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Future Treatments For Hearing Loss

Hearing disorders are among the most common health problems. The World Health Organization estimated in 2012 that over 5.3% of the world’s population has disabling hearing loss, and the overall aging of the population will most likely keep increasing this number. In the older population, hearing impairment is also associated with the onset and progression […]

When Perfectionism Leads To An Imperfect Appearance

For perfectionists, each day is a new opportunity to strive for success and avoid failure. Each day may also be the continuation of self-directed judgment and dissatisfaction due to one’s expectations of the self and the inability to achieve the impossible “perfect” appearance. When everything, according to the eye of the beholder, must be perfect, […]

Cartoon – Walking Groups and Health

A meta-analysis of 42 studies shows that walking groups have wide-ranging health benefits including reduced systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat, body mass index (BMI), and total cholesterol. Show More Summary

Decoding the Neural Pathway from Psychopathy to Serial Murder

News stories of serial killings are, unfortunately, common. And almost always, there is no apparent motive behind the bloodbath. It makes you wonder if the serial killer is wired differently from the rest of us. What makes a person kill another human being in cold blood? Is it in the genes, or do dysfunctional and […]

Nurturing The Brain – Part 4, Eggs

We have been witnessing the ascent of eggs as nutritional superstars. For many years, eggs suffered from a fairly bad reputation mainly because of their high cholesterol content. The classical notion was that dietary cholesterol was associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, and this was the premise for dietary recommendations […]

Nicotine and Nicotinic Receptors in Disease and Therapy

Everyone knows that smoking is a terribly harmful habit. But this is not about smoking, this is about nicotine and nicotinic receptors. Nicotine has numerous effects: it decreases the appetite, it improves mood and has some anti-depressant properties, it increases heart rate and blood pressure and it stimulates memory, alertness, and focus, for example. The […]

Cartoon – Vegetarians and Colorectal Cancer

Vegetarian diets may be associated with an overall lower incidence of colorectal cancers. Researchers from Loma Linda University analyzed data from the “The Adventist Health Study 2? of 96,354 Seventh-Day Adventist men and women between 2002-2007. The incidence of colorectal cancer in order of least to greatest was as follows: pescovegetarians (diet that includes fish […]

The Unveiling of Sexism In Academia

I like to think of science as a torchbearer for human evolution. Oh, well… Call me romantic. I am a woman after all, and I can’t help but having oh so many feelings. I have previously shared my opinion on how there’s something really wrong with science these days, but recent events blew my mind […]

Homosexuality in the Brain

From an evolutionary point of view, homosexuality is rather difficult to explain. Any genetic trait that reduces the chances of producing the offspring usually gets eliminated very quickly in populations. Nonetheless, homosexuality appears to persist in humans throughout the history of our species. Show More Summary

Cartoon – Sleep Therapies and Health

Reference Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Breen EC, Witarama T, Carrillo C, Sadeghi N, Arevalo JM, Ma J, Nicassio P, Bootzin R, & Cole S (2015). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Tai Chi Reverse Cellular and Genomic Markers of Inflammation in Late Life Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Biological psychiatry PMID: 25748580 Image created by Jerry King […]

Debunking the Myths of Marijuana Withdrawal “Syndrome”

“Reefer Madness” ideology has yet to be quashed, where well-to-do, model students take one fateful puff and they are severely hooked, avoiding Trainspotting-esque withdrawal symptoms and instead spiral into a marijuana-laced world of paranoia, aggression, academic failure and mental illness. Show More Summary

Cartoon – Purpose in Life and Improved Health

Researchers looks at data from the Health and Retirement Study that tracked older Americans of at least 50 years of age for six years. Individuals with increased sense of purpose in life were more likely to engage in preventative screening tests such as cholesterol testing, mammography, pap smear, and prostate examination. Further, there were fewer […]

Interview with Dan Pink – Manipulating the Masses and Hacking your Life

We recently caught up with Dan Pink, the mastermind and host of Crowd Control, a 12-part National Geographic TV series in which Dan and his team use behavioral science, design and technology to solve public problems. He has over 20 years experience as a journalist and writer, and is the author of five bestselling books […]

Rape – Why Do We Blame the Victim?

For years there has been global outrage over why we continually handle sex abuse allegations badly, with quite shocking statistics and stories of rapists and abusers escaping punishment and repeating their crimes, which undoubtedly instils even less incentive to report abuse for the overwhelming majority of victims that do not come forward. For example, in […]

LSD Could Take You on a Trip to Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Fancy a $5 LSD trip to Wonderland? Perhaps not. You might come back with more than memories of fantastical hallucinations and grinning like a Cheshire cat! A new case report published by two clinicians working in the field of addictions and dual disorders in Israel, Dr. Arturo Lerner and Dr. Shaul Lev-Ran, presents the first […]

Cartoon – Divorce Among Physicians and other Professionals

A team of researchers reviewed US census data from 2008 to 2013 and looked at divorce data for healthcare and non-healthcare professionals. They found the divorce prevalence to be 24.3% for physicians, 25.2% dentists, 22.9% pharmacists, 33.0% nurses, 30.9% healthcare executives, 26.9% lawyers, and 35.0% other non-healthcare professionals. Show More Summary

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – April 2015

In this article, I will present a selection of research articles published in April. As usual, many new interesting findings were made public this month, and the selection presented in this article reflects mostly my personal opinion of their importance. 27 April was the birthday of Edward Moser, director of the Kavli Institute for Systems […]

Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry – April 2015

So far in our monthly “Best and Worst” roundups, there have been some pretty clear themes linking together interesting and impactful findings in psychology and psychiatry research. This month however, I couldn’t gleam any clear-cut themes. Instead it seemed that for every significant “Worst” finding, there was a related “Best” finding to match. As science […]

Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – April 2015

As usual, our monthly roundup starts with a shout out to a notable researcher whose birthday fell on April: Edvard Moser, a Norwegian neuroscientist and one of 2014’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureates, born 27th April 1962. Edvard Moser is the director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for Neural Computation at the University […]

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease – Interview with Dean Sherzai of Cedars-Sinai

Numerous studies show promise in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease in animal models, but invariably fail in humans. However, time after time, lifestyle changes have been shown to alter the course of illness in large population studies. My interview with Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Program at Cedars-Sinai, aims to […]

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