A new study from Australia, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggests that doing active yoga may help relieve symptoms of depression in people diagnosed with a mental health condition.
For the study, the researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 13 trials that studied how yoga influences depression symptoms. These trials included people aged over 18 who were diagnosed with a mental health disorder and were engaged in active yoga that included physical movement for at least 50% of the session duration.
Researchers from School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, write: “For further understanding of the mechanism by which yoga has an effect on mental and physical health, intervention variables, such as type of yoga, intensity, environment, instructor qualification, specific postures, cueing, philosophical focuses, mindfulness techniques, and breathing techniques, should be adequately reported.”
A small preliminary study from Stanford University School of Medicine, US, finds that an intensive course of precisely targeted brain simulation can be a new safe method to relieve depression and prevent suicidal thoughts.
The new treatment is called Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy, which is shortened to SAINT. With the help of this therapy, the researchers managed to rapidly resolve symptoms of depression in 90% of patients involved in the study.
The scientists conclude in their paper: “The efficacy of SAINT at treating suicidal ideation and the short duration of the protocol suggest SAINT could provide a means of rapidly ensuring the safety of suicidal patients.”
A new study from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Fudan University in Shanghai finds a statistically significant link between drinking tea on a regular basis and lower levels of depression in older adults.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data provided by 13,000 people who participated in the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) from 2005 to 2014 and found that the benefits of tea drinking are the strongest for male participants aged 65 to 79 who live in cities and are educated, married, and receiving pensions.
Lead researcher of the study Feng Qiushi suggests an explanation: “It is likely that the benefit of tea drinking is more evident for the early stage of health deterioration. More studies are surely needed in regard to this issue.”
According to a new study from the University of Kansas, eating holiday treats that are full of added sugar can lead to metabolic, inflammatory and neurobiological processes that are associated with depressive illness.
For their study, a team of researchers analyzed a wide range of research on the physiological and psychological effects of consuming added sugar such as the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, a study of Spanish university graduates, and studies of Australian and Chinese soda-drinker.
Stephen Ilardi, KU associate professor of clinical psychology, says: “When we consume sweets, they act like a drug. They have an immediate mood-elevating effect, but in high doses, they can also have a paradoxical, pernicious longer-term consequence of making mood worse, reducing well-being, elevating inflammation and causing weight gain.”
A new study in mice, conducted by the researchers from Xuzhou Medical University in China, suggests that resveratrol, a red wine compound, can be used for the treatment of depression and anxiety in the future.
In this study, the scientists used animal models and cultured mouse neurons (similar to those in the human hippocampus) to help explain the effect of the compound on rodent behaviors.
Resveratrol, which appears to reduce anxiety and depression in mice, seems to work by inhibiting PDE4D (a member of the PDE4 family that believed to be particularly important in cognition and depression) and activating cAMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate) signaling.
Co-lead author Dr. Ying Xu, Ph.D. says: “Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.”
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