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Psoriasis Linked to Higher Risk of Depression

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – People with psoriasis may be twice as likely to experience depression as those without the common skin condition, regardless of its severity, a new study suggests. "Psoriasis in general is a pretty visible disease," said study author Dr. Roger Ho, an assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. "Psoriasis patients are fearful of the public's stigmatization of this visible disease and are worried about how people who are unfamiliar with the disease may perceive them or interact with them." Genetic or biologic factors may also play a role in the link between depression and psoriasis, which requires more research, he said. Either way, the findings mean that all individuals with psoriasis could benefit from screening for depression, Ho said, and their friends and family members should be aware of the connection as ... Read more

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy Have Benefits, Risks: Study

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Women with a mental health disorder taking commonly prescribed antidepressants during pregnancy appear to have fewer delivery complications, a new study suggests. However, babies born to these women may have a higher risk of problems, such as breathing issues, the study said. "Our findings provide evidence that taking these antidepressants is associated with a lower risk of preterm birth and cesarean section, and further confirm the results from previous research of a higher risk for several neonatal problems," senior study author Dr. Alan Brown, a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University in New York City, said in a university news release. "Given these divergent findings, the decision whether to prescribe these medications during pregnancy should be individualized to the mother's medical and psychiatric history," he said. The researchers ... Read more

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Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Middle-aged women with a solid social life face a significantly lower risk for suicide than those who live in relative isolation, new research suggests. Moreover, friendships and outside activities were found to offer protection against suicide even for women who struggled with mental health issues, such as depression. "Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among middle-age (American) women, and it's been going up in recent years," said study lead author Dr. Alexander Tsai, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Center for Global Health of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Many factors besides mental illness probably contribute to suicide risk, Tsai said. "For example, our social networks are becoming narrower and narrower, and the number of women who now say they have no one to talk to about important things has tripled in the past two ... Read more

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Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks: Study

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – St. John's wort is a popular herbal therapy for depression, but a new Australian study highlights the fact that "natural" does not always equal "safe." Using reports filed with Australia's drug safety agency, the researchers found that adverse reactions to St. John's wort were similar to those reported for the antidepressant fluoxetine – better known by the brand name Prozac. Those side effects included anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, nausea and spikes in blood pressure, the researchers reported in the July issue of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. "It's concerning to see such severe adverse reactions in our population, when people believe they are doing something proactive for their health with little risk," lead researcher Claire Hoban, of the University of Adelaide, said in a university news release. Research has shown that St. ... Read more

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Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Part of your next visit to your family doctor's office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you're suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends. What's more, people concerned that they might be depressed could download an appropriate questionnaire online, fill it out ahead of time and hand it over to their doctor for evaluation, the panel added. In an updated recommendation released Monday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urged that family doctors regularly screen patients for depression, using standardized questionnaires that detect warning signs of the mental disorder. If a patient shows signs of depression, they would be referred to a specialist for a full-fledged diagnosis and treatment using medication, therapy or a combination of the two, according to the recommendation. These ... Read more

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Antidepressant, Painkiller Combo May Raise Risk of Brain Bleed

Posted 14 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – Taking both an antidepressant and a painkiller such as ibuprofen or naproxen may increase risk of a brain hemorrhage, a new study suggests. Korean researchers found that of more than 4 million people prescribed a first-time antidepressant, those who also used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) had a higher risk of intracranial hemorrhage within the next month. Intracranial hemorrhage refers to bleeding under the skull that can lead to permanent brain damage or death. The findings, published online July 14 in BMJ, add to a week of bad news on NSAIDs, which include over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). Last Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened the warning labels on some NSAIDs, emphasizing that the drugs can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke. As far as the new ... Read more

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Another Study Shows Link Between Antidepressants and Birth Defects

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – New research provides more evidence of a possible link between antidepressant use early in pregnancy and a small increased risk of birth defects. But the study didn't prove that the medications cause birth defects, and experts aren't advising women to stop taking the drugs entirely. "Depression can be very serious, and women should not suddenly stop taking their medications. Women should talk to their health care providers about available options, ideally before planning a pregnancy," said study author Jennita Reefhuis. She is an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still,Reefhuis said, the study found that "some birth defects occur two to three times more frequently among babies born to mothers who took paroxetine [Paxil] and fluoxetine [Prozac] in ... Read more

