Monday, November 22, 2004

DEPRESSION TREATMENT BOOSTS EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY: "A two-year program for depressed employees treated at 12 primary care practices nationwide improved productivity at work by an average of 6 percent, or an estimated annual value of $1,491 per depressed full-time employee"

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Job-stressed women more vulnerable than men to 9/11 trauma: "Drawing on data from a longitudinal survey on workplace stress in both men and women, the researchers found that women who reported sexual harassment, general abuse or powerlessness in their jobs were more likely than men to suffer mental health consequences after Sept. 11."

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Hurricane Winds Can Stoke Fires of Marital Troubles: "the intense emotions of gearing up and then living through a perhaps life-threatening storm can induce strains even in a strong relationship, and provoke family bickering."

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Height Doesn't Influence Kids' Popularity: Study: "...To investigate, Sandberg, a pediatric psychologist, and his team conducted a study of height and social adjustment among 956 sixth-through-twelfth graders from 45 different classrooms in a Western New York public school district. Of this group, 68 students were of short stature; 58 were extremely tall."

Friday, August 20, 2004

Florida Entrepreneurs to Gather in Orlando for Art of the Start Conference: "The University of Central Florida%2C the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the Central Florida Technology Partnership have teamed up with Garage Technology Ventures%2C a Silicon Valley- based early-stage venture capital firm to bring The Art of the Start conference to Florida. Doors will open Tuesday September 28 2004... "

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Study supports pairing Prozac, therapy for depression in kids: "Children in all the groups improved%2C but researchers found that the combination treatment of Prozac and talk therapy worked best to reduce depression. "

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Depression Linked to Overactive Brain Areas: "Depressed people have overactive brain circuitry, a new study shows.
It's more evidence that vulnerability to clinical depression is an inherited trait -- and that patients need to continue their treatment, including medications, even after depression fades, writes researcher Alexander Neumeister, MD..."

Friday, August 06, 2004

Scientists prove time flies when you're busyEvery mom and dad can tell you that keeping children busy helps stave off cries of boredom--and now there is scientific backing to prove it. Dr. Anthony Chaston and his research colleague, Dr. Alan Kingstone, have proven, once and for all, that time really does fly when you're having fun. Or, at least, it flies when your attention is engaged...

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Placebo almost as effective ad drug treatment for depression: "After six to eight weeks of treatment, 56 per cent of those on a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) were improved, as were 60 per cent on a tricylic, an older type of antidepressant. But a comparison showed that 43 per cent and 47 per cent of those on placebo also improved (that is, compared to SSRIs and tricyclics respectively). "

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Imaging Technology May Be Used To Diagnose Melancholic Depression: "Gerard Sanacora, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Depression Research Program, said the reductions in cortical GABA and increased glutamate were particularly associated with the presence of melancholic and psychotic features in patients with major depressive disorder. Melancholia is a relatively common form of depression marked by insomnia, loss of appetite, and loss of pleasure."

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Anorexia nervosa often chronic, study finds: "Women who have been treated for anorexia nervosa remain at significant risk for relapse up to two years after their weight has been restored and they have been discharged from hospital, says a study from the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital"

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Aging and depression don't go hand in hand: "Of the approximately 35 million U.S. residents older than 65, an estimated 2million suffer from a depressive illness. Another 5million show significant depressive symptoms, although they may not meet the criteria for an official diagnosis. "

Sunday, May 16, 2004 - Depression research finds mental health experts optimistic: "These new approaches go far beyond current treatments, most of which work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Over the past decade, researchers have linked depression to other neurochemicals and have found evidence that structural defects in the brain might play a role."

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Pregnant Women With Depression Are Inadequately Treated: "Pregnant women who are depressed are unlikely to receive any treatment for their condition, or if they do, the dosage is likely to be suboptimal, according to findings presented here at the 157th annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association."

Monday, May 03, 2004

Some infants recognize, respond to social eating cues: "...while parents may describe their baby as a difficult eater or an overeater, it could be just a sign that the child is more tuned in to the eating habits of those around him."

