Is depression a mental or physical illness? Unravelling the inflammation hypothesis.

Most people feel down, tired and inactive when they’re injured or ill. This “sickness behaviour” is caused by the activation of the body’s immune response. It’s the brain’s way of conserving energy so the body can heal. This immune response can also occur in people with depression. This has prompted some researchers and clinicians to hypothesise that depression is actually a side effect of the inflammatory process. But while there may be a connection between inflammation and depression, … [Read more...]

Toddler Tantrums and Gut Bacteria

Original source: Could germs be to blame for your toddler's temper tantrums? The complex ecosystem of microbes living in the gastrointestinal tract is known to change considerably in the first two years of life, especially as solid foods are introduced into a child's diet. And according to a new study, this unstable "gut microbiome" and a toddler's temperament are linked. "Although we predicted we would observe an association between temperament variables and … [Read more...]