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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Brain Research: Brain protein discovery could lead to better treatments ♦ Antidepressant may change brain differently in depressed and non depressed people

Common antidepressant may change brain differently in depressed and non depressed people A commonly prescribed antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non depressed individuals in very different ways.
A new factor in depression? Brain protein discovery could lead to better treatments Low. Down. Less than normal. That's what the word depression means, and what people with depression often feel like. But sometimes, depression can mean too much of something -- as new research shows.The discovery, about a protein called fibroblast growth factor 9 or FGF9, goes against previous findings that depressed brains often have less of key components than non-depressed brains.
External brain stimulation temporarily improves motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's People with Parkinson's disease (PD) tend to slow down and decrease the intensity of their movements even though many retain the ability to move quickly and forcefully. Now, scientists report evidence that the slowdown likely arises from the brain's 'cost/benefit analysis,' which gets skewed by the loss of dopamine in people with PD. In addition, their small study demonstrated that noninvasive electrical stimulation of the brain corrected temporarily improved some patients' motor symptoms.
Routinely screen those older than 70 for brain health In a consensus paper, a global panel of leading aging experts suggests physicians routinely screen everyone older than 70 annually for cognitive problems

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