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Health News - Depression

New study to help people withdraw from inappropriate long-term antidepressant treatment
One in 10 adults are being given antidepressants each year, but up to 50 per cent of patients could be given an alternative treatment, a University Professor suggests. (Medical News Today)

Gastrointestinal disorders involve both brain-to-gut and gut-to-brain pathways
New research indicates that in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or indigestion, there is a distinct brain-to-gut pathway, where psychological symptoms begin first, and separately a... (Medical News Today)

The Lancet: Simpler, cheaper psychological treatment as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy for treating depression
A simple and inexpensive psychotherapy or talking therapy known as behavioural activation (BA) is as effective at treating depression in adults as the gold-standard cognitive behavioural therapy... (Medical News Today)

People estimate their own abilities based on others' performance
Ratings of our own abilities are strongly influenced by the performance of others, according to a study published July 20 in Neuron. (Medical News Today)

Is there a thin genetic line between happiness and depression?
Positive thinking and genetics combine in a new framework proposed by researchers, who say the approach could yield personalized therapies. (Medical News Today)

New antidepressant target discovered
Manipulating novel target could lead to new treatments.Northwestern Medicine scientists have shown how manipulating a novel target in the brain using gene therapy could lead to new treatments for... (Medical News Today)

Suicide rate is 22% higher among people with epilepsy than the general population
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues first report on epilepsy and suicide. (Medical News Today)

Poor sleep health could contribute to inflammatory disease
A new meta-analysis in Biological Psychiatry reports that sleep disturbances and long sleep duration are associated with increases in markers of inflammation. (Medical News Today)

Palliative care-led meetings do not reduce anxiety, depression of families of patients with chronic critical illness
Among families of patients with chronic critical illness, the use of palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings compared with usual care did not reduce anxiety or depression... (Medical News Today)

Antidepressant does not reduce hospitalization, death, or improve mood for heart failure patients with depression
In a study appearing in JAMA, Christiane E. Angermann, M.D., of University Hospital Wurzburg, Germany, and colleagues examined whether 24 months of treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram... (Medical News Today)

Psychiatrist unveils genetic link between depression and Type 2 diabetes
Psychiatric researchers have discovered a genetic link between depression and Type 2 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Depression decreases adherence to COPD maintenance medications
A recent study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that in a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries who were newly diagnosed with COPD, adherence to maintenance... (Medical News Today)

Depression, adverse childhood events and sleep disturbances linked to changes in the immune system
Adverse childhood experiences and sleep disturbances interfere with immune system regulation, shows research from the University of Eastern Finland. (Medical News Today)

Transgender rights critical for the health of 25 million transgender people worldwide
Public health efforts fail to capture even most basic information about transgender health, but social, legal context in which many transgender people live has led to high rates of HIV, depression. (Medical News Today)

Depressed, out of work? Study suggests skills to help land a job
Employment more likely for those who can change their thinking.Unemployed people were more likely to land a job if they used skills commonly taught as part of cognitive therapy for depression, a... (Medical News Today)

Postpartum depression least severe form of depression in mothers
Time frame when pregnant woman first develops depression determines severity, treatment of it. (Medical News Today)

Antidepressive treatment during pregnancy can affect newborn brain activity
A new Finnish study shows that fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns. (Medical News Today)

Community-based programme improves depression in chronic pain patients
A community-based pain management programme for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain has improved depression and social integration, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of... (Medical News Today)

Clinical trial examines treatment of complicated grief
A new study reports on the results of a randomized clinical trial that looked at whether the antidepressant citalopram would enhance complicated grief treatment psychotherapy, and if citalopram... (Medical News Today)

Major depression: Most antidepressants ineffective for children, teens
A review in The Lancet finds that most antidepressants offer no benefit for children and adolescents with major depression, and they may even cause harm. (Medical News Today)

Study finds wide geographic differences in treatment of diabetes, hypertension, depression
An international observational study led by Columbia University researchers has uncovered widespread differences in the treatment of patients with common chronic diseases, including type 2... (Medical News Today)

Blood test to personalize depression treatment for the first time
Scientists at King's College London have developed a blood test that accurately and reliably predicts whether depressed patients will respond to common antidepressants, which could herald a new era... (Medical News Today)

Anxiety and depression linked to recurrence of inflammatory bowel disease
Researchers at the University of York have discovered a link between a recurrence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and anxiety and depression. (Medical News Today)

Stress-induced brain damage could be prevented with experimental drug
New research shows how stress causes brain changes that might trigger anxiety and depression. It also proposes a way to prevent such changes. (Medical News Today)

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression
A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new UCL study... (Medical News Today)

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