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Mental Health Important For Maintaining A Healthy Body
2013-02-18 13:00:49

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Many people have likely called in sick from work opting for a personal “mental health day.” While this could just be a fancy excuse to play hooky from work, researchers are finding that actual brain health could be just as important a physical health. Professor Barbara Sahakian, of the University of Cambridge neuroscience department, has focused much of her gray matter studies on the understanding of the neural basic...

2012-08-15 01:16:54

Connecting the dots between two molecules whose levels are decreased in depression and increased by current antidepressants could yield new therapies, researchers say. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that enables brain cells to communicate and brain-derived neurotropic factor, or BDNF, is a brain-nourishing molecule that also aids connectivity. Popular antidepressants such as Prozac, developed to increase levels of serotonin, have recently been found to also increase BDNF levels, said Dr....