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Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication. "Omega-3 fish oil – in combination with antidepressants – had a statistically significant effect over a placebo," said study leader Jerome Sarris. He is head of the ARCADIA Mental Health Research Group at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The study looked at the result of trials where patients battling depression took either a standard antidepressant plus a form of omega-3 fish oil, versus the antidepressant plus an inactive placebo. "The difference for patients taking both antidepressants and omega-3, compared to a placebo, was highly significant," Sarris ... Read more

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FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – Electrical stimulation devices, used to treat self-harming or aggressive behaviors, should be banned, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The devices pose substantial risks that cannot be eliminated through labeling changes, according to the agency. These electrical stimulation devices deliver shocks through electrodes attached to the skin in an attempt to condition people to stop hurting themselves or being aggressive. However, there is evidence that the devices are associated with a number of significant physical and mental health risks. These risks include: depression, anxiety, worsening of self-injury behaviors and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, pain, burns, tissue damage and unintended shocks from device malfunctions, the FDA said. The agency also pointed out that many people treated with these devices have intellectual or ... Read more

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ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – Routine screening of emergency room patients for suicide risk might be an effective way to prevent it, a new study suggests. Nurses at eight ERs were trained to screen patients for three suicide risk factors: depression, suicidal thoughts and previous suicide attempts. Over five years, suicide screenings rose from 26 percent to 84 percent, and detection of patients at risk of suicide increased from nearly 3 percent to 5.7 percent, the University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers found. The study was published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Our study is the first to demonstrate that near-universal suicide risk screening can be done in a busy [emergency department] during routine care," lead author Edwin Boudreaux said in a university news release. Boudreaux is vice chairman of research in the department of emergency ... Read more

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Genes May Link Risks for Pot Use, Depression

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – A genetic risk for marijuana dependence may be associated with a higher inherited risk for major depression, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the gene profiles of more than 14,000 people and identified several genetic variants that significantly boost the risk of marijuana dependence. According to the researchers, it's the first study to pinpoint those variants. The investigators also examined whether people with some forms of mental illness might also be at higher risk for marijuana dependence, as they are for alcohol and other substances. "We were surprised to find a genetic risk overlap between cannabis dependence and major depression," said study senior author Dr. Joel Gelernter, a professor of psychiatry, genetics and of neuroscience at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. The findings might also help explain why many people with ... Read more

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Could Lots of Time Spent on Social Media Be Tied to Depression?

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – The more time young adults spend using popular social media, the greater the link to depression, new research suggests. The finding stems from research – which involved nearly 1,800 men and women between the ages of 19 and 32 – that tried to get a handle on how depression and social media habits may interact. But does greater involvement with social media actually promote depression? Or, are people who are already depressed simply more likely to gravitate to social media? The jury, according to the study authors, is still out. "One strong possibility is that people who are already having depressive symptoms start to use social media more, perhaps because they do not feel the energy or drive to engage as many in direct social relationships," said senior study author Dr. Brian Primack. He is the director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and ... Read more

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Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Heart Patients

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – People who develop depression after being diagnosed with heart disease may be more likely to have a heart attack or die than those without depression, a new study finds. The study included nearly 23,000 heart patients in the Canadian province of Ontario who were diagnosed with heart disease between late 2008 and late 2013. During an average follow-up of three years, those with depression were 83 percent more likely die of any cause and 36 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those without depression. Depression did not affect the chances of needing bypass surgery or heart artery stents. However, the study did not prove that depression caused an increased risk for heart attack and death in these patients. It only found an association between those factors. The study will be presented April 4 at an American College of Cardiology meeting in Chicago. ... Read more

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Abuse, Poverty in Childhood Linked to Adult Health Problems

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 – Childhood abuse and poverty may raise the risk of health problems in adulthood, a new study suggests. "Childhood disadvantage has long-term health consequences – much longer than most of us realize," said study author Kenneth Ferraro, a professor and interim head of sociology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. "A novel aspect of this study is that childhood disadvantage was linked to the onset of new health problems decades later," he said in a university news release. The researchers examined data from more than 1,700 adults who were surveyed in 1996 when they were between the ages of 25 and 74, and again in 2006 when they were aged 35 to 84. "Health problems and quality-of-life issues were a concern during the first wave of the study," said Ferraro, director of Purdue's Center on Aging and the Life Course. "However, when we revisited the study's ... Read more

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Parents' Depression, Anxiety May Contribute to Kids' Fussy Eating

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Preschool children whose parents have depression and/or anxiety may be more likely to be fussy eaters, a new study suggests. Fussy eating – regularly refusing to eat certain foods – is common among children and is a frequent cause of concern among parents. And it has been linked with constipation, weight problems and behavioral issues in children, the researchers said. The study authors looked at more than 4,700 mothers and 4,100 fathers in the Netherlands and their children, born between 2002 and 2006. By age 3, about 30 percent of the children were considered fussy eaters, the findings showed. Children were more likely to be fussy eaters at age 4 if their mothers had anxiety during pregnancy and when the child was 3 years old. Fathers' anxiety when kids were preschool-aged was linked to a similar effect in their children, the researchers said. The ... Read more

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Risk of Preemie Birth May Rise for Depressed Parents-to-Be

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 – It's known that an expectant mother's mental and emotional health can affect her baby. New research, however, finds that depression in either the father or the mother may be linked to an increased likelihood of preterm birth. Screening for and treating mental health problems in both parents may help reduce the odds of a preterm delivery, according to study author Dr. Anders Hjern and his colleagues. "Depressive fathers influence the stress hormone balance in the mother, and depression may also – but this is more speculative – have an effect on sperm quality," said Hjern, professor of pediatric epidemiology with the Centre for Health Equity Studies in Stockholm, Sweden. Hjern and his colleagues analyzed more than 360,000 births in Sweden between 2007 and 2012. They determined parental depression by prescriptions for antidepressants that the expectant parents ... Read more

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Many Suicidal People Make Long-Term Recovery, Study Shows

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Nearly four in 10 people who seriously consider suicide end up recovering long-term, achieving a mental state that's free of suicidal symptoms or thoughts, a new Canadian study finds. Certain factors help, however: The chances of recovery are more than seven times greater when a patient has a close confidant to trust and count on, researchers from the University of Toronto reported. "Most people will eventually have to deal with tragedy," said study co-author Philip Baiden, a doctoral candidate and graduate fellow at the university's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. "So this speaks to the general importance of having somebody to confide in. It can be challenging to find these people, even if you have a lot of friends. But having people you can draw on to have an intimate personal conversation with, and who can offer you some support, can be very ... Read more

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Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression, U.S. Task Force Says

Posted 8 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 – Primary care doctors should screen all patients between 12 and 18 years of age for major depression, but not younger children, preventive health experts say. Screening of adolescents needs to be accompanied by accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and appropriate follow-up, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said in a final recommendation released Monday. Screening tools are available to help primary care doctors accurately identify major depression in adolescent patients, and there are effective treatments for this age group, the task force said. But there isn't enough evidence to gauge the benefits and risks of screening children who are 11 or younger, and more research on depression screening and treatment in this age group is needed, the task force said. Major depression can hinder teens' school and work performance as well as their ... Read more

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Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression

Posted 8 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 – REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and "restless" REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their risk for chronic depression or anxiety. "Previous studies have pointed to REM sleep as the most likely candidate involved in the regulation of emotions," said study lead author Rick Wassing. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sleep and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. Wassing noted, for example, that while REM is underway, key arousal hormones such as serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine are inactive. This, he added, may indicate that it is during good REM sleep ... Read more

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Depression May Boost Seniors' Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke

Posted 4 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

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

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

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

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

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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