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“Depression Remains Important Risk Factor For Cardiovascular Disease”

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This March 7, 2015 MedicalResearch.com article talks about studies that seem to further point to depression as being a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and is beginning to show signs that taking either a statin or an anti-depressant can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with varying degrees of depression.

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“New Research Discovers That Depression Is An Allergic Reaction To Inflammation”

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This January 6, 2015 Feel Guide article talks about ongoing research that seems to point more towards depression being caused by inflammation then what was thought before.  The article estimates that researchers are estimating they are about 5 years away from developing a blood test that will allow them to test for depression based on inflammation.

“Depression May Be Caused by Inflammation”

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This January 5, 2015 Nova Next article on the PBS website talks about ongoing research that seems to show that it is possible that treating depression with an anti-inflammatory medication in addition to standard medications, may be a better approach since it’s possible that depression may be caused by inflammation.

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“Good neighbors are good for your heart People who reported feeling more ‘social cohesion’ were less at risk for heart attacks”

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This August 22, 2014  WFMZ News segment actually has a bunch of smaller segments within it.  Some of the topics covered include ….

Information about how having a good neighbor can decrease your risk of a heart attack.

A segment offering insight into lesser known mental health risks due to giving birth, which can include PTSD and anxiety among other things that people typically don’t think of happening as the result of giving birth.

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and a segment on a study done involving 5th graders, violent video games and results that show a possible link between the kids who played for more than 2 hours per day and an increased risk of depression.  The researchers are saying further research is needed to better determine if the depression is caused by the gaming or if the gaming more than 2 hours per day could be in response to the depression and be viewed as a possible symptom of the depression.  The researches did say they really need to do more research to better understand the possible link between violent video games and depression so they can better understand the cause and effect between gaming and depression.

“Seasonal Affective Disorder Not So Different From Non-Seasonal Depression”

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This January 31, 2014 article on the Pittsburgh NPR station WESA website talks about Seasonal Affective Disorder explains a little about what is believed to be the cause of it and also mentions findings that a gene might be me linked to the disorder or at the least have potential for being useful in diagnosing it.

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Light Therapy Lamp (in use), type Philips HF3319/01 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Kids With Head Injuries May Be Prone to Depression”

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A vehicle accident or physical injury may be both a cause and effect of depression (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This October 25, 2013 article on the Philly.com website  talks about recent research that seems to show an increase in the diagnosis of depression among kids and teens who have had head injury. Researchers are unclear though if the brain injury caused the depression or if symptoms of depression may have been a factor into the cause of the injury.  It does seem though that teens with a brain injury seem to be between 2 and 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression as compared to the overall national average according to the article.

 

 

 

“Clinic of the Future: Aiming for Faster Depression Relief “

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This June 25, 2013 article on the Wall Street Journal website talks about research using brain scan technology to see if scientists can spot biomarkers that could speed up the process of getting folks on the right treatment for their depression more quickly.

 

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