|

Rexulti: New treatment for schizophrenia and major depressive disorder approved and released by FDA On July 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Rexulti (brexpiprazole) tablets to treat adults with schizophrenia and as an add-on treatment to an antidepressant medication to treat adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). [...]

Standard Approach to Autism Education May Actually Impair Learning

By | 2015-11-30T19:50:57+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Brainscience Blogs, MedWorks|

Repetitive training, used widely in autism education, may hinder the learning process by promoting inflexibility, a new study with potentially "earthshaking" implications shows. The study unexpectedly found that repetitive training, a technique widely used in intervention and education for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), hinders the learning process by [...]

CDC Warning: Fentanyl-Related Fatalities Rising

By | 2015-11-30T19:47:23+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Brainscience Blogs, MedWorks|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning regarding increases in fentanyl drug confiscations and a potential increased risk for fentanyl-related overdose fatalities. According to the CDC, reports from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System, a program of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) Office of Diversion [...]

‘Psychobiotic’ May Help Ease Stress, Improve Memory

By | 2015-11-30T19:45:47+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Brainscience Blogs, MedWorks|

CHICAGO — Taking a probiotic strain of Bifidobacterium longumreduced physiologic and psychological stress and led to a modest improvement in memory in a small pilot study of healthy men. The study builds on preclinical studies that identified this B longumstrain as a "putative psychobiotic" with beneficial effects on stress-related behaviors, [...]