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Amino acid’s antidepressant actions
Study subjects: Rats/18 adults
Location of study: USA
Results: Within 40 minutes of a single intravenous dose of an N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonist, subjects with treatment-resistant bipolar depression showed positive effects.
Significance: The NMDA antagonist’s quick antidepressant effects could be useful with sufferers showing significant suicidal tendencies.
The effect of zinc on the common cold
Study subjects: 1,360 participants of all age groups
Location of study: United Kingdom
Results: According to a report published in the Cochrane Library, zinc administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms reduced the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people.
Significance: Using zinc could lessen antibiotic use and respiratory damage due to colds.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Study subjects: 641 adults suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome
Location of study: Great Britain
Results: When coupled with standard treatment, findings showed that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) can be effective treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Significance: The study’s results could possibly disprove the general assumptions that chronic fatigue syndrome is irreversible and that symptom management is the only course of treatment.