The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely ‘Backwards’

Andrews surveyed 50 years’ worth of research supporting the serotonin theory of depression, which suggests that the disease is caused by low levels of the “happiness” neurotransmitter, serotonin. But Andrews argues that depression may actually be caused by elevated levels of serotonin…

Coffee May Protect Against MS

“Caffeine could be an attractive compound given its apparent benefit in protecting against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases,” Mowry said in an email to MedPage Today. “The exact mechanism by which it does so in those diseases is unclear, and if caffeine is confirmed to be protective in MS, it may still be acting via a different mechanism.”

Fibromyalgia: Need to Nap Increases as Symptoms Worsen

“People with fibromyalgia use daytime napping as a coping strategy for managing symptoms against clinical advice even though there is no evidence to suggest whether daytime napping is beneficial or detrimental for people with fibromyalgia,” Alice Theadom, PhD, of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and colleagues write in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

“Given the common use of daytime napping in people with fibromyalgia, evidence-based guidelines on the use of daytime napping in people with chronic pain are urgently needed.” …

A large proportion of the sample were taking some sort of medication to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia including opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and tricyclic antidepressants.

Subjects also reported a high rate of comorbidities, the most frequent of which were arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and asthma.

A small proportion of about 5% of participants reported having a psychiatric condition, and about 11% reported that they had been diagnosed with depression…