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Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows. Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need to spot and treat depression when it first develops, particularly among young people. Ian Hickie, who co-directs the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney, led the study. His team looked at the neurology of almost 9,000 people from the United States, Europe and Australia. To do so, they analyzed brain scans and medical data for about 1,700 people with major depression, and almost 7,200 people who didn't suffer from depression. The researchers noted that 65 percent of the participants with major depression had suffered recurring symptoms. The study, published June 30 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found that people with ... Read more

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Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Women prescribed a common class of antidepressants to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture, a new study suggests. The antidepressants in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Besides being used to treat depression, these drugs are often prescribed as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to tackle hot flashes, night sweats and other problems that can accompany menopause. However, "SSRIs appear to increase fracture risk among middle aged women without psychiatric disorders," wrote a team led by Dr. Matthew Miller of Northeastern University in Boston. The team added that the effect seems to be "sustained over time, suggesting that shorter duration of treatment may decrease [this effect]." The study authors acknowledged that their ... Read more

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Risk to Baby From Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Is Small, Study Says

Posted 2 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 – Babies born to mothers taking antidepressants in late pregnancy may be slightly more likely to develop a rare circulation disorder, a new study suggests. However, the increased risk of the disorder – known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) – is small, and similar to the risk in women with untreated depression. "Although we cannot exclude the possibility that there might be an increased risk of PPHN associated with SSRI [antidepressant] use late in pregnancy, our study has shown that the absolute risk is small," said lead author Krista Huybrechts. She is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The absolute risk refers to the actual number of infants born with the condition. "The risk increase, if present, appears much more modest than previous studies ... Read more

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Antidepressants Ease Postpartum Depression, Study Finds

Posted 19 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Antidepressants seem to help women deal with postpartum depression after childbirth, according to a new review. "Our findings are important due to the limited research exploring the use of antidepressants to treat postnatal depression," study first author Emma Molyneaux, of King's College London in England, said in a college news release. "We would urge that treatment decisions during the postnatal period consider the potential benefits as well as risks of medication, as well as the risks of untreated depression for both mother and baby," Molyneaux added. More than 10 percent of mothers develop depression during the first year after childbirth. For the study, the researchers reviewed six studies that included nearly 600 women with postpartum depression. The investigators focused their analysis on 72 women with postpartum depression from three of the studies. ... Read more

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Even Treated Depression May Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Depression in older adults appears to significantly increase the risk of a stroke, even after depression symptoms have gotten better, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people who had severe symptoms of depression were more than twice as likely to have a stroke as those with no symptoms. People who had symptoms at the first interview, but had gotten better by the second interview still had a 66 percent higher stroke risk, the study authors said. "The surprising finding that stroke risk remains elevated even if symptoms seem to have gone away make replicating this study urgent," said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a research fellow at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "If replicated, these findings suggest that doctors should seek to identify and treat depressive symptoms before harmful effects on stroke risk start ... Read more

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One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better understanding the brain's response to widely prescribed antidepressants. Experts said the hope is to eventually be able to predict which people with depression are likely to benefit from a drug – and which people would fare better with a different option. In a small study of healthy volunteers, researchers found that a single dose of the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) seemed to temporarily reduce "connectivity" among clusters of brain cells in most regions of the brain. The exceptions were two brain areas – the cerebellum and thalamus – where the drug boosted connectivity. In simple terms, connectivity refers to how brain cells ... Read more

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Study Questions Link Between Antidepressants, Miscarriage

Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 – Some studies have found that women who use common antidepressants early in pregnancy face a raised risk of miscarriage, but new research suggests the link might be better explained by the depression, rather than the drugs that treat it. Looking at records for more than 1.2 million pregnant women, researchers found that those prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in their first trimester were 27 percent more likely to have a miscarriage than women who weren't on the drugs. But a similar increase was also found among women who'd stopped using an SSRI three months to a year before becoming pregnant. That suggests some other factor – possibly the depression itself – might explain the miscarriage link, the researchers suggested. "We believe that these results clearly indicate that miscarriage is not associated with SSRIs, but with conditions ... Read more

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Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

Posted 27 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 – There's been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children. Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers used an antidepressant while pregnant, but some data suggesting a heightened risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in these youngsters. The findings challenge prior research pointing to a link between exposure to antidepressants in the womb and a greater risk of autism. Instead, severe maternal depression may be the risk factor boosting a child's odds for autism – not any antidepressant a woman took during her pregnancy, the new study's authors said. "We know that untreated depression can pose serious health risks to both a mother and child, so it's ... Read more

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