How marijuana contributes to weight loss — and a reduced risk of diabetes; researchers zero in on the first genes associated with postpartum depression; and ADHD in childhood may be linked to obesity later in life. These are the stories making health news this week; for more, visit TIME Health & Family.
First Genetic Markers That Predict Postpartum Depression
Researchers say that a blood test may soon identify which pregnant women are at highest risk of developing postpartum depression, so they can seek treatment that could control their symptoms.
Antidepressants Linked To Higher Risk of Complications After Surgery
The most popular class of drugs used to treat depression, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may increase risk of bleeding and the need for blood transfusions following operations, according a study.
Depressive Thinking Can Be Contagious
We don’t think of emotional states as passing from one person to another, but a new study suggests some depressive thoughts can go viral.
U.S. Panel Finds Little Evidence to Support Universal Screening For Suicide
Experts say that existing screening methods can identify at-risk individuals, but such tools may not help to prevent suicides.
It’s All in the Nerves: How to Really Treat Depression
Exercise, Prozac and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may ultimately relieve depression in the same way.
Rashness & Rumination: New Understanding About the Roots of Depression
Two studies explore some of the developmental roots of depression in childhood and adolescence.
Study Reveals How Concussions Can Trigger Depression
Former football pros may be more likely to battle depression when they have brain damage linked to concussion
Childhood Trauma Leaves Legacy of Brain Changes
Painful experiences early in life can alter the brain in lasting ways.
Ketamine: Leading the Way Toward Fast-Acting Antidepressants
It’s an anesthetic popular with vets, but the latest studies show ketamine also shows promise as a potential antidepressant.
How Treating Wrinkles May Also Relieve Depression
It’s a popular cosmetic treatment, but early data hints that Botox could have a role in treating not just aging but mental illness as well.
Sibling Rivalry: Squabbling May Lead to Depressive Symptoms, Anxiety, Among Teens
Squabbles over two topics in particular could be especially damaging, researchers say
The Trouble With Talk Therapy
“What brand is your therapist?” Exploring the latest marketing trend among psychotherapists.