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  1. Sweetened Drinks Linked to Depression Risk

    Jan. 8, 2013 -- Drinking sweetened beverages -- either sugar-sweetened or diet -- may be linked with a slightly higher depression risk, while drinking coffee may slightly lower the risk. That is the finding from a new study to be presented in March at the 65th annual meeting of the American Academy

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  2. Former NFLers at Risk for Brain, Mood Problems

    Jan. 7, 2013 -- Problems in thinking skills and depression may be more common in former National Football League players compared with other people as they age, according to a new study. The research suggests the problems may be linked with a history of concussions. "It's clear that concussions can

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  3. Depression in Elderly May Predict Dementia

    Dec. 31, 2012 -- Depression is common among older people who go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, leading to widespread speculation that it may be one possible cause for age-related dementias. Now, a new study suggests that rather than being a cause of memory decline, depression in older people may

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  4. 'Silver Linings Playbook' OK on Mental Illness?

    Dec. 27, 2012 -- The movie Silver Linings Playbook has been garnering critical acclaim and numerous award nominations. But how accurately does it portray mental illness, a major theme in the film? At least one psychiatrist says that although he enjoyed the film, he found that it was not an accurate

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  5. Distress Tied to Higher Risk of Stroke

    Dec. 13, 2012 -- Older adults with high levels of distress are more likely to have certain kinds of strokes than those who aren’t as troubled, a new study shows. Distress is a combined measure of stress, depression, negativity, and dissatisfaction with life. “It’s really trying to capture more than

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  6. Hiking in Nature May Boost Creativity

    Dec. 12, 2012 -- Hiking in the wild may be good for the brain, especially if you are unplugged. New research shows that backpackers scored 50% better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature while disconnected from all electronic devices. Fifty-six people with an average age of 28 wen

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  7. Big Changes in Psychiatry's 'Bible' of Disorders

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- A major revision to the diagnostic "bible" -- which defines what is and what is not a mental illness -- has the final approval of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The approval means the final draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Dis

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  8. Debate Over Antidepressants in Pregnancy Ongoing

    Oct. 31, 2012 -- The debate over the safety of antidepressants during pregnancy has been going on for a long time, and a new review may keep the debate alive a while longer. The research review finds little evidence that the most widely prescribed class of antidepressants benefits pregnant women and

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  9. High-Dose Generic Wellbutrin XL Withdrawn

    Oct. 5, 2012 -- The FDA has withdrawn its approval of Teva Pharmaceutical's Budeprion XL 300-mg tablets, a generic version of GSK's Wellbutrin XL extended-relief antidepressant. The FDA action comes five years after patients complained of headaches and returning depression after switching from brand

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  10. Safe Drug Disposal Curbs Drug Abuse

    Sept. 27, 2012 -- If you have prescription drugs that are past their expiration date or that you no longer use, you can get rid of them safely this Saturday at a national prescription drug "take-back" event. It's important to dispose of expired drugs or medications you no longer use. They pose a ser

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