An inflamed immune system breeds disease and sluggish thinking. Here’s how to cool things down. Matter Over Mind: Inflammation And Depression Oh, it’s all in your body.Past studies have shown that there appears to be a correlation between chronic depression and the likelihood of dementia in the later years. Likewise, there are studies which indicate […]
Fibromyalgia: Mind-Body Disorder August 11, 2011 Question:”I am seeing more and more patients come to my office saying they have fibromyalgia. How should I conceptualize them? Do they have a body disease, or a mind disease?”
Depression Raises Women’s Stroke Risk Study Finds Link Between Depression and Stroke, With Depression Boosting Risk 29% Depression moderately increases a woman’s risk of stroke, according to a new study that confirms earlier research.
Despite FDA warnings, no change in overall antipsychotic use in Parkinson’s from 2002 to 2008 The overall use of antipsychotics in Parkinson’s disease (PD) remained unchanged from the 2002 fiscal year (FY) to the 2008 FY, with 50 percent of patients with PD and psychosis (PDP) prescribed an antipsychotic in routine clinical care in the […]
The findings sounded like good news. As reported recently in The Lancet, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may be successfully treated with a combination of psychotherapy and exercise. Specifically, results of a randomized trial showed that cognitive-behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy have a moderate effect in the treatment of CFS.1
There is “emerging, but as yet inconclusive” evidence that individuals in the prodromal phase of psychosis can benefit from early intervention, although whether this will prevent progression to full-blown schizophrenia remains to be seen, conclude the authors of a new Cochrane review. There is also “some support for phase-specific treatment focused on employment and family […]
More than one in 10 people in a prospective cohort developed chronic widespread pain over a four-year period — and most of them were involved in a traumatic event during that time, researchers reported. Among those who reported new, widespread chronic pain, 43% said they had experienced a traffic accident, surgery, or broken bones over […]
Bret Stetka, MD “Fibromyalgia is a name in search of a meaning.” -Anonymous Canadian rheumatologist What is fibromyalgia, aside from being a major frustration to patients and clinicians? And what causes it? What Is Fibromyalgia? Introduction Medscape recently published a debate posing these questions to Dr. Charles Argoff, a neurologist specializing in pain, and Dr. […]
Worsening depressive symptoms are associated with adverse clinical outcomes in patients with heart failure. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of changes in symptoms of depression over a 1-year period on subsequent clinical outcomes in heart failure (HF) patients.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus as a risk factor for the onset of depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: An earlier meta-analysis showed that diabetes is a risk factor for the development and/or recurrence of depression. Yet whether this risk is different for studies using questionnaires than for those relying on diagnostic criteria for depression […]