Inflammatory response brings mice down

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New research led by scientists at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) suggests a link between systemic inflammatory responses and depressive behavior in mice. More work is needed to define the association more thoroughly, but the study results identify a new mechanism for depressive illness and suggest that new therapies targeting inflammatory response pathways may find clinical applications in treating mood disorders.

Lab Anim. (NY) 40, 31 (2011).
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