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Hyperactivity in Brain May Explain Multiple Symptoms of Depression

Published: February 28, 2012.
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Most of us know what it means when it's said that someone is depressed. But commonly, true clinical depression brings with it a number of other symptoms. These can include anxiety, poor attention and concentration, memory issues, and sleep disturbances.

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UCLA Statistician Helps Resolve Dispute About How Gene Expression Is Controlled
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Insuring Undocumented Residents Could Help Solve Multiple US Health Care Challenges
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UCLA Study Shows Feasibility of Blood-based Test for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease
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Researchers Identify Process for Improving Durability of Glass
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