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Chocolate and Depression: What’s the Connection

Chocolate and Depression: What’s the Connection? Who doesn’t love a bit of decadent chocolate every now and again? But could we be overdoing it? Well, the most recent study on the subject has found that people with depression symptoms consume 56% more servings of chocolate candy in a month than those without the symptoms. And people with possible major depression …

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Smoking Prevalent Among Depressed Individuals

Smoking Prevalent Among Depressed IndividualsA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the significant—and troubling—association between depression and smoking. The report, based on findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2005 to 2008, revealed the following trends. Compared to adults without depression, people with the mood disorder were more likely to be …

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Doctors Unaware of Many Patient Side Effects

Doctors Unaware of Many Patient Side EffectsBothersome side effects are one reason people with depression stop taking their depression medications prematurely. Working with your doctor may help reduce these problems. But according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, psychiatrists may not be aware of most side effects experienced by patients. According to the study, the …

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Antidepressants , Suicide Risk in Tweens and Teens

Antidepressants & Suicide Risk in Tweens and Teens When it comes to prescribing antidepressants to children, is one regimen safer than another? According to a new Pediatrics study, the answer appears to be no; the (relatively low) risk of suicidal acts among children using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressant medications is roughly the same. For the study, …

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Antidepressants develop Cataract Risk

Antidepressants develop Cataract Risk In the United States, 75% of people over age 60 have some sign of cataracts, or clouding of the lens of the eye. Cigarette smoking, certain medications, eye injuries, sunlight, diabetes, and even obesity can increase the risk of cataracts. Now a new Canadian study suggests a possible association between certain antidepressants and development of cataracts. …

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Antidepressant May Change Personality While Relieving Depression Symptoms

Antidepressant May Change Personality While Relieving Depression SymptomsPeople taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) to treat depression may experience beneficial changes in their personality that is distinct from relief of depression symptoms, concludes a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. According to emerging research, two personality traits—high neuroticism and possibly low extroversion—may reflect vulnerability to major …

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Antidepressants ,greater risk to Falls

Antidepressants greater risk to FallsFalls are a major problem for older adults, causing injury, disability and, in serious cases, death. Poor muscle strength, thinning bones, certain medical conditions, medications, and a variety of other factors may contribute to greater risk. Now a study presenting updated research on medication use and the risk of falls finds that people taking antidepressants are more likely …

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Antismoking Drug Not Linked to Risk of Self-harm or Depression

Antismoking Drug Not Linked to Risk of Self-harm or DepressionDespite previous reports linking the antismoking drug Chantix® (varenicline) to suicide, suicidal thoughts, and depression, a new study published in the British Medical Journal shows that, if such a risk exists, it is likely to be very small. Last July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued labeling requirements for Chantix …

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antidepressants and depression levels

Clearing Up the Confusion Over Antidepressants’ EffectivenessA recent study examining how well antidepressants work has stirred debate and raised more than a few questions. It concludes that, whereas antidepressant medications substantially benefit people with severe depression, they appear to have little or no effect over placebo in people with mild or moderate depression. Those startling findings have left some people …

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Acupuncture and pregnancy

 Acupuncture and pregnancy Acupuncture that’s specific for depression may benefit some pregnant women with the mood disorder, suggests a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. In the 8-week study, depression-specific acupuncture—based on traditional Chinese medicine—outperformed traditional acupuncture and Swedish massage in reducing the severity of depression symptoms. The special acupuncture’s response rate was also greater: 63% versus 44% for …

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depressed women,weight loss?

Depressed Women Can Lose Weight If you are overweight, don’t let depression stop you from participating in a weight loss program to help you shed pounds. A recent study published in the journal Behavioral Medicine reveals that women with major depression are no less likely than women without the disorder to lose weight. The study included almost 200 women ages …

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