Suicide a Risk for Young Cancer Patients, Study Finds

(HealthDay News) — A diagnosis of cancer may put teens and young adults at risk for suicide, a new study finds.

"There is a need to support and carefully monitor this vulnerable population," said lead researcher Donghao Lu, from the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

The study of Swedes aged 15 to 30 found that those with a cancer diagnosis had a 60 percent greater risk of suicide or attempted suicide compared to similar young people without cancer. And the risk peaked the first year after diagnosis, when it was 150 percent higher, the researchers found.

via Suicide a Risk for Young Cancer Patients, Study Finds.

Study Sees No Suicide Risk From Stop-Smoking Drugs

(HealthDay News) — People who take anti-smoking drugs have no higher risk of depression or suicide than those who use nicotine replacement therapies to help them quit smoking, according to a new study.

Health officials in the United States and some other countries have issued safety warnings that the drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) — which work by reducing nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms — may increase the risk of suicide.

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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.

via BYU study shows how depression blurs memory | Deseret News.

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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