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Staving Off Holiday Stress And Depression

Categories I remember feeling astonished at a patient of mine in the Denver veterans’ hospital who, when I discussed discharging him home for the holidays, began sobbing and asked to be allowed to stay until after Christmas. The holidays were too stressful for him, he said. When I’d moonlight in

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St John’s Wort Kills Avian Virus

Categories Laboratory tests have shown a drug extracted from the medicinal herb St John’s Wort can be used to treat poultry infected with bird flu, a veterinary professor said.Field tests in Vietnam had also been satisfactory, he added. The results were released as World Health Organisation representatives prepared to meet

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Swimming with Dolphins aids depression

Categories Swimming with dolphins is an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, the results of a new study indicate. According to the researchers, these findings support the theory of biophilia, which is concerned with how human health and wellbeing are dependent on our relationships with the natural environment.The study

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Senator John Hottinger reveals struggle with Depression

Categories (WCCO) St. Paul In a move some call courageous, Sen. John Hottinger revealed he was hospitalized for depression while he was Senate Majority Leader. Hottinger announced Monday he will leave the Senate when his term expires. During the pressure-filled, chaotic 2003 Legislative session, then-Democratic leader Hottinger agreed to deep and controversial

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Scientists discover depression gene PDE4B

Categories Revealing their findings in Science magazine, researchers have found a damaged PDE4B gene effects how the brain thinks. This is another important breakthrough in our still limited understanding of major mental illness, said Professor David Porteous from the University of Edinburgh. It is the result of a long term research commitment to use

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Manic depression linked to creativity

Categories From New Scientist CREATIVE yet difficult people are often described as having an “artistic temperament”. Now there may be evidence for it. The link between creativity and bipolar disorder, or manic depression, has long been noted (New Scientist, 29 October, p 40), and it has been suggested that bipolar episodes

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Depression’s Machismo Mask

Categories By Melissa HealyLos Angeles TimesNov. 9, 2005 07:34 PM  You might call it melancholy on steroids — a muscular mixture of fast-driving, heavy drinking, hard-charging cussedness. For perhaps 3 million American men yearly, that’s the plotline for depression. For almost 24,000 men yearly, the final scene is suicide. Often,

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Shawn Colvin admits being on the verge of suicide

Categories Says she went off depression medication and began using alcohol Nov. 7, 2005 AUSTIN, Tex. – Shawn Colvin songstress for the breakout hit “Sunny Came Home” says she was very close to suicide and that that is what shocked her into going to seek help for a second time.

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Souness reveals Dyer depression

Categories Newcastle boss Graeme Souness has revealed Kieron Dyer is ‘deeply depressed’ at facing a new spell on the sidelines. Dyer is struggling with a mystery illness and faces a lengthy spell out of action. The malady is the latest blow for Dyer, who has seen this season blighted by

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Brooke Shields Not Afraid Of Second Bout With Postpartum Depression

Categories Shields’ says her pregnancy ‘a surprise’ Brooke Shields’ pregnancy proved to be a huge surprise for the actress—because she was preparing to embark on fertility treatment when she learned she was expecting. Shields and her husband Chris Henchy were expecting to repeat in vitro fertilization (IVF), which they used

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St. John’s Wort Protein Suppresses HIV

Categories In a surprising finding, scientists are reporting that HIV appears to crumple when it encounters a protein found in St. John’s wort, the plant that produces a popular herbal supplement. But if you’re an AIDS patient, don’t go rushing to the health food store just yet. The research is

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A protein extracted from St John’s wort can inhibit HIV replication

Categories A protein extracted from St John’s wort can inhibit HIV replication, according to a study published in the October 27th edition of Gene Therapy. The study authors, from Temple University in Philadelphia, found in laboratory studies that the protein, p27SJ, inhibited HIV gene expression and the replication of cells

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DHEA eases midlife depression

Categories From Reuters. First published in the February 2005 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.  A nonprescription hormonal supplement sometimes marketed as a “fountain of youth” drug has been shown to be effective in combating midlife depression. The product — dehydroepiandrosterone — “may have a useful role in the treatment of mild to moderately severe

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St. John’s Wort Matches Common Antidepressant (Paxil)

Categories A special extract of St. John’s wort has been found at least as effective for some forms of depression as a common antidepressant in the same family as Prozac. The herbal treatment, hypericum extract WS 5570, was pitted head-to-head against the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) paroxetine, sold under the trade name Paxil. German

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St. John’s Wort helpful in Severe Depression

Categories New research shows the herbal supplement St. John’s Wort to be as effective as one of the most popular prescription antidepressants for treating both moderate and severe depression. The study is among the first to compare the supplement with a prescription antidepressant. It was funded by the German company that

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Herb as good as depression drug

Categories As reported in the BBC News Some people already use St John’s wort to treat depression  A German study has added weight to the argument that a herbal remedy is an effective treatment for depression. Researchers compared the effectiveness of St John’s wort to anti-depressant drug paroxetine in treating moderate

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Herbal extract as effective as widely-used anti-depressant

Categories AFP/FileAn extract of the herb St. John’s Wort is at least as effective in treating depression as the commonly-prescribed drug Paxil and has fewer side effects, according to a study published. German doctors carried out tests among 251 outpatients at 21 mental health clinics, who were given either the

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