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  1. Genetic Link Between Stress and Depression

    Feb. 7, 2011 -- A gene that influences how the brain responds to stress may also play a key role in depression. A new study shows people with a certain genetic mutation that causes them to produce less of the brain chemical neuropeptide Y (NPY) have a more intense negative emotional response to stre

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  2. FDA OKs Viibryd to Treat Depression

    Jan. 26, 2011 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Viibryd to treat adults with major depressive disorder. Carol Reed, MD, chief medical officer of Clinical Data Inc., tells WebMD that Viibryd offers a new choice for doctors treating people with depression. It is the only antidepressant that is

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  3. ‘Depression Gene’ Linked to Response to Stress

    Jan. 4, 2011 -- An analysis of 54 studies suggests that there really is a depression gene that can affect how people respond to stressful life events. The new study, which appears in the Jan. 3 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, should help resolve controversy regarding the role of this ge

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  4. Bright Light Eases Depression in Elderly People

    Jan. 3, 2011 -- Exposure to bright light may ease symptoms of depression in elderly people. A new study shows that three weeks of bright light therapy using specially designed light boxes improved symptoms of depression by as much as 54% in older adults with depression. In addition to lifting their

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  5. Team Treatment Helps Depression, Chronic Disease

    Dec. 29, 2010 -- More than 40% of older Americans have multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, and many also suffer from depression.  These patients have the highest health care costs and the worst outcomes, but a new study suggests that a team-based approach to managing car

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  6. Depression Rising, but Psychotherapy Declines

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- More Americans than ever are receiving treatment for depression, but the number getting psychotherapy with or without drugs continues to decline, a national survey finds. Depression treatment rates increased dramatically during the 1990s with the introduction of the selective seroton

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  7. Older Antidepressants Linked to Heart Risk

    Nov. 30, 2010 -- Tricyclic antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease in a new study of nearly 15,000 people in Scotland. Researchers from University College London found that tricyclic antidepressants, an older class of antidepressant, were associated with a 35% increase

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  8. New Links Seen Between Depression and Diabetes

    Nov. 22, 2010 -- Depression and diabetes may be linked, according to new research in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "People usually think of these as two isolated conditions, but there is growing evidence that they are linked behaviorally and biologically,” says study researcher Frank Hu, MD, Ph

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  9. PTSD May Raise Risk of Heart Disease

    Nov. 19, 2010 (Chicago) -- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appears to be a risk factor for  atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke, preliminary research suggests. Atherosclerosis was measured using a surrogate -- levels of calcium deposits

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  10. Most Depressed Teens Recover, but Many Relapse

    Nov. 1, 2010 -- Nearly all teenagers treated for major depression will recover, but a new study shows that nearly half will have a recurrence. Researchers found that 96% of depressed teens recovered with treatment. But nearly half relapsed with another episode of major depression within five years,

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