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Depression May Boost Seniors' Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, a new study indicates. The researchers looked at more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the start of the study period. Participants were assessed again two, four and seven years later. Initially, about 30 percent of the women and 15 percent of the men had high levels of depression symptoms. At each follow-up visit, about 40 percent of those with high levels of depression symptoms had recovered, while the same percentage had new depression symptoms, the study authors said. At all assessments during the study, less than 10 percent of participants were taking antidepressant medications, according to the report published online recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Study participants who had high levels of depression ... Read more

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Parent's Depression May Harm Child's Grades, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – A child's grades in school might suffer if a parent is suffering from depression, according to a new study. Researchers found that Swedish teens received lower grades during their final year in school if either of their parents had previously been diagnosed with depression. The difference in grades was noticeable but not huge, said senior author Brian Lee, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. "It's not an entire letter grade drop, but at the same time it might be the difference between a student passing or failing," Lee said. Parents' depression could affect the children's home lives, causing stress that impacts their academic performance, Lee said. "Depression is a social disease," he said. "It doesn't just affect you. It affects your relationships as well. If there's ... Read more

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When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds. The review of 16 published studies found that seniors tended to show poorer health after they stopped driving – particularly in terms of depression. Researchers said it's not clear that the health problems are a direct result of giving up the car keys. But they said it's likely there is a vicious cycle: worsening health – including vision problems, physical limitations and waning memory and judgment – causes older people to stop driving. That, in turn, can speed their decline. "This is a very complex issue," said senior researcher Dr. Guohua Li, founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. On one hand, Li said, older drivers need the necessary physical and mental ... Read more

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Many Depressed Teens Don't Get Follow-Up Care

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MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Depression can strike during the teen years, but too many U.S. teenagers with the illness are not getting proper follow-up care, a new study finds. "These results raise concerns about the quality of care for adolescent depression," concluded a team led by Briannon O'Connor, who conducted the study while at New York University School of Medicine. One expert wasn't surprised by the findings. "Most adolescents who are depressed do not receive any treatment whatsoever for their impairments for many reasons, including lack of access to care, stigma, and a workplace shortage of trained child and adolescent psychiatrists," said Dr. Aaron Krasner, chief of the Adolescent Transitional Living Service at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. As the study authors explained, major depression affects 12 percent of teens, and as many as 26 percent of young people experience ... Read more

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Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

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FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Death rates among middle-aged white Americans were higher than expected in 2014, likely because progress against common killers such as diabetes and heart disease has halted, a new study contends. Substance abuse and suicide rates among white adults ages 45 to 54 have risen, but not enough to explain why death rates in this group have shifted from their historical decline, according to the Commonwealth Fund report released Jan. 29. If death rates in this group had followed past patterns, they would have fallen 1.8 percent a year between 1999 and 2014. Instead, they rose, the new study found. "We are accustomed to making progress against diseases. We learn how to prevent them and how to treat them and, as we do that, fewer people die from them," Commonwealth Fund President Dr. David Blumenthal, a study co-author, said in a news release. "For middle-aged whites, ... Read more

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Study Finds No Proof of 'Seasonal' Depression

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THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – A new study cast doubts on the existence of seasonal depression – a mood disorder linked to reduced sunlight in the winter months. This form of depression – known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and recognized by the mental health community for nearly 30 years – "is not supported by objective data," the new study claims. Depression comes and goes, said study lead researcher Steven LoBello. If someone experiences depression in the fall and winter, "it doesn't mean that seasonal changes have caused the depression," added LoBello, a professor of psychology at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala. For the study, LoBello and colleagues used data from a telephone survey of more than 34,000 U.S. adults asked about depression and then gathered information on time of year, latitude and more when measuring depression. LoBello noted the study found no evidence ... Read more

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Prenatal Antidepressant Use Not Linked to Infant Heart Defects: Study

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THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of having a baby with heart birth defects, a new British study suggests. This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for depression during pregnancy and the period after giving birth, and treating those who meet the criteria. Women may wonder how depression medication might affect their unborn child. Some previous research has suggested a link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs – the most widely used antidepressants in pregnancy) and heart birth defects. This class of medications includes Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline). But many of those studies did not take into account other risk factors that could cause such birth defects, according to the authors of the new review, researchers at University ... Read more

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Did Studies Lack Key Data on Link Between Antidepressants, Youth Suicides?

