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Best and Worst in Health and Healthcare – July & August 2016

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:42:02 +0000

The northern hemisphere’s summer is ending and that is definitely bad news. The good news is that this was not a silly season in health and healthcare research. Here’s the best and worst news of the summer. The best Drug repurposing screening reveals possible candidates for anti-Zika therapy Developing a new drug is a long […]

How to Deal with Destination Memory Issues – Did I Already Tell You?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:50:30 +0000

Have you ever realized or been informed that the person you are talking to has already heard the joke or story you are telling? I already told your this? If you have been in this situation, you are not alone. You are dealing with what experts call, destination memory. Destination memory is the ability to […]

Coping with Trauma in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:30:09 +0000

The original 2015 Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper, is pure comedy at its finest as quirky — and certainly bubbly — 29 year-old Kimmy Schmidt moves from Indiana to New York City for a fresh start. She finds a home with Titus, the dramatic and eccentric roommate looking for stardom (played by […]

9/11 Survivors – Prolonged Mental and Physical Health Problems

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:30:25 +0000

Emerging research discovers significant health problems continue to affect people exposed to hazards 15 years after the terror attacks of 9/11 and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Dr. Steven Stellman, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health is co-author of four new studies through the World Trade Center […]

Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry – August 2016

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:25:29 +0000

Every month we scour the 1000s of new research publications in psychology and psychiatry for trending and field progressing findings. Making the top five best findings this month include the influence our bank balance has on our mental state, and how our mental state can also help empty our bank balance. The worst findings, the […]

The Golden Years – 5 Ways to Ensure a Happy and Healthy Retirement

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:00:53 +0000

After a lifetime of hard work, thousands of baby boomers are retiring in record numbers across the globe. Like any life transition, embarking on the transition from working life to retirement can be wrought with challenges and stressors, especially for those forced into retirement. Yet, it also opens up a window of opportunity to take […]

Can You Improve Physical Skills While Dreaming?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:00:52 +0000

Can we significantly improve physical skills by practicing them while we sleep? Yes, scientists say. New research published in the Journal of Sports Sciences confirms that practicing motor skills while lucid dreaming can lead to real life improvements in skill performance that can be equivalent to practice in waking life. Lucid dreaming is when the […]

Could Targeting Mitochondria be the Key to Treating Psychosis?

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:00:51 +0000

One of the hottest cellular organelles of the year so far has to be mitochondria. Deleting them has been shown to reverse cellular aging, mitochondria transplants have been shown to reverse pulmonary hypertension, and they are promising targets for developing cures for and understanding neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia. To add to the […]

Does Electroshock Therapy for Mental Illness Work? It Depends On Your Genes

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:00:48 +0000

Scientists in Italy have pinpointed an important gene that could be used to predict the chances of success of electric shock treatment, especially for those with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder that are resistant to other treatments. Psychotherapy works for some people, drugs work for others, and for those less fortunate, nothing seems to […]

Genetics Behind Response to Parkinson’s Drugs

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:00:47 +0000

Since achieving the goals of the “mission impossible” Human Genome Project in 2003, biomedical sciences entered the new era of genetically informed use of pharmaceuticals. The Project helped in our understanding of how genes affect an individual’s response to drugs. Although it was known for decades that the response to drugs depends on genetic background […]

Does Moderate Alcohol Consumption Improve Brain Function?

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:00:43 +0000

It is well documented that excessive consumption of alcohol is linked to various serious health problems. Heavy drinking is a known risk factor for diseases such as cardiovascular problems, some types of cancer, cirrhosis, dementia, depression, pancreatitis and high blood pressure, among others.But what about low-to-moderate alcohol consumption? A number of studies published in recent […]

Is Being Clever Dangerous For Your Health?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:00:05 +0000

The idea that how smart you are might be connected with how healthy you are is not new. Those who studied social sciences have probably seen the published works on the subject dating back to 1980s. The problem is not so easy to study academically, though. It is hard to separate the influence of various […]

Huntington’s Disease – A High-Tech Solution?

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:00:55 +0000

Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that causes the progressive death of brain’s nerve cells. This gradually results in to the loss of functional abilities and ultimately causes severe movement and cognitive impairments. The disease often strikes during a person’s prime working years and to date, there is no known cure. However, new developments in […]

Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:00:03 +0000

Rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are rising worldwide, and research on the subject, particularly risk factors and correlation with cognitive impairment and decline are among the most important and applicable. Among those, data suggests that diet seems to be the most important risk factor to target. For instance, is a very well-known fact that when […]

Best and Worst of Psychology and Psychiatry – July 2016

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:00:05 +0000

It’s a meta-analysis month again. Meta-analysis, when approached rigorously, can provide much more confidence in research findings by combining and analysing data from multiple studies. This month I will report more than the standard number of 10 studies because some meta-analytic findings from different papers complimented one another, painting a bigger, more detailed picture. THE […]