Measuring brainwaves while sleeping can tell if you should switch antidepressants

Scientists have discovered that measuring brainwaves produced during REM sleep can predict whether a patient will respond to treatment from depression. This enables patients to switch to a new treatment rather than continue the ineffective treatment (and the depression) for weeks without knowing the outcome. As study leader, Dr Thorsten Mikoteit said, “In real terms…

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Electroconvulsive therapy shown to significantly reduce suicide risk in Bipolar patients

One of the largest ever studies of patients with untreatable bipolar disorder has shown that ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) was able to reduce suicide risk by 84% in high-risk patients, as well as giving effective treatment to around 72% of sufferers. Bipolar disorder, where patients exhibit emotional instability and may experience very severe mood swings, is…

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Recipes for Right Now

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Celestially speaking, we are still in summer, but as soon as we pass Labor Day, I start thinking of roast chicken, squash and apple cakes. (This may have something to do with the fact that your hard-working NYT Cooking staff is currently preparing for Thanksgiving.) But I’m not…

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Keep Track of the Tiny Details

Welcome. I like to get up while it’s dark, before anyone else has begun to stir, walking through the apartment on tiptoe with the world on mute. I fix my coffee in the dark and wake up slowly. There are fewer variables, minimal stimuli. At 5 a.m., New York’s famed sleeplessness is repudiated. This morning,…

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