Navigation Links
Light therapy decreases depression during pregnancy

Yale researchers found that radiant-light therapy may be an effective treatment for depression in pregnant women. Dr. Dan Oren, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in New Jersy, felt that the availability of an easy-to-use, potentially non-toxic antidepressant light therapy in pregnancy is a clinically attractive option.//

The researchers conducted a pilot experiment to see whether exposure to bright light, a technique used to treat those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter depression, might also work on women suffering from depression during pregnancy.

The author noted that around 10% of pregnant women meet the criteria for major depression. However, doctors are often reluctant to prescribe antidepressant medications to pregnant women for fear of their effect on the fetus. Previous research has suggested that bright light exposure may help people suffering from major depression or from postpartum depression. But the perfect mechanism has not been ruled out. Some data suggest that light therapy advances the timing of the daily biological clock, which may then bring about the antidepressant effect.

15 pregnant women suffering from major depression completed the pilot study. They were instructed to expose themselves to an hour a day of bright ultraviolet light from a light box within 15 minutes of waking up for three to six weeks.

The researchers reported that the patients showed a moderate improvement of their levels of depression after just three weeks of light treatment. For the seven women who underwent five weeks of light therapy, their average score on a scale that measures depression improved by 60%. When the light therapy was discontinued, the women showed signs of an increase in their levels of depression. The author felt that if confirmed, this treatment could offer pregnant women potential relief from depression with few side effects.


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Light therapy devotes new hope in advanced lung cancer
2. Reducing TB With Ultraviolet Light
3. Exposure To Night Light may Increase The Risk Of Leukemia
4. Improving Lighting Could Bring About A Change In Alzheimers Patients
5. Light Cigarettes - Not So Light?
6. Fungal Infections Effectively Controlled By Light Therapy
7. Light can help fight gum bacteria
8. Lights can lighten your moods
9. Night Light Found To Increase The Risk Of Leukemia
10. UV- Light Tanning As A Type Of Substance-Related Disorder
11. Artificial Light Stimulates Breast Cancer Growth In Mice: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... SC&H Group, a leading audit, ... Principal in its IT Advisory Services practice . Rossi is the third technology ... demand for strategic IT guidance grows, and the practice continues to expand.     , Bringing ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... offices in Tyler, has announced the latest beneficiary of their thriving community involvement ... nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of terminally ill patients. Donations to ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Twelve (12) years ago the Yogi ... program forged a relationship built upon the foundation of sports safety. Recently, ... both student members and certified members of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... 16, 2017 , ... Gym Source, America’s leading retailer of premium residential and ... New Jersey. , “We are elated to be opening this new showroom,” explains Tom ... to give clients a seamless and motivating shopping experience.” , Every fitness journey is ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... Houston dentist, ... is currently offering complimentary consultations and financing for orthodontics for a limited time. ... irregularities and learn about their orthodontic options. Walk-in, late-evening, Saturday, and same-day appointments ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/16/2017)... Jan. 16, 2017  Verathon ® Inc., a leading manufacturer ... of new GlideScope ® Spectrum TM Single-Use video laryngoscopes. ... TM and Ambient Light Reduction TM technology, which actively ... ... Introducing another bright ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... 16, 2017  Harrington Discovery Institute at University ... – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery ... Scholars selected in collaboration with Alzheimer,s Drug Discovery ... of Oxford. Harrington Discovery Institute ... advance discoveries into new medicines that will improve ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... PUNE, India , January 16, 2017 According ... Controller, Touchscreen Controller, Multi Display , Smart Display, Graphic LCD Controller), ... Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMakets, the market is expected to grow ... 2022, at a CAGR of 9.68% between 2016 and 2022. ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: