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The Hollywood Medical Reporter – To Care or Not to Care?

The Hollywood Medical Reporter’s purpose is to examine the influence that film and television has had, and continues to have, on the medical conscious of society. It will do so using a perspective of medical proficiency and media expertise. The first question you may ask is: why? In my introductory post, I touched on the […]

Memories Are Made of These

Since the early 1900s, scientists have pondered an age old question: what are memories made of? In the 1920s, Karl Lashley embarked on his famous journey to find “the engram” – the place in the brain where memories are stored. In 1949, Donald Hebb proposed his famous postulate of how memories could be formed, insisting […]

Self-Help for Schizophrenics

In spite of the existence of stigma, the first crucial step in dealing with schizophrenia is acceptance by that individual that he or she has a mental illness. This acceptance will allow him to deal more effectively with his life and move on with a lifestyle that is perhaps different from that of an ordinary […]

The Pain Of Being A Redhead

Redheads comprise around 1% of the world’s population, having the least common hair color found in humans. Redheads can most easily be spotted in Scotland, England and Ireland. In Scotland, were the highest proportion is found, only 13% of the population has red hair. Red hair, as well as fair skin and freckles, is associated […]

Psychological Factors Predict Soccer Injuries

As the World Cup continues in Brazil, several star players have been left out due to injuries: French winger Franck Ribery due to a back problem, Colombia’s striker Radamel Falcao out with a torn ACL, Germany’s Marco Reus’ ankle injury, Italy’s midfielder Riccardo Montolivo’s broken tibia, and Theo Walcott of England as the result of […]

Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease – What’s The Link?

Diabetes mellitus is an emerging global epidemic that affects millions of people worldwide. This systemic disease affects the blood sugar level causing far-reaching consequences for the human body. Diabetes affects the blood vessels and nerves of the body and causes long-term complications. During the early stages of disease, the damage caused by the high blood […]

Here Comes the Sun

Summer is officially here and with it comes hot days, beach vacations, and lazy moments by the pool. While most Americans slather on the sunscreen to avoid even the slightest tint of sun-kissed skin, some die-hard sun worshippers gladly soak up whatever ultraviolet (UV) rays the rest of us have no use for. The risks […]

Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part I

In recent years, our so-called irrational behavior has become a popular topic, and research from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience has begun to be applied to marketing, finance, and political science. At the same time, many consumers and citizens, reading popular books such as Predictably Irrational, Thinking Fast and Slow, and Nudge, have begun to […]

Psychosis – The Brain’s Inner Conflict

Sensation is a function of the five senses: taste, smell, touch, vision and sound. Sensory organs convert stimulation into experiences that can be described as meaningful by means of neural receptors that send sensory information to the brain. Thus, the brain interprets sensory information as experience as meaningful. The human brain experiences the absorption of […]

Beware – Mass Gatherings May Promote Or Prevent Suicide

What do music festivals, football matches and religious gatherings have in common? They are all associated with changes to the citizens of the host city’s risk of suicide, some for better, some for worse. New research supports the premise that it is the power of the “broken promise effect” that makes some mass gatherings a […]

The Family of Schizophrenia

The improvement of the condition of schizophrenia is strongly linked to family involvement in the life of the schizophrenic. Family members can ease the difficulties of this serious mental illness in ways that people outside the family system cannot. Due to the fact that family members may be in close contact with their schizophrenic father, […]

Gate Control Theory and Pain Management

Pain perception varies across different individuals according to their mood, emotional condition and prior experience, even if the pain is caused by similar physical stimuli and results in a similar degree of damage. In 1965, Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall outlined a scientific theory about psychological influence on pain perception; the ‘gate control theory’. If […]

Pain – Gender Matters

Sex-gender differences in pain perception is still a poorly understood subject, despite receiving greater scientific and clinical interest in recent years. Although there is still a lack of unequivocal evidence of gender specificities in pain processing, there are many reports that strongly indicate that there are indeed significant differences in the way men and women […]

Facebook “Likes” and Twitter Followers Predict Personality Traits and More

Social networking sites display multiple facets of life: social, professional, and romantic. Self-regulated presentations of self on Facebook, Twitter, dating sites, and other newer forms of communication have led to an unprecedented amount of individual data which can be used by corporations, governments, and other interested parties. Show More Summary

Girls Avoiding STEM – What Neural Sex Differences Can and Cannot Tell Us

Despite the projected rise in job opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in coming years, students in the United States trail several other nations in their performance in these disciplines. Moreover, the lack of women pursuing careers in these fields has been raising concern across America. Show More Summary

Young Blood Revitalizes the Aging Brain

Have neuroscientists found the proverbial fountain of youth? The idea may not be as far-fetched as you think. Researchers recently reported that infusing blood from young mice into the circulation of elderly mice is sufficient to reverse brain aging. Considering the increase in the proportion of elderly humans, the identification of new ways to maintain […]

Serotonin and Behavior

Serotonin is a common neuromediator in the brain. It belongs to the group of so-called biogenic amines, relatively simple chemicals that facilitate the transfer of signals between the cells of the body. Although nerve cells that use serotonin for communicating with other cells have been intensively studied, they still remain a bit of a mystery. […]

Who Uses Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

The most recent National Health Interview Survey reports that in the preceding 12 months, 38% of Americans used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); defined as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.” So why is interest in alternative therapies increasing? In […]

False Memories – Can Sleep Increase Them?

There are numerous reports on how important sleep is for memory consolidation. Sleep is known to benefit long-term memory storage, whereas sleep deprivation can significantly affect the retrieval of stored memories. The idea that sleep loss may promote false memory formation is quite intuitive and has been demonstrated in several studies. Show More Summary

Maternal Depression More Frequent After Postpartum Period

Postpartum depression has many negative consequences for the mother and her child, and society is right to promote awareness of this condition. But now, a study of new mothers indicates that depression is more common four years after childbirth than at any point during the postpartum period. Pregnancy and childbirth are emotionally and physically wrenching […]

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