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Study Shows How Troubled Marriage, Depression History Promote Obesity

The double-whammy of marital hostility and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, according to new research.

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Animal Therapy Reduces Anxiety, Loneliness Symptoms in College Students

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Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Three-Minute Assessment Successfully Identifies Delirium in Hospitalized Elders

Investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have developed a brief and simple method to help hospital care providers recognize delirium in elderly patients

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Largest Study of Hispanics/Latinos Finds Depression and Anxiety Rates Vary Widely Among Groups

Rates of depression and anxiety vary widely among different segments of the U.S. Hispanic and Latino population, with the highest prevalence of depressive symptoms in Puerto Ricans, according to a new report from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). The researchers’ findings also suggest that depression and anxiety may be undertreated among Hispanics and Latinos, particularly if they are uninsured. The study was published online in Annals of Epidemiology.

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Stress-Related Inflammation May Increase Risk for Depression

Preexisting differences in the sensitivity of a key part of each individual’s immune system to stress confer a greater risk of developing stress-related depression or anxiety

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The SAD Season is Upon Us

October marks the beginning of the SAD season. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. So far this month, psychiatrist Dr. Angelos Halaris already has treated several patients for the disorder.

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New Approaches Needed for People with Serious Mental Illnesses in Criminal Justice System

Responding to the large number of people with serious mental illnesses in the criminal justice system will require more than mental health services, according to a new report.

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Common Anesthetic Procedure Dramatically Improves Well Being of Veterans with PTSD

A single application of a common anesthetic procedure could be the answer to alleviating anxiety, depression and psychological pain in those suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans.

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In-Home Visits Reduce Drug Use, Depression in Pregnant Teens

Intensive parenting and health education provided in homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the mothers’ illegal drug use, depression and behavior problems, and set their young children on track to meet behavioral and emotional milestones they may have otherwise missed.

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