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  1. Tweaking the Body Clock to Ease SAD

    April 24, 2006 -- Nudging the body's "clock," or circadian rhythm, may help curb seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a new study shows. SAD is a depression that occurs each year at the same time, usually starting in fall or winter and ending in spring or early summer. The exact cause of SAD isn't kno

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  2. New Hope for Depression Patients

    March 22, 2006 -- Don't give up hope, a new study suggests to people suffering with depression. It may take 14 weeks and a change of medication, but people with major depression now have a 50-50 chance of getting better and getting well. What about the 50% of people who don't get well? There's still

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  3. Depression, Urinary Incontinence Tied?

    March 20, 2006 -- Women with urinary incontinence are more likely than other women to be depressed, a new study shows. The mix of depression and urinary incontinence is worse than either condition alone and doctors "need to be attentive to these findings," write the researchers. They included Simone

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  4. Gene May Sway Antidepressant Success

    March 17, 2006 -- Scientists may have a new clue about why some people respond better to a particular antidepressant than others. A variation on a specific gene may make a difference, according to a study in The American Journal of Human Genetics' early online edition. "Many patients can expect thei

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  5. Long-Term Antidepressants for Elderly?

    March 15, 2006 - Elderly patients who stay on antidepressant drugs after recovering from depression are much less likely to suffer recurrences than patients taken off the drugs or those treated with psychotherapy alone, an important new study suggests. Elderly people over the age of 70 who received

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  6. Antidepressants, Kids: Measuring Risks

    March 6, 2006 -- Antidepressant use appears to be associated with a modest increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors among children and teens, but the drugs may or may not increase actual suicide risk. Researchers with the FDA analyzed 24 clinical trials involving 4,582 pediatric patients taking o

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  7. FDA OKs Patch to Treat Depression

    Feb. 28, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the first skin patch for use in treating major depression. The once-a-day patch, called Emsam, works by delivering selegiline, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI, through the skin and into the bloodstream. Selegiline isn't a new drug. It was initially approve

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  8. Shock Therapy: No Longer So Shocking

    Feb. 15, 2006 - Shocking news: Shock therapy for depression isn't evil. Shock therapy makes many of us -- and many mental health professionals -- think of Jack Nicholson being zapped into oblivion in the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. Even the real name for the treatment is scary. ECT: elect

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  9. Pregnancy Antidepressants: Baby Risk

    Feb. 8, 2006 -- Babies whose mothers took antidepressant drugs in the second half of pregnancy are six times more likely to have a rare but dangerous lung ailment, a new study suggests. One study isn't proof. But it's strong evidence that taking SSRI antidepressants -- such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Pa

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  10. Depression May Return During Pregnancy

    Jan. 31, 2006 -- Contrary to popular belief, pregnancy doesn't ward off depression, doctors report. "Pregnancy is not 'protective' with respect to relapse of major depression," write Lee Cohen, MD, and colleagues. Cohen works in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital's psychiatry department. The f

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