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  1. Taste Test for Depression Drugs?

    Dec. 5, 2006 -- It might be possible to create a taste test to help in choosing a depression drug. So say British researchers who studied taste and brain chemicals linked to depression. They include the University of Bristol's Jan Melichar, MBBS, MRCPsych, and Lucy Donaldson, PhD. "This is very exci

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  2. Study Says Depression May Weaken Bones

    Oct. 30, 2006 -- Depression from ongoing stress may weaken bones, making osteoporosis more likely, a new study shows. The study is based on mice, not people, but it indicates a mind-bone link, the researchers note. The findings "point for the first time to depression as an important element in causi

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  3. New Warning on Effexor Overdoses

    Oct. 25, 2006 -- The antidepressant drug Effexor has new labeling about reported overdoses, mainly when the drug is taken with alcohol and/or other drugs. The label notes published studies showing that Effexor's risk of fatal overdoses may be higher than the class of antidepressants known as selecti

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  4. Older Men Resist Depression Treatment

    Oct. 4, 2006 -- Older men are significantly less likely than older women to acknowledge symptoms of depression, new research shows. Older men are also less likely than older women to have received previous treatment for depression and to be referred to depression-management programs. As a result, ma

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  5. Experts Urge More Flu Vaccination

    Oct. 4, 2006 -- Buoyed by expectations of adequate vaccine supplies, public health officials Wednesday urged more Americans to seek flu shots this fall and winter. The call for widespread vaccination has become something of an annual ritual for health officials who stress that it greatly cuts impact

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  6. Genes May Sway Antidepressant Response

    Oct. 3, 2006 -- Certain gene variations may influence how well people with depression respond to certain antidepressants. Hyeran Kim, MD, and colleagues report that news in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Antidepressants are often effective. But 30% to 40% of patients don't respond

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  7. Depression May Be in the Genes

    Sept. 26, 2006 -- A cluster of genes may sway a person's odds of becoming depressed, a new study shows. The findings may lead to new antidepressants. The study appears online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science's early edition. The researchers included Ma-Li Wong, MD, and Julio Licinio

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  8. Posttraumatic Stress: 19% of Viet Vets

    Aug. 17, 2006 -- Nearly one in five Vietnam veterans suffered posttraumatic stress stress disorder (PTSD) -- and nearly one in 10 was still suffering 11 to 12 years after the war, a new study finds. That is fewer PTSD cases than once feared. But it is still a lot -- with implications for Iraq war ve

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  9. Depression in Pregnancy Undertreated

    Aug. 15, 2006 -- Depression Depression during pregnancy pregnancy may too often be overlooked and undertreated, putting both mother and baby at risk. A new study shows two-thirds of the pregnant women with depression aren't being treated for it with either drugs or talk therapy. Researchers say depr

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  10. Depression: Is Your Child Depressed?

    Children are not immune to depression depression . Just like for adults, treatment can be critical. Finding help for a depressed child may forestall years of anguish, and may even save that child's life. Yet ongoing controversy over the safety of antidepressant drugs has left many wondering what rea

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