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Antidepressants work, says major new study Antidepressants work, says major new study
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Landmark study could finally settle doubts about the effectiveness of the drugs  Landmark study could finally settle doubts about effectiveness of the drugs
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<strong>Antidepressants work, but some are more effective than others, <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32802-7/fulltext">a major study</a> published in peer-reviewed medical journal <em>The Lancet</em> found. The findings could put to rest one of medicine's most divisive debates.</strong> <strong>Antidepressants work, but some are more effective than others, <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32802-7/fulltext">a major study</a> published in peer-reviewed medical journal <em>The Lancet</em> found. The findings could put to rest one of medicine's most divisive debates.</strong>
The study of 116,477 people concluded that 21 common antidepressants reduced symptoms of acute depression in adults more than placebo pills did. The study of 116,477 people concluded that 21 common antidepressants reduced symptoms of acute depression in adults more than placebo pills did.
The report's authors said more people could potentially benefit from taking antidepressants. Currently, one in six people in the "developed" world receives proper treatment for moderate to severe depression. However, in poorer countries only one in 27 is getting adequate care for depression, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/the-drugs-do-work-antidepressants-are-effective-study-shows"><em>The Guardian</em></a>. The report's authors said more people could potentially benefit from taking antidepressants. Currently, one in six people in the "developed" world receives proper treatment for moderate to severe depression. However, in poorer countries only one in 27 is getting adequate care for depression, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/the-drugs-do-work-antidepressants-are-effective-study-shows"><em>The Guardian</em></a>.
Depression is the single largest contributor to global disability and is a "massive challenge" for humankind, said John Geddes, professor of epidemiological psychiatry at Oxford University (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/the-drugs-do-work-antidepressants-are-effective-study-shows"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). Depression is the single largest contributor to global disability and is a "massive challenge" for humankind, said John Geddes, professor of epidemiological psychiatry at Oxford University (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/the-drugs-do-work-antidepressants-are-effective-study-shows"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).
  Lead researcher Dr Andrea Cipriani, of Oxford University,<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43143889"> told the BBC:</a> "This study is the final answer to a long-standing controversy about whether anti-depressants work for depression."
Globally, <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/">more than 300 million</a> people of all ages suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. Globally, <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/">more than 300 million</a> people of all ages suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization.
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