Animal Rights Groups Say the Porsolt Swim Test is Unnecessary. But is it?

Animal Rights Groups Say the Porsolt Swim Test is Unnecessary. But is it?

Image depicts a rodent swimming in a natural setting. With more than 300 million people living with depression worldwide, pressure is mounting to find treatments and drugs that will help patients. However, with limited knowledge about the underlying causes of depression and anxiety, researchers are at a disadvantage. Depression diagnoses are obtained when patients exhibit a broad […]

Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Ok, let’s talk biology for a minute. Chronic pain, stress, immune system, mood and emotions are all controlled by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal pathway otherwise known as the HPA Axis. The adrenal glands, in particular, are responsible for releasing cortisol into the blood stream in times of stress. Long term stress and higher cortisol levels can lead […]

Happy Memories-Battling Depression

Happy Memories-Battling Depression

New research suggests that being able to recall happy memories may ease depression. Researchers at MIT say it may be a process of fixing the broken wiring in the brain that contributes to depression. Happy or pleasurable memories help the brain to be resilient in times of depression. Recalling good memories is dependent on neurons […]

As Different As Night and Day

As Different As Night and Day

What is your chronotype? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Recent studies suggest that night owls may be predisposed to obesity as well as depression. Researchers at the University of Leicester in the UK have narrowed it down to eighty genes in the fruit fly that are very similar to humans. They […]

Binge Drinking- Not So Fun When You Can’t Stop

Binge Drinking- Not So Fun When You Can’t Stop

You know the ones. They like to party to excess and it can get to be a habit. In fact, binge drinking is considered a major health problem in this country and cost an estimated 170 billion in healthcare dollars. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina have at least part of an explanation […]

Postpartum depression and a new understanding

Postpartum depression and a new understanding

Postpartum depression is very real, but what really goes on inside the brain to contribute to this condition? Researchers are trying to figure this out, and rats may be providing some answers! New research may explain why certain antidepressants are effective in treating postpartum depression. By working with laboratory rats that model postpartum depression, researchers […]