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2012-06-04 19:29:25

Treating adolescents for major depression can also reduce their chances of abusing drugs later on, a secondary benefit found in a five-year study of nearly 200 youths at 11 sites across the United States. Only 10 percent of 192 adolescents whose depression receded after 12 weeks of treatment later abused drugs, compared to 25 percent of those for whom treatment did not work, according to research led by John Curry, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. "It...

2012-05-24 10:24:21

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifescript.com, a women's health and wellness website headquartered in Mission Viejo, Calif., has launched a new online Depression Health Center to help women recognize and overcome symptoms of depression. Each year, about 19 million Americans develop depression -- a chronic mental illness that can have debilitating physical and emotional symptoms. Women are 2-3 times as likely as men to get depression. And the illness can affect...

2012-05-23 05:37:46

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — A new study shows that critically ill patients were more likely to die if they were taking commonly prescribed antidepressants before being admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). The study was conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Using a retrospective study, they analyzed the electronic medical records of 10,568 patients to look at in-hospital mortality and...

2012-05-22 18:29:16

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, have found that critically ill patients were more likely to die if they were taking the most commonly prescribed antidepressants when they were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). The researchers conducted a retrospective study using the electronic medical records of 10,568 patients to look at in-hospital mortality and mortality a year after being admitted to...

2012-04-30 22:20:22

LONDON, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Labour Day "Open letter" to policy-makers is first step of an EU-wide campaign This Labour Day, the European Depression Association (EDA) is launching an EU-wide campaign to make the fight against depression at work a European priority and urging the public to show their support for this important cause by visiting http://www.europeandepressionday.com. The EDA launched the campaign with an "Open letter" to MEPs and policy makers calling...

2012-04-24 23:18:20

Possible changes in DSM-5 could do more harm than good for patients A Rhode Island Hospital psychiatrist and researcher explains the negative impact of broadening the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). In a newly published commentary in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Mark Zimmerman, M.D., explains that lowering the diagnostic threshold for bipolar disorder will likely do more harm than...

Specialized Video Game Could Be Used To Treat Depression
2012-04-21 05:16:05

The next big thing in treating depression may very well be video games. A group of New Zealand doctors reported Thursday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that their video game was as effective as one-on-one counseling. It is common for adolescents to experience depression. It is also likely for these adolescents to shy away from traditional treatment. In order to treat these teens, researchers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand tested SPARX, an innovative 3D video game on 94...

2012-04-20 10:11:07

Quality-of-care incentives to community health clinics shortened the duration of depression in a socioeconomically vulnerable patient population When 25 percent of the payments to community health clinics were based on quality of care, patients received better care and had better depression outcomes. The results of this initiative will be published in the April 19 issue of the American Journal of Public Health in the paper, "Quality Improvement with Pay-for-Performance Incentives in...

2012-04-20 05:24:32

(Ivanhoe Newswire)–A Northwestern Medicine scientist has developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in teens. A breakthrough approach that allows an objective diagnosis by measuring a specific set of genetic markers found in a patient's blood. Untreated teens with major depression experience increases in substance abuse, social maladjustment, physical illness and suicide. Their normal development is derailed, and the disease persists into adulthood. "Right now...

New Blood Test Diagnoses Depression Among Teens
2012-04-18 06:31:33

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A Northwestern University Medicine scientist recently reported that she has developed an objective way of diagnosing depression in teens through a blood test. Previously, depression was analyzed through subjective factors; a patient would recount symptoms and a physician would work to interpret those symptoms. This new blood test is able to identify subtypes of depression, distinguishing between those who have major depression and those who have depression...