‘Mental Health America today released its report, “Ranking America’s Mental Health: An Analysis of Depression Across the States,” a first-of-its-kind study examining state and national data for statistical associations between factors that govern access to mental health care and actual mental health outcomes, including suicide rates. Included in the study is a ranking of the [...]
Archive for November, 2007
‘Depression eats away at a young woman’s bones at least as much as does low calcium, putting women at risk of life-threatening fractures as they get older, new research shows.
Reporting in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, U.S. researchers found women aged 21 to 45 who are mildly depressed have thinner bones at vulnerable spots [...]
‘The safety of a slimming drug taken by tens of thousands of people in UK has been questioned after new research linked it to a 40 per cent increase in the risk of depression.
Rimonabant, marketed as Acomplia, is an appetite surpressant prescribed on the NHS for people who are obese.
Research carried out in Denmark involving [...]
‘Depression is known to hike the risk of cardiovascular disease, but don’t put all the blame on any concurrent rise in inflammation.
So concludes a study led by Dr. Viola Vaccarino, a professor of medicine at Emory University, in Atlanta.
That means that it’s back to the drawing board in terms of unraveling the depression-heart disease link, [...]
‘Laura, whose name was changed for confidentiality, said she knew she needed help when she started thinking that death would be preferable to living with the kind of misery and pain she felt, even though she had two young sons whom she loved dearly.
So she went to see a psychiatrist, and he diagnosed major depression [...]
‘A technique to watch cells sprout within a living brain is unveiled today that could aid the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of depression, Parkinson’s disease, tumours, dementia and a host of other disorders.
For the first time, scientists have identified a way to detect immature cells that go on to develop into neurons and other nervous [...]
‘It is not uncommon for expectant mothers to feel anxious and depressed, new research shows, and these feelings can have serious consequences for mom and baby.
“Mental health problems in the postpartum period have received much attention in the past decade,” Dr. Antoinette M. Lee of the University of Hong Kong told Reuters Health, whereas mental [...]
‘Despite a rising number of prescriptions being handed out for antidepressants, the number of people seeing their GP specifically about depression is falling.
Figures show that in 2002-3, among women, there were 84 GP consultations in 1,000 for depression. By 2005-6, this had dropped to 65. Consultation rates for men in Scotland also fell, from 37 [...]
‘French scientists have demonstrated a clear link between depression in the elderly and the presence of white matter lesions (WMLs) in the brain.
The researchers carried out cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on over 1,500 people aged between 65 and 80. At the same time, they assessed the study participants for depressive symptoms. Four years [...]
‘A drug to tackle acne taken by thousands of British teenagers and adults could have the side effect of making them depressed and at risk of suicide, according to new research.
Roaccutane, which first became available in 1982, was heralded as a “magic bullet” in the fight against severe acne, but has been blamed for causing [...]