BBC health reporter James Gallagher explores the increasing body of evidence that a dysfunctional immune system is responsible for the depression or psychotic illness experienced by hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people in the UK. James talks to the psychiatrists investigating this new understanding of mental illness and to people who may benefit from treatments aimed at the immune systems rather than their brain cells.
Source: BBC Radio 4 – The Inflamed Mind
This week, how rogue antibodies turned one woman’s existence into a living nightmare of delusions, hallucinations and paranoia, we examine the evidence that ME – or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – might be an autoimmune disease, and why the blues might be down to a hostile immune response.
Source: Brain on fire | Science Podcasts | Naked Scientists
A group of UK scientists are teaming up with researchers from two pharmaceutical companies to investigate whether mood disorders, such as depression, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, could be treated by targeting the immune system.
Source: Link between immune system and brain disorders focus of new project | Wellcome
Scientists at seven UK universities are to set up a research consortium aimed at exploiting a newly discovered link between immune disorders and mental illness. The connection raises hopes that anti-inflammatory drugs can be adapted to treat patients with depression or senile dementia.
Source: Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘could fight depression’ | Science | The Guardian