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Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

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WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," explained lead researcher Dr. Scott Shemory, an orthopedic surgeon with Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Of all these risks, obesity is most obviously associated with back pain, he said. "It puts stress on all the joints and the lower back as well," he said. Also, smoking can decrease blood flow, which can also contribute to pain, he said. As for depression, it might contribute to the pain. On the other hand, lower back pain might contribute to depression, Shemory said. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Caregiver Stress Can Harm Your Health

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-- Caregiving often is emotionally and physically challenging, and it can harm your health if you become too stressed. The website mentions these potential side effects of caregiver stress: Increased likelihood of anxiety and depression. Increased risk of a chronic health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer or heart disease. Greater risk of a weaker immune system, leading to more sick time. Slower healing from wounds. Greater risk of obesity. Read more

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Joblessness Triples Odds for Depression in Young Adults

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THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – Unemployed young adults have three times the risk of depression compared to their employed peers, a new study finds. "Unemployment and depression are significantly related among emerging adults," said lead author Robin McGee, from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. What isn't clear from this study: which problem causes the other? This study was only designed to tease out an association between these issues. "Based on these results, we do not know whether unemployment contributes to depression or depression contributes to unemployment," McGee said. "Unemployed emerging adults are a population that may benefit from mental health and employment-focused interventions. If these interventions are provided early, then we may be able to teach people skills that could have an impact over a lifetime." The report was published in the ... Read more

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Yoga May Help Ease Depression in Pregnant Women

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THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – New research suggests that yoga may help ease depression in pregnant women. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy," lead author Cynthia Battle, an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, said in a university news release. In the study, 34 pregnant women with depression attended yoga classes for 10 weeks. The women were also encouraged to do yoga at home. The yoga program did not include any type of counseling or other therapy to deal with depression. Only four of the women received outside treatment for depression, the study authors said. The women's levels of depression fell during the study, and the more yoga they did, the better their mental health, the researchers reported. There were also significant changes in the ... Read more

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Dad's Depression Affects Toddler's Behavior, Too

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WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – Depression in fathers may be linked to anxiety and bad behavior in toddlers, a new study suggests. "Fathers' emotions affect their children," study author Sheehan Fisher, an instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said in a university news release. Researchers looked at 200 couples with 3-year-olds and found that depression in either the mother or father during the first years of parenting increased a toddler's risk of anxiety, sadness, hitting and lying. Previous studies have focused mostly on mothers with depression during their children's early years. "New fathers should be screened and treated for postpartum depression, just as we do for mothers," added Fisher, who conducted the study while at the University of Iowa. Though the study only found an association between parents' ... Read more

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Could Loneliness Shorten a Life?

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TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – Loneliness has long been associated with poor mental health, including depression. But a new study suggests social isolation may harm physical health, too, and even hasten death. The findings are based on a review of data from dozens of studies involving more than 3 million people. "People don't commonly think of social factors when they think of health," said study co-author Timothy B. Smith, a professor in the department of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. "We think of things like exercise, blood pressure and taking cholesterol medication. But it turns out that social isolation is actually more predictive of death than any of those three things." Smith and his colleagues published their findings this month in Perspectives on Psychological Science. One expert noted that loneliness is an emotional state, first and foremost. "Loneliness is ... Read more

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Workplace Suicides on the Rise, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – Workplace suicides are on the rise in the United States, and people in protective services jobs – such as police and firefighters – are at the greatest risk, a new study found. "Occupation can largely define a person's identity, and psychological risk factors for suicide, such as depression and stress, can be affected by the workplace," said lead investigator Hope Tiesman. She is an epidemiologist with the division of safety research at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The researchers analyzed national data from 2003 to 2010 and identified slightly more than 1,700 suicides that occurred in the workplace – or 1.5 per one million workers. People in protective services jobs had the highest workplace suicide rate at 5.3 per million workers. That's more than three times the national workplace suicide rate of 1.5 per million, the ... Read more

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Actavis Receives FDA Approval for Viibryd (vilazodone HCl) 20mg Once Daily as a Therapeutic Dose

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DUBLIN, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a lower therapeutic dose of Viibryd (vilazodone HCl) (20mg) to accompany the 40 mg daily therapeutic dose. This supplemental new drug application (sNDA) approval for Viibryd expands dosing options available to health care providers when using VIIBRYD to treat their adult patients with MDD. The Viibryd 20mg therapeutic dose is now available in pharmacies. Viibryd was approved in January 2011 as the first and only selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and 5HT1a receptor partial agonist for the treatment of MDD in adults at a dose of 40 mg/day. The approval of the 20 mg dose fulfills a post-marketing commitment with the FDA to identify the minimum effective dose of vilazodone. Approval of the 20 mg dose was supported by a 10-week, multicenter, ... Read more

