Are Depressed People Too Clean?


Rates of depression have steadily grown, and researchers think it may be because of the loss of healthy bacteria. Emory neuroscientist Charles Raison has identified data that suggests that the modern world has become so clean that we are deprived of the bacteria our immune systems came to rely on to keep inflammation at bay. “We have known for a long time that people with depression, even those who are not sick, have higher levels of inflammation,” says Raison.

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Emory Medicine Winter 2011