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Health News - Depression

The digital therapist
Imagine this scenario: You've been feeling persistently blue lately, so you pull out your phone. (Medical News Today)

Even mild depressive symptoms result in poorer lumbar spinal stenosis surgery outcome
Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. (Medical News Today)

Stressed girls at high risk of depression 'may age faster'
Researchers found that girls at high risk of depression have shorter telomeres - a sign of biological aging - and increased hormone responses to stress than those at low risk. (Medical News Today)

How psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function
A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for... (Medical News Today)

Nearly 1 in 5 adults suffer persistent pain
Americans are in a world of hurt.Nearly one in five U.S. adults are in pain most every day for spells of three months or longer, according to an analysis by Jae Kennedy, professor of health... (Medical News Today)

University of Houston research focuses on suicide resilience and vulnerability
Religious beliefs and practices may reduce thoughts of suicide among African-American adults in stressful life events induced by racial discrimination, according to a new research study conducted... (Medical News Today)

Higher suicide risk after served prison sentence
People who have been in prison run a higher risk of committing suicide; 18 times that of the general population. (Medical News Today)

Seasonal depression 'caused by increased levels of serotonin transporter protein'
Researchers claim to have identified the cause of seasonal depression, after finding that patients with the disorder have high serotonin transporter protein levels in winter. (Medical News Today)

Largest study of Hispanics/Latinos finds depression and anxiety rates vary widely among groups
Rates of depression and anxiety vary widely among different segments of the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Study shows how troubled marriage, depression history promote obesity
The double-whammy of marital hostility and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Susceptibility for relapsing major depressive disorder can be calculated
The question if an individual will suffer from relapsing major depressive disorder is not de-termined by accident. (Medical News Today)

Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs may have an impact on depression
Ordinary over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs purchased from pharmacies may also be effective in the treatment of people suffering of depression. (Medical News Today)

Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems. (Medical News Today)

Even depressed people believe that life gets better
Adults typically believe that life gets better - today is better than yesterday was and tomorrow will be even better than today. (Medical News Today)

Teenage self-harm linked to problems in later life
Those who self-harm as teenagers are more at risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, new research from the biggest study of its kind in the UK has revealed. (Medical News Today)

Ketamine rapidly restores pleasure-seeking ahead of other antidepressant action in treatment-resistant bipolar disorder patients
A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of - and ahead of - its other antidepressant effects, in a National Institutes of Health trial. (Medical News Today)

Stress-related inflammation may increase risk for depression
Preexisting differences in the sensitivity of a key part of each individual's immune system to stress confer a greater risk of developing stress-related depression or anxiety, according to a study... (Medical News Today)

Researchers find why depression and ageing linked to increased disease risk
Psychological stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risk for aging-related diseases, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this relation are unknown. (Medical News Today)

New UK report reveals £8 billion cost of mental health problems in pregnancy
Perinatal mental health problems cost the UK £8.1 billion each year, according to a new report released Monday 20 October by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Centre for... (Medical News Today)

Birth season linked to risk of later-life mood disorders
Our risk of developing mood disorders in adulthood may be influenced by the season during which we were born, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Could eating more fish make antidepressants work better?
A new study suggests depressed patients who do not respond to antidepressants may have abnormal fatty acid metabolism. The solution? Eat more fatty fish. (Medical News Today)

Heightened risk of anxiety, depression among women after heart attack
Following a heart attack, women are more likely to develop anxiety and depression than men, claim researchers. They also say depression after a heart attack raises risk of death. (Medical News Today)

Change your walking style, change your mood
Our mood can affect how we walk - slump-shouldered if we're sad, bouncing along if we're happy. (Medical News Today)

Ulcerative colitis patients who have had a colectomy continue to experience symptoms
New research shows that the majority of patients with the challenging inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis (UC), state that the three biggest impacts of the disease on their lives are on... (Medical News Today)

Reduced depression risk among the physically active
Engaging in physical activity three times a week may reduce the risk of depression, a new study finds. But depression before midlife could be a barrier to physical activity. (Medical News Today)

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