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Antidepressants May Help Fight HIV, Cancer

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posted on May, 12 2008 @ 01:17 PM
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Antidepressants May Help Fight HIV, Cancer


www.indep endent.co.uk

Antidepressant drugs may help the immune system fight serious illness, research suggests. They enhance the activity of natural killer cells, key elements of the immune system, and could help the body combat infections such as HIV, and even cancer

Natural killer (NK) cells are white blood cells which home in on infected or cancerous cells, releasing agents that induce apoptosis, or "cell suicide". NK cells are especially active against viruses.

The research emerged from findings that stress and depression impair NK cell function and can accelerate the progress of HIV/ Aids.
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posted on May, 12 2008 @ 01:17 PM
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After worries that antidepressants may increase the risk of suicides comes promising news they do raise immune system function and may help fight HIV/AIDS and cancer.

This is an initial study from the U. of PA and is very encouraging news.

www.indep endent.co.uk
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