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Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


More


Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


More


Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


More


Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


More


Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


More


Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


Researchers \'Astonished\' by Anorexia Death Rates


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Linkage between Personality Traits & Longevity.


Depression Linked to Increase in Harmful Type of Body Fat


Leaving Las Vegas May Reduce Odds of Suicide


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01/10/2005  ||  IQ test to predict schizophrenia
A SIMPLE IQ test developed by Scottish scientists will be able to predict whether people are likely to suffer schizophrenia up to three years in advance. Researchers at Edinburgh University believe their test — which measures IQ, memory, motor skills and verbal learning — can be used to take action against the illness, which typically strikes people aged between 17 and 30, from being triggered; the study was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
 
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01/12/2005  ||  Imaging May Lead To Test for Bipolar Disorder
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy can identify distinct abnormalities in the brain chemistry of patients with bipolar disorder. John D. Port, M.D., of the department of radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. said at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. “We hope to eventually refine this into a clinically useful test that could shave years off a patient's time to diagnosis".
 
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01/12/2005  ||  Religious Affiliation May Lower Suicide Risk
Depressed men and women who consider themselves affiliated with a religion are less likely to attempt suicide than their non-religious counterparts, according to new study findings. "If someone acknowledges being religious, all else being equal, they are at lower risk to act on suicidal thoughts than someone who does not acknowledge religious affiliation," study co-author Dr. Maria A. Oquendo told Reuters Health. Further, she added, "it does not appear to make a difference what religion they state their affiliation for."
 
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01/15/2005  ||  Penn Study May Lead The Way For First Medication To Treat Cocaine Addiction
Despite years of active research there are still no approved medications for the treatment of cocoaine dependence. Researchers are now hopeful, however, based on the results of a controlled study done at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The investigators have identified Modafinil – a wake-promoting agent approved for the treatment of narcolepsy – as a possible medicinal treatment for cocaine dependence. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, researchers found Modafinil promoted cocaine abstinence in treatment-seeking outpatients. Modafinil was also shown to blunt cocaine-induced euphoria in a prior study conducted by the same research group, perhaps explaining its clinical advantage.
 
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01/15/2005  ||  Pre-Mature Ejaculation: Is it all in the mind or is it a medical condition?
Leading psychiatrists and medical authorities in the field of sexual medicine are set to debate the topic: Premature Ejaculation – Psychological Therapy is preferable to Medical Therapy. Irwin Goldstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine and Director of the Institute for Sexual Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, will moderate this controversial debate at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, LA during a champagne breakfast on January 15, 2005. The debate is being held as part of an annual conference given by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA). According to the World Health Organization, half of men aged 40-70 have sexual dysfunction. Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common forms of dysfunction experienced and it can be caused by either psychological factors or underlying medical conditions.
 
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02/03/2005  ||  U.S. men have more distorted body image than Asians
Men in the U.S. and Europe are more likely to overestimate female desire for muscular mates than their East Asian counterparts, says a study published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Western men said women preferred a physique with 20 pounds to 30 pounds more muscle than the average man. Yet when asked what type of male body they liked most, women chose men without the added bulk, according to the research by Belmont, Massachusetts- based McLean Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Bloomberg News
 
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02/08/2005  ||  HMOs May Lose Ability To Limit Medication Choice
Proposed regulations in California would give patients and physicians legal tools to ensure access to prescription drugs. Health care advocates are cautiously optimistic about proposed new regulations that would require California HMOs to cover medically necessary prescription drugs. Last month the California Department of Managed Health Care (CDMHC) issued the proposed regulations, which stipulate that prescription drug benefits be designed by "qualified medical and pharmacy professionals."
 
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02/10/2005  ||  Gender influences age of bipolar onset
Researchers have found gender differences in the incidence and age at onset of mania and bipolar disorder, with men affected earlier than women. "Despite clear gender differences in the symptoms and course of bipolar affective disorder, studies investigating age at onset by gender have yielded inconsistent results," note Noel Kennedy, from the Institute of Psychiatry in London, UK, and colleagues.
 
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02/10/2005  ||  Genetic Anomaly Linked To Seasonal Binge Eating
A gene variant involved in dopamine transmission may be linked to a binge-eating syndrome in seasonal affective disorder. The finding may point toward detection and prevention strategies. Although only a small percentage of North Americans experience full-blown seasonal affective disorder—about 1 percent of Americans and 2 percent of Canadians—a much larger percentage—between 10 percent and 15 percent—report depression accompanied by increased eating and weight gain during the fall and winter. Moreover, of this larger percentage, a substantial number also engage in binge eating. Now a gene variant linked to seasonal affective disorder binge eating appears to have been identified. It is a variant of the dopamine-4 receptor gene called the seven-repeat allele.
 
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03/02/2005  ||  Spatial awareness diminshed in ADHD children
Children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appear to have a delayed awareness of information when presented in the left visual space, study findings show.
 
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03/02/2005  ||  Mania switching and rapid cycling unaffected by antidepressant use
Study findings suggest that antidepressants do not influence the risk of switching from depression to mania or rapid cycling. While previous evidence has suggested that the use of antidepressants for the treatment of depression in bipolar patients can induce mania or rapid cycling, some experts feel that some of the switches from depression to mania can be explained as the natural course of bipolar disorder, or other factors such as sleep deprivation.
 
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05/27/2005  ||  Bulimia linked to raised cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Women with bulimia nervosa appear to have increased levels of serum lipids, which investigators have found are involved in certain psychopathological characteristics of the eating disorder. Palmiero Monteleone (University of Naples SUN, Italy) and colleagues therefore suggest that lipid levels need to be monitored in such patients.
 
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06/08/2005  ||  Schizophrenia may be less prevalent than previously suggested
The prevalence of schizophrenia may not be as high as currently documented, but the disorder does remain persistent for many, findings from a global systematic review indicate. "While there is substantial variation between sites, generally the prevalence of schizophrenia ranges from four to seven per 1000 persons," the team reveals in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine.
 
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