Ursula Werneke

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Many cancer patients use complementary alternative medicines (CAMs) but may not be aware of the potential risks. There are no studies quantifying such risks, but there is some evidence of patient risk from case reports in the literature. A cross-sectional survey of patients attending the outpatient department at a specialist cancer centre was carried out to(More)
OBJECTIVE Many patients with depression suffer from sexual dysfunction and sexual dysfunction is a recognized side-effect of antidepressants. The aim of this review was to examine the prevalence of psychosexual dysfunction associated with antidepressants, and to review treatment options which are specific to the affected component of sexual functioning and(More)
BACKGROUND Different versions of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), including the GHQ-12 and GHQ-28 have been subjected to factor analysis in a variety of countries. The World Health Organization study of psychological disorders in general health care offered the opportunity to investigate the factor structure of both GHQ versions in 15 different(More)
BACKGROUND The use of complementary medicines in those with mental health problems is well documented. However, their effectiveness is often not established and they may be less harmless than commonly assumed. AIMS To review the complementary medicines routinely encountered in psychiatric practice, their effectiveness, potential adverse effects and(More)
Obesity is associated with considerable morbidity and decreased life expectancy. Weight gain is a commonly encountered problem associated with antipsychotic treatment. We reviewed the literature regarding the mechanisms of weight gain in response to these agents and eight substances implicated as potential obesity prevention or treatment: orlistat,(More)
The herbal remedy St John's wort is widely used as an antidepressant but its efficacy has not been systematically investigated. Meta-analyses and systematic reviews of published trials strongly suggest St John's wort is more effective than placebo although comparative efficacy to standard antidepressants is less clearly established. We updated and expanded(More)
Complementary alternative medicines (CAMs), including food supplements, are taken widely by patients, especially those with cancer. Others take CAMs hoping to improve fitness or prevent disease. Physicians (and patients) may not be aware of the potential side-effects and interactions of CAMs with conventional treatment. Likewise, their known physiological(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence and purpose of complementary alternative medicines (CAMs) use in people receiving treatment for HIV infection. To identify and quantify potential health risks of CAM use in this population and to explore options for improved pharmacovigilance. METHODS Cross-sectional questionnaire survey of 293 patients receiving(More)