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Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

Posted 2 days 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Depression in people with the chronic inflammatory skin disease psoriasis increases the risk of getting the joint condition known as psoriatic arthritis by about 37 percent, new research indicates. The finding raises concerns because depression is not uncommon in people with psoriasis, according to the authors of the study in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. "For many years, the rheumatology and dermatology communities have been trying to understand which patients with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis, and how we might detect it earlier in the disease course," senior investigator Dr. Cheryl Barnabe said in a journal news release. She is from the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary in Alberta. While the study found a connection between ... Read more

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Study Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke Risk

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Getting care at a hospital for a psychiatric disorder may be linked to a higher risk of stroke in the following weeks and months, new research suggests. People who sought care at a hospital for serious mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder – faced a tripled risk of stroke following their visit, the study authors contended. The risk started to decrease after 30 days, but remained twice as high for at least a year after the ER visit or hospital stay, the researchers said. "We have known for some time that people who have a stroke seem to be at an increased risk for later on developing some sort of psychiatric illness, depression or post-stroke psychosis," said study lead author Jonah Zuflacht. He's a fourth-year medical student at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. "But ... Read more

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After Stroke, 'Blue' Light May Help Beat the Blues

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Depression is always a danger for people recovering from a debilitating stroke. But new research suggests that tweaking a rehabilitation facility's lighting system may help patients keep depression at bay. Specifically, the Danish study of stroke rehab patients found they were less prone to depression if the facility used "blue" light in its lighting system. Sunlight is humans' largest source of blue-spectrum light, noted a team led by Dr. Anders West, a stroke specialist at the University of Copenhagen. So, blue light is key to the circadian (day-night) "body clock" that helps guide bodily processes, the study authors explained. As such, blue light has been shown to increase memory and thinking skills, as well as alertness, the Danish team said. However, stroke patients are often kept in indoor rehabilitation facilities with artificial lighting systems that ... Read more

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Same-Sex Marriage Laws Tied to Fewer Teen Suicides

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – A new study links the approval of same-sex marriage in American states to lower rates of reported suicide attempts among lesbian, gay and bisexual teens. "The findings suggest that same-sex marriage policies reduced adolescent suicide attempts," said study lead author Julia Raifman. She's a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "It's important for policymakers to be aware that social policies that affect lesbian, gay and bisexual rights may impact child health," Raifman said. Prior research has suggested that "sexual minority" teens are more likely to be bullied and to be suicidal. A study published last year found that as many as 40 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual teens have considered suicide. The same research reported that 29 percent of these teens had attempted suicide in the past year. The ... Read more

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Hey Fellas, Depression Can Strike Expectant and New Dads, Too

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Depression in and just after pregnancy is most often associated with moms-to-be, but a new study shows expectant dads can have similar symptoms. Expectant and new fathers who are in poor health or have high levels of stress are at increased risk for depression, the New Zealand research showed. Many men may not realize pregnancy-linked depression can hit them too. "It is important to recognize and treat symptoms among fathers early and the first step in doing that is arguably increasing awareness," said a team led by Lisa Underwood of the University of Auckland. The research involved more than 3,500 men, average age 33, who were interviewed while their partner was in the third trimester of her pregnancy. The men were then re-interviewed nine months after the birth of their child. Elevated depression symptoms were reported by 2.3 percent of the men during their ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Delivery, Premature Labor, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

America in 2017: Pass the Prozac, Please

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Many Americans are stressed about the future of the country, and politics and terrorism are key reasons why, a new survey finds. "The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it," said Katherine Nordal. She's executive director for professional practice at the American Psychological Association, which conducted the poll. "We're surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most," she said in an association news release. And prolonged stress can have negative effects on your health, the researchers said. The online survey, released Wednesday, was conducted in early January. It included more than 1,000 adults, aged 18 and older, who live in the United States. The current political climate was cited as a very or ... Read more

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Screen Time and Teen Time

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – A new study challenges the widely held belief that spending a lot of time playing video games, using the computer or watching TV is harmful for teens. The study analyzed data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey on Florida teens, average age 16. The findings showed only a small association between high amounts of so-called screen time and increased risk of depression, delinquency and poor school performance. Specifically, screen time accounted for 0.49 percent of the variance in delinquency, 1.7 percent in depressive symptoms and 1.2 percent in average grade points. There was no link between screen time and risky driving, risky sex, substance abuse or eating disorders. "Although an 'everything in moderation' message when discussing screen time with parents may be most productive, our results do not support a strong focus on screen time as a preventative ... Read more

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Some Partners Need Extra Loving This Valentine's Day

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – The best gift you can give a stressed or depressed partner this Valentine's Day is extra love and support, researchers say. They surveyed more than 1,400 couples on self-esteem, levels of depression and mutual support. The study revealed that when one partner was feeling stressed, support from their mate was associated with improved self-esteem and lower risk of depression in the future. "Efforts from a partner to help alleviate stress may prevent the development or worsening of mental health problems and, in fact, could help keep the relationship healthy," said lead researcher Matthew Johnson. He's an assistant professor at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, in Edmonton, Canada. "When we experience stress, especially high levels of stress, we are particularly vulnerable and perhaps that's why partner support ... Read more

