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Is there a thin genetic line between happiness and depression?
Energy flows where attention goes, is a philosophy on well-being that resonates with individuals who are seeking positivity. Now, a new review suggests this is the case when it comes to happiness and depression. It seems the same genes that steer us toward depression can also open us to positivity. Researchers call for a new framework that takes into account both cognitive and genetic factors as a way of developing personalized therapies.
Medical News Today - Fri. Aug 5
Pre-dementia memory loss improved with acupuncture
Acupuncture appears to be effective for the mild cognitive impairment that is a precursor for dementia, when used as an alternative or in combination with other treatment, a new study finds.
Medical News Today - Fri. Aug 5
A sage discovery: Plant-derived compounds have potent anti-inflammatory effects
New research reveals that two specific plant-derived compounds may be effective for fighting inflammation and pain. The findings are published in the British Journal of Pharmacology . Diterpenoids are found in certain plants, fungi, and marine organisms, and two in particular--carnosol CS and carnosic acid CA --are known to interfere with multiple pathways in the human body associated with inflammation and pain. A team led by Giuseppe Bifulco, PhD of the U ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jul 30
Chronic low back pain linked to higher rates of illicit drug use
July 21, 2016 - People living with chronic low back pain cLBP are more likely to use illicit drugs -- including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine -- compared to those without back pain, reports a study in Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. In addition, cLBP patients with a history of illicit drug use are more likely to have a current prescription for opioid analgesic pain-relieving drugs, according to the new research by Dr. Anna Shmagel of ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jul 21
Preventing HIV in transgender people -- JAIDS assembles critical evidence
July 20, 2016 - Programs to reduce the high risk of HIV infection among transgender people are urgently needed -- but efforts are hindered by a lack of accurate information on HIV prevalence, HIV incidence, and specific risk factors facing this key population. A special supplement to JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes presents essential information to meet the challenges of HIV prevention in the transgender population. The journal is pub ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 20
Brain stimulation to reduce food cravings? The data so far...
July 19, 2016 - Available research suggests that noninvasive stimulation of a specific brain area can reduce food cravings -- particularly for high-calorie, appetitive foods, according to a review in the Psychosomatic Medicine Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine , the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. However, there s not yet consistent evidence to show that brain stimulation can reduce actual ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jul 19
Aloe vera should be investigated as diabetes treatment, study says
Diabetes is a global epidemic and a leading cause of disease and death. The fact fewer than half of patients with type 2 diabetes have their disease well controlled highlights the need for new, affordable, effective medications that are not limited by unfavorable side effects. Now, a pooled analysis of nine studies that examined the effect of oral aloe vera in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes suggests the medicinal plant should be further investigated ...
Medical News Today - Tue. Jul 19
5 Easy Ways To Wake Up Without Coffee
There s no time of year we love to sleep in more than winter. Colder temps, shorter days, and a later sunrise make it all too tempting to stay in bed and put off the start of your day.
Huffington Post - Sat. Jul 16
Acupuncture Relieves Stress: New Understanding Of Why The Ancient Pra...
Good news, acupuncture fans It really does help relieve stress. And now, a new study is giving a closer look at why .
Huffington Post - Sat. Jul 16
Let's Take the Stomachache Out of Health Care Reform: One Patient's Story
In discussing health care reform, it s easy to become mired in statistics and abstractions, so let s examine it in personal terms. Here s the story of a patient I saw recently that provides a specific example of what medicine does now -- and what, in my view, it must learn to do.
Huffington Post - Sat. Jul 16
Cyclic opioid peptides
Peptide based drug candidates are being discovered at an increasingly rapid pace as therapeutics for many diseases and pain management. . For decades the opioid receptors have been an attractive therapeutic target for pain management and many endogenous opioid peptides have been known to produce opioid activity and analgesia. However, their therapeutic potential has been limited due to a major drawback regarding their use as CNS drugs, mainly due to a lack ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 13
Not blowing smoke: Research finds medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use
Athens, Ga. - Medical marijuana is having a po sitive impact on the bottom line of Medicare s prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to University of Georgia researchers in a study published today in the July issue of Health Affairs . The savings, due to lower prescription drug use, were estimated to be 165.2 million in 2013, a year when 17 states and the District of Columbia had implemente ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jul 7