Children Who Lose Close Relative at Risk of Mental Problems: Study

HealthDay News — Children who experience the death of a family member are at slightly increased risk for psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia later in life, a large new study reveals.The risk is highest among children who had a sibling or parent commit suicide, according to the findings published Jan. 21 in the online edition of the BMJ.Researchers analyzed data from nearly 947,000 children born in Sweden between 1973 and 1985. Of those children, 33 percent experienced the death of a family member before they reached age 13. More than 11,000 children were exposed to death from suicide, more than 15,000 to death from accidents and more than 280,000 to death from natural causes.

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Parent behaviors linked to kids’ anxiety, depression | Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Young people whose parents tend to fight with each other or are over involved in their kids’ lives are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new comprehensive review of past studies.

Kids tend to first experience depression or anxiety between ages 12 and 18, the authors write. They reviewed 181 papers published on potential links between how parents behave and which young people experience either disorder.

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Exercise Seems to Ease Parkinson’s-Related Depression

(HealthDay News) — A long-term exercise program may help ease depression in people with Parkinson’s disease, according to a new, small study.

Researchers looked at 31 Parkinson’s patients who were randomly assigned to an “early start” group that did an exercise program for 48 weeks or a “late start” group that worked out for 24 weeks. The program included three one-hour cardiovascular and resistance training workouts a week.

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Exercise Might Lift Libido in Women on Antidepressants

(HealthDay News) — Exercise might help treat sexual problems in women taking antidepressants, especially if their workouts occur right before sex, new research reveals.

The study included 52 women who had reduced desire and other sexual side effects while taking antidepressants.

For the first three weeks of the study, the women did not exercise. They were then divided into two groups for the next three weeks, with one group assigned to exercise immediately before sex and the other group assigned to exercise in a way that was not timed to having sex. The researchers then reversed the two groups for another three weeks.

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Could Longer Maternity Leave Prevent Postpartum Depression?

(HealthDay News) — Having a longer maternity leave reduces a woman’s risk of postpartum depression, new research shows.The findings suggest that the maximum 12 weeks of maternity leave given to American mothers under federal law may be inadequate, according to the University of Maryland researchers.”In the United States, most working women are back to work soon after giving birth, with the majority not taking more than three months of leave,” study leader Dr. Rada Dagher said in a university news release.

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