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Research on Brain Protein Could Lead to New Drug Treatment for Depression

Sometimes more is not always better. Researchers recently discovered a protein that is more prominent in the brains of people suffering from depression. The study, led by University of Michigan neuroscience doctoral student Elyse Aurbach, discovered the protein fibroblast growth factor 9 - or FGF9 - was enhanced in depressed people.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Rather than looking for new drugs to target these proteins, it makes more sense to see if high-dose fish oil, which has been shown to effectively treat both bi-polar and uni-polar depression, also affects the same proteins.  If so, then there is no need to make a new drug.

 

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