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Archive for 2007

Low-dose Pristiq Effective for Depression

December 12th, 2007
Random drugsLow dose 50 mg Pristiq, a new antidepressant drug that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals is working to get FDA approval, has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of depression, according to the company today. The data come from two ...

Flexible Jobsite Delivers Health Improvements

December 12th, 2007
Office WorkerNew research discovers employees improve their health habits if the company provides workplace flexibility and if employees perceive that flexibility as real. The study, titled “The Effects of Workplace Flexibility on Health Behaviors: A Cross-Sectional ...

Hypertension May Impair Cognition

December 12th, 2007
Blood pressureA new report suggests high blood pressure can increase the risk for mild cognitive impairment, a condition that involves difficulties with thinking and learning. Mild cognitive impairment has been identified as a characteristic of early Alzheimer's disease. ...

A Hormonal Approach For Depression

December 12th, 2007
pillsNew treatment strategies for major depression could potentially have an immense impact on public health. The novel methods include use of agents that have a broader rate of success or a more rapid onset of action and include ...

Understanding Mood and Anxiety Disorders

December 11th, 2007
womanA new study that looks at the development of mental disorders over time, may help improve the definition and classification of the most prevalent mental conditions. Currently, psychiatrists remain divided as to how to define and classify mood ...

Cancer Patients Need Depression Screen

December 11th, 2007
doctorAlthough it appears obvious that depression may accompany a diagnosis of cancer, a new report discovers many cancer patients are not screened for this mental disorder. Researchers looked at data from the Roudebush VA Medical Center, where 95 percent ...

Parenting Skills Intact After Divorce

December 11th, 2007
Father and ChildA new research study challenges the notion that parents who divorce exhibit a diminished capacity to parent in the period following divorce. A large, longitudinal study conducted by University of Alberta sociology professor Lisa Strohschein has ...

Sugary Beverages May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

December 11th, 2007
sodaA new research study on rodents suggest excess drinking of sugary beverages like soda may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Although the exact mechanisms aren't known, obesity and diabetes are both associated with higher incidences of Alzheimer's. Accordingly, ...

Regular Routines, Sleep Helps Improve Bipolar

December 10th, 2007
womanNew research has found that treatment helping people keep regular routines and good sleep can help a person with bipolar disorder to go longer without a new episode of mania or depression than standard care. Bipolar disorder (also ...

Depression Can Be Deadly For Cardiac Survivors

December 10th, 2007
Cardiac SurvivorsNew research suggests depression nearly triples the risk of death following a heart attack, even when accounting for other heart attack risk factors. The study showed that among 360 depressed, post myocardial infarction patients followed for more than ...