Immune Cell Enzyme Links Stress to Depression

Summary: Researchers identified a novel ‘body-mind mechanism’ that links chronic stress to depression. They discovered that stress increases the enzyme matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) in blood, which then impacts brain neurons, leading to social withdrawal behaviors in mice—a symptom observed in depression. This enzyme’s identification opens up potential avenues for new depression treatments by targeting MMP-8. … Read more

What Happens if U.S. Support for Ukraine Collapses?

A year ago, when Washington and much of Europe were still awash in optimism that Ukraine was on the verge of repelling Russia from its territory, it seemed inconceivable that the United States would turn its back on the victim of Vladimir V. Putin’s aggression. Now, even as Senate Democrats try to salvage an aid … Read more

Dietary supplements and protein powders fall under a ‘wild west’ of unregulated products that necessitate caveats and caution

Dietary supplements are a big business. The industry made almost US$39 billion in revenue in 2022, and with very little regulation and oversight, it stands to keep growing. The marketing of dietary supplements has been quite effective, with 77% of Americans reporting feeling that the supplement industry is trustworthy. The idea of taking your health … Read more

People who stay mentally sharp in their retirement usually adopt these 5 daily habits

Retirement: that time when many envision long-awaited relaxation and leisure, free from the demands of a hectic work life.  But it doesn’t always pan out this way.   The unfortunate truth is that when many retire, they lose the mental sharpness they need to actually take advantage of this time.  Others, however, stay mentally sharp and … Read more

Blinken says Hamas response on hostages and ceasefire deal ‘creates space for agreement to be reached’

CNN  —  US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the response from Hamas on a deal to free the remaining hostages and reach a sustained pause in fighting in Gaza “creates space for agreement to be reached,” despite containing what he called “some clear nonstarters.” “We will work at that relentlessly until we get there,” … Read more