Erin Brodwin, provided by Published 1:23 pm, Monday, April 16, 2018 Daiana Lorenz/Youtube Ketamine is emerging as a potential new drug for depression — the first of its kind in 35 years. Johnson & Johnson is actively pursuing a nasal formulation of the drug. Researchers plan to present the results of an advanced clinical trial of the formula next month at the American Psychiatric Association meeting. An early glimpse at some of the results suggests that the formula is safe and linked with sustained improvements in depressive symptoms over a year. the most important discovery in half a century," just got a step closer to becoming the first new drug for depression in 35 years. The compound has a reputation as a party drug, but many experts say that's unfair, since ketamine is increasingly being studied for its potential use as a rapid-fire treatment for depression. In people who live with the disease, thoughts of suicide can strike suddenly and without warning. … [Read more...] about Ketamine could become the first new depression drug in more than 30 years
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An 18-year-old Manheim man was under the influence of marijuana and two prescription medicines during a fatal New Year's Eve crash in Rapho Township, according to officials.Jeremy Michael Roland is charged with vehicular homicide while DUI and other charges related to the crash that killed one passenger 17-year-old Hayley Clarke.The crash also seriously injured Clarke's sister, 13-year-old Jordan Hornbaker, who suffered a broken leg. A third passenger, a 16-year-old girl sustained a wrist injury and bruised chest.Roland was driving a Mazda SUV in the 1300 block of Route 72 (Lebanon Road) around 6 p.m. when he veered off the road, made no attempts to brake and crashed into a detached garage, according to a reconstruction of the crash.When the Mazda veered off the road, Roland was going about 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to police. The vehicle went over fields, driveways and through shrubs and fences before it hit the garage, police said."The reconstruction and … [Read more...] about Police: 18-year-old driver smoked marijuana before fatal New Year’s Eve crash in Rapho Twp.
(CBS) What causes depression? Scientists have identified all sorts of things, from emotional stress and substance abuse to having the wrong genes. And now a provocative new study suggests a cause of depression that few may have suspected:Taking antidepressant medication. The study, published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology, showed that depressed people who use antidepressants are far more likely to suffer a relapse of major depression than those who avoid antidepressants. For the study, McMaster University evolutionary psychologist Dr. Paul Andrews and his colleagues analyzed dozens of previously published studies to compare outcomes for patients who used antidepressants to those for patients who used placebos.They found that antidepressant users have a roughly 42 percent chance of a relapse, as compared with a 25 percent chance for those who shun antidepressant pills.In other words, the pill poppers are almost twice as susceptible to future bouts of depression - a problem that … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Do antidepressants cause depression? What new study says
(CBS) Scientists just gave depressed people another reason to feel sad. Pictures: 10 Deadly Myths about strokeDepression significantly increases the risks of having a stroke, and dying from it, according to a new study published in the September 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. For the study, researchers reviewed 30 studies of nearly 320,000 patients, and found that depression was associated with a 45 percent increased risk for stroke. The study also found depression was associated with a 55 percent increased risk for dying from a stroke. "Stroke is a leading cause of death and permanent disability," study author Dr. An Pan, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a written statement. "Given the high prevalence and incidence of depression and stroke in the general population, the observed association between depression and stroke has clinical and public health importance." How might depression lead to stroke? The authors of the study … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Depression tied to stroke risk: What explains link?
Skip the diet soda and pick up a cup of joe? New research claims that sweetened beverages increase the risk of depression in older adults, while coffee slightly lowers the chances. "Sweetened beverages, coffee and tea are commonly consumed worldwide and have important physical -- and may have important mental -- health consequences," study author Dr. Honglei Chen, a researcher with the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, said in a written statement. Chen's new study looked at data from 263,925 people between the ages of 50 and 71 that were first collected from 1995 to 1996. Soda, tea, fruit punch and coffee consumption was recorded for all participants, then researchers followed up about 10 years later and asked the participant if he or she had been diagnosed with depression since 2000. Out of all the subjects, 11,311 had been diagnosed with depression in that time frame. It was discovered that … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Sweetened drinks linked to depression in older adults
WASHINGTON -- All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday. The new guidelines, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, calls attention to the fact that millions of Americans suffer from depression and many are not receiving treatment. "Depression is among the leading causes of disability in persons 15 years and older," the task force stated in a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It affects individuals, families, businesses, and society and is common in patients seeking care in the primary care setting. Depression is also common in postpartum and pregnant women and affects not only the woman but her child as well." "It's a major statement," CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips said on "CBS This Morning." Screening simply involves health care providers asking about certain symptoms even if patients don't … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo New depression guidelines: Who should get screened?
