Press Release | Impact of a psycho-educational team in early breast cancer patients’ coping strategies


Cancer is a psychologically traumatic experience for affected individuals. Chemotherpautic medications can also be painful to the same patients. Researchers at Fondazione Poliambulanza, Brescia, Italy conducted a psycho-educational study on early stage breast cancer patients. The main objective of the study was to help women to cope with the physical emotional, and lifestyle changes after the diagnosis of breast cancer by evaluating the effect of group action on the participating women. A total of 97 women, participated in the study and were grouped into in 13 psycho-educational groups. All the groups consisted of female patients suffering from breast cancer with no recurrence or metastasis.

All the patients were evaluated using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Body Image Scale (BIS). No significant effect on anxiety and body image was found by the researchers. They, however, noted a statistical difference between the results of the HADS depression test at T0 (first evaluation) and T1 (second evaluation) intervals. Read full press release to find out more at:




This article by Dr. Fausto Meriggi et al. is published in Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2018. To obtain the article, please visit:


Press Release | Fighting to Find Relief: A new study shows decrease in depression in cancer patients


A New Study Published by Bentham Science Shows Support Groups and Educational Resources Can Decrease Depression in Breast Cancer Patients


1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

In 2018 alone, an estimated 266,120 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed nationwide. As the numbers of new cases grow, the support network of women who suffer from breast cancer grows. In their ever-increasing numbers, the many women diagnosed with this disease face an arduous physical and emotional journey on their road to recovery, and along the way, many suffer from depression, anxiety, and body image issues.

Regardless of the prevalence of body image issues, anxiety, and depression in women who are suffering from breast cancer, there aren’t a lot of resources available for those afflicted. A recent study suggests it’s time to right that wrong. The study, published by Bentham Science, focused on Dr. Fausto Meriggi and his team at Fondazione Poliambulanza di Brescia who studied the effects of psychotherapeutic and educational groups on depression, anxiety, and body image issues among women suffering from breast cancer.


This study was published in Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials, a journal published by Bentham Science.  Bentham Science continues their work in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing education materials and increased accessibility to the region.


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Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents

Psychiatric disorders are becoming increasingly common throughout the world, from which anxiety disorders particularly stand out. All ages of people can be found affected by such issues and often are recommended to visit psychiatrists for help. Teenagers show signs of anxiety more than adults as they find themselves under stress, burdens and pressures. The causes may be innate or develop over time and hamper the lives of such adolescents.


Researchers are trying to study in depth how the psychiatric issues show up in the adolescents in terms of gender, ethnicity and other segmentations. A study was conducted in 2007 and 2008 in the schools of USA to find out patterns and classifications of anxiety-struck adolescents. The results of the study revealed that girls suffered with various types of anxiety much more than the boys. They were found to have generalized anxiety, social anxiety, separation anxiety, panic disorder, and school avoidance. There were boys who were affected as well but the numbers were less than the girls overall.

Further study revealed that there wasn’t a very significant difference among various ethnic groups as each group had certain cases of anxiety patients. But when it came to the ones who needed professional help, Hispanic people were more likely to suffer compared to Caucasian and African American people. The study has potential to gain great attention and can be very helpful for the researchers to build their future research works on.

It is published in Adolescent Psychiatry journal as the article, Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Anxiety Disorders During Adolescence.

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PTSD symptoms tied to food addiction in women

It isn’t about what’s wrong, it’s about what happened!

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is noted as a mental health situation that occurs due to any terrifying event. Symptoms may involve flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as various thoughts about the event.

This does not surely mean that PTSD leads to food addiction, but it explains a connection with the mental condition caused by that disturbing events, researchers quotes“I would really admire to come across those people who bring a lot of history to their eating behaviors,” says Susan Mason, from the University of Minnesota.

According to a research“woman’s prospect of having food addiction rise with the number of PTSD symptoms” she reported.For example, those with almost six or seven PTSDsymptoms had more risk of food addiction. Researchers also endow the connection of PTSD and food addiction was strong when PTSD symptoms initiate at a basic age. There was bit dissimilarity when they glanced at what sort of trauma the women previously went through.

Women’s Weight status is not just a symptom of willpower and education; there may be psychological factors in the play too. Researchers are still oblivious which occurred first in a women –either PTSD or food addiction –or may be one causes the other.

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