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Can you zap your brain back to health?
Rather than taking medication, a growing number of people who suffer from chronic pain, epilepsy and drug cravings are zapping their skulls in the hopes that a weak electric current will jolt them back to health. This brain hacking -- transcranial direct current stimulation tDCS -- is used to treat neurological and psychiatric symptoms. A do-it-yourself community has sprouted on Reddit, providing unconventional tips for how to use a weak electric current t ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
The role of natural killer T cells in acute kidney injury: Angel or evil?
Acute kidney injury AKI is a clinically severe disease. Natural killer T NKT cells, which bridge the innate and adaptive immune system, are thought to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of AKI. Meanwhile, ischemia-reperfusion IR injury, which induces endothelial cell dysfunction along with tubular endothelium and casts injury, is also believed to be a risk factor of AKI. Research on the V 945 14-J 945 18 TCR 945 chain and T cell receptors TCRs shows ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Yoga, acupuncture effective for chronic pain management
Yoga, tai chi, and other complementary health approaches are effective in helping to alleviate some chronic pain conditions, concludes a new study by researchers from the National Institutes of Health.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 14
Criteria to ID those who won't survive cardiac arrest, could be referred for o...
1. These 3 criteria quickly identify cardiac arrest patients with zero chance of survival who could be referred for organ donation Abstract http www. annals. org article. aspx doi 10. 7326 M16-0402 URLs go live when the embargo lifts Three objective criteria can be used to quickly identify patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest OHCA who have zero chance of survival and can therefore be considered for organ donation. Using data from two registries and ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 13
Acupuncture Relieves Stress: New Understanding Of Why The Ancient Practice Eas...
Good news, acupuncture fans It really does help relieve stress. And now, a new study is giving a closer look at why .
Huffington Post - Thu. Sep 8
Six new groups of molecules could be the key to delaying aging
Montreal, September 7, 2016 -- Hearing loss, brittle bones, sagging skin, a deteriorating mind these are just some of the issues associated with growing old. For millennia, humans have fought the process of aging using everything from fountains of youth to pricey face creams, all to no avail. But a group of Montreal-based researchers is coming ever closer to achieving healthy longevity -- armed with the power of science. In a study recently published in On ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 7
Citrus fruit antioxidants may prevent chronic diseases caused by obesity
A class antioxidants found in oranges, limes, and lemons may help prevent the harmful effects of obesity in mice fed a Western high-fat diet, researchers find.
Medical News Today - Mon. Sep 5
NIH review finds nondrug approaches effective for treatment of common pain con...
Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches--such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture--appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. The review was conducted by a group of scientists from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health NCCIH at the National Institutes of Health. Millions of Americans ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Sep 1
Many with migraines unhappy with treatments and struggle to fight stigma
Philadelphia, August 31, 2016 - Migraine in America 2016 , a national survey by Health Union of more than 3,900 individuals experiencing migraines, reveals that patients have numerous treatment options, but are often dissatisfied with results. A summary infographic is also available. Many reported difficulty receiving a diagnosis, particularly when young. In addition, respondents noted feeling isolated and stigmatized due to the condition. Migraines are a ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 31
Systems biology research study reveals benefits of vacation and meditation
Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the University of California, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School used a rigorous study design to assess the biological impact of meditation compared to vacation. They examined the effect of meditation on gene expression patterns in both novice and regular meditators. The researchers found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with st ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Aug 30
New 'food group'? Ketone esters improve endurance exercise and cognitive funct...
New research published online in The FASEB Journal shows that in rats, a substance called a ketone ester significantly increase exercise endurance, cognitive function and energy levels in the heart at high workloads. Ketone esters are small organic chemicals that provide energy for the heart, brain and skeletal muscle in a highly efficient way, but are typically produced by the body only during periods of food scarcity and are not naturally present in typi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 17
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