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July 9, 2014 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

Anti-depressants disrupt fish’s brains

Drugs designed to ease the symptoms of mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress can have major disruptive effects on aquatic animals’ brains, say scientists. A suite of new research, published in a special issue of the journalĀ  Aquatic Toxicology, points to mounting evidence that they could be damaging aquatic species.

‘At the moment, it’s almost impossible for regulators to work out what is a safe level for these drugs in the environment’ says Dr Alex Ford, University of Portsmouth.

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