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(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - ATLANTA, Sept. 1 -- Men with major depression have an exaggerated inflammatory response to stress, a finding that could partly explain some of the somatic diseases associated with the condition, according to researchers here.

They believe that the finding may shed some light on why conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes often go hand in hand with depression.

This small study is the first to demonstrate such an exaggerated response in major depression patients compared with controls, reported Andrew H. Miller, M.D., of Emory University School of Medicine, and colleagues, in the Sept. 1 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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