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Depression ages the brain, first human trials suggest

Depression ages the brain, first human trials suggest: Damage appears 10 years early in people with the mental health condition – but it could be treated with ketamine Synapses (the connections between neurons) start thinning earlier in people with depression, study finds The small study of 10 people is the first to test the theory […]

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USPSTF Recommends Counseling to Prevent Perinatal Depression

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians provide or refer counseling interventions for pregnant or postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression. This recommendation forms the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. […]

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Does social media push teens to depression? New study says no

(HealthDay)—Time spent on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook probably isn’t driving teenagers to depression, a new study contends. In fact, Canadian researchers found the relationship worked in the opposite direction—teenage girls who were already depressed tended to spend more time on social media, to try to feel better. These findings run counter to a series of […]

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Exercise may fight depression in older adults, study suggests

New research suggests that exercise-induced muscle changes could help boost mood in older adults. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology. Exercise increases the expression of certain proteins (transcription factors) that help regulate gene expression and the processing (metabolism) of tryptophan in the body. Tryptophan is a mood-enhancing […]

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Early risers are up to 35% less likely to develop depression

Morning larks are less likely to have depression: Study finds early risers are 35% less likely to experience symptoms than night owls Early risers – who are likely to be older and female – have better overall wellbeing ‘Larks’ and ‘owls’ may process caffeine differently, with the latter being kept up  ‘Night owl genes’ may […]

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New research will improve diagnosis of antenatal anxiety

A landmark study by experts at the University of Stirling will help health professionals improve the identification of severe and problematic anxiety in pregnant women. Antenatal anxiety can be difficult to identify and current guidance recommends that health professionals apply the same screening tool used to detect anxiety disorders in the general population. Such generic […]

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Recalling happy memories during adolescence can reduce risk of depression

Recalling positive events and experiences can help young people build resilience against depression in later life, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. The condition often first emerges in adolescence, a critical developmental time period when an individual experiences […]