Higher Doses of Antidepressants Linked to Suicidal Behavior in Young Patients

Higher Doses of Antidepressants Linked to Suicidal Behavior in Young Patients: Study – WebMD.

For the research, the study authors pulled information from a large prescription claims database. The study included more than 162,000 patients aged 10 to 64 with a diagnosis of depression who started taking an SSRI medication between 1998 and 2010.

Researchers restricted their analysis to three of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, CelexaZoloft and Prozac. And they separated users into those who started at the recommended dosages of those medications, or those who were prescribed higher-than-recommended doses of the drugs.

The normal doses were 20 milligrams per day for Celexa, 50 milligrams per day for Zoloft and 20 milligrams per day for Prozac. Patients who were initially prescribed more than one drug were excluded from the study.

Nearly 18 percent of patients in the study were started on doses that were higher than those, in conflict with current medical guidelines.

Then researchers checked patients’ medical records to see how many had committed acts of deliberate self-harm within a year of starting their medications.

Among those younger than 24, patients on higher doses harmed themselves at roughly twice the rate of those on lower doses. During the study period, there were 32 incidents of self-harm for every 1,000 young patients taking high doses while there were only 15 such incidents per 1,000 patients taking recommended doses.


Life Insurance Underwriters Jobs – New York, NY | Indeed.com

I have shameless copied this job posting from Indeed.com because my website gets a lot of visitors looking for work.  If you’re looking for work I wish you much success in finding what you are looking for.  I have personally been home office based for nearly 8 years.  Not a bad way to make a living.  I miss the corporate politics and meetings but not much else.

Life Insurance Underwriters job – New York, NY | Indeed.com.

Life Insurance Underwriters, 15 insurance underwriters needed immediately by well-known national insurance company. You may work at home!These are full time positions working Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm from the comfort of your home. You will earn $20 to $35 an hour or more, depending on you experience and abilities. 

You will be responsible for:

  • Assessing medical and financial risk to protect the mortality results of the organization while also supporting sales.
  • Emailing customers and occasionally speaking with them regarding their insurance.
  • Underwriting complex formal applications and informal quote applications with the ability to evaluate and take final action in an independent manner within approval authority guidelines.
  • Analyzing complex information and interpreting same to reach comprehensive medical and financial assessments based on company guidelines and policy.
  • Effectively managing change, defusing conflict and negotiate positive results.

In order to be considered, you must have at least 8+ years of life underwriting experience with demonstrated competence handling large face amount cases. In addition, you need:

  • Experience with brokerage distribution marketplace.
  • Approval authority minimum of $2,000,000 experience.
  • FLMI, FALU and/or CLU designations preferred.

If you have superior technical underwriting skills, are able to manage a large caseload, and seek a position where you may work from the comfort of your home, then please send your resume now, in complete confidentiality to:

Salary Range 
$20.00 to $35.00 

9am – 5 pm 

Interested in this position? For more details, contact boston@iosstaffing.com
Corporate Resource Services is an equal opportunity employer
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Binge Drinking Boosts Mortality Risk in Older Adults

Binge Drinking Boosts Mortality Risk in Older Adults.

They examined the association between episodic heavy drinking and total mortality among 446 regular moderate drinkers aged 55 to 65 years at baseline. Moderate drinking was defined as up to 1 standard drink per day for women and 2 for men.

Of the 446 adults, 74 engaged in episodic heavy drinking, defined as 4 or more drinks on 1 occasion for women and 5 for men.

During the course of 20 years, the death rate was higher in the moderate drinkers who binged (61%, 45 deaths) than in moderate drinkers who did not binge (37%, 137 deaths).

Although more men than women died during the 20-year period, the distribution of deaths across alcohol consumption groups was similar for women and men (P = .76).

In multiple logistic regression analyses, after adjusting for all covariates as well as overall alcohol consumption, moderate drinkers who engaged in episodic heavy drinking had more than 2 times higher odds of 20-year mortality in comparison with regular moderate drinkers (odds ratio, 2.13; 95% confidence interval, 1.14 – 3.97; P< .05).

And from the CDC –

CDC Online Newsroom – Press Release: January 10, 2012.

Binge drinking statistics from the CDC estimate more than 38 million US adults binge drink an average of 4 times a month and the most drinks they consume on average is 8. The report found that binge drinking is more common among households with incomes ≥$75,000, but the largest number of drinks consumed per occasion is highest among households with incomes of <$25,000

Older Patients & Motor Vehicle Crashes | Physician’s Weekly

Older Patients & Motor Vehicle Crashes | Physician’s Weekly.

According to current estimates, there are about 30 million licensed drivers in the United States aged 65 and older, but this figure is expected to jump to 57 million by 2030. Studies indicate that drivers aged 65 and older have higher rates of motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) per mile driven. Data also show that older motorists have higher rates of death and serious injury and incur greater costs for acute care and rehabilitation. “MVCs are the second leading cause of injury-related death among adults aged 65 and older,” says Jody A. Vogel, MD, MSc. “As the U.S. population ages, EDs will need to be prepared with appropriate resources and protocols to care for older adult MVC patients effectively.”

Sleep Apnea Linked to Cancer

Sleep Apnea Linked to Cancer.

Moderate-to-severe OSA was associated with a 2.5-fold higher likelihood of incident cancer (95% CI 1.2-5.0) after adjustment for obesity and a full range of other factors, Nathaniel Marshall, PhD, of the University of Sydney Nursing School in Australia, and colleagues found.

Cancer mortality was 3.4 times more common (95% CI 1.1-10.2) in those with sleep apnea than with no sleep apnea during 20 years of follow-up, they reported in the April 15 issue of theJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Sixth Circuit Rules Telecommuting may be a Reasonable Accommodation – Employee Benefit News

Sixth Circuit rules that telecommuting may be a reasonable accommodation – Articles – Employee Benefit News.

Under this precedent, an employer may be required to grant some degree of telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation. However, employers still may require regular attendance during regular working hours, even if that attendance is via telecommuting

The article notes the employee was terminated and had a history of irritable bowel syndrome.  Now this whole work from home thing is getting real interesting.