Magnesium intake has an influence on depression incidence

Depression is one of the main problems of public health worldwide. Till now, its etiology is not fully understood. From the psychiatric point of view depression is referred to as syndromes of depressive symptoms occurring in the course of affective disorders. These are manifested mainly by depressed mood (sadness, grief, low self-esteem, pessimism and suicidal thoughts), anhedonia, reduction of psychomotor motivation, circadian rhythm disorder. Over the years, the influence of various factors on the incidence of depression was studied. Nevertheless, scientists devoted little attention to assess the impact of diet or supplementation of specific macro and microelements. The recounted article focuses on assessing the effect of magnesium on the incidence of depression.

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Depression – new ideas for the diagnosis and treatment

iStock_000011113599_XXXLargeIt is currently believed that depression may be caused by improper functioning of immune system cells in brain. The scientists from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem claim that treatment of depression may be revolutionized by the use of new psychotropic drugs. The results of the analysis were published in Cell Press in the section Trends in Neurosciences. Read full text »

Is laughing gas a new cure for major depression?

Currently, about thirty percent of patients with depression, who require hospitalisation, do not react to the available therapies. This situation indicates the need for new, more effective therapeutical strategies. The work of prof. Nagele et al. definitely aims at that direction, as it describes the possibility of the use of laughing gas as a therapy lowering the hospitalisation rate of the patients with severe depression. Read full text »

Ketamine as a potential antidepressant

Depressive disorders include the most common mental illnesses. Primary treatment of this type of disorders is pharmacotherapy which sometimes turns out to be ineffective itself. Scientists facing this problem have come out with a proposal to take advantage of a well-known drug in anaesthesia and intensive care – ketamine. Read full text »

Depression related to Clostridium difficile infection – is it a coincidence?

Clostridium difficile colitis has its source in an alteration of the normal bacterial flora of the colon and the release of toxins causing damage to the intestine. Several modifiable risk factors have been detected. As the incidence of C difficile infection (CDI) rises, the subject of their elimination remains up to date. Furthermore, the relationship between psychiatric disorders and function of the gastrointestinal tract has been acknowledged. However, the connection between feeling sad and bacterial bowel disease seems to be a little far-fetched. Not to mention the fact that some antidepressants are to contribute to the onset of CDI more than the others. Read full text »

Obesity, diabetes, depression and osteoporosis – current nightmares of humanity

Obesity is linked with excessive accumulation of fat tissue and with adverse effects on health. Type 2 diabetes has become one of the main lifestyle diseases and is one of the most common problems in everyday medical practice. Worldwide, in every 10 seconds it is diagnosed in two individuals and one person dies because of its complications. Depression is linked with chronic and sustained despondence, low self-esteem and loss of ability to feel pleasure. Osteoporosis is a chronic metabolic disease, which is characterized with decrease of bone mass and changes in the bone microarchitecture, leading to increased risk of fractures.

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Electroconvulsive Therapy – Usage in the Treatment of Depression

Depression is a common disease, a reason for a suffer for more and more people in every age. Every case can have another reason, can require an another course of treatment. Depending on the severity of depression is ordered neither only psychotherapy or combined psychotherapy with the neuro-pharmacotherapy. In a lot of countries is admitted a controversial type of treatment, based on electric controlled trigger off seizure, used by therapy-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenias, mania. (1)

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Depression increases risk of stroke

Analysis of nearly 30 wide-ranging studies, involving more than 300,000 patients showed that depression is significantly linked to a higher risk of stroke and stroke related death. This report was published by researchers from Boston in the form of an article in the JAMA journal. Read full text »

Endometriosis – migraine’s bad sister

The comorbidity of endometriosis and migraine was first discovered in 1975, but until now has not been fully acknowledged. Although both diseases share some epidemiological and clinical features, the nature of their relationship remains unclear. Does endometriosis cause headaches? Or is it migraine that makes endometriosis more detectable? Why do they have so much in common? These issues are discussed in the population-based study performed by Taiwanian scientists, which proves that indeed „women with endometriosis are more likely to suffer from migraines” (1). Read full text »

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – unluckily we still don’t have the culprit

Nowadays, especially in industrial countries it is more common to hear about psychiatric disorders. There are more and more described neuro-psychatric diseases. An interesting disease is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), first described in 1956 in England, and in the year 1988 it was recognized as individual syndrome by Center for Disease Control (CDC). Read full text »