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Mental Health News for October 2008

Depression News, Polls and Quotes

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Quotes and Philosophical Thoughts for October 2008:

> "When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" - Sydney J. Harris

> "Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass." - Chuck T. Falcon

> "Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings." - Elie Weisel

> “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." - Oscar Wilde

> “Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it."  - George Bernard Shaw

> “Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss

> “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall." - Confucius

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When Nothing Else Works: Therapy Approved By FDA For Treatment-resistant Depression 11 Oct 2008, 12:00 am

Millions of patients with treatment-resistant clinical depression, who have struggled for years with disability and how to cope with their condition, now have an option that could help them lead more productive and successful lives. The NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy system, developed by Neuronetics, Inc.

Izard Nobel LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Biovail Corporation 10 Oct 2008, 5:00 am

The law firm of Izard Nobel LLP, which has significant experience representing investors in prosecuting claims of securities fraud, announces that a lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of those who purchased Biovail Corporation ("Biovail" or the "Company") (NYSE: BVF) between December 14, 2006 and July 19, 2007, inclusive (the "Class Period").

Non-Invasive Treatment For Depression - Rush University Medical Center Psychiatrist Led Clinical Trials Of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation 10 Oct 2008, 2:00 am

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now an entirely new treatment option for patients suffering from depression. Dr.

More City High Flyers Seeking Help As Credit Crunch Bites, London, England 10 Oct 2008, 1:00 am

The Priory Group has issued a list of top ten indicators for stressed City executives which should act as warning signs that professional help should be sought. As the global economy goes into meltdown, experts at the Priory Group are coping with escalating levels of depression and related conditions amongst staff in the financial sector, also leading to a rise in people seeking treatment for drink and drug abuse.

FDA Clears Neurostar® TMS Therapy For The Treatment Of Depression 9 Oct 2008, 9:00 am

Neuronetics, Inc., a privately-held medical device company and a leader in the field of neuromodulation, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy system for the treatment of depression.

An Animal Model Of Behavioral Intervention For Depression 9 Oct 2008, 3:00 am

A new animal model has provided insight into the cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with behavioral therapy for depression. The study, published by Cell Press in the October 9th issue of Neuron, may provide a good model system for testing cellular and molecular interactions between antidepressive medications and behavioral treatments for depression.

Researchers Concerned That Depression Is Unrecognized In Physician-Assisted Suicides 9 Oct 2008, 12:00 am

According to a study published on bmj.com, Oregon's Death with Dignity Act may not be adequately protecting the 25% of terminally ill patients in the State of Oregon who have depression and then choose physician assisted suicide.

FDA Clears NeuroStar(R) TMS Therapy For The Treatment Of Depression 9 Oct 2008, 12:00 am

Neuronetics, Inc., a privately-held medical device company and a leader in the field of neuromodulation, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy system for the treatment of depression.

St. John's Wort Helps Some Patients With Major Depression 9 Oct 2008, 12:00 am

The herbal medicine St. John's wort appears to work just as well as some prescribed antidepressants for treating patients with major depression, a new review finds. However, patients in German-speaking countries might experience the best benefits. While there is public interest in the United States about whether St. John's wort adequately treats depression, in some countries, like Germany, doctors commonly prescribe it for mild symptoms.

Symptoms Of Major Depression Relieved By St. John's Wort 8 Oct 2008, 10:00 am

New research provides support for the use of St. John's wort extracts in treating major depression. A Cochrane Systematic Review backs up previous research that showed the plant extract is effective in treating mild to moderate depressive disorders. "Overall, we found that the St.

Compassion Meditation May Improve Physical And Emotional Responses To Psychological Stress 8 Oct 2008, 4:00 am

Data from a new study suggests that individuals who engage in compassion meditation may benefit by reductions in inflammatory and behavioral responses to stress that have been linked to depression and a number of medical illnesses. The study's findings are published online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/ and in the medical journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Awareness Campaign - To Dispel Myths About Mood Disorders - Mood Disorders Association Of Ontario 8 Oct 2008, 1:00 am

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) today launches "It's All In Your Head!" an initiative to promote awareness of the work of the MDAO and dispel myths about mental illness. Volunteers will be in the Yonge-Eglinton subway station and the Yonge-Eglinton Centre to hand out "heady" information to commuters during the evening rush hour. Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder will affect one in five individuals at some point in their life.

AMPAKINE Compound, CX717, Achieves Primary Endpoints In Second Phase IIa Respiratory Depression Study In Germany 7 Oct 2008, 9:00 am

Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US (COR)) reported that top-line data from its second Phase IIa study in opioid-induced respiratory depression (RD) demonstrated that a single oral dose of 1500mg of the AMPAKINE® compound CX717 achieved statistical significance (p = 0.005) over placebo on the primary endpoint measure of spontaneous basal respiration without affecting opioid-induced analgesia.

