Probiotics Alone Or Combined With Prebiotics May Help Ease Depression

Probiotics either taken by themselves or when combined with prebiotics, may help to ease depression, suggests a recent review of the available evidence. But whether they might help to lessen anxiety isn’t yet clear, say the researchers in the paper, published in BMJ Nutrition. Foods that broaden the profile of…Continue readingProbiotics Alone Or Combined With Prebiotics May Help Ease Depression

Replacing Time Spent Sitting With Sleep Or Light Activity May Improve Your Mood

Substituting prolonged sedentary time with sleep is associated with lower stress, better mood and lower body mass index (BMI), according to new research[1]. In addition, substituting light physical activity is associated with improved mood and lower BMI across the next year. Jacob Meyer, lead author and assistant professor of kinesiology…Continue readingReplacing Time Spent Sitting With Sleep Or Light Activity May Improve Your Mood

Moral Grandstanding, Empathic Polarization, And Mood Disorders Neurobiology

Moral grandstanding is the use of public moral discourse for self-promotion and status attainment. If you find yourself in an open discussion of morality or politics to impress others with your superior moral qualities, you may be a card-carrying moral grandstander. A new study in PLOS found that grandstanders were…Continue readingMoral Grandstanding, Empathic Polarization, And Mood Disorders Neurobiology

Brain Scans May Provide Clues To Suicide Risk

What Is Emotion Regulation?Brain circuitry differences that might be associated with suicidal behavior in individuals with mood disorders nave been identified by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Utah Health. The finding[1] provides a promising lead toward tools that can predict which individuals are…Continue readingBrain Scans May Provide Clues To Suicide Risk

The Effects Of Brain Stimulation On Mood State In Epilepsy

Stimulation of a brain region called the lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) reliably produced acute improvement in mood in epilepsy patients who suffered from depression, a new study has found. The effects were not seen in patients without mood symptoms, suggesting that the brain stimulation works to normalize activity in mood-related…Continue readingThe Effects Of Brain Stimulation On Mood State In Epilepsy

EEG Testing Can Help Predict Patient’s Antidepressant Response

Measuring electrical activity in the brain can help predict a patient’s response to an antidepressant, a new study has found. The results are the first from the Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response for Clinical Care (EMBARC) trial, a national clinical trial begun by UT Southwestern Medical Center in…Continue readingEEG Testing Can Help Predict Patient’s Antidepressant Response

Brain Serotonin Function More Nuanced Than Previously Thought

Serotonin pathways are more nuanced than previously thought, and the existing view should be updated to incorporate a two-pronged model of how the neurotransmitter acts, researchers from Imperial College London suggest. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter which helps brain cells communicate with one another, plays important roles in stabilizing mood and regulating…Continue readingBrain Serotonin Function More Nuanced Than Previously Thought