First Blood Test to Diagnose Depression in Adults

Test identifies nine blood markers tied to depression; predicts who will benefit from therapy ...

Deconstructing the placebo response: Why does it work in treating depression?

UCLA study suggests patients’ responses are closely tied to their expectations ...

Nutrient Combination Super Pill to treat depression

A new University of Melbourne and University of Queensland study will help people suffering from clinical depression by offering them new combination of nutrient-based medications to enhance mood. ... Full story

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research from UC Davis Health System to be published in the September-October issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. ... Full story

Playing violent video games related to depression in preadolescent youth

HOUSTON – Preadolescent youth who play violent video games for a significant amount of time each day are at greater risk for depression, according to research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) released Monday in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. ... Full story

Brain networks ‘hyper-connected’ in young adults who had depression

Depression may be better predicted and understood now that University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have discovered that young adults who previously experienced the mental illness have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks in the brain. ... Full story

Repurposing Anti-depressant Medication to Target Medulloblastoma

CINCINNATI – An international research team reports in Nature Medicine a novel molecular pathway that causes an aggressive form of medulloblastoma, and suggests repurposing an anti-depressant medication to target the new pathway may help combat one of the most common brain cancers in children. ... Full story

Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits

(Toronto) – A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). ... Full story

Are Children Who Play Violent Video Games at Greater Risk for Depression?

New Rochelle, NY —While much attention has focused on the link between violent video game playing and aggression among youths, a new study finds significantly increased signs of depression among preteens with high daily exposure to violent video games. ... Full story

The perfect storm: alcohol, drugs, and depression

OPINION: Robin Williams’ death earlier this week has unleashed an outpouring of grief. It’s undeniable that Williams brought much joy and laughter to the world, but he also talked openly about his depression and problems with alcohol and cocaine. ... Full story

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