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Sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in military combat increased the risk of a handful of mental health conditions compared with a critical combat injury without TBI, according to a study published online in the journal Military Medicine. “In our cohort of military personnel who were…
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In older adults with mild cognitive impairment and depression, social isolation is significantly associated with an increased likelihood of peptic ulcer recurrence, according to a study published online in Psychosomatic Medicine.  The study spanned 1900 adults age 55 and older with mild cognitive…
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Older adults screened for Alzheimer disease in primary care showed no difference afterward in health-related quality of life or symptoms of depression and anxiety compared with older adults who were not screened, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics…
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In middle-age and older adults, depressive symptoms that were persistent, as well as depressive symptoms that were remitted, were associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease compared with no depressive symptoms at all. Researchers published these findings from a large prospective…
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In older adults with Alzheimer disease dementia and mild cognitive impairment, symbols with distracting features hinder comprehension. Researchers published their findings online in the journal Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders.  “Symbols with visual cues, by contrast, facilitate symbol…
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Poor cardiovascular health tripled the risk of developing depression in a group of otherwise healthy adults over 4 years of follow-up, according to a study published online in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.  “Ameliorating cardiovascular health might decrease depression risk…
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Addressing negative emotions early on appears to benefit older adults with major depressive disorder, cognitive impairment, and suicidal ideation, according to a study published online in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.  “Our main findings highlight that negative emotions need to be…
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There is very little evidence supporting the treatment of mental health disorders with cannabis, according to the results of a recent meta-analysis. Although it has been suggested that cannabinoids and their synthetic derivatives could be used for the treatment of mental health disorders, their…
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While effects on depressive symptoms took longer, sertraline eased anxiety symptoms and improved self-reported mental health within 6 weeks in primary care patients with symptoms of depression, according to a study published online in The Lancet Psychiatry. “We have found important evidence that…
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Deep brain stimulation of the subcallosal cingulate SCC DBS) appears to offer sustained antidepressant efficacy and long-term safety for patients with treatment-resistant depression for up to 8 years, according to a study published online in The American Journal of Psychiatry. “Given that patients…
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