Archive for February, 2008

Adding Psychotherapy to Meds Change Helps Depressed Teens

February 26th, 2008
Depressed TeenTypically when a teenager isn't responding to an antidepressant, their doctor's first thought is to try a different antidepressant. But new research suggests that adding a type of psychotherapy -- cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) -- to the treatment ...

Genetic Insight May Prolong Life

February 26th, 2008
DNAA new research study suggests the aging process is a product of the same chemical reaction that causes iron to rust. Oxidative stress chips away at healthy cells and is a process that contributes to a host of ...

Mood Biomarkers Aid Bipolar Treatment

February 26th, 2008
blood drawA new research finding will provide objectivity to the nebulous clinical diagnosis (and treatment) of mood disorders -- mental health disturbances experienced by 44 million Americans each year. Mood disorders are believed to result from complex ...

Antidepressant Data Showed Not as Effective as Thought

February 26th, 2008
Unhappy manIn an analysis of the data drug companies submitted to have their antidepressants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), researchers have concluded that compared with placebo, the four SSRI antidepressants studied appear to only ...

Brain Discovery May Aid Psychosis Treatment

February 25th, 2008
brainResearchers believe the discovery of a new receptor complex in the brain could help provide new treatments for schizophrenia and other diseases associated with psychosis. The receptor complex responds to several types of antipsychotic drugs used to treat ...

Stroke Risk Factors May Predict Cognitive Decline

February 25th, 2008
BPAlthough everyone loses some cognitive capacity as they age, new research suggests individuals at high risk for stroke also have the highest rate of cognitive decline. "We found that people at high risk of stroke, decline twice as ...

Journaling Helps Cancer Patients

February 25th, 2008
journalA new oncology study suggests a single twenty-minute writing session may help change the way cancer patients think and feel about their disease and have a positive impact on an individual's quality of life. Georgetown University researchers report ...

Identical Twins Not So Identical

February 22nd, 2008
Think identical twins share identical genetics (hence their name)? Think again. This surprising finding may be of great significance for research on hereditary diseases and for the development of new diagnostic methods. How can it be that one identical twin might develop Parkinson's ...

Empty-Nesters May Be Content

February 22nd, 2008
coupleClassically, the exodus of children to college or career takes a toll on parental mental health. However, new research suggests the changes parents feel are more positive than once believed. As children reach adulthood, the parent-child relationship changes ...

Fast-Acting Depression Medication Studied

February 22nd, 2008
medA major fault with current pharmacological treatment for depression is the delay before beneficial effects emerge. In fact, the choice of medication is often a trial and error experiment. The excruciating and disabling nature of depression highlights the ...