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February 2015

Bone Health in Older Patients: Effects of Depression and Antidepressants
Research suggests that depression contributes to bone thinning, but the effect of antidepressants on bone health is unclear.

Helping Smokers Quit
Combination treatment with varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban) is more effective than varenicline alone in helping male smokers quit.

Lithium and Renal Tumors
Lithium-treated patients have a significantly greater incidence of renal cancer and benign renal tumors than patients not treated with lithium.

In Brief
FDA Adds Warning about Adverse Skin Reaction to Ziprasidone (Geodon) Labeling; Benzodiazepine Use in Elderly Is High Despite Concerns

QT Interval Prolonged in Schizophrenia
QT interval prolongation may be a manifestation of the biology of schizophrenia. Antipsychotics may cause additional prolongation.

Melatonin to Combat Olanzapine's Metabolic Effects?
Melatonin may help prevent the weight gain that often accompanies treatment with antipsychotic drugs.

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