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Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – May 2015

Some great research was published in May: groundbreaking findings, paradigm shifting discoveries, and new therapies. In this article, I share the most interesting news I came across in May. These are personal opinions, presented in no particular order and we welcome your comments and suggestions. If you have come across any interesting studies, do let […]

Top Five – 3D Printed Products

3D printing is currently used for a variety of sectors in order to produce items with greater precision, automation and speed. Here I have compiled a list of some of the most interesting items which are already possible to 3D print and which can have important implications for our future. 1. Architecture One of the […]

The Black “Whole” of Paranoid Schizophrenia

It has been stated that paranoid schizophrenics are more cognitively able than those manifesting other forms of schizophrenia.  While this assertion may be somewhat dubious, there exists a reality that paranoid schizophrenics do think...Show More Summary

Epigenetics and Its Major Influence on Life

In my recently published book, Behavioral Genes-why we do what we do and how to change, I strive to explain the factors that shape our behaviors of which about 20 to 50% is due to the genes we inherited from our ancestors. What makes this perspective unique is that it proves by the science of epigenetics […]

Psychosis and Resistance to Taking Meds

It is known that psychotropic medication can be quite efficacious in treating the mentally ill. It’s also known that psychotic individuals may discontinue taking their medication. This is a serious treatment consideration. The tendency in some schizophrenics to stop taking their meds bears scrutiny. Show More Summary

True or False? Cannabis Users May Not Know the Difference

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug worldwide. Today, attitudes and perceptions of risks associated with cannabis use are changing, in part due to the increased use of cannabis for medical purposes and the decriminalization of its use in many states and countries. Memory loss is known to be a problem associated with cannabis […]

Death of the Screen?

In 1995, Sherry Turkle published Life on the Screen, addressing some of the aspects of human interaction through computers. It has been two decades and screens now run the world. The BBC reported recently that the average Briton spends more time looking at a screen than they do sleeping. With all that said, it just […]

Is Your Brain Male or Female?

In his book The Essential Difference: Male And Female Brains And The Truth About Autism, Simon Baron-Cohen opens with a phrase capable of causing infinite controversy: “The female brain is predominantly hard-wired for empathy. The male brain is hard-wired for understanding and building systems.” When I first became interested in gender differentation in the brain, […]

The Multiple Faces of “Love Hormone” Oxytocin

Oxytocin acquired the title of “love hormone” when it was discovered that it influenced parental — especially the connection between mother and child — and romantic bonding. But now researchers have discovered that it also influences social communications, the dynamics of in- and out-group relationships, and social stress. Show More Summary

Moving to the Cloud – Keep Your Data Safe

All your photos, documents, videos and files in one place and accessible from anywhere in the world via an internet connection, all safe and secure and ready only for you. That is what some cloud services claim to offer to their clients. Prices have fallen as cloud storage has gained popularity. Google Drive now offers […]

Flab is Fine – The Advantages of Being Overweight

Yes, you read right. Flab is not always bad. Scientists have discovered that being a little overweight comes with quite a few benefits. According to several studies, the much-maligned fat cells, the ones that many people jog, sprint, swim, and walk to melt away, boost our energy levels. These fat cells crosstalk with the brain, […]

Cartoon – Head Lice in School Children

Reference Devore CD, Schutze GE, & COUNCIL ON SCHOOL HEALTH AND COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES (2015). Head lice. Pediatrics, 135 (5) PMID: 25917986 Image created by Jerry King for Brain Blogger.

Generation Z – Replacing the Millennials

The Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are often described as a generation of sociable, multi-tasking and confident people. They are team-oriented, have an advanced use of technology and they are one of the four work forces that collide together with their different ideas, values and behaviors. There have been a number of labels used […]

Genetic Basis to ALS – Interview with Robert Baloh of Cedars-Sinai

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with no real disease-modifying therapy. Only until recently did we attribute a small portion of individuals with ALS with a genetic basis. Research fromShow More Summary

Are We All Schizophrenic? Part II – Hallucinations

In the last installment of the series, we discovered that delusional thinking is a part of normal life, with an estimate of 1-3% of non-schizophrenic individuals having severe delusional thinking on par with schizophrenia. You might think that hallucinations – the arguably more extreme schizophrenia symptom – would be rarer? You’d be wrong! Have you […]

Dissociation and Psychosis

Dissociation represents a condition of disconnection from events and states that are usually integrated. These include many conditions of consciousness, such as memory, identity and perception. For the purposes of this article, there is a focus on depersonalization and derealization. Show More Summary

Cartoon – Nuts Reduce Heart Disease and Death

High intake of nuts has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and mortality in earlier studies, however, have been criticized for being conducted largely in European populations with high socioeconomic status (SES). Researchers from Vanderbilt looked at urban Chinese and Black populations from low SES and nut consumption on health. They found […]

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

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