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From depression to dementia, inflammation is medicine's new frontier | Edward Bullmore

Inflammation

Inflammation, which normally fights infections and heals wounds, also has negative effects on the body.

Studying inflammation's behavior in our bodies has led to a series of breakthroughs, including new kinds of treatments, and immunotherapy.

Apart from research on bodily disorders, new studies are emerging on how the brain and our immune system may be connected.

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From depression to dementia, inflammation is medicine's new frontier | Edward Bullmore

From depression to dementia, inflammation is medicine's new frontier | Edward Bullmore

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Inflammation

Inflammation, which normally fights infections and heals wounds, also has negative effects on the body.

Studying inflammation's behavior in our bodies has led to a series of breakthroughs, including new kinds of treatments, and immunotherapy.

Apart from research on bodily disorders, new studies are emerging on how the brain and our immune system may be connected.

Body and Mind

Studies show inflammation might be one of the reasons for depression, due to a substantial effect on brain activity.

This has led to new experiments using anti-inflammatory drugs like antidepressants, which proved successful.

This provides an important insight on how the body, brain, and mind are co-related and is vital at a time when there are rising cases of mental health disorders and dementia throughout the world.

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