Inflammatory Dietary Pattern and Risk of Depression Among Women

Women who consume an inflammatory diet (i.e., high in red meat, fish, sodas, and refined grains) have a higher risk for depression, compared with women who consume low amounts of these products. As part of the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers analyzed the diets of […]

Dopamine Mediates Vagal Modulation of the Immune System by Electroacupuncture

Activation of the sciatic nerve with electroacupuncture was found to reduce inflammation and rescue mice from polymicrobial peritonitis. Electroacupuncture at the sciatic nerve controlled inflammation via vagal activation of an enzyme (aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase) which in turn stimulated the production of dopamine in […]

A Comparison of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and an Active Control in Modulation of Neurogenic Inflammation.

The authors compared an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intervention to a well-matched active control intervention, the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) in the ability to reduce psychological stress and experimentally-induced inflammation. Capsaicin cream was applied to the forearm to induce psychological stress and inflammation. […]

Elevated C-Reactive Protein Levels, Psychological Distress, and Depression in 73,131 Individuals

In a prospective analysis of 73,131 individuals from the general population, elevated levels of CRP were associated with an increased risk for psychological distress as well as for hospitalizations for depression. An association was found between CRP levels and the feeling of “not having […]