Category Archives: In the News

Depression symptoms increase over time for addiction-prone women

Unlike alcohol problems and antisocial behavior, depression doesn’t decline with age in addiction-prone women in their 30s and 40s – it continues to increase, a new study led by University of Michigan Health System researchers found. The longitudinal analysis examined the influences of the women’s histories, family life and neighborhood instability on their alcoholism symptoms,

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Peer support offers promise for reducing depression symptoms

Peer support offers promise as an effective, low-cost tool for fighting depression, a new study by the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and University of Michigan Health System finds. Programs in which patients and volunteers share information were found to reduce symptoms of depression better than traditional care alone and were about as effective as

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Stressors raise depression risk in people with gene allele

The association between variations in the serotonin transporter gene and the development of depression in response to life stress—first elucidated in a now-famous 2003 report in Science—has been confirmed by meta-analysis. Moreover, the analysis refines the association by showing that specific stressors, such as childhood maltreatment or the presence of a specific medical condition, appear

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Depression in Cancer Survivors

Carmen Green, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and health management and policy, was quoted in a Medscape Today article about her study in Cancer that revealed disparities in quality of life among cancer survivors.  The study found that chronic pain and depression were more common among cancer survivors who were female or black.