Archive for the ‘antidepressants’ Category

Time (3/31, Harrell) reported that, according to a study published the March issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Botox [botulinum toxin type A] may lift patients’ “spirits” by “literally wiping the frowns” off their faces. For the study, researchers from the UK’s University of Cardiff “followed 25 cosmetic-surgery patients, 12 of whom received injections of botulinum toxin A or similar neurotoxins, the others receiving fillers, peels, or other cosmetic treatments for wrinkles.” Two weeks after their treatments, “the patients filled out a Hospital Anxiety and Depression test — a self-screening questionnaire for depression and anxiety,” and “rated the success of their treatments.” The investigators found that “Botox patients scored much lower on measures of depression, anxiety, and irritability.” Notably, “there was no significant difference in how much their treatment made them feel attractive from those who had other treatments, suggesting that [the mood boost] wasn’t just” due “to a boost in self-confidence,” the authors said. They theorized that “facial muscles influence brain activity directly.”

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Following an AP story and recommendations published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics, the CBS Evening News (3/30, story 7, 1:40, Couric) reported, “There’s an epidemic of depression in this country among teenagers, and” the US Preventive Services Task Force is now “asking doctors to screen all teenagers for it every year. At any given time, nearly six percent of American teens are clinically depressed, that’s about two million a year. Left untreated, it could lead to suicide.”  NBC Nightly News (3/30, story 10, 0:30, Williams) reported that the “new recommendation” is aimed at “kids between the ages of 12 and 18. Experts now say that every child in that age group should be routinely screened for depression, which now strikes one in 20 teenagers and, of course, can lead to lower grades, frequent illness, and alcohol and drug abuse eventually. The recommendation…said therapy and, in some cases, careful use of antidepressant” medications “can help.” The USA Today (3/30, Elias) A Better Life blog covered the story, as did CBS News (3/30) on its website.

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