Prozac in the water is getting serious, How the mind controls pain and depression and exercise: Thursday news and blogs

  • Prawns on Prozac, whatever next? Crabs on cocaine? — NewScientist — Second-hand Prozac in waste water could be sending shrimps’ swimming patterns haywire, making them easy targets for predators. ”Crustaceans are crucial to the food chain and if shrimps’ natural behaviour is being changed because of antidepressant levels in the sea this could seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem,” Ford is reported as saying in The Telegraph.
  • How the Mind Controls Pain – MSN Health & Fitness — The bottom line for pain patients is that they may want to pursue pain-control techniques such as biofeedback, yoga, and meditation. But they also need to be on the alert for scams and beware of claims made by therapists seeking to exploit their desperation. Before turning to one of these therapies, it’s best to thoroughly research the practitioner you choose.
  • Is Exercise the Best Drug for Depression? – TIME — Why anyone still needs to ask if exercise is good is beyond me. Exercise is good for everyone. We did not evolve to sit in front of a desk. We evolved to work in nature finding our food. Our bodies want and need to move. That physical activity is crucial to good health — both mental and physical — is nothing new. As early as the 1970s and ’80s, observational studies showed that Americans who exercised were not only less likely to be depressed than those who did not but also less likely to become depressed in the future.

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