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Green tea and memory

Seventy-four healthy individuals participated in a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study and were given oral green tea (400 mg powder three times daily) or placebo for 5weeks. The evaluation of reward learning and response to reward was conducted as well as mood, using the Montgomery-Asberg depression rating scale (MADRS) and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression […]

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Medications During Pregnancy

Two recent studies suggest that select medications during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in the child. The first study looked at the use of antidepressants during pregnancy in a Swedish study. The records of 4,429 children who had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were reviewed and compared with 43,000 age and […]

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The purpose of this study I am reporting on here was to evaluate the effect of a red clover extract in postmenopausal women with depressive and anxiety symptoms. One hundred and nine postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to take either 2 capsules daily of a red clover extract totaling 80 mg of isoflavones, or a […]

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Breastfeeding difficulty and postpartum depression

The first two weeks after giving birth appears to be an important time in the association between breastfeeding and postpartum depression. Researchers at the University of North Carolina studied 2,586 women who had breastfed. A history of postpartum major depression score was reported by 223 of them. Women who had disliked breastfeeding in that first […]

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St. John’s Wort and Menopause

Several studies of St. John’s wort alone and St. John’s wort with black cohosh have been able to demonstrate that these products are good options for perimenopausal and menopausal women with hot flashes, mood issues, sleep problems and quality of life. In the newest of the St. John’s wort studies in perimenopausal/menopausal women, a total […]

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An association between vitamin D deficiency and many mood disorders has been suggested in several studies. These associations include major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), premenstrual syndrome and other depressive disorders. Peer-reviewed research studies were located in various data-bases searching for studies investigating vitamin D and depression, seasonal affective disorder, PMS, postpartum depression, perinatal […]

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A small randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of fourteen postmenopausal women was completed using 3.5 gm of powdered Maca (Lepidium meyenii) for 6 weeks and matching placebo for 6 weeks. Measurements of estradiol, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) were taken at baseline, and weeks 6 and 12. The […]

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Fatigue in Women

Fatigue is one of those experiences we all have had, at one time or another – either from too much work, too little sleep, stress, recovering from a trip, during a cold/flu, or what have you. This is not the kind of fatigue that really plagues some of us. Chronic fatigue syndrome or being persistently […]

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Perimenopause and Depression

Two recent longitudinal studies evaluated the onset of depression during the perimenopausal transition. The first study followed 436 women without a history of depression, over 8 years. Correlation of hormonal changes with any new onset of depression was recorded. 116 women developed an increase in depressed moods and 59 met the clinical criteria for a […]

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