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  1. Drug May Improve Depression and Sleep

    May 17, 2011 -- An antidepressant that modifies sleep-wake cycles proved effective for treating major depression while also improving the sleep quality of patients in key studies, according to a newly published study. The melatonin-based drug agomelatine was recently approved in Europe and Australia

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  2. Low Oxytocin Linked to Postpartum Depression

    May 11, 2011 -- Pregnant women who have lower levels of the hormone oxytocin may be at greater risk for developing postpartum depression, a new study shows. Sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” or the “hormone of love,” oxytocin has been the subject of much research interest for its ability to fost

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  3. Suicides Go Up When Economy Goes Down

    April 14, 2011 -- The suicide rate in the United States rises when the economy slumps, and falls when economic times improve. And this has been the case at least since the Great Depression, which started with the stock market crash of 1929, the CDC says in a new study. “Knowing suicides increased du

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  4. Recall of Generic Citalopram, Finasteride

    March 28, 2011 -- Pfizer subsidiary Greenstone LLC has recalled some of its generic citalopram antidepressant and its generic prostate drug finasteride because of a label switch. The recall includes citalopram 10-milligram tablets in a 100-count bottle and finasteride 5-milligram tablets in a 90-cou

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  5. Treating Depressed Moms Helps Kids’ Depression

    March 15, 2011 -- Children who live with depressed moms are at high risk for depression, but successful treatment of the mother greatly improves the prospects for her child, a study shows. The study followed 80 depressed mothers and their children over time. It showed that depression symptoms, behav

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  6. Parenting Suffers When Dad Has Depression

    March 14, 2011 -- It’s not uncommon for fathers to experience at least one episode of major depression within the first year of a child’s life, a new study shows. The study also found that dads with depression were nearly four times more likely to spank their babies and about half as likely to read

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  7. Depression After Miscarriage Can Linger

    March 3, 2011 -- Feelings of depression and anxiety following a miscarriage may last for almost three years after the birth of a healthy baby, finds a new study in the British Journal of Psychiatry. “Health providers and women themselves think that once they have a healthy baby after a loss, all wou

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. ‘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 g

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