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February 19, 2019

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February 19, 2019

Working It Out: Researchers Find Exercise May Help Fight Depression in Seniors

Feb. 7, 2019 — The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood ... read more

Mental Illness Not to Blame for Gun Violence, Study Finds

Feb. 7, 2019 — Counter to a lot of public opinion, having a mental illness does not necessarily make a person more likely to commit gun violence. According to a new study, a better indicator of gun violence was ... read more

Do Differences in Gait Predict the Risk of Developing Depression in Later Life?

Feb. 6, 2019 — Older people who were newly diagnosed with depression had a slower walking speed and a shorter step length compared with those without depression, new research ... read more

Maternal Depression and Natural Disaster-Related Stress May Affect Infants' Temperament

Feb. 6, 2019 — A new study demonstrates that prenatal maternal depression has important consequences for infant temperament. Furthermore, the negative impact of prenatal maternal depression appeared to be magnified ... read more

Depression Increases Risk of Early Death in Older Adults

Feb. 6, 2019 — A research team designed a study to investigate the role depression symptoms play in an increased risk of death over time. The team also examined the role heart disease and stroke play in the link ... read more

Yoga Regimen Reduces Severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Feb. 5, 2019 — According to a new study, eight weeks of intensive yoga practice significantly decreases the severity of physical and psychological symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a ... read more

Origins of Depression Brought Into Focus in Large-Scale Genetic Study

Feb. 5, 2019 — Hundreds of genes have been newly linked to depression, shedding light on the origins of the condition and highlighting personality types that could be at risk. The international study, involving ... read more

Healthy Diet Can Ease Symptoms of Depression

Feb. 5, 2019 — An analysis of data from almost 46,000 people has found that weight loss, nutrient boosting and fat reduction diets can all reduce the symptoms of ... read more

A Gut Feeling for Mental Health

Feb. 4, 2019 — The first population-level study on the link between gut bacteria and mental health identifies specific gut bacteria linked to depression and provides evidence that a wide range of gut bacteria can ... read more

Positive Findings With Dasotraline for ADHD in Children Ages 6-12

Feb. 4, 2019 — A new study in children aged 6 to 12 years of dasotraline, a promising new treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), showed significant improvement in efficacy in the treatment ... read more

Jan. 31, 2019 — A new study is the first to directly examine cells from patients whose depression doesn't respond to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ... read more

Sleep Apnea Creates Gaps in Life Memories

Jan. 31, 2019 — Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is estimated to affect over 936 million people worldwide, and people with OSA are known to suffer memory problems and depression. New research builds on the known links ... read more

New Knowledge Could Help Predict and Prevent Depression

Jan. 31, 2019 — Researchers have demonstrated that people with the highest genetic propensity are over two and a half times as likely to be treated in a psychiatric hospital for depression compared to people with ... read more

Data Show No Evidence That Teens' Social Media Use Predicts Depression Over Time

Jan. 30, 2019 — Longitudinal data from adolescents and young adults show no evidence that social media use predicts later depressive symptoms. However, the findings do show that relatively higher depressive symptoms ... read more

Mental Health Disorders Common Following Mild Head Injury

Jan. 30, 2019 — A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care ... read more

Researchers ID, Treat Faulty Brain Circuitry Underlying Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Jan. 30, 2019 — In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have determined the underlying anatomical cause of certain symptoms of schizophrenia, then ameliorated them with non-invasive brain stimulation. The ... read more

Women Twice as Likely to Suffer from Severe Depression After a Stroke

Jan. 28, 2019 — New research has found that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe depression following a stroke than ... read more

Brain Biomarkers Could Help Identify Those at Risk of Severe PTSD

Jan. 28, 2019 — A study has shed light on the neurocomputational contributions to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans. The findings revealed distinct patterns for how the brain and ... read more

Stress and Dream Sleep Are Linked to Pathways of Brain Cell Death and Survival

Jan. 28, 2019 — The first and most distinct consequence of daily mild stress is an increase in rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, a new study reports. The research also demonstrated that this increase is associated ... read more

Genetic Risk for ADHD Manifest in Brain Structure in Childhood

Jan. 24, 2019 — There is only scant scientific evidence on whether the genetic risk for developing specific psychiatric disorders or cognitive traits is manifest in brain structure from childhood and, to date, ... read more

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