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Depression May Boost Seniors' Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke

Posted 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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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Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

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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Prenatal Antidepressant Use Not Linked to Infant Heart Defects: Study

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

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

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

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

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

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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Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Dec. 12, 2015 – Celebrating is the last thing some people feel like doing during the holiday season. "The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people who are depressed or grieving," Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "People who are sad or lonely often feel out of sync when everyone else seems to be celebrating, and the holidays can exacerbate these feelings," he explained. If you are depressed, don't try to deal with it on your own. If you are not in treatment, seek help. If you are already receiving treatment, it's especially important to continue during the holidays, he said. "The holidays are challenging for many people, but symptoms of depression are a sign to seek professional help. The most important take-home message is that depression is treatable and people should not ... Read more

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New Type of Antidepressant Shows Promise in Early Trial

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Millions of Americans battle depression, and many search for a medication that can help ease the condition. Now, researchers report in a small, early trial that an experimental antidepressant may be a safe and effective new option. "We need more treatments for depression," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. "Current treatments for depression are effective for many people, but they don't work for everyone." "This study looks at a new, potential medication with a different mechanism of action than currently available antidepressants," said Borenstein, who was not involved in the study. The drug, known only as NSI-189, is meant to stimulate production of new brain cells – a process called neurogenesis. This phase 1 study included 24 adults with major depression who were randomly assigned to take ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes Drug Helps Some With Chronic Depression: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – A new small study is adding evidence to the theory that insulin resistance may play a leading role in some people's depression. The study found that a medication normally used to boost insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes appears to help ease the symptoms of chronic depression. And, the effect was strongest in people who were insulin-resistant but didn't have diabetes, the study found. These findings "add to the neurobiological explanation of what's going on when people are depressed, and it should help de-stigmatize depression. It's a disease of the brain," said the study's lead author, Dr. Natalie Rasgon, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. "Depression is kind of a catch-all term, like the common cold; it can have more than one cause," Rasgon said. "In this study, we saw ... Read more

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Many Americans 30 and Older Find Happiness Elusive

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Americans 30 and older are less happy than generations past, while teens and 20-somethings seem more satisfied with their lives than ever, a new study finds. Researchers said the pattern marks a striking reversal of what studies have traditionally shown – that, on average, people become happier as they mature. It looks like that age advantage has disappeared. The average happiness rating among Americans aged 30 and older now matches that of younger Americans. "A lot of the change has happened in just the past five years," said lead researcher Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. The reasons are not clear, said Twenge. But she speculated on some possible explanations. Other research has shown that in recent decades, young Americans' expectations about their future – their jobs, income, relationships – keep growing. But reality ... Read more

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Omega 3 Supplements Don't Help With Depression: Review

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – There's little evidence that taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements helps treat depression, researchers report. Some studies have suggested that these fish oil supplements may benefit people with major depression. But in a review published Nov. 5 in the Cochrane Library, researchers disagreed after analyzing 26 studies that included more than 1,400 people with depression. "We found a small-to-modest positive effect of omega-3 fatty acids compared to placebo, but the size of this effect is unlikely to be meaningful to people with depression, and we considered the evidence to be of low or very low quality," lead author Katherine Appleton, of Bournemouth University in the U.K., said in a journal news release. "At present, we just don't have enough high quality evidence to determine the effects of omega-3 fatty acids as a treatment for major depressive disorder. It's ... Read more

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Psoriasis, Depression Often Go Hand in Hand: Study

Posted 1 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 – Regardless of severity, patients with the often disfiguring skin condition psoriasis face an elevated risk for depression, new research suggests. The depression risk may be driven more by concerns about appearance than by the actual status of the skin, said study author Dr. Roger Ho, an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. "One small area of [psoriasis] involvement might mean a lot more to one person than an area three times the size for another person," said Ho. "I think the location of skin lesions, such as lesions in a more visible area or lesions in an area that impairs daily functioning, might play a bigger role." Between 2 percent and 4 percent of North Americans have psoriasis, Ho said. The autoimmune disorder causes red, raised patches of skin covered with silvery-white scales. These patches ... Read more

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'Placebo Effect' Might Help Predict Response to Depression Treatment

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – People with depression who show improvement when taking fake drugs get the greatest benefit from real medications, a new study finds. It appears that patients who can use their brain's own chemical forces to fight depression get more benefit when taking antidepressants than those who lack that ability, the University of Michigan Medical School researchers found. "We need to find out how to enhance the natural resiliency that some people appear to have," said research team leader Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, a former Michigan faculty member who is now at the University of Utah. The findings could help explain why responses to medications vary among depression patients and help lead to new treatments, he and his colleagues said. For the study, 35 people with untreated major depression were told they were receiving a new depression drug before receiving existing ... Read more

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Could Eating Fish Help Ward Off Depression?

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Can eating a lot of fish boost your mood? Maybe, say Chinese researchers. Overall, the researchers found that people who consumed the most fish lowered their risk of depression by 17 percent compared to those who ate the least. "Studies we reviewed indicated that high fish consumption can reduce the incidence of depression, which may indicate a potential causal relationship between fish consumption and depression," said lead researcher Fang Li, of the department of epidemiology and health statistics at the Medical College of Qingdao University in China. But this association was only statistically significant for studies done in Europe, the researchers said. They didn't find the same benefit when they looked at studies done in North America, Asia, Australia or South America. The researchers don't know why the association was only significant for fish ... Read more

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Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it's expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows. In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. And 40 percent said cost is a barrier to treatment for many people, the survey found. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought they have had a mental health condition, but only 38 percent of them had received treatment. Of those who were treated, most thought it was helpful, including 82 percent who got psychotherapy and 78 percent who received medications. The survey also found that 86 percent of participants knew that mental health disorders such as depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 percent knew that anxiety disorders also increase suicide ... Read more

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