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Mental Health News for July 2008

Depression News, Polls and Quotes

As part of the main Information Centre, this section of the website is intended to provide month-by-month news about depression, anxiety and other related health concerns. Archives from previous months are available, and all polls from previous months remain active if you should wish to vote.

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Quotes and Philosophical Thoughts for July 2008:

> "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

> "One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today."  - Dale Carnegie

> "The universe never says no to your thought about yourself. It only grows it." - Neale Donald Walsch

> "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison

> "Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain." - Kahlil Gibran

> "After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life." - Sophia Loren

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Beating Depression For Cancer Patients 5 Jul 2008, 7:00 am

A new treatment programme for cancer patients with clinical depression can significantly boost their quality of life according to new research published in the Lancet. Cancer Research UK scientists devised the treatment programme which offers patients one-to-one sessions with specially trained cancer nurses to help them manage their depression more effectively.

Antidepressants Can Change The Way Depressed People See The World In Just Four Hours 5 Jul 2008, 12:00 am

A single antidepressant tablet makes a depressed person see the world in a more positive light just four hours after swallowing it, a new study has shown. Dr Philip Cowen, professor of pharmacology at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, told delegates at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Annual Meeting in London that antidepressant medication starts to work far faster than most clinicians assume.

Ritalin-style Drug Set For Wider Role In Adult Mental Illness 5 Jul 2008, 12:00 am

A significant number of adults with unresolved depression, anxiety or addiction may actually have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition that has been widely considered to resolve in late adolescence.

Prozac Gene Test Good For Patients, Royal College Of Psychiatrists 5 Jul 2008, 12:00 am

People who suffer depression that does not respond to medication could be treated successfully if a simple genetic blood test was made more widely available in the UK. Four out of 10 people with depression have a genetic abnormality that prevents them responding to anti-depressant medication, according to research presented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Annual Meeting in London this week.

New Depression Treatment For Cancer Patients Shows Promise 5 Jul 2008, 12:00 am

An article published in The Lancet finds that cancer patients who received a care package called "Depression Care for People with Cancer" (DCPC) had lower levels of depression than those who received the usual care (antidepressants and mental health services recommended by the cancer team).

Depression Ups Risk Of Complications Following Heart Attack 2 Jul 2008, 8:00 am

People who suffer from severe depression following a heart attack might be more likely to experience cardiac complications while hospitalized, according to a new study. "There is good evidence that if a person has depression after a heart attack, they are more likely to die from cardiac causes in the following months and years," said lead author Jeff Huffman, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

St. Jude Medical Announces First Patient Implants In Clinical Study Evaluating Deep Brain Stimulation For Depression 1 Jul 2008, 12:00 am

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) announced the first patient implants in a clinical study that is investigating whether deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy will help people who suffer from major depressive disorder, a severe form of depression. The patients, a 59-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, were implanted at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Chicago, with the St. Jude Medical Libra® Deep Brain Stimulation System, an investigational device.

Exacerbations Lead To Depression In COPD 30 Jun 2008, 2:00 am

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) causes limitation of airflow in the lungs that cannot be fully reversed, leading to symptoms of breathlessness, cough, wheeze and sputum production. The disease, although chronic, is interspersed with periods of acute symptomatic and functional deterioration known as exacerbations. Exacerbations have important consequences for patients and their healthcare providers.

St. Jude Medical Announces First Patient Implants In Clinical Study Evaluating Deep Brain Stimulation For Depression 26 Jun 2008, 3:00 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. - June 26, 2008 - St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) today announced the first patient implants in a clinical study that is investigating whether deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy will help people who suffer from major depressive disorder, a severe form of depression. The patients, a 59-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, were implanted at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Chicago, with the St.

Complementary Medicines Can Help Mild Depression And Premenstrual Syndrome 26 Jun 2008, 4:00 am

Many people use "alternative" or complementary products because they see them as a more gentle form of medicine. The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care has now analysed the latest research on several products and released the results along with a guide for consumers. St John's wort (hypericum), for example, could help ease mild depression, but it does not help with severe depression.

A Protein From A Common Smoldering Virus Linked To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Depression 24 Jun 2008, 5:00 am

A study suggests that a "smoldering" central nervous system (CNS) infection may play a role in conditions that plague millions of Americans. Kazuhiro Kondo, MD, PhD, of the Jikei University Medical School in Tokyo identified a novel human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) protein present in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients but not healthy controls that may contribute to psychological symptoms often associated with that and other disorders.

Suicide Rate In Japan Still Climbing Despite Government Measures 21 Jun 2008, 12:00 am

New figures released by the Japanese authorities this week show that the country's suicide rate is still climbing despite government efforts to dramatically reduce the figure by 2016, and the fastest rise appears to be among elderly Japanese, a growing sector of the population that is also experiencing rising poverty.

