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Health News - Depression

Lack of face-to-face contact almost doubles depression risk for older adults
Seniors who rarely see their friends or family are at almost twice the risk for depression, and regular written or telephone contact fails to offset this risk, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Expectant dads get depressed too
Transition to parenthood can be a difficult life event. It can have an impact on both parents and on the long-term development of the child. (Medical News Today)

Smartphone distraction can ruin a relationship
People who cannot stop checking their smartphones may be contributing to depression in their romantic partners, says research into 'phubbing.' (Medical News Today)

Neuroscientific evidence that motivation promotes recovery after spinal cord injury
It is known by clinical experiences that motivation enhances patients' recovery from spinal cord injury or stroke. (Medical News Today)

Keeping the body ticking
Tick tock. Tick tock. A team of scientists from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor have discovered a molecular switch that regulates the... (Medical News Today)

Benefits of psychotherapy for depression 'overstated'
The efficacy of psychotherapy against depression has been overstated by previous research due to publication bias, according to a new review. (Medical News Today)

Relationship quality affects siblings' mental health, risky behaviors
Study of Mexican-origin siblings reveals negative relationships are connected to risky behaviorsLatinos are the fastest-growing ethnic minority group in the United States, and most are of Mexican... (Medical News Today)

Study offers insight on how a new class of antidepressants works
A new class of drugs under development to treat depression has shown some success by targeting brain cells' ability to respond to the chemical messenger glutamate. (Medical News Today)

Psoriasis patients at increased risk for depression
A major study in the US finds that psoriasis and depression are linked, but the degree of psoriasis does not imply more severe depression. (Medical News Today)

Scientific literature overstates psychotherapy's effectiveness in treating depression
Effect comparable to that previously found with antidepressant drugsThe scientific literature paints an overly rosy picture of the efficacy of psychological treatments for depression. (Medical News Today)

Primary care-based addiction treatment lowers substance dependence in people with HIV
A program developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), which integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence... (Medical News Today)

Primary healthcare providers urged to screen teens for depression and suicide risk
A new paper from nursing researchers with The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman's University finds that depression and suicide risk screening can assist healthcare providers in... (Medical News Today)

Baylor study: Cellphones can damage romantic relationships, lead to depression
Cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness -- our relationships with our romantic partners,' researcher saysResearch from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business confirms... (Medical News Today)

Harnessing genetics to reduce trial and error antidepressant prescribing
The world health organization estimates 350million people globally suffer major depression. (Medical News Today)

Should I stay or should I go? On the importance of aversive memories and the endogenous cannabinoid
Memory is not a simple box of souvenirs; it is also, and most importantly, a safety system for organisms. (Medical News Today)

New drug combo could help older adults with clinical depression
Combining an antipsychotic drug with an antidepressant could improve depression in older adults who are unresponsive to antidepressants alone, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea 'could be misdiagnosed as depression'
Around 73% of people with sleep apnea were found to have depressive symptoms in a new study, suggesting the sleep condition could be misdiagnosed as depression. (Medical News Today)

Gene magnifies the psychological impact of life events, for better and for worse - Depression gene has silver lining
People with a certain type of gene are more deeply affected by their life experiences, a new study has revealed. (Medical News Today)

CPAP therapy reduces symptoms of depression in adults with sleep apnea
A new study shows that depressive symptoms are extremely common in people who have obstructive sleep apnea, and these symptoms improve significantly when sleep apnea is treated with continuous... (Medical News Today)

Gene may amplify impact of life events on mental health
Adults with a certain gene are more likely to have depression following history of childhood abuse but also seem happier than most in the absence of such history, a study shows. (Medical News Today)

Blocking access to 'suicide hotspots' could reduce suicide numbers by over 90%
Researchers suggest that by restricting access to high-risk suicide locations, the number of suicides at such sites could be reduced by 93% each year. (Medical News Today)

Exercise reduces suicide attempts by 23 percent among bullied teens
As high schools across the country continue to reduce physical education, recess, and athletic programs, a new study shows that regular exercise significantly reduces both suicidal thoughts and... (Medical News Today)

Even mild depression puts a burden on Alzheimer's family caregivers
Caregiving for an Alzheimer's patient is especially burdensome for spousal and family caregivers who at the time of their near and dear one's Alzheimer's diagnosis suffer from depressive symptoms... (Medical News Today)

Physical activity, sadness, and suicidality in bullied US adolescents
A study to be published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that exercise for 4 or more days per week is associated with an approximate 23%... (Medical News Today)

New studies show no long term effects of antidepressant use during pregnancy
The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has no long term neurodevelopmental or behavioural effects on the child, however they may be associated with an increased risk of postpartum haemorrhage... (Medical News Today)

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