Friday, April 30, 2004

Survey Shows Those Suffering From Depression and Anxiety Disorders May Not Tell Their Doctors Everything They Should: "Each year, millions of Americans visit
their doctor with physical complaints such as headaches or fatigue, but few
realize that these symptoms can be common signs of depression and generalized
anxiety disorder (GAD), which can result in an improper diagnosis."

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

A rose by any other name: "What they found was a striking similarity between brain activity patterns in all the subjects; so much so that the patterns of one could be used to predict activity in other brains when viewing the same segment."

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Antidepressant Use in Children Soars Despite Efficacy Doubts ( "The review in Psychiatric Services said that growing awareness about depression, better diagnosis and incentives by insurance companies in favor of medication rather than talk therapy may have fueled the rise in drug treatment. "

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Yahoo! News - Depression Not Uncommon During Pregnancy: "The results of a review of studies involving more than 19,000 patients suggest that rates of depression during pregnancy are high. This might be especially true during the second and third trimesters."

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Concussion Causes Emotional Disturbances, Say Researchers: "Researchers from the University of Toronto and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute have documented negative mood disturbances such as depression and confusion resulting from sports concussions for the first time."

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

TV linked to attention problems
: "A new study has found that the more time preschoolers spend in front of the tube, the greater their risk of having attention problems by school age. In fact, U.S. researchers found that for each hour of television watched daily, youngsters boost their chances -- by about 10 per cent -- of developing attention, or concentration, problems by the age of seven."

Monday, April 05, 2004

Preschoolers lead growth of antidepressant use, study reveals: "The use of paroxetine and other antidepressant medications continues to grow by about 10% annually among children and adolescents, according to a study published in the April issue of Psychiatric Services. The study profiles trends of prescription antidepressant use in children and adolescents using prescription claim information from a random, nationwide sample..."

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Can we believe our memories?: "Forty-five first year psychology students were told three stories about their grade-school experiences and asked about their memories of them. Two of the accounts were of real grade three to six events recounted to the researchers by the participant's parents. The third event was fictitious, but also attributed to the parents."

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Study: Psychotherapy may help hypochondriacs: "The study involved 102 patients assigned psychotherapy and 85 who got routine medical care. Among those who completed the six therapy sessions, almost 57 percent showed significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life after a year, compared with 32 percent of the comparison group."

Friday, March 19, 2004

Social costs of gambling nearly half that of drug abuse, new book concludes: "The social costs of gambling, such as increased crime, lost work time, bankruptcies and financial hardships faced by the families of gambling addicts, have reached epidemic proportions, costing the economy as much as $54 billion annually, Earl L. Grinols, an Illinois economist, has written in ..."

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Antidepressants for kids necessary or negligent?: "The use of antidepressants 'is substantial in children and adolescents and appears to be increasing rapidly,' Gianna Rigoni of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Drug Safety told an FDA advisory committee last month"
Poor depression prognosis linked to thyroid problem --- HealthandAge: "People who do not respond to antidepressants could have a subtle kind of thyroid problem. A link between depression and underactive thyroid has long been discussed. Indeed, many patients with depression already receive thyroid function testing..."

Thursday, March 11, 2004

How Couples Manage Parenting Forecasts Later Marital Quality, Study Finds: "Researchers found that how a couple manages their parenting responsibilities when their child is 6 months old is related to the quality of their marriage when their child is 3."

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Antidepressants: The Kid Question: "[The FDa] issued a public health advisory stating that the agency had grown 'increasingly skeptical' that there was any link between antidepressant use and the risk of suicide in children and teenagers."

Friday, March 05, 2004

Family discipline, religous attendance cut levels of later violence among aggressive children: "The study also showed that the likelihood of violence at 18 among aggressive youth was reduced when they had been exposed to several of what are called protective factors, even when they also were exposed to risk factors, according to lead author Todd Herrenkohl, UW assistant professor of social work."

