Women With Breast Cancer Benefit Emotionally From Yoga

Women undertaking a ten week program of 75 minute Restorative Yoga (RY) classes gained positive differences in aspects of mental health such as depression, positive emotions, and spirituality (feeling calm/peaceful) compared to the control group. The study, published in a special issue of Psycho-Oncology focusing on physical activity, shows the women had a 50% reduction […]

Evidence Doesn’t Support CYP450 Gene Testing Before Antidepressant Treatment

Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) gene testing is currently not recommended to guide treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs for patients with depression, concludes an expert panel report in the December issue of Genetics in Medicine, published by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) and by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters […]

Cedars-Sinai Studying Whether Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Help Depression

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences are seeking participants for a clinical trial examining whether two polyunsaturated Omega-3 fatty acids are effective treatments for depression. The two fatty acids being studied — docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) — are found naturally in fish oil, flaxseed and walnuts. Previous […]

Natural Human Hormone As The Next Antidepressant?

Novel treatment strategies for major depression with broader treatment success or a more rapid onset of action would have immense impact on public health, a new study published in the December 1st issue of Biological Psychiatry explains. This new study reports findings that support the evaluation of a potential new antidepressant agent. According to the […]

Possible Genetic Predictor For Response To Lithium Augmentation In Depressed Patients

As in most fields of medicine, psychiatry researchers are working to identify specific types of patients, through their individual genetic variations, that may better benefit from particular drugs or combinations of drugs than other patients. A new study, published in Biological Psychiatry’s December 1st issue, investigated whether depressed patients with a particular genetic variation would […]

Forest Laboratories, Inc. Announces Positive Results Of LEXAPRO(R) Phase III Study In Adolescents With Major Depression

Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) and H. Lundbeck A/S announced preliminary top-line results from a phase III study of LEXAPRO (escitalopram oxalate) in the treatment of adolescents, aged 12-17, with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). These results indicate that patients treated with LEXAPRO experienced statistically significant improvement in symptoms of depression, as measured by the study’s […]

Penn Research Shows Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Effective In Treating Major Depression

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and other study sites have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) — a non-invasive technique that excites neurons in the brain via magnetic pulses passed through the scalp — is a safe and effective, non-drug treatment with minimal side effects for patients with major depression who […]

U.S. Food And Drug Administration Approves ABILIFY(R) (aripiprazole) As The First Medication For Add-On Treatment Of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Application for ABILIFY(R) (aripiprazole) as adjunctive, or add-on, treatment to antidepressant therapy (ADT) in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). ABILIFY is the first medication approved by the FDA as add-on […]

Antidepressant Use And Suicide In Young People, Australia

Antidepressants should not be ruled out as treatment for young people with depression, especially since recent studies have shown no connection between these medications and suicide in younger patients, according to an article in the latest Medical Journal of Australia. Professor Robert Goldney, Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Adelaide, says it is important […]

Depressed Young Adults More Likely To Start Cigarette Smoking And Other Substance Use

A new report indicates that young adults who have suffered from depression within the past year are at a higher risk of initiating substance use including cigarette smoking and use of alcohol or illicit drugs. The findings, based on the largest national survey on substance use and health, were reported today by the Substance Abuse […]