Depression, alcohol and marijuana use may increase risk of using synthetic cannabinoids later
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  March 21, 2017  
  Psychiatry  
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 Depression, alcohol and marijuana use may increase risk of using synthetic cannabinoids laterDepression, alcohol and marijuana use may increase risk of using synthetic cannabinoids later
 
In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs - the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana - researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later.
 
 
 Study finds depression to be strongest predictor of death following heart disease diagnosisStudy finds depression to be strongest predictor of death following heart disease diagnosis
 
Depression is the strongest predictor of death in the first decade following a diagnosis of coronary heart disease, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.
 
   New research project unravels disease mechanisms of schizophreniaNew research project unravels disease mechanisms of schizophrenia
 
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet collaborating in the large-scale Karolinska Schizophrenia Project are taking an integrative approach to unravel the disease mechanisms of schizophrenia.
 
   Scientists create first model of anorexia nervosa using iPSCs derived from adolescent femalesScientists create first model of anorexia nervosa using iPSCs derived from adolescent females
 
An international research team, led by scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adolescent females with the eating disorder.
 
   Low levels of allopregnanolone hormone may predict risk of postpartum depressionLow levels of allopregnanolone hormone may predict risk of postpartum depression
 
In a small-scale study of women with previously diagnosed mood disorders, Johns Hopkins researchers report that lower levels of the hormone allopregnanolone in the second trimester of pregnancy were associated with an increased chance of developing postpartum depression in women already known to be at risk for the disorder.
 
 Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently than individuals without the disorder, study finds
 
Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently than individuals without the disorder, study findsNew Michigan State University research has found that refugees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder regulate stress differently than those who don't have the disorder, but may have experienced similar suffering.
 
 
 Study: Combined neurofeedback and HRV training can improve anxiety, depression symptoms
 
Study: Combined neurofeedback and HRV training can improve anxiety, depression symptomsThe official journal of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR), NeuroRegulation, this week published the results of a scientific paper demonstrating for the first time that combined neurofeedback and heart rate variability (HRV) training may have a "robust effect" on improving symptoms of anxiety and depression.
 
 
 Pins and Needles and Anxiety
 
Pins and Needles and AnxietyAnxiety is a daily experience, since it is an internal warning of potential threat which helps the individual to prepare to face danger. Any threat alerts the autonomic nervous system to set off the typical flight-fight-fright response.
 
 
 Mount Sinai researchers review progress made in using ketamine and other therapies to treat depression
 
Mount Sinai researchers review progress made in using ketamine and other therapies to treat depressionMajor depressive disorder (MDD) impacts 15 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability, yet current treatments possess limited efficacy.
 
 
 New UCR study may hold answers to achieving better marital quality
 
New UCR study may hold answers to achieving better marital qualityAchieving marital quality could seem daunting, even impossible to any couple, let alone a couple in which one of the partners is dealing with a serious illness. But a new study by Megan Robbins, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, may hold the answer.
 
 
 Deep brain stimulation could be effective treatment option for patients with severe depressions
 
Deep brain stimulation could be effective treatment option for patients with severe depressionsTreatment with deep brain stimulation can provide lasting relief to patients suffering from previously non-treatable, severe forms of depression several years into the therapy or even eliminate symptoms entirely.
 
 
 Use of 5ARIs for prostatic enlargement not linked to increased suicide risk in older men
 
Using 5α- reductase inhibitors was not associated with increased suicide risk in a group of older men but risks for self-harm and depression were increased during the 18 months after medication initiation, although "the relatively small magnitude of these risks should not dissuade physicians from prescribing these medications in appropriate patients," according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.
 
 
 People with family history of alcoholism more likely to hold onto painful memory of hangovers
 
People with a family history of alcoholism are already known to be at a greater risk of developing a drinking problem, but new research led by Psychologist Dr Richard Stephens at Keele University has found they are also more likely to hold onto the painful memory of hangovers.
 
 
 Salk scientists develop new way to find responders to lithium therapy
 
Salk scientists develop new way to find responders to lithium therapyFor roughly one-third of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, lithium is a miracle drug, effectively treating both their mania and depression. But once someone is diagnosed, it can take up to a year to learn whether that person will be among the 30 percent who respond to lithium or the 70 percent who do not.
 
 
 New article outlines ways to help rural children with mental, behavioral and developmental disorders
 
New article outlines ways to help rural children with mental, behavioral and developmental disordersIn the latest of a series of reports on child mental health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention documents that rural children from small communities have more mental, behavioral and developmental disorders than those living in cities and suburbs.
 
 
 Mouse study provides target for development of faster-acting antidepressant medications
 
Mouse study provides target for development of faster-acting antidepressant medicationsStandard antidepressant medications don't work for everyone, and even when they do they are slow to kick in. In an effort to find better depression treatments, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) relieves signs of depression in mice.
 
 
 Blocking hypocretin signaling may provide new avenue for treating cocaine addiction, study suggests
 
Blocking hypocretin signaling may provide new avenue for treating cocaine addiction, study suggestsThe hypocretin/orexin (HCRT) system of the brain is best known for promoting wakefulness and appetite. A new paper in Biological Psychiatry suggests that blocking hypocretin signaling via the HCRT-1 receptor (HCRT-R1) might also reduce the appetite for cocaine.
 
 
 SSRIs may reduce risk of revision surgery following total hip or knee replacement
 
SSRIs may reduce risk of revision surgery following total hip or knee replacementPatients who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), commonly prescribed medications used to treat anxiety and depression, may experience a reduced risk of revision surgery following total hip (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR), according to new research presented today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.