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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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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What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare

Mobile technology is nearing ubiquity in America; a Pew Research report shows 64 percent of all adult Americans own a smartphone, and ownership rates among millennials reach above 80 percent. It’s clear that to stay relevant and access the next generation of patients, the healthcare industry must innovate its mobile efforts. But after a number […]
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Apple’s health tech takes early lead among top hospitals

Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) healthcare technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs. Fourteen of 23 top hospitals contacted by Reuters said they have rolled out a pilot program of Apple’s HealthKit service – which acts as a repository for patient-generated […]
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Response of W.H.O. to Swine Flu Is Criticized

A panel of independent experts has harshly reviewed the World Health Organization’s handling of the 2009 epidemic of H1N1 swine flu, though it found no evidence supporting the most outlandish accusation made against the agency: that it exaggerated the alarm to help vaccine companies get rich. The world is still unprepared to handle a severe […]
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Breastfeeding not always best for mums

Wellington: A new study has revealed that many new mothers are under so much pressure to breastfeed, they have been psychologically distressed by their experiences. The women, who all gave birth in Auckland in 2005, raised their concerns during interviews with clinical psychologist Leanne Taylor-Miller, according to Sunday Star Times. Eight of the 32 mothers […]
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BARDA Supports Next Steps For A New Antiviral Drug For Smallpox

A $24.8 million federal contract will support development a new antiviral drug to treat smallpox. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, will fund the contract with Chimerix, Inc., of Durham, N.C. The contract can be […]
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A glass of wine daily ‘helps ward off dementia’

London: Scientists have found that a daily cocktail or glass of wine could help delay dementia. Their research has shown that alcohol is an anti-inflammatory (inflammation promotes Alzheimer’s) and raises good HDL cholesterol, which helps ward off dementia. Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina found that older people who had […]
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