Brain atrophy responsible for depression in people with MS

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Brain atrophy responsible for depression in people with MS

Postby MSUK » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:36 pm

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Adding to all that ails people managing their multiple sclerosis is depression ― for which MS sufferers have a lifetime risk as high as 50 percent.

Yet despite its prevalence, the cause of this depression is not understood. It's not related to how severe one's MS is, and it can occur at any stage of the disease. That suggests it is not simply a psychological reaction that comes from dealing with the burden of a serious neurologic disorder.

Now, in the first such study in living humans, researchers at UCLA suggest a cause, and it's not psychological, but physical: atrophy of a specific region of the hippocampus, a critical part of the brain involved in mood and memory, among other functions.... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/2304
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