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Our Rupert McShane presents the first UK study of the use of ketamine intravenous infusions in people with treatment-resistant depression. 'Ketamine is a promising new antidepressant which works in a different way to existing antidepressants. We wanted to see whether it would be safe if given repeatedly, and whether it would be practical in an NHS setting. We especially wanted to check that repeated infusions didn't cause cognitive problems,' explains principal investigator Dr Rupert McShane, a consultant psychiatrist at Oxford Health and a researcher in Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry.

First uk study of ketamine for people with severe depression

Ketamine 'exciting' depression therapy

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News

Lead researcher Dr Rupert McShane said: "It really is dramatic for some people, it's the sort of thing really that makes it worth doing psychiatry, it's a really wonderful thing to see. He added: "[The patients] say 'ah this is how I used to think' and the relatives say 'we've got him (or her) back'." Dr McShane said this included patients who had lived with depression for 20 years

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First UK study of ketamine for people with severe depression

(University of Oxford Press Release, 3rd April 2014)

Illegal party drug has 'remarkable' effect on depressives

Financial Times, 04/04/2014, p.2, Clive Cookson

Clubbers' illegal drug shows promise as antidepressant

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Clubbing drug Special K 'can help depression'

Daily Mail (Irish edition), 04/04/2014, p.19, Sandra Mallon

Ket drug trial

The Sun (Irish edition), 03/04/2014, p.9, Unattributed

Ketamine: can the party drug really cure severe depression?

The Week online, Unattributed, 03/04/2014

Growing Evidence That A Party Drug Can Help Severe Depression

NPR online (USA), 03/04/2014, Linda Poon

Ketamine, or "Special K," effectively treats severe depression in study

CBS News, Ryan Jaslow, 03/04/2014

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New York Daily News (USA), via Reuters, 03/04/2014

Party drug Ketamine could help treat severe depression: research

Chicago Tribune (USA), 03/04/2014, via Reuters, Kate Kelland

Party drug Ketamine may help treat severe depression

Fox News (USA), 03/04/2014, Unattributed

Ketamine may be useful for treating depression, British study finds

South China Morning Post online (Hong Kong), 03/04/2014, via Reuters

Party drug could help treat severe depression

Times of India, via ANI newswire, 04/04/2014

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Radio: AM, ABC Radio National (Australia)

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Ketamine tested as severe depression treatment

NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, Unattributed, 03/04/2014

Horse drug eases blues
Oxford Mail, 4/04/2014, p.3

Radio: Geoff Lloyd, Absolute Radio

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‘Special K’ could treat depression

Japan Times online, 04/04/2014, via Reuters

Ketamine used to treat depression

South China Morning Post, 04/04/2014, p.14, Unattributed

Party Drug Ketamine Could Help Treat Severe Depression, Says Yet Another Study

Huffington Post (USA), 05/04/2014, Dominique Mosbergen