A couple of papers…

A couple of papers are going to come out in the near future. One is by Dr Juan Young, Dr Nunzio Pomara and myself, and is a review of the literature on cytokines and depression. This paper is coming out on the Journal of Affective Disorders (Young, Bruno & Pomara. A review of the relationship between proinflammatory cytokines and major depressive disorder).

From the abstract:

There is significant evidence that inflammatory processes influence the development and progression of MDD (Major Depressive Disorder). Future studies with larger arrays of cytokine profiles aided by neuroimaging may provide more sensitive and specific modes of diagnostics in determining MDD etiology and provide guidance in individual therapies.



Another paper will be published on Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry (Pomara, Lee, Bruno, Silber, Greenblatt, Petkova & Sidtis. Adverse performance effects of acute lorazepam administration in elderly long-term users: Pharmacokinetic and clinical predictors). In this paper we show that taking lorazepam, a benzodiazepine, may still have negative effects on both memory and psychomotor ability of elderly users, even when they have been taking it for years. On top of that, the desirable anti-anxiety effects seem to disappear in long-term users.



This is a photo of a gorilla. For no reason. I took it from my bathroom window.  P1000192


About Davide Bruno

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University
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