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Depression linked to reduced levels of amino acid: study

Depression linked to reduced levels of amino acid: study

Health
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Reduced levels of an amino acid found in blood samples have been linked to major depressive disorder, according to a new study in Finland.Researchers with the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital studied 99 adults aged 20-71 with diagnosed major depressive disorder and 253 non-depressed control adults in a report published Wednesday in the Journal of Affective Disorders.The body uses the amino acid arginine to produce nitric oxide, which is a mediator for the nervous system and immune defender, and plays a role in vascular regulation. Reduced arginine is also a known risk factor of cardiovascular diseases."It is possible that depression-induced inflammatory responses lead to reduced arginine levels," doctoral student Toni Ali-Sisto, the lead author ...
Four US women attacked with acid in Marseille

Four US women attacked with acid in Marseille

World
Four female American tourists have been attacked with acid in the French city of Marseille.They were sprayed with hydrochloric acid inside the Saint-Charles train station.A 41-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the attack.Two of the victims, aged 20 and 21, received facial injuries and have been taken to hospital.One has a possible eye injury, according to the Marseille prosecutor's office.The other tourists were hit in the legs, according to French media, and have been taken to hospital for shock.All four women are in their 20s. It is not known where where in the United States they are from.Image:Saint-Charles train station in Marseille. Pic: ignisThe attack is not believed to be terror-related as the suspect did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the i...
Teen facing 15 charges in connection to London acid attacks

Teen facing 15 charges in connection to London acid attacks

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A teenager is facing multiple charges in connection to five linked acid attacks in north and east London earlier this week, police said today. Authorities charged a 16-year-old male on Saturday evening with 15 offenses, including multiple counts of robbery and grievous bodily harm (GBH), according to London’s Metropolitan Police. The teen was arrested Friday after he was identified near the scene of the attacks, which took place on Thursday, in surveillance video. The suspect has been remanded in custody and will appear before Stratford Youth Court on Monday. A 15-year-old male was also arrested at an address in the Stoke Newington neighborhood of north London on Friday morning, also on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery, police said. He was released on bail Saturday morning