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By Liz Lockhart

Bipolar Disorder | Bipolar Disorder Medication | Best Medication Bipolar Disorder - When people with bipolar disorder have episodes of mania, not all mood stabilising drugs are effective according to a new analysis.

An article published in the Pulse says that NICE guidelines currently do not recommend using any particular drug for acute mania.  But in data the researchers say may change clinical guidelines, they found antipsychotics such as risperidone, haloperidol and planzapine were the most effective at treating acute mania, compared with placebo.

Published in The Lancet the systematic review looked at 68 randomised controlled trials of thirteen anti-mania drugs and compared their efficacy with placebo.  The trials took place over a 20 year period and ended in 2010.  It included male and female patients who were over the age of 18 and who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder according to the standard diagnostic criteria.

The researched measured the mean change in scores on the Young Mania Rating Scale  to gauge the efficiency of the different drugs.  They also calculated the patient tolerability to the drugs by recording the number of patients who dropped out of the allocated treatment within the first three weeks.  For each of these criteria the drugs were allotted a comparative score out of 50.

Antipsychotic drugs averaged a combined score of 84 whilst other mood stabilisers averaged 31.  This indicated that antipsychotic drugs are significantly more effective in the treatment of acute mania.  The drugs risperidone, haloperidol and planzapine proved to be the most effective.  These drugs were the top scoring with a score of 87, 79 and 75 respectively.

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BestBuy to sell iPhone 3GS for free

BestBuy | iPhone 3GS Free | BestBuy to sell iPhone 3GS for free - Even as the entire world waits on Apple to finally release the long delayed iPhone 5, the 2009 version of Apple's smartphone is still being sold over at AT&T. The iPhone 3GS has been priced at $49 with a new two year contract for a while now but starting today that changes, at least for one retailer. reports that Best Buy will being selling the iPhone 3GS with 8 GB of hard drive space for the price of ... nothing. Not a single cent.

Of course, there are a couple of catches to this deal. One of them is that the customer must sign on or upgrade to a new two year contract for AT&T in order to get the iPhone 3GS for free. The other catch is that there are no online sales for this deal. You have to go to one of Best Buy's stores in order to secure your free iPhone.

Many people, we suspect, might be happy with the iPhone 3GS even as Apple gets closer to the launch of the iPhone 5. As a result some retailers have cut the price of both the iPhone 3GS and current version, the iPhone 4. Last July we reported that Radio Shack and Target had cut the price of getting an iPhone 3GS down to just $19.99 and the price of the iPhone 4 by $30 to $50, depending on which one you visited. We will likely see even more retailers taking discounts on older iPhones before the iPhone 5's launch which is now expected to be announced in September and released in early October.

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HP TouchPad tablet for $101.95 at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is selling the HP TouchPad 16GB with Wi-Fi for $101.95.

HP TouchPad Tablet | TouchPad | HP TouchPad tablet for $101.95 - Most everyone is having a fire sale on these since HP announced Thursday it was no longer going to manufacture tablets and smartphones.

Meanwhile, it's rumored that Best Buy will be selling 16GB HP TouchPads for $99 in stores beginning Monday (it's sold out online). No confirmation on that yet, but since Best Buy has posted an updated return policy on its web site, that seems to be an indication it's coming.

Best Buy says it will not accept returns or exchanges on clearance TouchPads and it will offer either a refund or refund of the difference between the price they paid and the clearance price.

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