Depression And Diabetes: Fellow Travelers, Researchers Say 18 Jun 2008, 4:00 am

Researchers have long known that type-2 diabetes and depression often go hand in hand. However, it's been unclear which condition develops first in patients who end up with both. Now, a new study led by Johns Hopkins doctors suggests that this chicken-and-egg problem has a dual answer: Patients with depression have an increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes, and patients with type-2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing depression.

Clarifying The Link Between Diabetes And Depression 18 Jun 2008, 12:00 am

A new study in JAMA finds that people who are treated for type 2 diabetes have higher incidence rates of elevated depressive symptoms. In the same article, researchers report a modest association between the risk of diabetes and persons with depression. It is known that compared to the general population, people with diabetes are more likely to have elevated depressive symptoms and higher rates of clinical depression.

Alzheimer's Symptoms And Depression Do Not Change Together 17 Jun 2008, 12:00 am

While there is a correlation between individuals with depression and the development of Alzheimer's disease, it appears that the symptoms of depression do not increase in the years before an Alzheimer's diagnosis, according to a report released on April 7, 2008 in the JAMA/Archives journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

Hunger Hormone May Protect Against Stress Induced Depression And Anxiety 16 Jun 2008, 6:00 am

By doing tests on mice fed on a calorie restricted diet, US researchers have discovered that ghrelin, a hormone that increases when people don't eat, may defend against symptoms of depression or anxiety brought on by stress. The research is the work of scientists led by senior author Dr Jeffrey Zigman, assistant professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Depression And Primary Care - Expanding The Evidence Base For Diagnosis And Treatment 16 Jun 2008, 2:00 am

Primary care has the lead role in easing the burden of common mental disorders in Australia, according to an editorial in the supplement to the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia. The MJA's 48-page supplement, funded by a grant from beyondblue: the national depression initiative, adds to the evidence base needed to achieve it.

Working Overtime Linked To Anxiety And Depression 16 Jun 2008, 1:00 am

Employees who work overtime are at increased risk of anxiety and depression, suggests a study in the June Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Elisabeth Kleppa and colleagues of the University of Bergen, Norway, analyzed data on work hours from a larger study of Norwegian men and women.

BioMedEcon Reports 200% Higher Outpatient Medical Costs Among Patients With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Compared To Matched Patients With Depression 15 Jun 2008, 12:00 am

BioMedEcon, a leading provider of health economics and outcomes research, presented findings from a landmark nine-year retrospective claims analysis that compared the median per-patient health care costs for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) versus depression. This study, supported by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) annual meeting on May 3-7, in Toronto.

Groundbreaking Depression Research Tested In Real-World Setting 14 Jun 2008, 12:00 am

UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatry researchers have taken what they learned from their groundbreaking research on treating depression and are applying it to real-world clinical settings. The Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) study was the largest ever on the treatment of major depressive disorder and is considered a benchmark in the field of depression research.

Samaritans Rap Encourages Teenagers To Speak Out About Mental Health, UK 13 Jun 2008, 4:00 am

Samaritans is releasing a rap song entitled '1 in 10 (talk to someone)' to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage young people to speak about problems before they escalate. '1 in 10 (talk to someone)' is inspired by the story of Shirley Smith, a mother who lost her 19-year-old son Daniel to suicide in March 2005.

32 Primary Care Trusts To Spearhead Surge In Talking Therapies, UK 13 Jun 2008, 2:00 am

Health minister Ivan Lewis announced the 32 sites who will begin to roll out talking therapies around the country. Each of the 32 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) will receive a share of the £33 million first instalment of new money announced for the purpose by Health Secretary Alan Johnson on World Mental Health Day last year (10 October).

Study Reveals Rural, Unmarried Women At Higher Risk For Depression 12 Jun 2008, 4:00 am

Mayo Clinic research suggests unmarried women living in rural areas have lower self-rated health status than their married counterparts. This lower health status often includes greater instances of self-assessed feelings of depression. The results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. They suggest that primary care physicians should take a proactive role in addressing health concerns of single women.

Astrazeneca Submits Seroquel XR™ In Europe For The Treatment Of Major Depressive Disorder 12 Jun 2008, 2:00 am

AstraZeneca announced that the company has submitted applications in the European Union (EU) for once-daily SEROQUEL XR™ (quetiapine fumarate) Extended-Release Tablets (quetiapine XR), seeking approval for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) including maintenance therapy in adult patients using Mutual Recognition Procedure (MRP). This follows an sNDA submission for SEROQUEL XR in MDD in the U.S. in February this year.

Medical Defence Union Advises GPs On Pitfalls Of Treating Depression, UK 12 Jun 2008, 1:00 am

The Medical Defence Union, the UK's largest medical defence organisation, has revealed it paid out nearly £3m in compensation on behalf of GP members to settle 30 claims arising from the treatment of patients with depression during a recent ten-year-period.


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