Monday, March 01, 2004

ScienceDaily News Release: Depression Can Lead To Back Pain: "Dr. Linda Carroll, a professor in the U of A Department of Public Health Sciences, led the study that shows depression is a risk factor for onset of severe neck and low back pain. The study is published in the journal Pain."

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Adolescent brains show reduced reward anticipation: "Understanding adolescent motivation is critical for understanding why so many young people drink alcohol and engage in associated behaviors such as drinking and driving and sexual risk-taking. That understanding also will be critical for shaping prevention messages that deter such behaviors..."

Monday, February 23, 2004

Prozac during pregnancy could harm baby: "A study of 34 mothers and their babies found the first direct evidence of a link between fetal exposure to Prozac and similar drugs and disrupted neurological development. Researchers linked abnormal sleeping patterns, heart rhythms and levels of alertness to drugs called selective-serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, of which Prozac (fluoxetine) is the best known."

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Math May Predict Marriage Success: "Gottman said his team found that there basically are three types of stable marriages..."
Exercise sharpens focus, decision-making among aging adults: "Aging adults who give up a sedentary lifestyle and replace it with a cardiovascular fitness regimen as simple as brisk walks reap greater focus and reduced decision-making conflict as they perform a variety of tasks, scientists say"

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Stressed at work? How taking a coffee break might make things worse: "Existing theories about stress management suggest that caffeine consumption can trigger stress. However, while studies into the effects of caffeine show that it can sometimes worsen anxiety, there is also evidence that it boosts confidence, alertness and sociability as well as making us better able to perform various tasks."

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Depression may be a risk factor for heart disease, death in older women: "Older women with symptoms of depression may be at an increased risk of heart disease and death, according to an article in the February 9 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine..."

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Sleep shortage takes toll on middle schoolers: "Feelings of depression and low self-esteem plague children as they advance through middle school because they get increasingly less sleep, according to a new study..."

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Cohabiting Couples Not Likely To Marry, Study Finds: "Only about 40 percent of cohabiting couples studied ended up marrying within four to seven years. And 42 percent of cohabiting couples disagreed about the future of their relationship..."

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Depression traced to family hypertension : "...scientists in Chapel Hill have linked high blood pressure and depression in those with a family history of hypertension"

Friday, January 23, 2004

Depressed mothers can lead to violent kids: "Children whose mothers suffer depression after childbirth face a greater risk of violent behavior by the time they reach age 11"

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Yahoo! News - Few Sessions on the Couch Can Lead to Improved Sleep: "Cognitive behavioral therapy may be a better choice than sleeping pills for elderly people with insomnia..."

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 Cyberonics hits record on optimism for depression: "...was hopes that Cyberonics will win regulatory approval to use the device, currently used to treat epilepsy, for chronic depression, a market worth billions of dollars. The device shocks the Vagus nerve, the longest cranial nerve, which affects movement and is thought to be linked to depression... "

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Dealing With Depression and the Perils of Pregnancy: "For some women, especially those with a history of significant depression, the risks of abandoning antidepressants during pregnancy may be far greater to the mother and the fetus than taking the drugs themselves..."

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Morning headaches associated with depression, anxiety disorders: "Chronic morning headaches are a good indicator of major depressive disorders and insomnia disorders"

Monday, January 05, 2004

Patients recovering from depression with talk therapy show a 'distinct' pattern of brain changes: "CBT [A type of Talk Therapy - editor] has theoretically been considered a top-down approach because it focuses on the cortical (top) area of the brain -- associated with thinking functions -- to modulate abnormal mood states. It aims to modify attention and memory functions, affective bias and maladaptive information processing. In contrast, drug therapy is considered a bottom-up approach because it alters the chemistry in the brain stem and limbic (bottom) regions which drive more basic emotional and circadian behaviors resulting in eventual upstream changes in depressive thinking". This is very interesting and basically implies a Mind over Matter approach can work for depression treatment.