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  1. Antidepressants May Raise Stroke Risk

    Dec. 14, 2009 -- Older women who take antidepressants may have a slightly higher risk for stroke and death. In a new finding from the large study known as the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), postmenopausal women who took tricyclic or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants had

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  2. Antidepressant Paxil Also May Affect Personality

    Dec. 7, 2009 -- Besides treating depression, the antidepressant Paxil may affect personality traits in positive ways, a new study suggests. Researchers say Paxil and likely other antidepressants in the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may improve higher levels of

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  3. Omega-3s No Help for Depression?

    Oct. 20, 2009 -- Depressed heart patients don't get extra help from omega-3 fatty acids when they take the supplements along with an antidepressant drug, a clinical trial shows. Heart patients are often prescribed omega-3 supplements. There's evidence that the supplements can make antidepressants si

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  4. Depression, Anxiety Linked to Weight Gain

    Oct. 6, 2009 - People who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders are more likely to gain weight over time and become obese than people who don’t, a new study shows. Researchers followed more than 4,000 British civil servants for almost two decades in one of the longest st

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  5. Mediterranean Diet May Fight Depression

    Oct. 5, 2009 -- A new study suggests people who follow a traditional Mediterranean diet, rich in foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and fish, may be less likely to develop depression. Researchers say rates of depression are lower in Mediterranean than northern European cou

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  6. Antidepressants Linked to Newborn Problems

    Oct. 5, 2009 -- New research provides further evidence that links antidepressant use among pregnant mothers to problems for their newborns at birth. The study showed that exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is associated with babies born an average of five days earlier and wi

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  7. Adults Playing Video Games: Health Risks?

    Aug. 20, 2009 -- Adults who play video games may be increasing their risk for health problems, a new study shows. A survey published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that gamers reported more depression than non-gamers; the video game players also said they were more sedentary th

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  8. Depression Dulls Brain's Pleasure Sites

    Aug. 19, 2009 -- Depression is well known for dulling people's sense of pleasure, and now, researchers have used high-tech brain scans to watch that happen inside the depressed brain. Their findings -- which appear in the advance online edition of NeuroReport -- show that when depressed people liste

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  9. Antidepressant Use Nearly Doubles

    Aug. 3, 2009 -- Antidepressant use has nearly doubled in the U.S, according to a new study. Meanwhile, the use of psychotherapy by those prescribed the antidepressants has declined during the same period studied, from 1996 to 2005. "I expected there to be an increase [in antidepressant use], but I d

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  10. Depression Gene? Maybe Not

    June 16, 2009 -- New research dismisses the widely held notion that a "depression gene" makes a person facing stressful life events more likely to develop depression. In 2003, mental health researchers announced that a genetic variation that affected the body's serotonin levels increased a person's

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