Acute phase plasma proteins are altered by electroconvulsive stimulation.

Acute phase plasma proteins are altered by electroconvulsive stimulation. J Psychopharmacol. 2014 Sep 29. pii: 0269881114552742. [Epub ahead of print] Glaviano A, O’Donovan SM, Ryan K, O’Mara S, Dunn MJ, McLoughlin DM. Download the paper. Abstract Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective antidepressant treatment, but its molecular mechanisms of action remain to be fully elucidated.… Read More

John Waters (not the other one) on depression: ‘Not even wrong’

John Waters (the columnist, not the other one – don’t confuse them!) is quoted in today’s Sunday Independent as follows: “I don’t believe in depression. There’s no such thing. It’s an invention. It’s bullshit,” he said, “it’s a cop out.” To which I can only say ‘wow’! There are at least two possibilities here. The first is that he… Read More

Business leaders must take a stand on mental health – FT.com

Business leaders must take a stand on mental health – FT.com via Business leaders must take a stand on mental health – FT.com. Great, timely and important piece. A quote: The fact that we only talk about workplace stress when there is a high-profile case of mental ill-health is a problem. And another: … mental… Read More

Maybe neuroscience needs ‘malbrain’ to complement cell biology’s ‘cancer’ in the public mind…***

Previously, I wondered why there was no hue-and-cry over the huge disinvestment in brain research over the past decade, and why, by comparison, cancer research does well.* ‘Cancer‘ is understood by the public at large, by the political establishment, by the pharmaceutical companies and a host of other stakeholders as a single-word issue of great and pressing concern to… Read More