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The Open Biology Journal is an open access online journal, which publishes research, review/mini-review and letter articles and guest edited single topic issues, reviews and letters in all areas of biology and at the interface of related disciplines. The core disciplines in biology that are published in the journal are the following: Cell & Developmental Biology; Genetics & Genomics; Molecular Biology; Structural Biology; Bioinformatics; Systems Biology; Immunology; Biochemistry; Ecology; Zoology; Ornithology; Entomology; Marine & aquatic Biology; Plant Biology; Bioethics; Behavioural science ; Microbiology; Reproductive Biology; Glycobiology; Macromolecules; Proteins & Peptides; Theoretical & Mathematical Biology; Evolutionary Biology; Techniques in Biology; Biotechnology, Applied Microbiology, Biodiversity Conservation, Biophysics, Biostatistics, Crystallography of macromolecules., education in biology, Marine & Freshwater Biology, Mathematical & Computational Biology, Mycology, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Parasitology, Paleobiology, Astrobiology; Physiology, biopolymers, Soil biology, and Interdisciplinary Applications in biology.


The Open Biology Journal, a peer-reviewed journal, is an important and reliable source of current information on developments in the field. The emphasis will be on publishing quality papers rapidly and freely available to researchers worldwide.


Recent Articles

A Detailed Biological Approach on Hormonal Imbalance Causing Depression in Critical Periods (Postpartum, Postmenopausal and Perimenopausal Depression) in Adult Women

Nikita Saraswat, Pranay Wal, Rashmi S. Pal, Ankita Wal, Yogendra Pal, Tamsheel F. Roohi

Background:

In today's global world, most women are experiencing midlife health problems which can affect their lives and mental status. Most of the diseases occurr after childbirth and during pregnancy or gestation period which can lead to severe problems such as postpartum depression (PPD), postmenopausal depression, perimenopausal depression which ultimately affects the mental health condition and develop various depressive episodes which ultimately lead to depression in women.

Objective:

The review paper gives the information that if there is untreated maternal depression then it can lead to anxiety, fear, negative effect on child development, disruption of the mother-infant relationship, and the occurrence of depressive symptoms in the early life of infants. Hormone levels are changed at the time of pregnancy.

Methods:

The data was collected by studying combination of research and review papers from different databases like PubMed, Medline, and Web of science by using search keywords like “Postpartum depression”, “Postmenopausal depression”, “Risk factors”, “Pathogenesis of PPD”, “Predictors of postpartum depression”.

Results:

This can lead to disrupting the quality of life of menopausal women like deficiency of nutrients, not properly regular physical activities, elevated Body Mass Index (BMI), loss of libido (loss of interest in sexual activities), due to the lack of education, and awareness among the people. Factors like increase in physical activity can naturally help in PPD condition. Mind body therapy, drug therapy and cognitive and mindfulness-based therapies help in hormonal imbalances.

Conclusion:

It was found that low birth weight and congenital abnormalities in babies lead to affect depression after delivery. It is recommended that health care providers and physicians are provided with information regarding factors contributing PPD and postmenopausal depression. Sleep timings and consumptions of nutraceuticals can help in natural healing with depression amongst women suffering from postpartum, postmenopausal and perimenopausal depression.


October 05, 2021
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Role of Genes and Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

Falaq Naz, Yasir Hasan Siddique

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder that mainly results due to the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra of the midbrain. It is well known that dopamine is synthesized in substantia nigra and is transported to the striatum via nigrostriatal tract. Besides the sporadic forms of PD, there are also familial cases of PD and number of genes (both autosomal dominant as well as recessive) are responsible for PD. There is no permanent cure for PD and to date, L-dopa therapy is considered to be the best option besides having dopamine agonists. In the present review, we have described the genes responsible for PD, the role of dopamine, and treatment strategies adopted for controlling the progression of PD in humans.


October 15, 2020
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