Electromagnetic Biomarker Could Minimize Trial-And-Error Prescribing For Depression 5 Oct 2008, 7:00 am

Images of the brain's fastest signals reveal an electromagnetic marker that predicts a patient's response to a fast-acting antidepressant, researchers have discovered. "Such biomarkers that identify who will benefit from a new class of antidepressants could someday minimize trial-and-error prescribing and speed delivery of care for what can be a life-threatening illness," said Carlos Zarate, M.D.

How Can Physicians Recognize Depression At Early Stages? A New Method Is Suggested 3 Oct 2008, 1:00 am

A new method, based on clinical staging, has been suggested to identify depression at early stages and is described in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Depressive disorders are common and associated risks include the onset of secondary disorders, substance use disorders, impairment in social and occupational functioning, and an increase in suicidality.

Patients Experience Significant Long-Term Benefits After Seeking Help For Depression And Anxiety 2 Oct 2008, 4:00 am

According to the Mood Disorder Society of Canada, about 1.3 million Canadians suffer from depression. University of Alberta researcher Ian Colman says most people are not getting the type of treatment they need. Colman, an assistant professor from the School of Public Health, and his research team decided to perform a study to see the long term effects of taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications.

Researchers To Study Depression And Disability In Age-Related Macular Degeneration Patients 2 Oct 2008, 4:00 am

Researchers at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University were recently awarded a $3.7 million grant from The National Eye Institute to study depression in patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Barry W. Rovner, M.D.

First-ever Genetic Link Between Obesity And Colon Cancer Risk Revealed 2 Oct 2008, 4:00 am

A new study reveals the first-ever genetic link between obesity and colon cancer risk, a finding that could lead to greater accuracy in testing for the disease, said a researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The discovery also may improve efforts to ward off colon cancer with obesity-fighting activities like exercise, weight loss and healthy eating. The findings are published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Samaritans Report 25% Increase In Calls As Financial Crisis Hits, UK 2 Oct 2008, 3:00 am

The Samaritans have reported a 25% increase in the number of calls to its helpline in August and September, compared to the same time period last year. They attribute the rise in calls to the stress and strain caused by the ongoing credit crunch. The Recovery Network which launched on November 5th 2007 is responding to this growing need by adding a new section to their social networking internet platform focusing on mental health.

Female Smokers At Greater Risk For Depression, Australian Study Reveals 2 Oct 2008, 1:00 am

A new study reveals that women who smoke are at greater risk of developing major depressive disorder. The study has been published today the British Journal of Psychiatry. Australian researchers from the University of Melbourne and Geelng's Barwon Health assessed a group of 1043 Australian women, whose health had been monitored for a decade as part of the Geelong Osteoporosis Study.

Insomnia In Adolescence Linked To Depression And Substance Abuse During Adolescence And Young Adulthood 2 Oct 2008, 12:00 am

A study in the Oct. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that adolescent insomnia symptoms are associated with depression, suicide ideation and attempts, and the use of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs such as cocaine. Findings suggest that the presence of insomnia in adolescents increases the risk of developing mental health problems and also may increase the severity of these problems. Results indicate that adolescents who had symptoms of insomnia were 2.

Smoking Increases Risk Of Major Depression For Women - Royal College Of Psychiatrists 1 Oct 2008, 2:00 am

Women who smoke are at greater risk of developing major depressive disorder, according to new research published in the October issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers from the University of Melbourne studied a group of women in Australia, who had been followed for a decade as part of the Geelong Osteoporosis Study.

Another Year Of Success And Challenges For Somerset's Mental Health Services, England 1 Oct 2008, 2:00 am

"Mental health services in Somerset will see further investment and improvements to both community and inpatient services in the coming year;" that was the pledge from managers of the county's mental health trust.

Link Between Depression And Higher Death Rates From All Causes Among Elderly With Diabetes 1 Oct 2008, 2:00 am

In a large group of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes, depression was associated with a higher death rate from all causes during a two-year study period. The findings are published in the October 2008 Journal of General Internal Medicine. Lead author Dr.

American Heart Association Scientific Statement: Heart Patients Should Be Screened, Treated For Depression 1 Oct 2008, 12:00 am

Heart patients should be screened for depression -- a common condition that can profoundly affect both prognosis and quality of life -- according to the American Heart Association's first scientific statement on depression and coronary heart disease. The statement was published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.


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