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Depression May Make It Harder to Beat Prostate Cancer

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FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 – Prostate cancer patients are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive disease, receive less effective treatment and die sooner if they also have depression, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 41,200 American men who were diagnosed with localized prostate cancer between 2004 and 2007. They followed them through 2009. Nearly 1,900 of the patients had been diagnosed with depression in the two years before their prostate cancer was discovered. "Men with intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer and a recent diagnosis of depression are less likely to undergo definitive treatment and experience worse overall survival," study lead author Dr. Jim Hu, a professor of urology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a university news release. "The effect of depressive disorders on prostate cancer treatment and survivorship ... Read more

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Stress, Depression May Boost Stroke Risk, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – Stress, hostility and depression may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. The study found that depression seemed to raise the risk of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 86 percent. It also found that stress apparently raised stroke or TIA risk by 59 percent. And hostility doubled the risk, the researchers said. A TIA is a mini-stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. However, it's important to note that the study only found an association between the risk of stroke and negative emotions. It wasn't designed to prove that negative emotions can cause strokes. Still, "chronic stress and negative emotions are important psychological factors that affect one's health, and findings from this study link these factors to brain health in particular," said the study's lead author, Susan Everson-Rose, an associate ... Read more

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As Antidepressant Warnings Toughened, Teen Suicide Attempts Rose: Study

Posted 18 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 – Teen suicide attempts rose nearly 22 percent after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about dangers of antidepressants, a new study finds. In 2003, the FDA mandated a "black box" warning – the most serious type of warning in prescription drug labeling – on popular antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), signaling a possible risk of suicidal thoughts among children and teens. Examples of these drugs include Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Following the warnings, antidepressant prescriptions for young people fell by more than a fifth. At the same time, suicide attempts rose, possibly because depression was being undertreated, according to background information in the study. "We found a substantial reduction in use of antidepressants in youth, and also in adults – who were not targeted by the ... Read more

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Won't Harm Baby's Heart, Study Suggests

Posted 18 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 – Antidepressants taken during the first three months of pregnancy don't appear to increase the risk of heart defects in babies, new research suggests. However, this latest study contradicts previous research that found that taking antidepressants in pregnancy can be risky. The question is an important one because depression is common in pregnancy. It's diagnosed in 10 percent to 20 percent of pregnant women, and up to 13 percent of women take antidepressants while pregnant, according to the researchers. "The most critical period in the development of an embryo or in the growth of a particular organ is during the time of most rapid cell division," said Krista Huybrechts, lead study author and epidemiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston. So, it is in the first three months of pregnancy that the risk for developing major malformations is ... Read more

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Depression Doubles Odds of Heart Attack for Younger Women: Study

Posted 18 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 – Young and middle-aged women with depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease as their mentally healthy peers, new research suggests. The study also found that women younger than 55 are more likely than men or older women to become depressed. Exactly what accounts for this relationship between mood disorder and heart disease in younger women isn't clear, said study lead author Dr. Amit Shah, an assistant professor of epidemiology with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. "These kinds of relationships are very complicated, and we're still investigating to better understand the reason," he said. Still, the results fit into the "bigger picture," Shah added. "We have known for some time that heart disease is actually the number one killer in women, and that heart disease does start at ... Read more

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Stroke Prevention for Women: Start Early

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 – Stroke typically affects women in their later years, but doctors are now beginning to focus on helping them cut their risk earlier in life. This increased attention to risk factors in early adult years was recommended by new guidelines that were released earlier this year by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Those guidelines are now being phased into practice by primary care doctors, experts say. For women, that translates to more screening for risk factors during office visits and more interventions to ensure a healthy lifestyle to reduce stroke risk, said Dr. Louise McCullough, director of the Stroke Center at the University of Connecticut in Farmington. McCullough is the co-author of a summary of the guidelines that was published June 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Stroke is a serious interruption or reduction of ... Read more

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Diabetes Distress Is Distinct From Depression, Researchers Say

Posted 16 Jun 2014 by

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 – Although diabetes distress is often mistaken for depression, the good news is that simple interventions appear to help significantly reduce this distress, according to new research. The need to correctly identify depression is also highlighted in a second new study. This concluded that people with type 1 diabetes who are also depressed have a higher risk of dying early compared to those who aren't depressed. Both studies were scheduled for presentation this week at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting in San Francisco. Because the research hasn't been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, it should be considered preliminary. "We're trying to make a distinction between diabetes distress and depression. Having some level of distress is part of the spectrum of diabetes," said the author of the first study, Lawrence Fisher, a professor of ... Read more

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Recession Linked to More Than 10,000 Suicides in North America, Europe

Posted 12 Jun 2014 by

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 – The Great Recession that began in 2007 appears to have taken more than a financial toll: New research suggests that the economic downturn could be linked with more than 10,000 suicides across North America and Europe. The study found that between 2008 and 2010, rates of suicide surged in the European Union, Canada and the United States. The increase was four times higher among men than women, according to the report published in the current issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry. "There has been a substantial rise in suicides during the recession, greater than we would have anticipated based on previous trends," lead author Dr. Aaron Reeves, of Oxford University's department of sociology, said in a university news release. In conducting the study, researchers from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine examined ... Read more

