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Understanding serotonin receptors can speed treatment for depression
Manipulating gene expression levels in rats' brains can help to understand the causes of clinical depression, according to psychiatric research at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The latest study involves introducing copies of the gene for 5-HT1lb autoreceptors, which inhibit serotonin release from nerve cells, into the rat brain. (1999-09-08)

Antidepressant drug alleviates hot flashes in men undergoing prostate cancer treatment
Venlafaxine, an antidepressant drug, helps reduce the incidence of hot flashes in men undergoing androgen- deprivation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a recent Mayo Clinic report published in the Journal of Urology (1999-09-03)

The effects of St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Hypericum (St.John's Wort) is a plant that has been widely used as an over the counter treatment for depression. In this article researchers from Australia have synthesized existing knowledge on the biochemical and biological effects of this plant that might help explain its reported antidepressant effects. (1999-08-31)

Non-drug techniques help reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia
Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) who exercise and practice relaxation and other non-drug techniques report fewer symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and morning stiffness than do patients who receive medication alone, according to scientists at the University of Missouri-Columbia. (1999-08-31)

Scientists uncover molecular changes underlying amphetamine and antidepressant action
In this week's issue of Science, scientists illuminate the way in which neurons use molecular vacuum cleaners to clear synapses of released chemical messengers, an understanding that could lead to more effective antidepressants. (1999-07-30)

Treating Depression Makes A Healthier Heart
Antidepressants not only treat depression, but can also help prevent heart disease, say scientists in Atlanta, Georgia. The team think that improved mood makes the difference, rather than direct action by the drugs. (1999-05-19)

Interferon Significantly Affects Metabolism Of Other Drugs Given To Cancer Patients, Finds University Of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Cancer patients undergoing therapy with interferon alfa 2b (IFNa2b) could be overmedicated with narcotics and antidepressants commonly administered with this agent, according to a University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute study with broad implications for IFNa2b use and which is presented May 17 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting. (1999-05-17)

Debilitating Body Image Disorder Often Begins In Teens; Likely To Be Missed
A new study of 33 children and adolescents with body dysmorphic disorder - the largest study ever conducted on this age group - found subjects dropping out of school, becoming reclusive and attempting suicide. (1999-03-24)

Severe Pain Following Shingles Safely Relieved In Clinical Trial Of Anti-Convulsant Drug Gabapentin
In a clinical trial of a new type of drug to relieve severe, chronic pain caused by nerve damage, the anti-convulsant medicine gabapentin has provided significant relief from the aching, burning, tearing pain that some shingles patients suffer for years after other symptoms subside. (1998-12-01)

Study Finds Psychotherapy And Anti-Depressants Equally Effective In Treating Severely Depressed Primary-Care Patients
Researchers comparing the effectiveness of treating major depression with either antidepressant medication or psychotherapy noted no difference in the success of the two treatment methods after an eight-month clinical investigation, allowing primary care physicians greater flexibility in selecting a proper treatment for their patients. (1998-11-23)

Mostly In The Mind
Antidepressants may be little better than placebos. The benefits of taking the drugs could be almost entirely due to the psycological boost derived from taking a pill rather than their effects on brain chemistry, say two researchers in the US. (1998-07-08)

Antidepressants Can Lead To Mouth Infections
Persons taking antidepressant medication are at increased risk of developing dental cavities and oral infections, researchers warn. This is because antidepressants cause (1998-06-23)

Mice Free Of Anxiety By A Deficient Stress Hormone Receptor--A Hint For A NewTherapeutic Regimen In The Treatment Of Depression And Anxiety
Depressed patients show an altered stress hormone regulation and psychopathological symptoms. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich/Germany, and the GSF Research Centre in Neuherberg generated a stress hormone receptor-deficient mouse exhibiting a blunted stress response and reduced anxiety (Nature Genetics, vol. 19, June 1998). (1998-05-29)

UF Psychiatrists Use Antidepressants To Treat Smoking Addiction
University of Florida psychiatrists are wielding new weapons in the war against nicotine addiction: antidepressants. Part of a three-pronged approach that may include nicotine replacement therapy and counseling, the idea is to help smokers kick the habit by tackling addiction at its root. (1998-04-23)

Most Depressed Heart Failure Patients Untreated
Major depression is common among patients who have been hospitalized with congestive heart failure (CHF), but most older depressed patients receive neither antidepressants nor psychotherapy. Only 44 percent of depressed CHF patients age 60 or older received any treatment for depression, either during hospitalization or during the year after being discharged. (1998-02-15)

Prozac Proves Successful In Treating Major Depression In Children And Teens
After four years of study, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have concluded that the drug Prozac is just as effective for treating major depression in children and teens as it is in adults. (1997-11-13)

Seniors With Depression Get Lower Quality Managed Care
Older patients with depression enrolled in health maintenance organizations (HMOs) receive fewer visits with mental health professionals and are more likely to be given tranquilizers rather than antidepressant medication, researchers report. And, when they are prescribed antidepressants, they are more likely to receive older varieties that have more side effects. (1997-10-22)

Scientists Track Effectiveness Of Migraine Drugs With Ultrasound
A Korean neurologist has found a way to use ultrasound to monitor how well migraine medicine is working and help in preventing the vicious headaches (1997-08-15)

Melatonin May Ease Insomnia Associated With Depression In Lag Period Before Antidepressants Take Effect
Northwestern University Medical School researchers have launched a study to determine the effectiveness of melatonin to relieve insomnia in the initial weeks of Prozac¨ therapy. They believe the hormone melatonin may not only improve sleep but also diminish depression that has been exacerbated by sleep deprivation (1997-03-13)

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