Mental Health

Probiotics could someday treat depression and anxiety – Los Angeles Times (CA) – By Karen Kaplan – (Tuesday, August 30, 2011) –

September 13, 2011

 What if you could treat depression, anxiety and other mood disorders without drugs or invasive procedures but simply by eating probiotic yogurt, or drinking a probiotic broth? A new study in mice suggests this may be possible someday.  An international team of researchers found that mice who drank a broth spiked with the organism Lactobacillus […]

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ADHD diagnoses increase in the United States, federal data show – Washington Post (D.C.) – By Rob Stein – (Thursday, August 18, 2011) –

August 22, 2011

Nearly one in 10 U.S. children is being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new analysis of federal data released Thursday.  The percentage of U.S. children between ages 5 to 17 who were diagnosed with ADHD increased from about 7 percent to 9 percent between 1998 and 2009, according to the analysis by […]

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Study: Healthy living can help prevent Alzheimer’s – Associated Press – By Marilynn Marchione – (Tuesday, July 19, 2011) –

July 22, 2011

PARIS (AP) — Taking care of your body just might save your mind. Millions of cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide could be prevented by curbing risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and lack of exercise, new research suggests. The study offers more than the usual pep talk about healthy living. Seven conditions […]

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Falls, eye test may give clues to Alzheimer’s – Associated Press – By Marilynn Marchione – (Sunday, July 17, 2011) –

July 19, 2011

PARIS (AP) — Scientists in Australia are reporting encouraging early results from a simple eye test they hope will give a noninvasive way to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Although it has been tried on just a small number of people and more research is needed, the experimental test has a solid basis: Alzheimer’s is […]

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Coffee may protect against Alzheimer’s disease, study finds – Orlando Sentinel (FL) – By Linda Shrieves – (Wednesday, June 22, 2011) –

June 28, 2011

Coffee lovers, raise your cup to the latest research on the benefits of your favorite beverage. Researchers at the University of South Florida say there’s a mystery ingredient in coffee that could protect coffee drinkers against Alzheimer’s disease. Using mice bred with symptoms that mimic Alzheimer’s disease, a team at USF found that caffeinated coffee […]

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Fish Oil Promising Against Postpartum Depression in Small Trial – HealthDay – By Robert Preidt – (Tuesday, April 12, 2011) –

April 15, 2011

TUESDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) — Consuming omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil capsules during pregnancy may reduce a woman’s risk of postpartum depression, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 52 pregnant women who took either a placebo or a fish oil capsule containing 300 milligrams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) five days a […]

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FDA examines link between food dyes, hyperactivity – Associated Press – WASHINGTON (AP)- By Mary Clare Jalonick – (Wednesday, March 30, 2011) –

March 31, 2011

The FDA is examining the link between dyes found in everyday foods and hyperactivity in children. At a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, an FDA advisory committee will decide whether available data links the dyes and the disorder. The panel will recommend whether the agency should further study the issue or require better labeling.    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FOOD_DYES_HYPERACTIVITY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-03-30-03-14-47

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Study Unravels Link Between Stress and Chronic Health Issues – HealthDay – (Wednesday, February 23, 2011) –

February 27, 2011

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) — People’s emotional response to challenges may affect how their body reacts to stress, according to a new study. To reach that conclusion, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh had individuals make a speech in a laboratory in front of a video camera and a panel of judges. The participants’ […]

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Millions take antidepressant meds without depression or anxiety disorder diagnosis: study – Daily News (NY) – By Lindsay Goldwert – (Tuesday, February 8, 2011) –

February 11, 2011

Millions of Americans pop antidepressant medication without ever having been diagnosed with a psychiatric illness. A quarter of patients who take drugs like Zoloft, Lexapro or Prozac are not actually suffering from depression or anxiety disorder – rather, their doctors have given them the drugs to treat insomnia, moodiness or relationship problems, reports Reuters.    http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2011/02/08/2011-02-08_millions_take_antidepressant_meds_without_depression_or_anxiety_disorder_diagnos.html

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Aerobic exercise can increase brain size, keeping you mentally sharp – Los Angeles Times (CA) – By Eryn Brown – (Monday, January 31, 2011)

February 2, 2011

Another reason to follow through with that New Year’s resolution: Aerobic exercise keeps the aging brain — as well as the aging body — in fighting form. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois, Rice University and Ohio State showed that a program of aerobic exercise, over the course of a year, […]

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