University of College Cork (UCC) scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone,’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life. Their research is being published today in the leading international psychiatry journal, Molecular Psychiatry.
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Patients who use anti-depressants are much more likely to suffer relapses of major depression than those who use no medication at all, concludes a McMaster researcher. In a paper that is likely to ignite new controversy in the hotly debated field of depression and medication, evolutionary psychologist Paul Andrews concludes that patients who have used […]
Ecstasy – the illegal “rave” drug that produces feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth – has been in the news recently as a potential therapeutic. Clinical trials are testing Ecstasy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But headlines like one in Time magazine’s health section in February – “Ecstasy as therapy: have some […]
Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California’s (USC) Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute shows for the first time that the human placenta plays an active role in synthesizing serotonin, paving the way to new treatment strategies that could mitigate health impacts, such as cardiovascular disease and mental illness. The groundbreaking findings, […]
Antidepressant use has been linked to thicker arteries, possibly contributing to the risk of heart disease and stroke, in a study of twin veterans. The data is being presented Tuesday, April 5 at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans.
In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, a new important side effect of antidepressant drugs is described: tardive dysphoria. Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) may be related to inadequate dosing of antidepressants or antidepressant tolerance. Alternatively, there are reasons to believe that antidepressant treatment itself may contribute to a chronic depressive syndrome.
Thanks in part to a Norwegian research biobank, researchers have generated important new insight into Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how the condition manifests itself. Among other things, they have found that there is some overlap between ADHD and bipolar disorders with regard to rapid mood swings.
An ischemic stroke follows the obstruction of a vessel carrying blood to the brain. It is the third most prevalent cause of death and the second most prevalent cause of handicap among adults in France where it affects around 130,000 new patients every year. This affliction is the target of a national plan supported by […]