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Study links suicidal thoughts to brain inflammation

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  • A new study from a team at – the University of Manchester has now made an even more specific – contention – linking brain inflammation to suicidal thoughts.
  • A major study published in 2015 found a – strong correlation between a person undergoing a major depressive episode – and enhanced neuroinflammation, as measured by increased microglial – activity in parts of the brain.
  • Following on from that earlier study, – Dr Peter Talbot from the University of Manchester set out to explore – whether this increased microglial activity could be more specifically – linked to suicidal thoughts.
  • Using a PET scan identifying a marker that signals – activated microglial activity, the results indicated a positive – correlation between those patients with suicidal thoughts and – increased neuroinflammation.
  • Earlier brain studies of post-mortem – suicidal patients have shown similar forms of inflammation in these regions, but this – examination of living patients strengthens the connection, particularly in those suffering from acute depressive episodes.

A growing body of research is suggesting that brain inflammation could be responsible for some major depressive episodes. A new study from a team at the University of Manchester has now made an even more specific contention – linking brain inflammation to suicidal thoughts.

A growing body of research is

suggesting that brain inflammation could be responsible for some

major depressive episodes. A new study from a team at

the University of Manchester has now made an even more specific

contention – linking brain inflammation to suicidal thoughts.

A major study published in 2015 found a

strong correlation between a person undergoing a major depressive episode

and enhanced neuroinflammation, as measured by increased microglial

activity in parts of the brain. Microglia are a specific type of

immune cell active in the brain and spinal cord that serve as the main form of active immune defense in the central nervous system.

Following on from that earlier study,

Dr Peter Talbot from the University of Manchester set out to explore

whether this increased microglial activity could be more specifically

linked to suicidal thoughts.

Fourteen patients with moderate to

severe depression and reported suicidal thoughts took part in the study alongside thirteen healthy

control subjects. Using a PET scan identifying a marker that signals

activated microglial activity, the results indicated a positive

correlation between those patients with suicidal thoughts and

increased neuroinflammation.

The biggest increases in microglial

activity were identified in the anterior cingulate cortex, a part…

Study links suicidal thoughts to brain inflammation