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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39381.454387.471 (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:944

More than 3000 people who had had depression episodes were persuaded to complete an online questionnaire including questions on chocolate consumption and a personality test. Chocolate had been craved by almost half the respondents and by women more than men. Respondents perceived chocolate as good for anxiety and irritability, and it was associated with neurotic behaviour rather than introverted behaviour. The researchers say that simply asking about craving chocolate when depressed seems to be an efficient discriminator of symptoms of DSM-IV atypical depression (British Journal of Psychiatry 2007;191:351-2 doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.106.033746).

Men who report poor sleep patterns are 18% more likely to have raised concentrations of C reactive protein than men who say they sleep well, according to data taken from the northern Finland 1966 birth cohort study, whose participants were followed up to the age of 31. The same was not observed among women. C reactive protein levels were only mildly raised overall, so it'll be interesting if these results are replicated in other databases (Psychosomatic Medicine 2007;69:756-61 doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e318157cb96). …

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