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A large Swedish study published in 2002 showed that women aged 60-74 years were more likely to continue to experience migraine if they had also had major depression in the past. People who have had depression at any time in their lives are more likely to continue to have migraine attacks in older…
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By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Reuters Health) - Online socializing may weaken the tie between pain and depression for older people, a U.S. study suggests. People in chronic pain are at risk of depression to start with. When pain makes them stay home more, interacting with friends and family less…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Elderly people with major depressive disorder may be more likely to suffer severe and persistent symptoms than younger adults with the same mental health diagnosis, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers examined data on 1,042 adults with major depressive disorder…
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Factors including depression, duration, and age are independently associated with progression to Alzheimer dementia in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and depression, according to the authors of a new study. For their study, the researchers assessed data obtained from the…
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Certain classes of antidepressants may effectively treat depression in individuals with Parkinson disease (PD), according to a recent systematic review and meta-analysis. For their review, the researchers identified 3191 randomized controlled trials that had investigated the efficacy of…
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According to authors Rebecca O’Dwyer (Rush University Medical Center, Rush Epilepsy Center) and coauthors, approximately 25% of all patients with epilepsy are aged 60 years or older and as the population ages, some predict that half of all newly diagnosed with epilepsy will be older than 65 years…
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Results from the world’s first trial showing the potential impact of ketamine for treatment-resistant depression provided preliminary evidence on the drug’s safety and efficacy in geriatric patients. Researchers Colleen K Loo, MD, (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) and colleagues…
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By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) - Greater ups and downs of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) are associated with a higher number of symptoms of depression in elderly individuals with type 2 diabetes, a recent Israeli study finds. “The results suggest that maintaining stability in glycemic control may be…
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A recent JAMA study found that collaborative care compared with usual care for subthreshold depression resulted in a statistically significant difference in depressive symptoms for older adults (2017;317[7]:728-737). Authors Simon Gilbody, PhD, University of York (England), and colleagues…
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A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nonfrail older men with current or a past history of depression demonstrated greater impairment of functional and physical capacity (2017;18[1]:65-69). A previous study by the study’s authors, Osvaldo P Almeida, MD, PhD,…
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