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Weight Gain From Antidepressants Is Minimal, Study Suggests

Posted 5 Jun 2014 by

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 – While it has long been known that some antidepressants can help spur weight gain, a new study finds that the actual amount gained is usually small. "This study was motivated in the first place by the number of patients who have asked me if their medicine is going to make them gain weight," said study co-author Dr. Roy Perlis, director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics, in Boston. "It's the most common question I get when prescribing any medication, frankly," he said. "But most antidepressant studies have been short term, looking at just a few months of treatment. So I wanted to look at it for a longer period of time," Perlis explained. "I think our findings should be reassuring to patients. Yes, antidepressants can lead in some cases to small amounts of weight gain, that's true. And we need to pay attention to it, ... Read more

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Jury Still Out on Whether Doctors Should Screen for Suicide Risk

Posted 20 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – There is still not enough evidence to recommend either for or against patients getting routinely screened for suicide risk by their primary care doctors, an influential panel of experts said. The ruling applies to when doctors are dealing with teens, adults and older adults without a mental health disorder or symptoms of mental illness, according to a final recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). However, primary care doctors should screen teens and adults for depression, the panel said. If a patient is depressed and potentially at risk for suicide, they should also be given immediate help. The government-appointed USPSTF also said that further research is needed to determine the best ways to identify and help people at risk for suicide. Suicide remains a major public health issue in the United States, accounting for about 37,000 ... Read more

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Depression Tied to Crohn's Disease Flare-Ups

Posted 6 May 2014 by

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 – Depression may increase the risk of Crohn's disease flare-ups in people with the inflammatory bowel disorder, an early new study suggests. The study included about 3,150 Crohn's patients who completed online questionnaires about their disease, its treatment and how it affects their lives. They were also asked about how often they felt hopeless, sad, helpless or worthless. Patients with high depression scores were 50 percent more likely than those with low depression scores to have a Crohn's disease flare-up 12 months later, the researchers said. After the researchers adjusted for other risk factors, the link between depression and Crohn's flare-ups remained significant, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation-sponsored study. It's scheduled to be presented Saturday at the Digestive Disease Week meeting, in Chicago. While the study found an association ... Read more

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Altruism May Help Shield Teens From Depression: Study

Posted 29 Apr 2014 by

TUESDAY, April 29, 2014 – Teens who like to help others may be less likely to develop depression, a new study suggests. The study included 15- and 16-year-olds who were given three types of tasks: give money to others, keep the money for themselves or take financial risks with the hope of earning a reward. The researchers monitored activity levels in a brain area called the ventral striatum, which controls feelings of pleasure linked to rewards. The teens were checked for symptoms of depression at the start of the study and a year later. Activity in the ventral striatum in response to the different types of rewards predicted whether the teens would have an increase or decrease in depression symptoms, according to the study published online recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "If they show higher levels of reward activation in the ventral striatum in the ... Read more

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Higher Doses of Antidepressants Linked to Suicidal Behavior in Young Patients: Study

Posted 28 Apr 2014 by

MONDAY, April 28, 2014 – When prescribing antidepressants for teens and young adults, doctors should not start with high doses of the drugs because it might raise the risk of suicidal behavior, new research suggests. The study, which was published online April 28 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that younger patients who began treatment with higher-than-recommended doses of antidepressants were more than twice as likely to try to harm themselves as those who were initially treated with the same drugs at lower, recommended doses. "If I were a parent, I definitely wouldn't want my child to start on a higher dose of these drugs," said study author Dr. Matthew Miller, associate director of the Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The research is likely to inform an ongoing debate in psychiatry – whether or not it's safe to prescribe ... Read more

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Internet May Help Seniors Avoid Depression

Posted 24 Apr 2014 by

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 – A basic communication tool like email can help isolated older people combat loneliness and depression, a new study suggests. Surveys conducted between 2002 and 2008 found that far fewer retirees who said they used the Internet for communication and other purposes suffered from depression than non-Internet users. "The key is that the Internet helps older adults stay in contact with their friends and family and to feel part of a larger community," said study lead author Shelia Cotten, a professor with the department of telecommunication, information studies and media at Michigan State University in East Lansing. "They're still actively engaged in some segment of our society, and they're not feeling like life has passed them by." The research, recently published online in the Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, doesn't ... Read more

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ICU-Related Depression Often Overlooked, Study Finds

Posted 8 Apr 2014 by

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 – One-third of patients admitted to an intensive care unit develop depression that causes physical symptoms rather than the typical psychological signs, a new study finds. As a result, their condition may go undiagnosed and they may not get needed help, the research suggested. "It's a significant public health issue. We need to pay more attention to preventing and treating the physical rather than psychological symptoms of depression in ICU survivors," said study leader James Jackson, a psychologist and assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The physical signs of depression included weakness, changes in appetite and fatigue, the researchers said. "The physical symptoms of depression are often resistant to standard treatment with antidepressant drugs and we need to determine how best to enhance recovery with a new ... Read more

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