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Flawed research methods exaggerate the prevalence of depression

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
The common practice of using patient self-report screening questionnaires rather than diagnostic interviews conducted by researchers has resulted in overestimates of the prevalence of depression, according to a new analysis.

Genetic analysis can improve depression therapy

Science Daily (US) - 12/01/2018
The failure of SSRI antidepressants can be a result of genetic variations in patients. Variations within the gene that encodes the CYP2C19 enzyme results in extreme differences in the levels of escitalopram achieved in patients, according to a new study. Prescribing the dose of escitalopram based on a patient's specific genetic constitution would greatly improve therapeutic outcomes.

Hormone Therapy May Ease Depression Linked to Menopause

MedicineNet (US) - 12/01/2018
Title: Hormone Therapy May Ease Depression Linked to MenopauseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM

Car share: Driving away depression

BBC Health News - 11/01/2018
Like Minds: The little yellow car that's tackling depression.

Researchers find evidence for genetic relationship between epileptic seizures and depression

News Medical (Australia) - 11/01/2018
From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Columbia University have found evidence that seizures and mood disorders such as depression may share the same genetic cause in some people with epilepsy, which may lead to better screening and treatment to improve patients' quality of life.

Hormone therapy stops depression before menopause starts

Daily Mail (UK) - 10/01/2018
Women going through menopause are twice as likely to experience depression. Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that hormone therapy can prevent it.

Epileptic seizures and depression may share a common genetic cause, study suggests

Science Daily (US) - 10/01/2018
From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists have found evidence that seizures and mood disorders such as depression may share the same genetic cause in some people with epilepsy, which may lead to better screening and treatment to improve patients' quality of life.

Singing can boost post-natal depression recovery

Daily Mail (UK) - 10/01/2018
Researchers from the Centre for Performance Science in London found new mothers who struggle with moderate-to-severe symptoms of the condition recover significantly faster if they sing in a group.

Women 'more likely' to suffer winter depression and mood changes

BBC Health News - 09/01/2018
A University on Glasgow study suggests low mood and tiredness are not linked to lifestyle factors.

Singing 'speeds up' recovery from post-natal depression

BBC Health News - 09/01/2018
Mothers in group singing sessions with babies have faster improvement in symptoms, a study suggests.

Magic mushrooms help depression without 'blunting' emotion

Daily Mail (UK) - 08/01/2018
Mushrooms are effective for patients with serious symptoms, found a study by Imperial College London. Yet scans show they don't dampened area of brain that processes emotions.

Depression in black adolescents requires different treatment

Science Daily (US) - 08/01/2018
Black adolescents express depressive symptoms differently than people from other age and racial groups, requiring that clinicians take this into account when developing treatment plans.

Lack of sleep is linked to anxiety and depression

Daily Mail (UK) - 08/01/2018
Researchers from Binghamton University found people who struggle to fall or stay asleep spend more time looking at images that trigger negative emotions over neutral pictures.

Shorter sleep duration linked to repetitive negative thoughts like those seen in anxiety, depression

News Medical (Australia) - 05/01/2018
Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

LivaNova enrolls first patient in RESTORE-LIFE study for treatment-resistant depression

News Medical (Australia) - 05/01/2018
LivaNova PLC, a market-leading medical technology company, today announced the launch and enrollment of the first patient in the Global Prospective, Multi-center, Observational Post-market Study to Assess Short-, Mid- and Long-term Effectiveness and Efficiency of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy® as Adjunctive Therapy in Real-world Patients with Difficult to Treat Depression.

People who sleep less than 8 hours a night more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety

Science Daily (US) - 04/01/2018
Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research.

Getting the right treatment: Predicting treatment response in depression

Science Daily (US) - 28/12/2017
New evidence from mice suggests why an antidepressant treatment can alleviate depression in one person but not another.

Neuroscientists shed light on causes of postpartum depression using new research model

Science Daily (US) - 26/12/2017
Postpartum depression strikes nearly one in five new mothers. Stress is a significant risk factor for this complex condition. Neuroscientists have generated a novel preclinical model of postpartum depression and demonstrated involvement of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (the neuroendocrine system that mediates physiological response to stress and is normally suppressed during and after pregnancy). These findings in mice provide the first empirical evidence that disruption of this system engenders behaviors mimicking human postpartum depression.

Extreme picky eaters are at higher risk of depression

Daily Mail (UK) - 26/12/2017
Extreme picky eaters suffer from ARFID, the second most common eating disorder in children under 12. A Connecticut-based nutritionist runs a Picky Eater Rehab to combat poor habits.

Probiotics may offer protection against depression linked to unhealthy lifestyle

News Medical (Australia) - 23/12/2017
New research suggests that the micro-organisms known as probiotics, which are normally providing health benefits in the intestines, also have an affect on the brain, or as an actual study at Aarhus University has shown; protect against depression.