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Psychiatric News Alert: Inflammation Biomarker Linked to Depression

Psychiatric News Alert: Inflammation Biomarker Linked to Depression | Longevity science | Scoop.it
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Elevated levels in a common blood test used to measure inflammation are associated with increased risk for psychological distress and depression, according to Danish researchers writing online December 24 in Archives of General Psychiatry. Their study looked at the medical records of 73,131 people in Copenhagen. Odds ratios of distress, use of antidepressants, and hospitalization for depression were about double that of the general population for people with CRP levels above the standard cutoff of 10 mg/L.

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Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Azheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI

Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Azheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
A study at the University of Toronto on a handful of people with suspected mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD) suggests that a device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific “memory” regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity.

 

Results of the study using deep brain stimulation, a therapy already used in some patients with Parkinson’s disease and depression, may offer hope for at least some with AD, an intractable disease with no cure.
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Optogenetics illuminates pathways of motivation and depression through brain | KurzweilAI

Optogenetics illuminates pathways of motivation and depression through brain | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, a professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, and postdoctoral scholar Melissa Warden, PhD, have isolated the neurons that carry the split-second decisions to act, from the higher brain to the brain stem. In doing so, they have provided insight into the causes of severe brain disorders such as depression.

 

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Supplements For Depression & Anxiety - Nutraceuticals World

Supplements For Depression & Anxiety - Nutraceuticals World | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Many people now use pharmaceuticals to help manage their moods. Anxiety is commonplace in a world where everything moves quickly and multi-tasking is a necessity.

 

Are there other options?

 

Possibly. New research lends credence to the use of two natural supplements for depression and anxiety.

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