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Microglial cells and mental health

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Interesting article on emerging research into how microglial cells in the brain may have a connection to neurological disorders like OCD.  OCD is only briefly mentioned, but still I found it fascinating.


Researchers have shown that patients experiencing major depressive episodes have significantly higher levels of activated microglia, as do patients with OCD and Parkinson’s. Many of the most difficult to treat brain-related diseases of our century, which plague humankind from womb to grave, and many of which appear to be on the rise, share a common denominator: Immune-triggered microglia appear to be wreaking havoc with the brain in response to the same triggers that spark inflammation in the body.


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