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New insights into how the mind influences the body
PITTSBURGH, August 15, 2016 - Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body s rapid response in stressful situations. These findings, reported in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS , provide evidence for the neural basis of a mind-body connection. Specifically, the finding ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Aug 16
Mindfulness combats depression for disadvantaged black women
Lower socio-economic African-American women have increased risk of depressive disorders African-American women are less likely to access traditional mental health services Study uses mindfulness-based intervention to combat depression It felt good to be in control of my emotions for the first time in my life, participant says CHICAGO --- African-American women with lower socio-economic status have an increased risk of depressive disorders, yet they rarely ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Aug 16
Unproven stem cell therapies for lung disease on the rise despite promise of n...
Researchers say stem cell medical tourism is becoming a global problem - preying on desperate patients with incurable diseases Stem cell medical tourism and unproven stem cell interventions are growing and concerning issues for patients afflicted with lung disease. According to Boston University School of Medicine BUSM researchers, there are an increasing number of clinics worldwide offering expensive stem cell-based therapies that are ineffective or have ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Aug 11
Soy may prevent diabetes, heart disease for women with PCOS
According to a study published in the Endocrine Society s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism , consuming soy may be beneficial to improve metabolic and cardiovascular health in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 8
Acupuncture may help to improve dementia precursor -- impaired memory
Acupuncture may help to improve the subtle memory loss that precedes the development of dementia, otherwise known as mild cognitive impairment, or MCI for short, suggests a review of the available published evidence in Acupuncture in Medicine . And it may be particularly effective when combined with drug treatment, the findings indicate, although further better quality research is needed, caution the researchers. MCI refers to a transitional state between ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Aug 5
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