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Best and Worst in Health and Healthcare – July & August 2016

The northern hemisphere’s summer is ending and that is definitely bad news. The good news is that this was not a silly season in health and healthcare research. Here’s the best and worst news of the summer. The best Drug repurposing screening reveals possible candidates for anti-Zika therapy Developing a new drug is a long […]

How to Deal with Destination Memory Issues – Did I already tell you?

Have you ever realized or been informed that the person you are talking to has already heard the joke or story you are telling? I already told your this? If you have been in this situation, you are not alone. You are dealing with what experts call, destination memory. Destination memory is the ability to […]

9/11 Survivors – Prolonged Mental and Physical Health Problems

Emerging research discovers significant health problems continue to affect people exposed to hazards 15 years after the terror attacks of 9/11 and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Dr. Steven Stellman, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health is co-author of four new studies through the World Trade Center […]

Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry – August 2016

Every month we scour the 1000s of new research publications in psychology and psychiatry for trending and field progressing findings. Making the top five best findings this month include the influence our bank balance has on our mental state, and how our mental state can also help empty our bank balance. The worst findings, the […]

Happy Retirement – 5 Ways to Prolong the Golden Years

After a lifetime of hard work, thousands of baby boomers are retiring in record numbers across the globe. Like any life transition, embarking on the transition from working life to retirement can be wrought with challenges and stressors, especially for those forced into retirement. Yet, it also opens up a window of opportunity to take […]

Can You Improve Physical Skills While Dreaming?

Can we significantly improve physical skills by practicing them while we sleep? Yes, scientists say. New research published in the Journal of Sports Sciences confirms that practicing motor skills while lucid dreaming can lead to real life improvements in skill performance that can be equivalent to practice in waking life. Lucid dreaming is when the […]

Could Targeting Mitochondria be the Key to Treating Psychosis?

One of the hottest cellular organelles of the year so far has to be mitochondria. Deleting them has been shown to reverse cellular aging, mitochondria transplants have been shown to reverse pulmonary hypertension, and they are promising...Show More Summary

Electroshock Therapy for Mental Illness? It Depends On Your Genes

Scientists in Italy have pinpointed an important gene that could be used to predict the chances of success of electric shock treatment, especially for those with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder that are resistant to other treatments. Psychotherapy works for some people, drugs work for others, and for those less fortunate, nothing seems to […]

Genetics Behind Response to Parkinson’s Drugs

Since achieving the goals of the “mission impossible” Human Genome Project in 2003, biomedical sciences entered the new era of genetically informed use of pharmaceuticals. The Project helped in our understanding of how genes affect an individual’s response to drugs. Although it was known for decades that the response to drugs depends on genetic background […]

Does Moderate Alcohol Consumption Improve Brain Function?

It is well documented that excessive consumption of alcohol is linked to various serious health problems. Heavy drinking is a known risk factor for diseases such as cardiovascular problems, some types of cancer, cirrhosis, dementia,Show More Summary

Is Being Clever Dangerous For Your Health?

The idea that how smart you are might be connected with how healthy you are is not new. Those who studied social sciences have probably seen the published works on the subject dating back to 1980s. The problem is not so easy to study academically, though. It is hard to separate the influence of various […]

Huntington’s Disease – A High-Tech Solution?

Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that causes the progressive death of brain’s nerve cells. This gradually results in to the loss of functional abilities and ultimately causes severe movement and cognitive impairments. The disease often strikes during a person’s prime working years and to date, there is no known cure. However, new developments in […]

Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

Rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are rising worldwide, and research on the subject, particularly risk factors and correlation with cognitive impairment and decline are among the most important and applicable. Among those, data suggests that diet seems to be the most important risk factor to target. For instance, is a very well-known fact that when […]

Best and Worst of Psychology and Psychiatry – July 2016

It’s a meta-analysis month again. Meta-analysis, when approached rigorously, can provide much more confidence in research findings by combining and analysing data from multiple studies. This month I will report more than the standard...Show More Summary

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – July 2016

Hundreds of articles published this month further advanced our knowledge of neuroscience. Lots of new discoveries published in July relate to some of the most fundamental processes in the brain that shape our daily life, as well as to the practical problems doctors have to deal with on a regular basis. The selection of articles […]

The Empirical, Direct Route to One’s Own Mind

I came across a thought-provoking opinion piece written by Alex Rosenberg in The New York Times July 18, 2016 edition of The Stone, entitled Why You Don’t Know Your Own Mind. The Stone is a series moderated by philosopher Simon Critchley for the use of contemporary thinkers in various cognitive and social science to present […]

Stress Shortens Life

In today’s increasingly high-paced world, stress has become part and parcel of our lives. It is well-known that chronic stress and depression are detrimental to our well-being and we are often able to tell its physical manifestation in a loved one or close friend. Can we take that one step further and claim that stress […]

Can Technology Change How Our Brain Works?

Smartphones and other electronic devices have changed the way we communicate and the way we interact with the world. But to what extent can technology change us? Most importantly, can it change our brain? When neurons communicate with each other they generate brain waves. These are the result of the synchronized rhythmic activity of thousands […]

Hallucinations vs Delusions – What’s the Difference?

Delusions are a symptom of some mental disorder, such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophreniform disorder. Hallucinations, on the other hand, tend to only appear in people with schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder. Show More Summary

Mindfulness for Children May Prevent Anxiety and Mental Illness

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric conditions for children and teens. While antidepressants are frequently used to treat youth with anxiety disorders, sometimes, antidepressants may be poorly tolerated in children who are at high risk of developing bipolar disorder. A new study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) explores how cognitive […]

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