Intrusive Thoughts and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Intrusive thoughts are threatening thoughts that constantly occur to a person without conscious or voluntary control. These thoughts are capable of creating severe anxiety when they enter the mind. They play a vital role in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as they have a significant impact on the people affected by it. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Post-traumatic […]
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Adderall Misuse May Be Hidden Part of Teen Amphetamine Abuse

American teens underestimate their use of amphetamines, likely because many don’t know that the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Adderall is an amphetamine, a new study suggests. High school and college students sometimes use Adderall, a type of stimulant medication, without a doctor’s order because they believe it will boost their mental function and school performance. […]
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Does smell sensitivity change everyday?

It has always been apparent that some individuals have a better sense of smell than others, but a new study of 37 teens provides the first direct evidence that within each person, smell sensitivity varies over the course of each day. The pattern, according to the data, tracks with the body’s internal day-night cycle, or […]
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Eating more fruits, vegetables boosts psychological well-being

Fruits and vegetables are a pivotal part of a healthful diet, but their benefits are not limited to physical health. New research finds that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may improve psychological well-being in as little as 2 weeks. Study leader Dr. Tamlin Conner, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in […]
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Cannabis can help children with epilepsy

Medical cannabinoids may benefit children undergoing chemotherapy and those who have epilepsy, according to a new study. Authors emphasized the need to weigh the risks and benefits of the drug and called for more research on pediatric use. “In this context, pediatricians, families, patients and policy makers continue to lack urgently needed information to make […]
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Arsenic: A cause of cancer?

A new paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that arsenic in drinking water may have one of the longest dormancy periods of any carcinogen. By tracking the mortality rates of people exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water in a region in Chile, the researchers provide evidence of increases in lung, bladder, […]
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Lucid dreaming could be real

In the 2010 film “Inception,” Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) describes his wife Mal’s trick for discerning reality from the fantastic dreamscape in which most of the film takes place: He uses what he calls a totem, a spinning top that will never fall over while he’s dreaming. But a totem, known to psychologists who study lucid […]
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Molecular insights into anti-tumor effects of diabetes drug

Researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular mechanism that works at the cell level to help protect the epithelial tissue that lines various body cavities and organs in the body. The discovery may help explain why the widely prescribed diabetes drug metformin appears to preserve the epithelial barrier’s ability to ward off infection, resist inflammation, […]
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Antibodies can help break leukemia’s hold

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer known for drug resistance and relapse. In an effort to uncover new treatment strategies, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center discovered that a cell surface molecule known as CD98 promotes AML. The study, published October 27 by Cancer Cell, […]
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Kingdom’s medical tourism sector cracks global top five

The Kingdom’s medical tourism sector has been ranked among the top five in the world according to a World Bank report. Jordan ranked first in the region and fifth globally as a medical tourism destination, according to a 2009/2010 World Bank report, said Private Hospitals Association (PHA) President Awni Bashir. Bashir noted that the ranking […]
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Colon, breast cancer top list of new cases in 2009

The number of cancer cases in the Kingdom rose in 2009, with colon and breast cancer topping the list among men and women. A total of 4,815 new cancer cases were registered in 2009, compared with 4,606 the previous year, a Health Ministry official said on Monday. Mohammad Tarawneh, director of the ministry’s non-communicable diseases […]
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‘Current outbreak of H1N1 not over yet’

The current outbreak of H1N1 influenza is not over yet, according to a health official. This flu strand will most likely continue until April, Bassam Hijjawi, director of the health ministry’s disease control department, told The Jordan Times over the phone on Saturday, noting that H1N1 “will continue to spread”. Responding to news reports claiming […]
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National mental health strategy aims to heal, educate

Health officials on Thursday launched the national mental health strategy to improve treatment for people with mental illness and eliminate the stigma of mental health in the Kingdom. Deputising for HRH Princess Muna, Minister of Health Mahmoud Sheyyab said the two-year mental health strategy will serve as a “roadmap” to guide efforts to enhance the […]
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Psychosocial services project gets new lease of life

A project providing vulnerable Iraqi children living in Jordan with psychosocial services is about to experience a rebirth thanks to a partnership agreement with the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s Institute for Family Health (IFH), reached on Monday. Terre des hommes Lausanne (Tdh), an international NGO, launched the project in September 2008 with funding from the […]
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H1N1 count reaches 50

Fifty cases of H1N1 influenza have been recorded in the Kingdom since the strand re-emerged earlier this month, according to a health ministry statement issued on Sunday. The statement said 17 patients have recovered from the disease after receiving treatment, while 14 are currently being treated at home and 15 others remain hospitalised, one of […]
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