In the News – October 2011

Exercise powerful enough to act as a second antidepressant drug – Depression affects almost 10 percent of the population at any given time, and at some point in their lives, 10 to 25 percent of women will become clinically depressed. With those types of statistics, depression is a major health issue for women. But doctors may have a new weapon to prescribe in addition to antidepressants: exercise. A new study led by Dr. Madhukar Trivedi at UT Southwestern has found that regular workouts can be as effective as a second medication for people with depression. The study, in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found as many as half of depressed patients are not cured by a single antidepressant medication and instead need two drugs to get relief. The type of exercise needed to get results was somewhat dependant on the patients, but researchers write that both moderate and intense levels of daily exercise can work as well as administering a second antidepressant drug.

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The Leonard Lopate Show; Please Explain: Gluten – More and more gluten-free products have been appearing on grocery store shelves in recent years, and this week we’ll find out what gluten is and find out the causes, symptoms, and treatment for celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities. Joining the discussion is nutritionist Bernadette Latson, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern.

More evidence tanning beds may be addictive –
Frequent indoor tanners may exhibit brain changes that are similar to those seen among people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, according to a new study that adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that indoor tanning may be addictive. The new findings, in the journal Addiction Biology, suggest that indoor tanning taps into the “reward center” of the brain. “We saw brain changes that are consistent with that of other things that are considered rewarding such as money, food or drugs,” explained study author Dr. Bryon Adinoff, professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern. “The same areas of the brain lit up, and we know that if something is rewarding to the brain, there is the potential for addiction.” Coverage by more than 180 media outlets included ABC World News, CBS News, the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Hufffington Post and BBC Radio. The story appeared on nearly 100 television affiliates, including stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit and Seattle. In Texas, stations in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Lubbock, Waco/Temple, Sherman/Denison and Corpus Christi carried the story.