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Anti-depressants seen combating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's


Florence, November 13 - Researchers from the
University of Florence have found that anti-depressant drugs may
also have a positive effect in combating neurodegenerative
diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
In a study published in Biological Psychiatry by a team led
by Maura Boldrini, the researchers lay out evidence which shows
that on subjects who suffer from forms of depression, using
anti-depressant drugs also stimulates the growth of
nervous-system stem cells as well as blood vessels.
"This discovery strengthens convictions in the scientific
world of the potential of treatments based on the regenerative
capacities of stem cells," Boldrini said in the study.
"It's a known fact that anti-depressants have a potential
which goes beyond merely regulating people's moods".
The researcher said that her group would now propose a new
project to study on what receptors anti-depressant drugs act in
order to produce the desired growth effects.
A few days after having been published in Biological
Psychiatry, Boldrini's research was also published in the
journal Science.

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