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Brazilian researchers identify molecules associated with depression in the elderly

Brazilian researchers have identified molecules associated with depression in the elderly, which should facilitate early detection and treatment of the disease.

The research was conducted by the State University of Campinas (Unicamp).

This is in collaboration with scientists from the Brazilian Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and the Universities of Connecticut (USA), and Toronto (Canada).

Several proteins have been identified that are associated with depression in older age.

The researchers were able to determine which molecules could contribute to a more effective diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which affects nearly 10 percent of the elderly population.

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