Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study

August 28, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people’s memories, for up to a day.
In a small study of healthy young adults, researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to fire up certain networks involved [...]


Study: Young Adults Who Had Depression Have ‘Hyper-Connected’ Brain Networks

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young adults who struggled with depression in adolescence appear to have “hyper-connected” networks in their brain, researchers are reporting.
The findings might improve understanding of depression and could lead to new ways to predict, prevent and treat the illness, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.
The researchers [...]


Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.
Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers [...]


VA Hospital Delays Didn’t Cause Deaths, Investigators Say

August 26, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Investigators with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department say there’s no evidence that any deaths at a Phoenix VA hospital — the center of a nationwide scandal — were caused by delays in care.
A draft report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) doesn’t dispute that there [...]


Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression

August 21, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports.
Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years experienced full recovery when treated with cognitive therapy plus antidepressant medication, researchers [...]


Robin Williams Had Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Reveals

August 15, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease before he committed suicide this week, and he was sober at the time of his death, his wife announced Thursday afternoon.
In a prepared statement, Susan Schneider said her husband continued his decades-long battle against depression and anxiety, and [...]


Poor Sleep Linked to Higher Suicide Risk in Older Adults

August 15, 2014

Sleeping difficulties may increase the risk of suicide in older adults even when other symptoms of depression aren’t present, a new study suggests.


Robin Williams Had Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says

August 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease before he committed suicide this week, and he was sober at the time of his death, his wife announced Thursday afternoon.
In a prepared statement, Susan Schneider said her husband continued his decades-long battle with depression and anxiety, and [...]


Malnutrition Threatens Many U.S. Seniors Seen at ERs

August 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, a new study reveals.
Among ER patients aged 65 and older, 16 percent were malnourished and 60 percent were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. Of those who were malnourished, [...]


Robin Williams’ Death Shines Light on Depression, Substance Abuse

August 12, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The apparent suicide Monday of Academy Award-winning actor and comic star Robin Williams has refocused public attention on depression, its sometimes link to substance abuse and, in tragic cases, suicide.
Williams was last seen alive at his suburban San Francisco home about 10 p.m. Sunday, according [...]



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