Eating walnuts may lower depression risk: Study

Eating walnuts may lower depression risk: Study

The United States of America found that depression scores were 26 per cent lower for walnut consumers and eight per cent lower for consumers of other nuts, compared to those who did not eat nuts at all. Walnuts may lower depression risk: Study  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images Los Angeles: Consuming walnuts may lower the prevalence and frequency of depression, and improve concentration levels, according to a study carried out in American adults. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that depression scores were 26 per…

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Healthy diet can beat symptoms of depression: Study

Healthy diet can beat symptoms of depression: Study

The study found that all types of dietary improvement appeared to have equal effects on mental health, with weight loss, fat reduction or nutrient-improving diets all can reduce the symptoms of depression. Dietary improvement significantly reduces symptoms of depression  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images Washington D.C.: While many might agree that ice-cream binge can soothe your soul during a rough phase in your life, a recent study suggests that weight loss, nutrient-boosting and fat reduction diets can reduce the symptoms of depression. In a new study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, a…

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Can internet-based therapies help get rid of depression?

Can internet-based therapies help get rid of depression?

Scientists suggest that internet-based therapy platforms can effectively reduce depression. Researchers from Indiana University (IU) in the US reviewed 21 pre-existing studies with a total of 4,781 participants to come to this conclusion. About the study on internet-based therapy to cure depression The researchers found that there are many such websites available on the internet that claims to treat depression. The study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research focused on those applications that provide treatment with cognitive behavioural therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a form of psychotherapy that…

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Mums, take it easy. Maternal depression may affect child’s immune system

Mums, take it easy. Maternal depression may affect child’s immune system

Turns out, depression in mothers may have long-term effects on their children’s stress and physical well-being. In a new study, researchers followed 125 children from birth to 10 years. At 10 years, mother’s and children’s cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulin (s-IgA)–markers of stress and the immune system–were measured, mother-child interaction was observed, mothers and children underwent psychiatric diagnoses, and children’s externalizing and internalizing symptoms were reported. Depressed mothers had higher CT and s-IgA levels and displayed more negative parenting, characterised by negative effect, intrusion, and criticism. Children of depressed mothers…

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Maternal depression may affect child’s mental health, says study

Maternal depression may affect child’s mental health, says study

Women, take note. If you are suffering from depression, it may affect your child’s stress and physical well-being throughout life, a new study has found. The findings, published in the Journal of Diabetes, suggested that depressed mothers had higher cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulin (s-IgA) — markers of stress and the immune system — levels and displayed more negative parenting, characterised by negative effect, intrusion, and criticism. “Following mothers and children across the first decade of life, we found that exposure to maternal depression impairs functioning of the child’s immune system…

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Depression in children, treating it can help improve parent’s mental health

Depression in children, treating it can help improve parent’s mental health

The bond between parent and child extends far beyond sharing similar looks or behaviours as a new study suggests that treating depression in teenagers may benefit their parents’ mental health too. The findings suggest that when a teenager’s depression improved through treatment, so did the depression experienced by his or her parents. “Depression is a massive public health concern that will take a variety of approaches to better manage. We believe our study is among the first to evaluate how the emotional health of a child can impact that of…

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Gut microbes could lead to depression in obesity

Gut microbes could lead to depression in obesity

Turns out, gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity. Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center studied mice that become obese when put on a high-fat diet. The Joslin scientists found that mice on a high-fat diet showed significantly more signs of anxiety, depression and obsessive behaviour than animals on standard diets. “As endocrinologists, we often hear people say that they feel differently when they’ve eaten different foods,” said C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., co-Head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at Joslin. His lab has long studied…

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Here’s how depression can impact people suffering from heart diseases

Here’s how depression can impact people suffering from heart diseases

Depression negatively impacts patients with cardiovascular disease, finds a study. About one-fifth of cardiovascular disease patients suffer from depression. “While we don’t know which comes first–depression or cardiovascular disease–the consensus is that depression is a risk marker for cardiovascular disease, meaning if you have cardiovascular disease, there is a higher likelihood that you could also have depression, when compared with the risk in the general population,” said lead author Victor Okunrintemi from Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables, Florida. In one study, Okunrintemi and colleagues evaluated patient experience, health…

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Acne may put you at risk of major depression. Here’s what new research says

Acne may put you at risk of major depression. Here’s what new research says

Acne is associated with increased risk of developing major depression in the first years after the condition appears, reveals a study. The analysis included data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) (1986-2012), a large primary care database in the United Kingdom. The investigators found that the risk for major depression was highest within one year of acne diagnosis – a 63% higher risk compared with individuals without acne – and decreased thereafter. The results indicate that it is critical that physicians monitor mood symptoms in patients with acne and initiate…

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The 8 different types of depression

The 8 different types of depression

As with all mental illnesses, depression isn’t an easy-to-define condition, and there are lots of variations. We might describe ourselves conversationally as feeling ‘depressed’ if we’re a bit down, but medical depression is a formal term that covers a variety of depressive conditions – some very common and some relatively rare. Labels aren’t always necessary, and they vary from country to country. But it can be helpful to know what to look out for. Here are the main types of depression recognised by professionals… 1. Mild, moderate and severe depression Depression is first diagnosed using…

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