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Because serotonin shortage is suspected of being the cause of depression, researchers seek ways to regulate the amount and activity of serotonin in the brain. Cholecystokinin cells, tiny neuronal cells that help to balance the excitation and inhibition of neuronal activity in the brain’s hippocampus, have a higher number of receptors to serotonin than other neurons. These cells may become the basis for the development of faster-acting antidepressants.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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New Hope for Faster-Acting Antidepressants

For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster-acting drugs.

Shortage of serotonin is believed to be a cause of depression. The most common antidepressant drugs are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including Prozac and Zoloft, which block the absorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin, increasing the amount of serotonin active in the brain at any one time.

While SSRIs have been used to treat depression for decades, exactly how they work has been a mystery. Another question was why the behavioral effects are delayed for weeks or months despite the immediate pharmacological impact.

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Nutrition Conference Covers a Century of Food Science
By Heather Hogstrom

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy) will hold its Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®) in Chicago from October 21–24. This year marks the Academy’s 100th anniversary, which will be recognized with a Centennial Celebration on Saturday evening, where attendees can mingle while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Offering more than 130 educational sessions, FNCE® features several sessions reflecting on the past 100 years and looking forward to the next century, such as “What Chicago in 1900 Can Teach Us About the Challenges of Science and Food Today,” “Informing the Future: Looking Back at 100 Years of Nutrition Research,” and “Preparing for the Second Century With a Stronger Focus on Public Health.”

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Mobility Assist
Mobility Assist is the first motorized lift assist and ambulation aid in one device. This assistive aid lifts patients safely from a seated to a standing position without staff support using the protection of a safety harness and motorized lift mechanics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently cited manual lifting and moving of patients as the single greatest risk factor for overexertion injuries among health care workers. Currently 11 states have enacted Safe Patient Handling laws requiring programs to protect safety of both patient and health care provider. Mobility Assist helps to reduce fall-related injuries by providing not only walking assistance but also sit-to-standing support with no lifting required from therapists, nurses, or caregivers. Learn more »

The BEAN, a personal amplification device, features a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts to the surrounding noise level. It amplifies soft sounds while keeping the volume steady on louder noises and reducing it for extremely loud sounds. It boosts soft high-pitched sounds heard in speech, helping to provide clarity for conversations, particularly in environments with other peripheral sounds. It can be purchased from any source without referral and comes ready to use without adjustments. The BEAN produces a subtle low-battery signal to alert the user before the battery dies. It boasts a long battery life of 10 to 12 days. Another model available is the T-coil BEAN, which can be used with hearing-aid compatible telephones to improve hearing in reverberant conditions or when a talker is too far away to be heard clearly with amplification. Learn more »
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