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Genetic Causes of Depression Found Using Big Data

What causes depression? Of course, life circumstances such as traumatic events, severe stress or grief play a role, but heredity studies have shown that a genetic predisposition to depression is equally important as environmental triggers [1]. Until very recently, though, the genes that underpin such a predisposition have proven elusive.

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Published on : 10 Aug 2016

Depression screening in children and adolescents

McGill Newsroom Researchers find tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening in this age group

Published on : 02 Aug 2016

Antidepressants: rise in off-label prescriptions

McGill Newsroom Antidepressant use in North America has increased over the last 2 decades. A suspected reason for this trend is that primary care physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressants for nondepressive indications, including unapproved (off-label) indications that have not been evaluated by regulatory agencies.

Published on : 24 May 2016

How depression may compound risk of type 2 diabetes

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds  Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.

Published on : 12 Apr 2016

Vulnerability to depression linked to noradrenaline

By Bruno Geoffroy, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal First-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression

Published on : 15 Feb 2016

Expectant dads get depressed too

Transition to parenthood can be a difficult life event. It can have an impact on both parents and on the long-term development of the child. While mother’s "baby blues" have been widely investigated, little research has been conducted on antenatal paternal depression.

Published on : 05 Oct 2015

Québec Science 10 best discoveries: Two members from Douglas Hospital

Dr. Gustavo Turecki along with Dr. Juan Pablo Lopez speak about the identification of a molecule that predicts treatment response for depressed patients. To watch, please click here.   Dr. Judes Poirier speaks about his discovery of the genetic variation that protects 25% of the population from Alzheimer's. To watch, please click here.

Published on : 08 Jan 2015

A tiny molecule may help battle depression

By Cynthia Lee - News - June 8, 2014 Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving treatment options for those who suffer from depression.

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Published on : 08 Jun 2014

Plugged in but powered down

Classified as : External, depression, screen, Young men
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Published on : 01 Apr 2014