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Antidepressants appear to be much more dangerous for children and teens than reported in medical journals, because initial published results from clinical trials did not accurately note instances of suicide and aggression, a new study suggests. Young people actually have a doubled risk of aggression and suicide when taking one of the five most commonly prescribed antidepressants, according to the new analysis published in the Jan. 27 issue of BMJ. Earlier published drug trial results masked those risks by not accurately reporting suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts, and by not emphasizing instances of increased aggression, said study author Tarang Sharma, a researcher with the Nordic Cochrane Centre at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The new analysis revealed these risks by skipping the published studies, and instead gathering information from ... Read more

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Suicide Risk Rises Among Family, Friends of Suicide Victims: Study

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TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – Family and friends of people who commit suicide are at high risk for attempted suicide themselves, a new British study finds. "Our results highlight the profound impact that suicide might have on friends and family members," study author Alexandra Pitman, from the division of psychiatry at University College London, said in a university news release. The study included more than 3,400 university staff and students, aged 18 to 40, who experienced the sudden death of a relative or friend from natural causes or suicide. Those whose relative or friend died of suicide were 65 percent more likely to attempt suicide than if the person died from natural causes. The absolute risk of attempted suicide was one in 10 if the relative or friend died of suicide. Those whose relative or friend died of suicide were also 80 percent more likely to leave school or work. Overall, 8 ... Read more

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Depression Screening Should Include All Pregnant, Postpartum Women: Panel

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TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation's leading preventive medicine panel recommends. Further, doctors need to follow through and get treatment for anyone who tests positive for depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in an update of its depression screening guidelines. This is the first time the panel has specifically advocated depression screening in pregnancy and shortly after giving birth. It cited a U.S. study that found that 9 percent of pregnant women and more than 10 percent of postpartum women exhibited signs of major depression. Depression can harm both the child and mother, interfering with their interactions and affecting social relationships and school performance, the panel noted. Risk factors during pregnancy and after delivery include ... Read more

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Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

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THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others. The experiences included neglect or physical, sexual or psychological abuse. They also included living in a household with domestic abuse or with a household member who was in jail or prison, had a mental illness or had an addiction or substance abuse problem. "The first five years of a child's life are an incredible time of opportunity and vulnerability," said study lead author Dr. Manuel Jimenez, director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics education at Rutgers Robert Wood ... Read more

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Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders

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TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Many people having surgery for severe obesity also have mental health conditions, particularly depression and binge-eating disorder, a new review finds. The analysis of 68 studies found that almost one-quarter of obesity surgery candidates had a mood-related disorder, usually depression. Another 17 percent had binge-eating disorder, researchers report Jan. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Obesity surgery, known medically as bariatric surgery, can be an option for people who are severely overweight – typically 100 pounds or more. And while doctors have known that patients often have mental health symptoms as well, it has not been clear just how common that is, said study author Dr. Aaron Dawes. "What was striking to us is that depression and binge-eating disorder were both more than twice as common as they are in the general U.S. ... Read more

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Exercise May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Depressed People: Study

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MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 – Exercise may reduce the chances of developing heart disease for people with depression, a new study suggests. Depressed people who weren't physically active had stiffer and more inflamed aortas – the large artery carrying blood from the heart – two signs of heart disease. But, in depressed people who exercised, aortic stiffening and inflammation were less common, the study authors found. "Depression and physical inactivity have been shown to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who reviewed the study's findings. "Although associations [in the study] were found between depression and artery function, which was improved in people who exercise regularly, additional studies are needed before we can conclude that exercise reduces heart disease ... Read more

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Can Early Menopause Trigger Depression Later in Life?

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 – Premature menopause may increase a woman's later risk of depression, a new review suggests. If further studies confirm the findings, doctors might try to identify women most likely to need psychiatric or hormonal treatment after their periods end, the researchers said. For the study, published online Jan. 6 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers analyzed the results of 14 studies that included nearly 68,000 older women. Those whose menopause began when they were 40 and older had a lower risk of depression later in life than those with premature menopause, the study found. Women who are older when menopause begins and have a longer reproductive life have greater exposure to the hormone estrogen, the study authors said in a journal news release. The findings suggest "a potentially protective effect of increasing duration of exposure to [natural] estrogens ... Read more

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Meals on Wheels Can Deliver Emotional Nourishment, Too

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FRIDAY, Dec. 25, 2015 – Social isolation is common among many U.S. seniors, particularly during the holidays. But, home-delivered meals can significantly reduce their feelings of loneliness, new research finds. The study involved more than 600 people in eight U.S. cities who were on waiting lists for Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers food to homebound seniors. They were randomly selected to have daily fresh meal delivery to their home, weekly frozen meal delivery or to remain on the waiting list. At the start of the study, seniors in all three groups had similar levels of loneliness. After 15 weeks, loneliness levels remained the same among those on the waiting list, but had fallen among those who received fresh or frozen meal deliveries at home. Also, seniors with daily meal delivery were three times more likely than weekly recipients to indicate that home-delivered meal ... Read more

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