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A new surgery to treat depression?

Some people have such severe depression that medication or therapy never works. They have what doctors say is treatment-resistant depression. Scientists have been working on ways to tackle this problem and there may be some hope. It is called deep brain stimulation surgery. On June 4, Nature.com published the work of scientists at the University…

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Meal with yogurt helps reduce inflammation, depression

A new study reveals that starting a meal with a single portion of yogurt helps to reduce inflammation. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison put yogurt to the test. The study was headed by Brad Bolling, an assistant professor of food science. To examine the potential benefits of yogurt on inflammation, scientists recruited 120 premenopausal…

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DJ Avicii ‘could not go on any longer’: family

STOCKHOLM: Swedish superstar Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who died a week ago aged 28, “wanted peace” and “could not go on any longer”, his family said in an open letter on Thursday. The musician, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20 in Muscat, the capital of…

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Study triples number of known depression genes

A study of nearly half-a-million people has uncovered 30 new genes linked to depression, tripling the number known to play a role in the debilitating disease. The same enlarged basket of depression genes also underpins other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, a consortium of nearly 250 scientists discovered. “This is a game changer,” said Patrick…

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‘Austin Powers’ star Verne Troyer passes away

The diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies’ as “Mini Me”, Verne Troyer, died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 49. “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” his family posted on his Instagram account. The cause of death was not announced,…

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Actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says he has struggled with depression

LOS ANGELES: Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, one of Hollywood’s top paid stars, said on Monday he struggled with depression after watching his mother’s attempted suicide and encouraged men suffering from the disease to open up about their struggles and seek help. “Depression never discriminates,” the 45-year-old actor wrote to his 12.7 million Twitter followers….

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Fidel Castro’s eldest son ‘Fidelito’ commits suicide

HAVANA: The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide on Thursday aged 68 after being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. According to Reuters, Castro Diaz-Balart, also known as “Fidelito”, or Little Fidel, because of how much he looked like his father, had initially been hospitalized for…

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Depressed over hair fall problem, Indian engineer commits suicide

MADURAI: A 27-year-old software engineer committed suicide in Madurai on Sunday as he was frustrated over a hair fall problem, police said, reported Times of India. The deceased has been identified as R Mithun Raj of Jaihindpuram, who was working in a software company in Bengaluru. Police said the techie had a skin problem on…

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Cell phone radiations  may cause serious brain damage: Experts

ISLAMABAD: Medical Experts have warned the citizens about the risks of mobile usage which can cause brain cancer, heart diseases, infertility, memory loss, depression and anxiety. Talking to a private news channel in an interview neurologist Dr. Tauseef revealed that mobile phones emit radio frequency energy, when the signal is weak, the phone sends out…

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7 ways drinking coffee helps improve your health and wellbeing

NEWS DESK: Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world — for good reason. It wakes us up, helps us stay on task, and provides an oft-needed energy boost. And most of us in the Americas and Europe get our caffeine fix from coffee. But people often worry that they should limit…

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K-pop stars carry singer’s coffin after suicide

Kim, 27, was found in a hotel room in Seoul on Monday in what police said was suicide. PHOTO: AFP NEWS DESK: Six of K-pop’s biggest stars carried the coffin of fellow singer Kim Jong-Hyun to a hearse Thursday, after he died leaving behind a suicide note that spoke of his battle with loneliness and…

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Anxiety Matters

 By Zara Maqbool   In the last few months, I have come across many people who complain of suffering from anxiety. A few of my clients have a similar issue complaining about anxiety that ranges from general anxiety without any distinct manifestation, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, social anxiety or any that comes post a…

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PMD warns Karachi of another heatwave

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast another heatwave for Karachi from Thursday to Sunday. PMD stated a deep depression is forming up over the Bay of Bengal which is likely to intensify into a tropical storm or possibly a Category 1 cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours. The weather department further stated that…

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Anxiety and depression among UK workers up nearly a third in four years, figures show

NEWS DESK: Anxiety and depression among workers in the UK has hit a record high, rising by nearly a third in the last four years, new figures reveal, reported The Independent. Research by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), seen exclusively by The Independent, shows that rates of moderate to extreme anxiety and depression among…

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An hour of exercise a week can kill depression

ISLAMABAD: Researchers have found that just one hour of exercise every week can help prevent depression. The results, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, showed that people of all ages can gain mental health benefits from even small amounts of exercise. The analysis involved 33,908 Norwegian adults who had their levels of exercise and…

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Ketamine has ‘truly remarkable’ effect on depression, reveals study

NEWS DESK: Ketamine can have a ‘truly remarkable’ effect on people with depression, researchers have said after a new study showed promising results among elderly patients, reported The Independent. Colleen Loo, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, led the world’s first randomised control trial into the drug’s effect on people…

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Why is depression bad? Study reveals

ISLAMABAD: Depression can change the structure of your brain, according to a recent study. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow used a cutting-edge technique known as diffusion tensor imaging to map the structure of white matter, according to the report. The study of more than 3,000 people, could help in the…

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Surge in sex-change operations in Delhi

NEW DELHI: There is a waiting list of five at central Delhi’s Lok Nayak Hospital. The number may not seem large for a surgical procedure but doctors say, compared with the past, it is nothing short of a surge. The procedure in question is a sex-change operation and its growing demand in the city suggests…

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World Health Day: WHO urges world to speak out on depression

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on individuals and communities to speak out about depression and to fight the stigma surrounding it. The slogan for World Health Day being marked on Friday is “Depression: let’s talk”. Talking about depression helps break down stigma and encourages more people to seek help. Currently, more than 300…

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Teen depression — a reality of society

By Maha Shakil In the present world, depression in under-age people in our society has become a reality and this is one of the most alarming facts, which is getting common among youngsters. It’s not unusual for young people to experience the blues or feel down in the dumps occasionally; adolescence is always an unsettling…

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Does depression boost the risk of cancer death

PARIS: People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday.

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