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Did you know that clinical depression causes more years of disability than cancer, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases combined? A major depressive episode occurs in five to seven percent of the world’s population every year, and one in six people will at some point suffer from the disease.

This is why scientists in Israel and elsewhere are constantly on the search for a better understanding of the biological mechanisms behind depression, which the World Health Organization has deemed “the leading cause of disability worldwide.”

A new study by Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists, published in the premier psychiatry science journal Molecular Psychiatry in December, was unusual because it focused on a type of brain cell previously overlooked by depression researchers.

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