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Businesses are using technology to support mental health

London - Workplace absence costs employers millions of lost pays and billions in lost revenue each year. Many of these absences are due to mental health issues, of which stress and anxiety are the leading triggers.

Treating depression with brain orientated magnets

New research has been undertaken relation to lowering the impact of depression on the affected individual. Researchers from the Semel Institute report on an interesting approach for tackling depression using magnets.

Too much stress for the mother affects the baby: Study

Swiss researchers have found that if an expectant mother is under stress over the long-term, the level of stress hormones in the amniotic fluid rises. This could have implications for the development of the baby.

Psychologists use machine learning to diagnose depression

Austin - Psychologists from University of Texas at Austin have deployed the Stampede supercomputer help identify patterns in neuroimaging data that can predict for mental disorders.

Can probiotics reduce symptoms of depression?

Can probiotics help to reduce the symptoms of depression? The answer appears 'possible', based on new research. McMaster University scientists have shown a beneficial connection between the microbiota-gut-brain axis.

New free app aims to help women with postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a common complication of child birth and can have a major impact for women and their families. A new app, offered for free, aims to help women through the assessment and treatment process.

Mental health issues studied one year after Fort McMurray fire

Fort Mcmurray - A psychiatrist with the University of Alberta is studying how the 2016 wildfire has affected the lives of children in Fort McMurray. Other studies are also being conducted regarding anxiety, depression and PTSD among those who lived through the ordeal.

Why do migraines occur? Part 2: Migraines and anxiety

Researchers have discovered that anxiety disorder is more common among people who have migraines compared with than those without migraines. Our review of this research is the second part of a two part article looking at migraines.

Playing Tetris can help the recovery of trauma victims

Oxford - Can playing Tetris ease the minds after a traumatic event? New research suggests this is the case provided that the game is played within six hours of a traumatic incident happening.

Ketamine provides hope for treatment of clinical depression

York - New research into the drug ketamine shows it can be used to treat some cases of depression where existing medications have not been successful. This has led some to call for the drug to be rolled out.

Depression rates are low among those who help others

For people who are diagnosed with depression, helping other people is one way of lowering the effects of feeling depressed according to new research.

Happiest cities in the U.S. revealed through new survey

Where are the most content, and by association, least content cities in the U.S.? Where are the collective populations happiest? In drawing up such a list, what is happiness and how is it measured? A new survey probes for the answers.

Anti-anxiety hormone linked to postpartum depression

From a study involving women who had been diagnosed with mood disorders, medical scientists have found that levels of the hormone allopregnanolone are associated with an increased chance of postpartum depression.

Pharmaceutical company partners with Apple to tackle depression

Pharmaceutical company Takeda and digital health tool developer Cognition Kit are to work together to see if mobile apps and wearables can help fight depression. This will include working with Apple and its smartwatch.

Can Botox reduce social anxiety?

Atlanta - The cosmetic wrinkle reducer, Botox, is being examined in the context of treating various medical conditions. In one example, George Washington University is recruiting volunteers for a new study testing Botox to treat social anxiety.

How to manage social media and cope with newsfeed stress

A few years ago social media was a ‘fun’ activity. Now that it’s embedded in most people’s routines, managing page likes and newsfeeds creates its own special stress. Add to that dealing with unpleasant news and whole new stress factor is created.

New approach to antidepressant via drug discovery

Helsinki - A new molecule has proved promising in laboratory test in relation to antidepressant therapy. This relates to a better understanding as to how the brain regulates depression and anxiety.

Biomarker for depression during pregnancy detected

Many women who are pregnant suffer from depression, with some medics putting the rate at one in seven. To assist medics in detecting the likelihood of a woman suffering from depression a biological marker has been detected.

Rates of depression increase among teenage girls

Depression, at least in the U.S., is increasing among teens, with the largest increase seen with teenage girls. This is based on a new assessment of medical case history over a ten year period.

Microbiomes interact with mental health treatment

People who experience a 'nervous stomach' under periods of stress will understand the connection between the gut and a person’s mood. It seems that there is now scientific evidence to support this link.

Association between social media and depression

Melbourne - There is an increasing number of reports about the impact of social media on the lives of people, especially young people, and the association with depression, anxiety and stress. A new study has looked into this.

Physical source of depression identified

A connection between depression and physiology has been found from a new research study. This indicates that depression is associated with the lateral orbitofrontal cortex of the brain.

New approach for treating teens with depression

Washington D.c. - Depression is a growing problem among teenagers as the pressures from schools increases, together with interactions with peer groups and from social media. The rise requires new strategies for treatment by health authorities.

Study: Probiotics reduce stress and anxiety

A study on animals suggests that increased knowledge about gut health could lead to the use of probiotics to alter the microorganisms of the gut and modulate behavioral responses to stress.

New insights on how depression and anxiety change the body

A new study suggests that depression and anxiety change the body in different ways, with depression affecting the stomach and anxiety affecting the skin. This highlights how mental problems and physical disorders are often interlinked.

Brain area where depression occurs is detected

Feeling low? Scientists now know where in the brain depression is most strongly associated with. The region is associated with reward and it also interacts with a second region of the brain that stores memories.

Op-Ed: Magic mushroom tests — Strong positives for treating depression

London - Despite bureaucracy, Imperial College researchers in the UK have found that magic mushrooms show strong positive indicators for people suffering from depression. Trials have shown that some subjects remain free from depression months later.

China, India face huge mental health burden: Study

Paris - China and India are home to more than a third of people with mental illness, but only a tiny fraction of them receive medical help, according to studies released Wednesday.

d-Methadone elicits antidepressant-like effects after single dose

The chemical d-Methadone elicits antidepressant-like effects after a single administration, according to a new animal study.

Virtual therapy helps tackle depression

London - Instead of pills, and in conjunction with counselling,a medical study suggests forms of "virtual therapy" using headsets might act as a cure for depression.
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