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Eating a lot of fish may help reduce the risk of depression, scientists have said. Researchers in China analysed 26 studies involving more than 150,000 participants and found higher fish intake was associated with a reduced risk of depression in those conducted in Europe - but not in the other…
The Scottish suicide rate reduced by 17.8 per cent between the periods 2000-2004 and 2010-2014, according to new figures published. The statistics, published by ISD Scotland and National Record of Scotland, show that 696 people died by suicide in 2014, compared with 795 in 2013. National Records of Scotland has…
Researchers from the University of Exeter have launched a large-scale research study to improve understanding of treatments that are currently offered to people with depression. The aim of the trial is to develop stronger, more effective and more widely available treatments. The trial provides free online cognitive behavioural therapy for…
Cardiff University scientists have identified a critical function of what they believe to be schizophrenia’s “Rosetta Stone” gene that could hold the key to decoding the function of all genes involved in the disease. The breakthrough has revealed a vulnerable period in the early stages of the brain’s development that…
Depression and personality disorders are the most common diagnoses in psychiatric patients requesting help to die, research has found. The study, published in the online journal BMJ Open, focused on Belgian patients who had requested euthanasia on the grounds of "unbearable suffering". Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002,…
Scientists have created a potential new treatment for depression by combining a medication for pain relief with one for combating addiction. Current antidepressants, called SSRIs, increase the level of serotonin in the brain although the exact mechanism by which they work is unclear. Between 30% and 50% of patients do…
Doctors should ask men with mental health problems whether they have experienced or carried out domestic violence, researchers have said. A study found male patients visiting their GP with anxiety or depression were more likely to be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence. The research, by the University of Bristol…
The University of Reading has launched a new campaign to support research into a new treatment for teenage depression, and to highlight the lack of global research in this area. The Charlie Waller Institute (CWI) Fundraising Appeal aims to raise money to further test and develop Brief Behavioural Action (BBA),…
A form of meditation could be as effective as anti-depressants at preventing people relapsing into depression, new research suggests. The study, led by researchers at Oxford University and published in the Lancet medical journal, found those undergoing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) were 44% prone to relapsing compared with 47% of…
Just 8% of MPs believe the NHS is sufficiently prepared to manage depression efficiently, a survey has found. The charity Depression Alliance said that three-quarters (76%) of MPs questioned felt that cost-effective mental health services should have the same mandatory funding as physical health services, while three in five (60%)…
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