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Researchers say extended antidepressant use creates physical dependence

Researchers provide a schedule for gradually reducing dosage for each class and type of antidepressant, along with associated withdrawal symptoms for which patients and physicians should monitor. Credit: JAOA Patients who have taken antidepressants for years should consider coming off the medication. However, researchers say they will likely face difficult …

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Researchers discover receptor chain involved in atopic dermatitis

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory disorder, affects some 30 million Americans every year. It is the most common cause of eczema, a condition marked by unbearably itchy, flaky patches of skin. A new Tel Aviv University study identifies the precise receptor chain involved in the development …

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Researchers show how Ebola virus hijacks host lipids

Ebola virus particles (red) on a larger cell. Credit: NIAID Robert Stahelin studies some of the world’s deadliest viruses. Filoviruses, including Ebola virus and Marburg virus, cause viral hemorrhagic fever with high fatality rates. Stahelin, professor at Purdue University, examines how these viruses take advantage of human host cells. His …

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Researchers were not right about left brains

The shared brain asymmetry pattern is visualized on a human endocast (cast of the internal bony braincase) in lateral view (left) and from the lower side (right). This pattern includes a more backwards projecting left hemisphere and a more forward projecting right hemisphere with localized larger surface areas (orange) in …

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