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:4/27/2017)... Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) , ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... qualified candidates. But they will rapidly reject an outdated healthcare executive resume. , “If ... good look at your executive resume and wondering if it’s as ready as you ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... North American CAREGiverSM of the Year for her extraordinary compassion and lifelong dedication ... 60,000 North American professional caregivers for the prestigious award each year – identifying ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... ... Offering the purest product of its kind, Swissx Labs AG has launched ... the market has seen before. Swissx uses proprietary strains of hemp plants grown in ... for extraction, to produce its CBD oil--maximizing its benefits for health and wellness. Learn ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... Jump Technologies, Inc., an ... it has completed a round of funding to accelerate its growth strategies. The ... Granite Capital is a growth equity firm focused on investments in healthcare and ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... to announce the ATA 2017 President’s Awards recipients, comprised of organizations and ... healthcare delivery. , The ATA 2017 President’s Awards recognize individuals and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... CRH) (NYSE MKT: CRHM) (the "Company"), announces that it will participate ... the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto, Ontario . ... is scheduled to present on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00 am. ... the Board, Tony Holler will also attend the event. ... For more details about the ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Global Surgical Drainage Device Market: Overview ... remove excess liquid and air. The fluid to be ... lymph. Surgical drains are used in a wide variety ... cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc. Common use of ... of fluid e.g. blood or pus. Surgical drains are ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... company developing new treatments for cancer and other ... its previously announced underwritten public offering of 23,625,084 ... offering price of $2.00 per share, before deducting ... payable by Sorrento.  The net proceeds to Sorrento ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: