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Probiotic use linked to improved symptoms of depression
In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that twice as many adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)...
Instagram rated worst media for mental health
The platform has the most negative impact on users and puts them at risk of suffering loneliness, depression and body image anxiety, the Royal Society for Public Health has warned.Their words come following...
Psychedelic drug ayahuasca improves hard-to-treat depression
From shamanistic ritual to medical treatment?Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Andy CoghlanIt tastes foul and makes people vomit. But ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction that has been drunk in South...
Experts Urge Huge Expansion of Online Therapy For Mental Illness
A "massive and growing" mental health burden across the world can only be tackled successfully with a major expansion of online psychiatric resources such as virtual clinics and web-based psychotherapies,...
Chronic pain and depression are linked by brain gene changes
Painful news: anxiety and chronic pain go together but how?Blend Images/SuperstockBy Anil AnanthaswamyPeople who have chronic pain are more likely to experience mood disorders, but it’s not clear how...
Heavy Social Media Use Linked to Depression
Heavy usage of social media can lead to depression, according to a new study. Writing in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media,...
Significant number of airline pilots suffer depression, suicidal thoughts
Enlarge / A screen grab taken from an AFP TV video on March 24, 2015 shows debris of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the crash site in the French Alps above the southeastern town of Seyne. The plane, which...
Depression in young people affects the stomach, anxiety the skin
Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are...
A funnel on Mars could be a place to look for life
A strangely shaped depression on Mars could be a new place to look for signs of life on the Red Planet, according to a new study. The depression was probably formed by a volcano beneath a glacier and could...
Depression's physical source discovered
Understanding of the physical root of depression has been advanced, thanks to new research. Researchers have identified the lateral orbitofrontal cortex as the area of the brain affected by depression....
Anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve symptoms of depression
Drugs for auto-immune diseases may help with depression tooDR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYBy Jessica HamzelouIs depression caused by an inflamed brain? A review of studies looking at inflammation...
Living with adult children protects parents against depression
Kids’ return can reduce social isolationBetsie Van Der Meer/GettyBy Jessica HamzelouKids moved back home? Financial struggles may have forced many young adults back to their parents’ homes, but there’s...
Electromagnetic Brain Stimulation Helps Fight Depression
It is estimated that more than 120 million people worldwide suffer from depression, a debilitating mood disorder that severely affects the quality of life and in the worst cases, can lead to suicide. The...
Instagram posts can reveal depression before doctors diagnose it
Can’t face the futureCarsten Dinnesen/EyeEm/GettyBy Conor GearinFEELING blue? A new algorithm can predict depression from photos people post on Instagram and may in future prompt a visit to the doctor....
We must understand electroshock therapy’s unwanted side effects
Science Photo Library/PASIEKA/Getty AFTER receiving a muscle relaxant and general anaesthetic, you are wheeled into the operating theatre for a procedure that will last less than a minute. A couple of...
Consumer genetics company helps spot genes associated with depression
reader comments 6 Share this story Major depressive disorder is a significant health problem, but its biological underpinnings aren't well understood. That's in part because there’s variability in both...
DNA to solve depression mystery?
Researchers in Tasmania have found strong links between unhealthy lifestyles and depression. Could DNA point to the mystery of depression? IN A key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive...
Researchers Target 15 Genetic Regions Associated with Depression
In a major development toward the understanding of the biology of depression, researchers have identified 15 regions of the human genome associated with depressive illness. Investigators conducted what's...
Business News Roundup, July 13
The Dow Jones industrial average joined the S&P 500 index to close at a fresh record, with U.S. equities climbing a third day as crude rallied and Alcoa Inc.’s results bolstered optimism on corporate...
Online training helps prevent depression
For the first time, research shows that depression can be effectively prevented through online training. The team studied 406 people who were at increased risk of developing depression but were not suffering...
For treatment-resistant depression, magic mushroom drug holds promise
Alan RockefellerPsilocybin, the psychedelic compound in ‘magic’ mushrooms, may be an effective way to treat depression in patients that have seen no benefit from other, standard forms of treatment, early...
Magic mushrooms have healing powers
What do psychedelic drugs, trombone and one of Australia's most unorthodox composers have in common? The Netherlands' largest grower of hallucinatory mushrooms, supplying more than half the market, a legal...
Frequent social media users nearly 3 times more likely to have depression: study
People who check social media multiple times a day are almost three times more likely suffer from depression than those who don’t, according to a new study.A study out of the University of Pittsburgh’s...
Depressed? You’re probably a binge-watcher
Have you finished season four of House of Cards yet? It’s probably best if you haven’t. BINGE-watching your favourite TV shows may be causing depression and anxiety, a new study claims. According to research...
Anti-inflammatory drugs can fix some signs of depression in mice
Jamie Grill/Getty Could an inflamed brain be behind mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia? It’s one of the hottest ideas in psychiatry, but now it seems it’s only part of the picture:...
Comforting a virtual 'child' can help people with depression
Virtual realityÂ isn't just fun -- it could also have more practical uses. From theÂ diagnosis of Alzheimer'sÂ to interacting withÂ medical data, VR is being used in increasingly innovative ways. Now,...
Could paternal depression cause premature birth?
The effects of maternal depression on child development are fairly well known and both women and their children can be affected. Many women are more fragile during the first postpartum months, and this...
Seasonal Affective Disorder is probably a myth, say psychologists
“We analysed the data from many angles and found that the prevalence of depression is very stable across different latitudes, seasons of the year, and sunlight exposures.” Seasonal Affective Disorder...
NASA sees Tropical Depression Pali headed toward Equator
NASA's Aqua satellite imagery showed just a small area of strong thunderstorms remained in the now weaker Tropical Depression Pali as it moved closer to the Equator. NASA's RapidScat instrument measured...
NASA sees out-of-season Central Pacific tropical depression form
On Jan. 7 at 13:25 UTC (8:25 a.m. EST) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite showed cloud top temperatures of strong thunderstorms around the center of circulation as cold as -80 degrees Fahrenheit...
Unexplained depression could be brain tumour, warn doctors
Although doctors tried to treat her with anti-anxiety medication, nothing worked, and she began to have suicidal thoughts and lose interest in usual past times. Finally a brain scan revealed a giant meningioma...
NASA sees Tropical Depression 29W affected by wind shear
On Dec. 16 at 11:45 p.m. ES NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Depression 29W that showed most of the clouds and thunderstorms were pushed to the west and northwest of...
Blood inflammation link with depression could lead to new treatments
The biological and psychological causes of depression are an enduring medical mystery, but a new study claims that inflammation of the blood could be behind some causes of low mood.In a study published...
Twenty-first depression forms in eastern Pacific Ocean
On Nov. 18 at 1500 UTC (10:00 a.m. EST), the NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the Tropical Depression 21E form well southwest of the western Mexican coast. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project NOAA's GOES-West...
Online cognitive behavioral therapy benefits people with depression, anxiety
Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with clinical care has been shown to benefit people with depression, anxiety and emotional distress from illness, according to an evidence-based...
Satellite sees Tropical Storm Patricia form near Western Mexico coast
The low pressure area that was designated as System 97E on October 20 developed into the Eastern Pacific Ocean's twentieth tropical depression of the season at 11 a.m. EDT. By 11 p.m. the depression became...
Satellite sees wind shear battering Tropical Depression Nora
NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an infrared image of Tropical Depression Nora at 10 a.m. EDT on Oct. 15 that showed the thunderstorms were in a band east of the center of circulation. Credit: NASA/NOAA...
Your smartphone can detect bipolar disorder
Similarly, slow movement and fewer locations travelled, or sluggish speech and fewer conversations with others could be signs of the depressive phase. The published results showed that for each patient,...
Most NHS depression apps are unproven, warn health experts
“Until such time as evidence is forthcoming on the clinical effectiveness of these apps, and they have been properly evaluated, they should be removed from the NHS apps library, said Simon Leigh of the...
Satellite spots new depression exactly between Baja California and Hawaii
It's a rare thing when a tropical depression develops the same exact distance between two landforms, and newborn Tropical Depression 18E has done that in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. In a visible image created...
Brain Scans Could One Day Predict Depression Relapse
Scientists studying people with depression say brain scans could be used to predict who is most likely to relapse, an approach that could help doctors make better decisions about who should stay on antidepressants...
For Staving Off Depression, Talking Face To Face Trumps Email And Phone
We all get by with a little help from our friends, but that help is much more valuable when it's given in person rather than via email or telephone. A new study from Oregon Health & Science University shows...
Satellite sees the short life of Tropical Depression 8C
Tropical Depression 8C formed southwest of Hawaii on October 3 and by October 4 it was a post-tropical cyclone. A day later NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the storm as it tracked in a...
Hot, sleepless nights will get more common with climate change
The future’s set to leave us more hot and botheredChina Photos/Getty By Michael Le PageAs the planet warms, many people will find it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. A study based on a survey...
Obama anticipates a future economy challenged by driverless cars and automation
Former US President Barack Obama is speaking out on automation and driverless cars, including the impact the futuristic tech – that’s closer to reality than it once was – could have on the economy. Obama,...
Ritualistic body waxing videos on Instagram are going viral, in a relaxing way
Some of Lizbeth's most popular clips, which are seconds long and repeat on an endless loop, have been viewed almost 900,000 times apiece. She currently has more than 311,00 Instagram followers. There's...
Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things
Paying to borrow tools can be a saw pointAnge/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellWant to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please. That might sound annoying, but it will be better for society...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark