Lack of sleep causes depression in teenagers

The teenage years are sensitive years, not only regarding bodily insecurities but also regarding brain development and an increased vulnerability to disorders related to the psyche and sleep patterns. The incidence of severe psychiatric illness and insomnia increases rapidly during adolescence. However, are sleep disturbances a result of the depression or could they be a cause?

How can fat talk to the brain through the kidneys?

The kidneys are amazing! Not only do they ensure that the blood is kept clean from dangerous nitrogen-containing compounds originating from protein metabolism but they also maintain the body’s water/salt balance. Thus, the “hydration status” is closely monitored and communicated between the kidneys, the brain and small receptors (baroreflex receptors) that are located in the blood vessels.

The oxidant – the antioxidant’s evil twin?

FOCUS ON ACTA PHYSIOLOGICA Review: Zuo, Li, et al. “Biological and physiological role of reactive oxygen species–the good, the bad and the ugly.” Acta Physiologica (2015). Find out the difference between an oxidant and an antioxidant and what these have to do with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and cancer. Also, learn why taking antioxidant supplements might not […]