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  1. Pets for Depression and Health

    Could a kitten's purr or a dog's wagging tail help with your depression? It might. "Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA. Studies show that animals ca

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  2. Even Mild Anxiety May Shorten a Person's Life

    July 31, 2012 -- Psychological distress, even at relatively low levels, is linked to an increased risk of death, a large new study shows. Distress is a measure of psychological health that takes into account symptoms of anxiety or depression. The study found that people frayed by even slight distres

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  3. Exercise May Fight Depression in Heart Failure

    July 31, 2012 -- Exercise helps people with heart failure feel a bit better, physically and emotionally, a new study shows. It may also lower a person's risk of dying or winding up in the hospital. Up to 40% of people with heart failure grapple with depression. The combination often leads to poor he

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  4. Ecstasy Pills Cause Memory Problems

    July 27, 2012 -- People who use the club drug ecstasy (MDMA) can develop memory problems, a new study shows. In the study, new ecstasy users who took 10 or more ecstasy pills during their first year showed problems with their immediate and short-term memory. The researchers say the memory problems m

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  5. Violent Shootings: Are There Warning Signs?

    July 20, 2012 -- Many Americans wonder whether a shooter can be spotted before he commits a violent act. That question likely resurfaced after a 24-year-old gunman allegedly opened fire during a screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people died and dozens were

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  6. Brain Changes Seen in Postpartum Depression

    July 18, 2012 -- New research points to specific brain changes seen in moms with postpartum depression. Researchers used sophisticated brain imaging scans to show that levels of a brain chemical called glutamate are higher in the brain's prefrontal cortex among women with postpartum depression compa

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  7. Work it Out: Dealing with a Difficult Boss

    You couldn't wait to get that job -- and now you can't wait to leave, thanks to your boss. It's a situation that is, unfortunately, commonplace. Nearly half of employees surveyed by the national administrative staffing firm Office Team say they've worked for an unreasonable boss. Maybe yours is a mi

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  8. Cat Litter Parasite May Raise Suicide Risk

    July 2, 2012 -- Women infected with a parasite found in dirty kitty litter, undercooked meat, and unwashed vegetables may be at higher risk for self-injury and suicide, a new study shows. In the study, published today in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers report that women infec

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  9. First-Time Teen Alcohol, Drug Use Peaks in Summer

    July 3, 2012 -- Teens are much more likely to try alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs for the first time during the summer months, according to a new survey. Researchers found first-time use of these substances, as well as marijuana and hallucinogens, peaks during June and July, with thousands more

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  10. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

    June 27, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of illnesses and conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to certain types of cancer. Now a small study of three women suggests that vitamin D deficiency and depression may travel together, and that filling up the "vitamin D tank" ma

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