Variant of Club Drug ‘K’ Might Have New Life as Antidepressant

HealthDay News — The veterinary tranquilizer ketamine — perhaps better known as the illicit "club drug" Special K — may be reformulated for use as an antidepressant, and researchers report promising early findings.The goal is to produce a ketamine-like drug without nasty side effects, such as hallucinations. In this new study, which researchers say is the most comprehensive of its kind, depressed people who took the drug reported improvement over three weeks.

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BYU study shows how depression blurs memory | Deseret News

You’re standing in the parking lot at work, trying to figure out where you put your car. In the back of your mind, there’s a niggling notion that you should look at the side lot — or maybe that was where you parked yesterday.

Most people have had that feeling. But a new study by researchers at Brigham Young University indicates that such "pattern separation" is particularly difficult for those who have depression.

The study is published in the journal Behavioral Brain Research.

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Grouchy, angry, irritable and depressed: these are the hard cases, says study – latimes.com

After languishing for years in the shadows of psychiatry’s definition of adult depression, irritability is finally getting some respect again. It’s about damned time, you might say.

A new study has found that people suffering a major depressive episode who report they have become grouchy, hostile, grumpy, argumentative, foul-tempered or angry will likely have a "more complex, chronic and severe form" of major depressive disorder than those who do not acknowledge irritable feelings and behavior.

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A Nurse Who Lends an Ear May Ease Anxiety in Moms of Preemies

(HealthDay News) — One-on-one talks with nurses help mothers of premature infants cope with feelings of anxiety, confusion and doubt, a new study reveals.

"Having a prematurely born baby is like a nightmare for the mother," Lisa Segre, an assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, said in a university news release. "You’re expecting to have a healthy baby, and suddenly you’re left wondering whether he or she is going to live."

Segre and a colleague investigated whether women with premature babies would benefit from having a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse sit with them and listen to their concerns and fears.

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