Pills to bust blues raise heart attack risk

London: Pills to bust the blues carry fatal heart attack risks too, says a new research.

The latest study by Mark Hamer of the University College, London shows that people on older drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, are at far higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those taking the newer class of pills, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

But those relying on SSRIs should not be cheered by the findings. Tricyclics were discovered in the 1940s and it is only now that their dangerous effects have been identified, reports the Daily Mail.

Moreover, some SSRI drugs are known to cause serious problems such as stomach bleeding. Besides, severe withdrawal symptoms can force dependency on them, according to a University College statement.

Hamer says his findings do not only affect people with depression, because anti-depressants are also prescribed to people with back pain, headache, anxiety and sleeping problems.

Last year, according to Hamer`s ­figures, about 33 million anti-depressant prescriptions were dispensed in England alone.

A US study of 8,000 people who had been treated for depression found that a quarter of them were not clinically sick, but had just undergone a normal life event such as bereavement.

Their symptoms, it said, should be left to pass naturally.

One leading expert, Randolph Nesse, psychiatry professor at the Michigan University, argues that this mild form of depression is beneficial, often interjecting in life to tell us to stop what we are doing and reconsider.

This can help, he says, when something awful happens to us, such as a job loss or relationship break-up, when it makes sense to slow down to grieve, reassess and make changes.


London: Sam Allardyce was sacked because his football vision did not fit in with that of Blackburn Rovers` new Indian owners who believe the club should be fourth or fifth in the Premier League.

Allardyce said he was "shocked and disappointed" after being axed on Monday despite the club winning four of its last seven league games and being five points off the top six.

The decision was labelled "absolutely ridiculous" by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson but processed chicken giant Venky`s, who bought the Lancashire club for 23 million pounds (USD 36.50 million) last month, have moved to justify Allardyce`s dismissal after two years in the job.

"We do not mean anything bad for Sam Allardyce but we feel that we need to take the club up in the league and grow," Venky`s chairman Anuradha Desai said in Tuesday`s Lancashire Telegraph newspaper.

"We want Blackburn Rovers to be fourth or fifth in the league or even better. It is nothing against Sam but we have a different vision looking forward and we want the club to grow.”

"We had been talking to Sam in the past few weeks but he did not fit in with our vision for the club`s future.”

"We wanted good football, wanted the games to be interesting and of course wanted to win and to have good players."

Desai said they would ideally find a British replacement, although they were in no hurry.

"The fans should trust us and have belief in us because this is in the best interests of the club," she said.

"Our thinking now is that it will be a British manager, but we are open if there is an outstanding candidate: someone who would be really, really good for the club."

Assistant coach Steve Kean will take over first-team duties until Rovers find a new manager.

"It could now be a couple of months before a new manager is put in place," Desai said.

Bureau Report