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Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:44

A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn.

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Caregivers of child support beneficiaries at risk for depression

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:04

IMAGE: Prof Leila Patel, South African Research Chair for Welfare and Social Development and Director of the Centre for Social Development in Africa at the University of Johannesburg led the study... view In South Africa, the Child Support Grant , a cash transfer for poor children, reaches a third of children under eight years. It is one of the country's most successful poverty reduction programmes with positive benefits for children, but by itself it cannot address all the socioeconomic and developmental needs of children and their families.

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Hair cortisol levels predict which mothers are more likely to suffer postpartum depression

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 07:14

Researchers from the University of Granada , who belong to the Brain, Mind and Behavior Research Center and the Faculty of Psychology, have proven that cortisol levels present in the hair of pregnant women during the first or third trimesters of pregnancy may indicate which of them are more likely to suffer postpartum depression. Their work, published in PLoS ONE , showed that hair cortisol levels in women who developed postpartum depression were higher throughout pregnancy than those seen in women who hadn't developed it, being that difference statistically more significant during the first and third trimesters.

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FDA approves first drug with digital ingestion tracking system

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 05:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken.

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Screen time might boost depression, suicide behaviors in teens

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:59

A new study finds that teens, especially girls, who spend several hours per day on phones and tablets are more likely to be depressed and have suicide-related outcomes Increased time spent in front of a screen -- in the form of computers, cell phones and tablets -- might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts in American young people, especially girls, according to a new study by San Diego State University professor of psychology Jean Twenge. The findings point to the need for parents to monitor how much time their children are spending in front of media screens.

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Screen time might boost depression, suicide behaviors in teens

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:59

Increased time spent in front of a screen-in the form of computers, cell phones and tablets-might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts in American young people, especially girls, according to a new study by San Diego State University professor of psychology Jean Twenge. The findings point to the need for parents to monitor how much time their children are spending in front of media screens.

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Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:59

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A schizophrenia drug is the first pill with a digital sensor and...

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 00:51

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday that it had approved Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's Abilify MyCite, the first drug with a digital ingestion tracking system to be approved in the United States. The product, which uses digital tracking to record if the medication was taken, has been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults, the FDA said.

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'We're bombarded': Social media fuelling perinatal depression for new mums

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:11

New mums are bombarded with social media images of the "perfect family" and it's leading to increased anxiety and perinatal depression, experts are warning. Research by the national perinatal depression helpline PANDA has also found more than half of mums with the illness are waiting at least a month to seek help, and one in 10 callers to the service are at serious risk of self-harm or suicide.

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War veteran hikes 2,600 miles for veteran suicide awareness

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:52

INDIANAPOLIS - Alexander Seling is an Iraq War Veteran, and now he's a man who has hiked the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail. Seling set off on the 2,600-mile journey on March 28, raising awareness and funds aimed to help prevent veteran suicide.

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How social stress makes your brain vulnerable to depression

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:35

Social stress can trigger changes in the brain that open the door to depression. Experiments in human brains and mice suggest that experiences such as bullying make the blood-brain barrier leaky, letting inflammation into the brain and altering mood.

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The Checkup: Taking Care of the Physician

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:53

If I am your doctor, or your child's doctor, is there any reason you should worry about how I'm feeling? About what kind of shape I'm in, physical or emotional? Maybe you should. A growing body of research shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and to the kind of depersonalized care that is often both less effective and less palatable.

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Actor Tom Urie happy to go it alone after incredible 17-stone weight loss

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 06:28

Just months since he opened up about his 17-stone weight loss , the actor has thrown himself in at the deep end with a one-man show. As part of the Oran Mor's A Play, A Pie and A Pint, he will be taking to the stage solo in Kind Stranger.

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Tyrese Begs 'Women Of God' To 'Show Up' For Pregnant Wife, Blames Breakdown On Psych Meds

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 02:02

This time, he's asking women, including some pretty powerful Black women, to help him out because he's got "bills" to pay. "Powerful women of God, cause you guys seem to show UP for each other this is your moment," he wrote on Facebook.

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Pete Evans discusses sacred jungle medicine

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 21:42

Back to his old tricks! Celebrity chef 'Paleo Pete' Evans spruiks 'sacred jungle medicine' for treating 'emotional dis-ease' aka depression But the negative feedback doesn't seem to have effected Pete Evans as he shared information about a 'sacred jungle medicine' and its unproven effects on treating depression . On Saturday, the celebrity chef shared an article to Instagram that discussed ayahuasca - a plant-based beverage consumed in spiritual ceremonies .

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Obese, Anorexic Women Show Low Levels of 'Feel Good' Neurosteroid

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 17:25

Women who struggle with anorexia nervosa or obesity exhibit low levels of a neuroactive steroid known as allopregnanolone, a metabolite of the hormone progesterone, according to a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology . Previous studies have linked low levels of allopregnanolone to depression and anxiety , which are common mood symptoms in both anorexia and obesity.

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Fresh and Fit: We need to talk about dads and postpartum depression

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 13:04

Even saying the word "depression" is enough to make plenty of us to feel squeamish. It's not fun to talk about, so many people simply don't.

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Why aren't local teens recognizing they're in distress?

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 08:28

The 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Report indicated that Mesa County teens experience depression at a rate more than triple the national average. Additionally, the 2015 Suicide in Mesa County Report examined the level of indicators for suicide in our community including social and emotional wellness, substance use, income, and trauma.

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Psychedelic Drug Tied to Improved Sense of Well-Being

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 01:58

A psychedelic drug traditionally used in South America - and finding a foothold in some parts of the U.S. - improves people's general sense of well-being and may offer a treatment for alcoholism and depression , according to a new study. Ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew often used in the Amazon region, contains dimethyltryptamine , an illegal drug in the U.K. and the U.S. A blend of the Psychotria vridis bush and the stems of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, ayahuasca is used by indigenous tribes and religious groups in the Amazon region, as well as many visitors.

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Op-ed: Pressure to push medical marijuana might just backfire

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 21:37

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, testifies before the committee to consider proposals that would amend Utah law to permit the use of marijuana or marijuana products for medical purposes, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Salt Lake City. A few weeks after bringing her baby girl home from the hospital, a friend of mine began the process of divorcing her husband.

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