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2008-07-20 03:00:15

By Raymond, Colette B Wazny, Lori D; Honcharik, Patricia L Depressive disorders occur in up to one-third of patients with chronic kidney disease CKD). First-line pharmacologic treatments include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and second generation agents, such as bupropion, mirtazapine, and venlafaxine. Although very little research has been conducted on the use of antidepressants in CKD, health care providers should be aware of renal dose adjustments for these agents, drug...

2008-07-08 09:00:13

By FRED KAVALIER Depression can be a serious and life-threatening illness. When doctors are faced with serious illness, the decision about how to treat it is usually simple. Everyone agrees that the best way to treat bacterial meningitis, for example, is with powerful antibiotics. There may be some debate about which is the best antibiotic, or what is the right dose. But there is no debate about the best treatment. The best way of treating depression is much less clear. One reason for...

2008-06-26 12:03:20

By Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 26--csnowbeck@pioneerpress.com St. Jude Medical announced this morning the first patient implants in a study to see whether a brain pacemaker device can help people with a severe form of depression. The patients -- a 59-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man -- received the implantable devices at a hospital in Chicago. Little Canada-based St. Jude's device includes a pulse generator that is implanted near the collarbone and...

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2008-02-16 03:00:00

What are the three best natural therapies for depression? You might be surprised by the following lesser-known solutions for beating the blues Like everyone else, you probably have an occasional attack of the blues. Don't fret-feeling a bit down every now and then is normal. But when low feelings persist, you may be in trouble. If they deepen over time no matter what you do to change them, you're truly depressed. True depression is a loss of interest in nearly everything that once gave you...

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2008-02-13 14:05:00

A new thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet shows that the brain's serotonin system differs between men and women. The scientists who conducted the study think that they have found one of the reasons why depression and chronic anxiety are more common in women than in men. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that is critical to the development and treatment of depression and chronic anxiety, conditions that, for reasons still unknown, are much more common in women...

2006-03-20 14:20:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stroke patients who partake in a therapeutic exercise program may experience a reduction in depressive symptoms, according to the results of a study published the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Along with physical disability, depression is common in stroke patients, Dr. Sue-Min Lai, of the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, and colleagues point out. Previous studies have found that physical exercise can reduce symptoms in depressed...

2006-03-03 11:40:46

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most severely depressed patients who are given electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) -- commonly known is electroshock therapy -- experience improved health-related quality of life that lasts for at least 6 months, a new study shows. "Although ECT is well established as the most efficacious treatment for depression, it is still subject to controversy," lead investigator Dr. W. Vaughn McCall told Reuters Health. "Some of the controversy continues...

2006-01-31 12:14:50

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even though many patients with diabetes are also depressed, which may complicate their efforts at managing their diabetes, better treatment of their depression seems to have no effect on how they deal with their diabetes. In their report in the Annals of Family Medicine, Dr. Elizabeth H. B. Lin and her associates point out that diabetics are roughly twice as likely as the general population to have depression. Patients with both disorders tend to have...

2006-01-27 12:20:00

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The dietary supplement DHEA seems to relieve the symptoms of minor depression in patients infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a new report. "Based on our trial and the handful of others in the literature, I don't think any of us would recommend DHEA as first-line treatment for depression," Dr. Judith G. Rabkin told Reuters Health. "DHEA is, however, attractive for patients who refuse to take antidepressants or for patients...

2006-01-11 13:20:28

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rather than merely being relieved of their negative symptoms, patients being treated for depression hope to attain optimism, self-confidence and a return to normal functioning, as goals of successful remission, according to a report in the January 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Mental health professionals and researchers who conduct clinical trials of antidepressant treatment often consider improvement on measures of...


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