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Archive for the 'Anxiety (Panic)/Depression' Category

Is there benefit from acupuncture in palliative care?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, compared acupuncture to nurse-led supportive care in patients with incurable cancer. (more…)

Review: EPA to treat depression

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, in New York City, used a meta-analysis to test the hypothesis that eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is the effective component in omega-3 fatty acid treatment of major depressive episodes. (more…)

CAM options for treating depression

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Emily Matthews, a reader of this blog, provides this overview of depression and complementary treatment options.

About 20 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. Low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, are thought to contribute to depression. Depression is also associated with diseases like diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, hormonal imbalance, hypoglycemia, stress, impaired thyroid function, environmental toxins, and unhealthy lifestyles. (more…)

Reviewing the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid on depression

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, in New York City, reviewed the evidence for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to treat major depressive episodes. (more…)

Religion and major depression in adults

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Researchers at Columbia University, in New York, previously reported that the personal importance of religion or spirituality was associated with a lower risk for major depression.

Now, they report the importance of religion among the offspring of the participants in that earlier study. (more…)

Coffee, caffeine, and the risk of depression

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The relationship between coffee or caffeine consumption and depression is not well defined.

Researchers in Boston and New York report a connection. (more…)

Benefits of music therapy for cancer patients

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Having cancer may result in emotional, physical, and social suffering. Music interventions have been used to alleviate symptoms and treatment side effects in cancer patients.

The authors of this Cochrane review report the response to music among cancer patients. (more…)

Sumarizing the mental health implications of music therapy

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Researchers at Kaohsiung Medical University, in Taiwan reviewed the evidence related to music’s effect on people with different mental illnesses. (more…)

Spiritual retreat for depression in patients with heart disease

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Researchers in the US compared the effects of a nondenominational spiritual retreat on depression and well-being following acute coronary syndrome — chest pain and other symptoms when the heart doesn’t get enough blood. (more…)

Adding tai chi improves antidepressant drug therapy

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

During the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Meeting, researchers at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that adding tai chi to escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex) treatment further reduced the severity of depression. (more…)

Benefits of massage to treat burn patients

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Thermal injury can cause severe physical and psychologic trauma. And, these patients commonly have severe itching and pain.

Researchers at Atatürk University, in Erzurum, Turkey, examined the effects of massage therapy on burned adolescents with pain, itching, and anxiety. (more…)

Acupuncture not better than “placebo” for major depression

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Major depressive disorder (aka clinical, major, and unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood with low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in Toronto, Ontario studied the response to a 2-point electroacupuncture protocol (verum acupuncture). (more…)

Hydrotherapy promotes relaxation and less anxiety and pain in labor

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Researchers at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina, studied the response to hydrotherapy (immersion or bathing) in women in spontaneous labor. (more…)

Drinking green tea and the risk of depression

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Green tea reportedly has various beneficial effects (eg, anti–stress and anti-inflammatory).

Japanese researchers conducted the first study designed to assess the relationship between green tea and depressive symptoms in a community population. (more…)

Omega-3 to treat major depression

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

This may be the largest study of its kind, according to the authors.

Researchers at the Université de Montréal, in Quebec, studied the short-term effect of omega-3 supplementation in reducing depressive symptoms in patients experiencing a major depressive episode. (more…)

The value of nutritional supplements in older adults

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

We commonly take them, but studies show mixed results regarding their health benefits, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina. (more…)

Biofield Therapies: Helpful or Full of Hype?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Therapeutic Touch 2Researchers from the UCLA Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, Los Angeles, California think Reiki, therapeutic touch, and healing touch warrant further research. (more…)

Here’s what we know about vitamin D

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Many studies suggest that we may need more vitamin D than presently recommended to prevent chronic disease.

Dr. Christine Gonzalez reviewed the evidence for disease prevention. Let’s focus on what’s known and what requires more evidence. (more…)

Limits of the benefits of exercise on depression

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Researchers at Bispebjerg University Hospital, in Denmark, looked for long-term benefits of exercise in adults with clinical depression. (more…)

Omega-3 and -6 and the risk for depression

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The associations between different sources of dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and the risk of depression have not been prospectively studied.

So, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, examined these associations. (more…)