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Mental Health Reveals the Significance of the Interaction Between the Immune System and the Brain

January 27, 2014

This article looks at a number of studies that emphasize the importance of the mind-body connection in reference to mental illness, mood disorders, and neurodevelopment which has not been previously examined.

New research suggests that the immune response, particularly the inflammatory component, helps explain several phenomena, including why many brain conditions affect mood, why one out of four people with schizophrenia has a urinary tract infection, why mothers with auto-immune conditions are more likely to have a child with autism spectrum, and why people with higher rates of inflammation are more likely to show signs of depression than those with healthy immune function. With this body of evidence, it is clear that the body and mind influence one another, suggesting that perhaps it may  be better to target the immune system instead of brain chemicals in treating brain-related disorders.

To access the article on USA Today click here.


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