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Cochlear Implants May Also Boost Seniors' Mood, Thinking: Study

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THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 – Cochlear implants not only boost hearing in seniors with severe hearing loss, they might also enhance their emotional state and thinking abilities, a new study finds. A cochlear implant is a small device that helps provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or have significant hearing loss, according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This new study was funded by the makers of cochlear implants. It included 94 people, aged 65 to 85, who were assessed before, and then six and 12 months after, receiving an implant. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, the cochlear implants were associated with improved speech perception in quiet and noisy settings, better quality of life, lower rates of depression and improved thinking skills, the researchers found. "This study has tremendous implications," said one ... Read more

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Stress, Depression a 'Perfect Storm' of Trouble for Heart Patients

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TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 – Heart disease, depression and stress can be a deadly combination, a new study finds. Researchers looking at the effect of significant stress and deep depression on nearly 4,500 patients with heart disease called the pairing a "psychosocial perfect storm." "The combination of high stress and high depression symptoms may be particularly harmful for adults with heart disease during an early vulnerability period," said lead researcher Carmela Alcantara, an associate research scientist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "We found that those who reported both high stress and high depression were 48 percent more likely than those with low stress and low depression to have another heart attack or die in the first 2.5 years of follow-up," she said. Longer follow-up did not show a significant association, however. People with both stress and ... Read more

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Depression May Worsen Problem of Obesity Among the Poor

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TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 – Depression may increase the risk of poor nutrition and obesity among Americans receiving food assistance, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 600 people who were the main food shoppers in low-income families living in "food deserts" in Pittsburgh. The term refers to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods, such as fresh produce. All of the participants were enrolled in a food assistance program. There was a strong link between depression, poor nutrition and high body-mass index (BMI) – an estimate of body fat based on height and weight, according to the study in the March 10 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. However, the research did not prove that depression was a cause of bad eating habits or obesity. "This study focuses on a group that is of particular importance: low-income, primarily ... Read more

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Young, Rural Americans at Greater Risk of Suicide: Study

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MONDAY, March 9, 2015 – Young people who live in rural areas of the United States die by suicide nearly twice as often as those who live in cities, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national data from 1996 through 2010 and found that nearly 66,600 young people aged 10 to 24 took their own lives during this period. Guns were used in half of those suicides, although the researchers also found that hanging is rising among this age group. The study was published online March 9 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. There are a number of possible reasons why young people in rural areas are more likely to kill themselves, including less access to mental health services, greater social isolation and greater availability of guns, said study co-author Cynthia Fontanella, of Ohio State University, and colleagues. Easy access to guns is a significant part of the problem, said one expert. "Suicide ... Read more

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Depression During Pregnancy Linked to Child's Asthma Risk

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MONDAY, March 9, 2015 – A child may face an increased risk of asthma if the child's mother experienced depression during her pregnancy or she took an older antidepressant to treat her condition, new research suggests. However, more than 80 percent of the women in the study who were prescribed antidepressants were given one of a newer class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). And those medications were not linked to any increased risk for asthma in the child. "How maternal depression affects asthma risk in the offspring is unknown, but the mechanism could involve hormone changes or changes in lifestyles," said study lead author Dr. Xiaoqin Liu, an epidemiologist at Aarhus University in Denmark. "The most significant finding in our study is that we found that [overall] antidepressant use during pregnancy did not increase the risk of asthma in general." But ... Read more

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Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 – A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks. "Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority" in heart patients, lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The findings are scheduled to be presented March 15 at the ACC's annual meeting, in San Diego. In its study, May's team analyzed health data from more than 5,300 people in Utah with moderate to severe depression. People who took antidepressants alone had a 53 percent lower risk of death, heart disease and stroke over three years than those who did not take antidepressants or statins. Taking a cholesterol-lowering statin, either alone or with antidepressants, did not ... Read more

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Helping Student-Athletes With Mental Health Issues

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TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 – Guidelines for helping U.S. high school athletes with mental health problems are outlined in a new policy statement from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. The types, severity and percentages of mental illnesses are growing in young adults aged 18 to 25, and may well start before or during adolescence, the association says. "The purpose of this statement is to raise awareness and provide education for the high school athletic trainer, coach, administrator, guidance counselor and parent on the prevalence of mental health issues in secondary school athletes," said Tim Neal, chair of the task force that developed the recommendations. "We have created a road map on how to better recognize potential mental health issues and develop a referral system to provide the athlete with assistance," Neal said in an association news release. The task force was led by ... Read more

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