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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Antidepressant Suicide Checkup Lacking

    Aug. 10, 2006 -- Despite the risk of suicide in patients starting antidepressant treatment, 80% of new patients don't get recommended mental health mental health care. The finding comes from data on 84,514 adults and children who started antidepressant treatment between 2001 and 2003. Medco Health S

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  8. FDA OKs Generic Antidepressant Effexor

    Aug. 9, 2006 -- People taking the antidepressant Effexor are getting a generic option. The FDA yesterday approved the first generic version of Effexor (venlafaxine), a widely used prescription drug for major depression . The generic drug isn't the same as Effexor XR. Generic drugs often cost less th

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  9. Dads Get Postpartum Depression, Too

    Aug. 7, 2006 -- After years studying postpartum depression depression in new moms, a recent study suggests that new dads can get depressed too. About 14% of mothers and 10% of fathers suffer from moderate or severe postpartum depression, according to the study in the August issue of the journal Pedi

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  10. 'Club Drug' May Fight Depression

    Aug. 7, 2006 -- Low doses of ketamine, a medication used as an anesthetic in humans and animals, relieves depression in just two hours and the effect may last as long as a week, new research shows. Ketamine is also sometimes abused as a "club drug." Known in slang as "special K," it can cause halluc

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