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For Kids, Regular Exercise Seems to Put Depression on the Run

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – For generations, parents have told kids to go outside and play. Now, a new study suggests an added benefit to that advice – physical activity may lower children's risk of depression. The researchers assessed about 700 children at ages 6, 8 and 10. Kids who got regular moderate-to-vigorous exercise were less likely to develop depression over those four years, the investigators found. Previous studies have found that physically active teens and adults seem to have a lower risk of depression. This new study is the first time this has been suggested in children, according to researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. "Being active, getting sweaty and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits. They also protect against depression," study first author Tonje Zahl, a Ph.D. candidate, said in a university news release. The ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Linked to Asthma Later in Life

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Insomnia may increase adults' risk of asthma, a new study suggests. People with chronic sleep struggles were three times more likely to develop asthma than those without insomnia, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found. "Insomnia, defined as having difficulties initiating or maintaining sleep, or having poor sleep quality, is common among asthma patients, but whether insomnia patients have a higher risk of developing asthma at a later stage has not been thoroughly investigated," said study co-author Linn Beate Strand. The study included data from nearly 18,000 people, aged 20 to 65, in Norway. The researchers found that people who said they had difficulty falling asleep "often" or "almost every night" had a 65 percent and 108 percent increased risk, respectively, of developing asthma over 11 years. People who said they woke too ... Read more

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Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Parents of children born with serious heart defects may be at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, a new study suggests. PTSD refers to anxiety and fear triggered by a past stressful event. Mental health issues in parents can put their children at risk for long-term health and behavioral problems, the researchers added. "The parents need extra support and mental health treatment that is feasible and accessible, and one thing that we propose is integrating mental health screening and treatment into pediatric cardiology care," said study senior author Sarah Woolf-King. She's an assistant professor in the psychology department at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. "Health care providers on the front line of treatment for these parents could play a significant role in connecting them to care," she added. These ... Read more

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The Shame of 'Fat Shaming'

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Trying to shame an overweight or obese person into losing weight won't motivate them to do so, and may even raise their risk for heart disease and other health problems, a new study suggests. The more self-blame and devalued that people said they felt when stigmatized, the more likely they were to have health problems that could lead to heart disease, said study leader Rebecca Pearl. She's an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The findings suggest that weight stigma and fat shaming "go much deeper than the inappropriate remarks or hurt feelings," said Dr. Rebecca Puhl, deputy director of the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. She co-wrote a commentary that accompanied the study. The study authors said obese people are often viewed as lazy, lacking ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Weight Loss, Heart Disease, Dysthymia

Brain Scans May Shed Light on Bipolar Disorder-Suicide Risk

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Among teens and young adults with bipolar disorder, researchers have linked brain differences to an increased suicide risk. About half of people with bipolar disorder – marked by extreme mood swings – attempt suicide and as many as one in five dies by suicide, the study authors said. For the new study, teens and young adults with bipolar disorder underwent brain scans. Compared with those who had not attempted suicide, those who had attempted suicide had slightly less volume and activity in areas of the brain that regulate emotion and impulses, and in the white matter that connects those areas. "The findings suggest that the frontal cortex is not working as well as it should to regulate the circuitry," said study senior author Dr. Hilary Blumberg. "That can lead to more extreme emotional pain, difficulties in generating alternate solutions to suicide and ... Read more

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Depression Often Untreated in Dialysis Patients

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Depression is common among kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis. But efforts to get them on antidepressants often fail, a new study finds. Many patients refuse to start or modify depression treatment. And in some cases kidney specialists don't want their patients taking antidepressant medication, researchers reported. "Our study demonstrated that many patients on chronic hemodialysis have depressive symptoms but do not wish to receive aggressive treatment to alleviate these symptoms," said study co-leader Dr. Steven Weisbord. "We also noted that when patients are willing to accept treatment, renal [kidney care] providers commonly do not prescribe treatment," said Weisbord, who's with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. When kidneys fail, dialysis treatment is needed to remove wastes and salt from the blood. It's often done at a hospital, dialysis ... Read more

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Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says. That's a timely reminder because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. "The number of cases of thyroid cancer is rising, and while in most cases the outcomes of treatment are favorable, some patients present with disease that has progressed and may be more difficult to treat," said Dr. Ilya Likhterov. He is an ear, nose and throat doctor in New York City. About 200 million people worldwide have thyroid disease. Of more than 20 million Americans with thyroid disease, only four out of 10 know they have it, according to the American Thyroid Association. "While in most patients thyroid cancer develops without signs or symptoms, patients who have had significant exposure to radiation or who have first-degree family members with a history of thyroid cancer need to be ... Read more

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