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Public Release: 21-Nov-2014
Women's Health Issues
Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings
Study finds that women with symptoms of serious mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive three cancer screenings: mammography, clinical breast exams and PAP smears.

Contact: Sharita Forrest
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 20-Nov-2014
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
For women, job authority adds to depression symptoms
Job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men, according to a new study of more than 1,300 middle-aged men and 1,500 middle-aged women published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
NIH/National Institute of Aging

Contact: David Ochsner
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 19-Nov-2014
Development and Psychopathology
Study: Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression
A study by University of Illinois psychologist indicates that girls AND boys who mature early face many risk factors that are linked with depression several years later.

Contact: Sharita Forrest
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 19-Nov-2014
Archives of Women's Mental Health
Mindfulness techniques can help protect pregnant women against depression
Pregnant women with histories of major depression are about 40 percent less likely to relapse into depression if they practice mindfulness techniques -- such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga -- along with cognitive therapy, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Contact: Sona Dimidjian
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 19-Nov-2014
Neuroscience 2014
Research shows why antidepressant may be effective in postpartum depression
An antidepressant commonly prescribed for women with postpartum depression may restore connections between cells in brain regions that are negatively affected by chronic stress during pregnancy, new research suggests.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Benedetta Leuner
Ohio State University

Public Release: 18-Nov-2014
American Public Health Association's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition
Acculturative stress found to be root cause of high depression rates in Latino youth
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis say acculturative stress may explain, in part, why Indiana's Latino youth face an alarming disparity in depression and suicide rates when compared to their white counterparts.
Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Contact: Richard Schneider
Indiana University

Public Release: 18-Nov-2014
Neuroscience 2014
High-fructose diet in adolescence may exacerbate depressive-like behavior
When animals consume a diet high in fructose throughout adolescence, it can worsen depressive- and anxiety-like behavior and alter how the brain responds to stress.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Quinn Eastman
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 17-Nov-2014
American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014
Fatigue, irritability, and demoralization can affect your heart health
Fatigue, increased irritability, and feeling demoralized, may raise a healthy man or woman's risk of first-time cardiovascular disease by 36 percent, according to a study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals.

Contact: Lauren Woods
The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
JAMA Psychiatry
Depression, overwhelming guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes
A key brain region involved in emotion is smaller in older children diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, and predicts risk of later recurrence, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Jim Dryden
Washington University School of Medicine

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
Brain protein influences how the brain manages stress; suggests new model of depression
A discovery of new molecular and behavioural connections may provide a foundation for the development of new treatments to combat some forms of depression.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, Hope for Depression Research Foundation

Contact: Elizabeth Dowling
The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
JAMA Psychiatry
Predicting US soldier suicides following psychiatric hospitalization
A study that looked at predicting suicides in US Army soldiers after they are hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder suggests that nearly 53 percent of posthospitalization suicides occurred following the 5 percent of hospitalizations with the highest predicted suicide risk, according to a report in JAMA Psychiatry.

Contact: David Cameron
The JAMA Network Journals

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves
Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. The scientists behind the MRC-funded study say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions including depression.
Medical Research Council UK

Contact: Dr. Rebecca Caygill
University College London

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
JAMA Psychiatry
Predicting US Army suicides after hospital discharge
A new report from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers suggests that some Army suicides can be predicted with enough accuracy to justify implementing preventive interventions in patients at high risk.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: David Cameron
Harvard Medical School

Public Release: 12-Nov-2014
JAMA Psychiatry
Soldiers at increased suicide risk after leaving hospital
US Army soldiers hospitalized with a psychiatric disorder have a significantly elevated suicide risk in the year following discharge from the hospital, according to research from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers. The yearly suicide rate for this group, 263.9 per 100,000 soldiers, was far higher than the rate of 18.5 suicides per 100,000 in the Regular Army for the same study period, the study found.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Michaelle Scanlon
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Public Release: 11-Nov-2014
Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Progress in bipolar disorder -- update from Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Several lines of research have opened exciting new frontiers in scientific understanding and clinical management of bipolar disorder. Recent advances in bipolar disease research are described in this month's special issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Contact: Connie Hughes
Wolters Kluwer Health

Public Release: 11-Nov-2014
PLOS Medicine
Autophagy and antidepressants
FK506 binding protein 51 regulates acute and chronic effects of treatment with antidepressants via autophagic pathways (processes by which cells break down and recycle their components) in mice and is linked to the clinical response to antidepressants in humans, according to a study published by Theo Rein and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany in this week's PLOS Medicine.
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry

Contact: Maya Sandler

Public Release: 11-Nov-2014
PLOS Medicine
New therapy for trauma survivors
A newly developed transdiagnostic psychotherapy, called the Common Elements Treatment Approach, is effective for reducing mental health symptoms among Burmese trauma survivors living in Thailand, according to a study published by Paul Bolton and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and University of Washington, USA in this week's PLOS Medicine.
United States Agency for International Development Victims of Torture Fund

Contact: Maya Sandler

Public Release: 10-Nov-2014
Nature Neuroscience
Changes in a single gene's action can control addiction and depression-related behaviors
Regulation of a single, specific gene in a brain region related to drug addiction and depression is sufficient to reduce drug and stress responses, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published October 27 online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Contact: Elizabeth Dowling
The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Public Release: 10-Nov-2014
JAMA Internal Medicine
Home health nurses integrated depression care management but limited benefit
Medicare home health care nurses effectively integrated a depression care management program into routine practice but the benefit appeared limited to patients with moderate to severe depression, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Contact: Ashley Paskalis
The JAMA Network Journals

Public Release: 7-Nov-2014
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Brain's response to threat silenced when we are reminded of being loved and cared for
Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat, new research from the University of Exeter has found.

Contact: Eleanor Gaskarth
University of Exeter

Public Release: 4-Nov-2014
Mental Health, Religion & Culture
Youth pastors feel ill-equipped to help youths with mental health issues, Baylor study finds
Many mental health disorders first surface during adolescence, and college and youth pastors are in a good position to offer help or steer youths elsewhere to find it. But many of those pastors feel ill-prepared to recognize and treat mental illness, according to a Baylor University study.

Contact: Terry Goodrich
Baylor University

Public Release: 4-Nov-2014
Society for Integrative Oncology's 11th International Conference
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Report card on complementary therapies for breast cancer
Over 80 percent of breast cancer patients in the United States use complementary therapies following a breast cancer diagnosis, but there has been little science-based guidance to inform clinicians and patients about their safety and effectiveness. In newly published guidelines, researchers analyzed which integrative treatments appear to be most effective and safe for patients. They evaluated more than 80 different therapies.
Society for Integrative Oncology

Contact: Stephanie Berger
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Public Release: 3-Nov-2014
Study shows clear new evidence for mind-body connection
For the first time, researchers have shown that practicing mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors.
Alberta Cancer Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance

Contact: Gregory Harris
Alberta Health Services

Public Release: 3-Nov-2014
Open Heart
Almost three-quarters of patients with no coronary heart disease have persistent symptoms
Almost three-quarters of patients investigated for coronary heart disease, and given the all-clear, still have persistent symptoms up to 18 months later, indicates a small study published in the online journal Open Heart. Certain investigations seem to deepen fears about heart health and perpetuate physical symptoms, the findings suggest.

Contact: Emma Dickinson
BMJ-British Medical Journal

Public Release: 31-Oct-2014
168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
The digital therapist
A program that analyzes your speech and uses it to gain information about your mental health could soon be feasible, thanks in part to research from the University of Maryland showing that certain vocal features change as patients' feelings of depression worsen.

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
Acoustical Society of America