Last Updated Feb 22, 2010 4:23 PM EST UPDATE: WebMD Caves on Rigged Depression Test: Not Everyone Is Suicidal, Apparently Feeling depressed? Cheer yourself up by taking WebMD's comical new depression test. It's sponsored by Eli Lilly (LLY) -- maker of the antidepressant Cymbalta -- so they must know what they're talking about, right? In fact, no matter which of the 10 answers you choose on the test, the result comes out the same: You may be at risk for major depression. Sen. Charles Grassley wants the link between WebMD and Lilly investigated because he suspects people may rely on the test, thinking it is objective information when in fact it's sponsored fluff. To be fair to WebMD and Lilly, the test is clearly marked as "funded by Lilly." And there's a Cymbalta ad sitting on the same page. But that doesn't excuse the fact that it is rigged. Even if you answer "no" to all of the 10 questions (which are all framed so that the "yes" answer indicates depressed behavior) you still get … [Read more...] about WebMD’s Depression Test Has Only One (Sponsored) Answer: You’re “At Risk”
(LiveScience) Certain brain regions in people with major depression are smaller and less dense than those of their healthy counterparts. Now, researchers have traced the genetic reasons for this shrinkage. A series of genes linked to the function of synapses, or the gaps between brain cells crucial for cell-to-cell communication, can be controlled by a single genetic "switch" that appears to be overproduced in the brains of people with depression, a new study finds. "We show that circuits normally involved in emotion, as well as cognition, are disrupted when this single transcription factor is activated," study researcher Ronald Duman, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University, said in a statement. Transcription factors are proteins that help control which genetic instructions from DNA will be copied, or transcribed, as part of the process of building the body's proteins. Shrinking brain Brain-imaging studies, post-mortem examinations of human brains and animal studies have all … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How depression shrinks the brain
Erin Brodwin, provided by Published 12:46 pm, Friday, January 19, 2018 Shutterstock Psychedelic drugs have been studied with renewed attention in recent years for their potential to help treat depression and anxiety. These drugs include magic mushrooms, ayahuasca, LSD and, to a lesser extent, MDMA, cannabis, and ketamine. The quality of the trip — which shouldn't be confused with whether it was "good" or "bad" — appears to predict the degree to which it is beneficial therapeutically, a new study suggests. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Timelapse shows icy cold front moving into San Antonio Courtesy AJ Pena SAPD: 2 ejected during rollover crash on U.S. 90 San Antonio Express-News Overnight in S.A. metro, Jan 17-18 San Antonio Express-News Donors rally to support medical student’s widow, children San Antonio Express-News San Antonio Boy Attempts Icy Stunt by Jumping on Slick Trampoline Storyful Car drives off bridge … [Read more...] about A psychedelic trip could tackle depression in a way that antidepressants can’t
WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to provide more benefits to service members transitioning from the military to civilian life in an effort to decrease veteran suicides.Veterans who have recently left the military are between two and three times more likely to commit suicide than active duty service members, and nearly 20% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.The order directs the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to submit a plan within 60 days to provide “seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources.”"We want them to get the highest care and the care they so richly deserve," Trump said. More: 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, new data show More: 'A war within myself': One veteran's struggle for life after combat VA Secretary David Shulkin pledged that in 60 days, the VA will … [Read more...] about Trump expands mental health benefits to decrease suicide rates among new veterans