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  • Depressed People Smoke More, Quit Less

    April 14, 2010 — Depressed people are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit, a CDC survey suggests. The findings don’t prove that depression causes smoking, or that smoking causes depression. But the data, from nationwide surveys of adults conducted from 2005 through 2008, show there’s a strong link between depression and cigarette […]

  • More Chocolate Means More Depression, or Vice Versa

    April 26, 2010 — Indulging in chocolate may help lift one’s mood, but a new study has found that people who eat the most chocolate have a greater likelihood of depression. A study of 931 men and women in the San Diego area showed that people who ate an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate […]

  • Yoga May Help Fight Depression

    May 26, 2010 (New Orleans) — Yoga may be helpful in the treatment of depression, researchers say. In a small study of healthy people with no psychiatric problems, yoga produced greater improvements in mood than walking, suggesting its beneficial effect is not just from physical activity. “We think that one of the reasons yoga makes […]

  • Depression and Insomnia

    Can’t sleep? Feeling depressed? You’re not alone. Both insomnia and depression are surprisingly common complaints. About 15% of adults suffer from chronic insomnia. Nearly as many suffer occasional bouts of depression. Insomnia and depression often go hand-in-hand. Although just 15% of people with depression sleep too much, as many as 80% have trouble falling asleep […]

  • Melanoma Drug Boosting Survival for Many

    Melanoma Drug Boosting Survival for Many Keytruda also seen prompting remission in 1 in 6 cases WebMD News from HealthDay By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new drug for advanced melanoma is dramatically shifting the odds in favor of patients, extending survival for many and even curing some. […]

  • Does Depression Cause Weight Gain or Weight Loss? What’s the Depression/Weight Connection?

    They are both heavy burdens – weight problems and depression. And they often go hand in hand. Some people gain weight when they’re depressed. Others lose weight, to an unhealthy degree. Which comes first? And how can you untangle the link between depression and weight — especially if depression has sapped you of your energy […]

  • Study: Fish Oil Doesn’t Affect Postpartum Depression

    Oct. 19, 2010 — Taking fish oil (DHA) supplements during pregnancy, widely thought to help mothers’ moods and children’s cognitive skills, does not appear to reduce the risk of postpartum depression of mothers or boost the language development and cognitive skills of their children, according to a new Australian study. ”Our data suggest that there […]

  • Epilepsy Drug Gabapentin Calms Chronic Cough

    Epilepsy Drug Gabapentin Calms Chronic Cough Nearly 3 in 4 Users Had Improved Quality-of-Life Scores By Salynn BoylesWebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD Aug. 27, 2012 — A drug used to treat epilepsy and chronic pain after shingles also appears to be effective for another persistent condition: chronic cough. About 1 in 10 […]

  • Older Antidepressants Linked to Heart Risk

    Nov. 30, 2010 — Tricyclic antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease in a new study of nearly 15,000 people in Scotland. Researchers from University College London found that tricyclic antidepressants, an older class of antidepressant, were associated with a 35% increased risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease), but that there was […]

  • Could Statins One Day Help Treat Breast Cancer?

    Could Statins Help Prevent Breast Cancer’s Return? By Peter RussellWebMD Health News Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH June 1, 2016 — Some women who have survived breast cancer could one day be prescribed statins along with other treatments to keep the cancer from coming back. Scientists have found that the cholesterol-lowering meds may stop […]