Depression may spread through social networks, says study

In a hyperconnected world, traditional social networks – face-to-face contacts of daily life – are unravelling with the loss of social supports, said researchers at the Flinders University in Australia. Depression and other mental health problems can spread through social networks, up to “three degrees of separation” – or a…

New study explains why heart failure patients suffer depression

Patients related to heart diseases often experience difficulty in thinking and likely suffer depression, a new study explains. The study published in the Journal ‘Scientific Reports’, also points out prevention for the same. “Neurosurgeons always look in the brain; cardiologists always look in the heart. This new study looked at…

Potential way to improve cancer surgery outcomes by managing nontraditional risk factors: Depression, lack of coping strategies, availability of patient’s ’emergency’ resources tied to complications

In a study of 142 patients preparing for cancer surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have evidence that psychological or social risk factors such as depression, limited resilience and lack of emergency resources along with standard medical risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes are linked with…

Daily intake of nutritional supplements cannot prevent depression

MooDFOOD, the largest randomized clinical trial to study the effects of nutritional strategies on the prevention of major depressive disorder concludes that daily intake of nutritional supplements cannot prevent depression. Over 1000 participants who were overweight or had obesity and were identified as being at elevated risk for depression but…