TIFR researchers discover a novel function of serotonin

In a surprising discovery, TIFR researchers have found a novel function for serotonin — generation of new mitochondria in neurons, increased cellular respiration and ATP production. The team found that serotonin reduces reactive oxygen species, thus providing neuroprotection against cellular stress. In a surprising discovery, researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai … Continue reading TIFR researchers discover a novel function of serotonin

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Three-fold increase in extreme rainfall events over central India

Summer monsoon rainfall over central India has reduced by 10% on average, while there has been three-fold increase in extreme rainfall events between 1950 and 2015. There will be further increase in extreme rainfall events over most parts of the Indian subcontinent by the end of the century. There has been an average 10% decline in … Continue reading Three-fold increase in extreme rainfall events over central India

Improving access to mental health services in remote areas

While about 10% of the population in India suffers from common mental disorders, only about 15-25% of this receives mental health care. But a small-scale study carried out on approximately 5,000 people living in 30 tribal villages in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh was able to improve the practice of seeking out mental health … Continue reading Improving access to mental health services in remote areas

Counselling for depression: A journey within

Psychotherapy could not be more unlike the many psychometric tests that are administered to evaluate a person’s aptitudes and skills. The process pertains to the acquisition of  the competencies required for a realistic self-appraisal of one’s emotional state of being. It is intended to help a person take charge of himself  through enhanced self-awareness. The … Continue reading Counselling for depression: A journey within

Depression: The fault lies in classification

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 300 million people across the world are living with depression. “But that does not mean that all the 300 million people would need medical intervention,” says Vikram Patel from Harvard Medical School and the Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India. The reason: the current binary classification of … Continue reading Depression: The fault lies in classification

People seeking mental healthcare increased six-fold

The proportion of people with depression who sought care increased six-fold from 4.3 to 27.2 per cent in 30 villages in the Amravati district of Vidarbha. The proportion of people who accessed mental healthcare was the same across sex (53 per cent males and 47 per cent females), education, income and religion. As a result, … Continue reading People seeking mental healthcare increased six-fold

Even lower stress levels can increase risk of cardiovascular deaths, says study

Published in The Hind on August 1, 2012 People suffering from even low, subclinical levels of psychological stress are at an increased risk of death from external causes and cardiovascular diseases, says a study published today (August 1) in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The increased risk of death from both external causes and cardiovascular … Continue reading Even lower stress levels can increase risk of cardiovascular deaths, says study

Depression: 15 % prevalence seen in Chennai

Published in the Hindu on October 1, 2009 A study of more than 25,000 individuals above the age of 20 (median age 40) in Chennai found that nearly 15 per cent of them had depression. The results are published online in the Open Access journal PLOS One. The study conducted by Dr. V. Mohan and … Continue reading Depression: 15 % prevalence seen in Chennai