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You might just need one of these to treat depression, at least according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology.
The researchers scanned the brains of 22 healthy people who had never taken antidepressants and randomly chose some to take an SSRI, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
SSRIs boost the mood of someone suffering from depression by changing the balance of serotonin in the brain.
Hours after the participants were given the medication, their brains were scanned again, and researchers found a dramatic change had already occurred in the brain's connectivity.
This is big news. Before this discovery, researchers thought it could take days, weeks, even months for antidepressants to kick in.
“We were not expecting the SSRI to have such a prominent effect on such a short time-scale and the resulting signal to encompass the entire brain.”
Researchers are saying they hope these findings will eventually help them predict who would benefit the most from antidepressant medication.
But there are some holes in this study. For one, they focused only on healthy patients, instead of people currently suffering from depression.
People with depression have brains that are chemically different from someone who is healthy, so it's possible they would react differently if given a drug.
Also, the study does not touch on how effective taking a single dose will be. Most antidepressants require time to build up in the body to take full effect.
Although the brain scan showed changes quickly, we don't know if it would actually make people feel better.
The authors of the study do say they plan to continue researching the topic.
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According to the Charlotte Fire Department, crews battled a three-alarm fire uptown early Saturday morning.
Officials responded to the call at 312 North Graham Street, which is the Fourth Ward Bread Company.
There were no injuries. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.
Gregg Brafford’s life may never fully return to normal since he was shot outside his southwest Charlotte house in an attempted robbery on Aug. 21.
Read our past coverage: Popular bar owner shot, police investigation launched
Brafford, who owns The Woodshed Lounge, had to be hospitalized for three weeks and will continue to be bound to a wheelchair for at least the next two months. He’s still unable to work. And to make matters more frustrating the suspect who shot him has yet to be identified or arrested.
“I now have a steel rod in my upper leg after one bullet shattered my femur,” said Brafford. “But I was actually shot twice in the leg, once in the elbow and once in the hand.”
Brafford told Channel 9 he believes he was set up even though he didn’t recognize the shooter. He described the suspect to police as a black male in his teens standing at approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks.
“That is the only night I work at my bar and would have had any money on me,” said Brafford. “Someone knew my schedule in order to set him up to look for me.”
On that early morning of Aug. 21, Brafford said a friend had just dropped him off at his home.
He said the shooter immediately approached him but didn’t say a word and began firing at him.
“I had my money bag in one hand and my pistol in the other because I’ve actually been robbed before this incident,” said Brafford. “I guess that’s why he ran away without trying to get my money. But I’m lucky to be alive.”
Brafford asked for anyone in the community with information on his case to come forward.
“I’d appreciate it if someone could help us,” said Brafford.
Anyone with any information concerning this case or the assailant is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.