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Trippy depression treatment? Hopes and hype for ketamine

By Lindsey Tanner | APOctober 31 at 12:14 PM CHICAGO — It was launched decades ago as an anesthetic for animals and people, became a potent battlefield pain reliever in Vietnam and morphed into the trippy club drug Special K. Now the chameleon drug ketamine is finding new life as an unapproved treatment for depression and suicidal behavior. […]

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Researchers identify effective ketamine dosage levels for patients with treatment-resistant depression

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators identifies two subanesthetic dosage levels of the anesthetic drug ketamine that appear to provide significant symptom relief to patients with treatment-resistant depression. In the October 2018 issue of Molecular Psychiatry they describe finding that single intravenous doses of 0.5 mg/kg and 1.0 mg/kg were more effective than an […]

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As ketamine clinics spread, so do start-your-own-business courses, sparking concern

By MEGAN THIELKING @meggophone OCTOBER 11, 2018 As ketamine clinics pop up across the U.S. to offer experimental infusions for depression, anxiety, and a slew of other conditions, training programs to teach providers how to run these businesses have also started to appear. They promise to teach everyone from anesthesiologists to advanced practice nurses the ins and outs of […]

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Ketamine gives hope to patients with severe depression. But some clinics stray from the science and hype its benefits

Walk into Kalypso Wellness Centers in San Antonio, Texas, and you might be treated with one of five “proprietary blends” of ketamine. They’re not cheap — $495 per infusion — and not covered by insurance, but the company offers a “monthly” membership program to cut costs and advertises discounts for members of the military and first responders. Kalypso […]

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Ketamine A ‘Lifesaving’ Aid for Depression?

Aug. 21, 2018 — Ketamine, a widely used anesthetic that’s also an illicit party drug, has taken on a new role in recent years: treating severe depression in people who have not responded to standard treatment. Researchers have called it the most exciting breakthrough in the field of depression research in the past half-century. One form of the drug, being […]

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Ketamine shows potential in teens with treatment-resistant depression

Average scores on the Children’s Depression Rating Scale dropped by 42.5% following low-dose IV ketamine infusions among 13 teenagers with treatment-resistant depression, findings published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology showed. “Adult [treatment-resistant depression] research has begun to explore repeated administrations of ketamine, which may have promise for greater effectiveness and longer remission periods than single […]

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Scientists test ketamine on CHILDREN with treatment-resistant depression – and say the drug cleared up their symptoms in two weeks

Ketamine has been shown to work much faster, with effects that last much longer, than current antidepressants (SSRIs) 40% of teens do not respond to their first round of SSRIs, lowering their chance of achieving remission Recently, ketamine has gained traction as an alternative to antidepressants The University of Michigan researchers say their study is […]

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JCAP: Ketamine has potential therapeutic role in adolescents with treatment-resistant depression

New Rochelle, NY, August 1, 2018–A new study has shown a significant average decrease in the Children’s Depression Rating Scale (42.5%) among adolescents with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) who were treated with intravenous ketamine. The study, which demonstrated the tolerability and potential role of ketamine as a treatment option for adolescents with TRD, is published in Journal […]

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Ketamine Shows Promise as Treatment for Adolescents with Depression

Young people suffering from treatment-resistant depression (TRD) showed a significant reduction of their symptoms after being administered ketamine injections, according to a study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Researchers from the University of Minnesota (UM) and the nonprofit Mayo Clinic found that ketamine caused an average decrease of 42 percent on the Children’s […]

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Thai cave rescuers, who sedated boys, coach to get them out, describe harrowing moment when first boy started to come to during rescue

They had been agonizing over an impossible rescue mission for days, and time was quickly running out. A Thai boys’ soccer team and their coach had been found alive about a mile and a half inside one of Thailand’s longest caves, Tham Luang Nang Non, almost three miles in length and twisted with caverns. Thai officials, and […]

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