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St. John’s wort may be as effective as standard antidepressants — and more tolerable — for major depression

Level 1: Likely reliable evidenceA recent Cochrane systematic review evaluated the efficacy and safety of St. John’s wort extracts for the treatment of major depression (Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008[4]:CD000448). The review included 29 randomized trials comparing St. John’s wort with placebo (11 trials), standard antidepressants (12 trials), or both (six trials) in a total…

Top 10 health stories of 2008

Blood sugar goals, stem cells, CT scans, health reform–these are some of the issues to make the list of most important stories of the year, as chosen by the Harvard Health Letter.

Trial integrates depression and BP treatment

An integrated approach to hypertension and depression treatment yielded significantly better results for both conditions in a recent six-week pilot study. Patients in the integrated-care arm showed fewer…

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