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Optical tool monitors brain's circulatory response to pain
BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and CARDIFF, UK -- Functional near-infrared spectroscopy fNIRS , an optical imaging tool for monitoring of regional blood flow and tissue oxygenation, is being explored as a way to track the brain s response to acute pain in adults and infants. In Functional near-infrared spectroscopy study on tonic pain activation by cold pressor test, published today in the journal Neurophotonics , by SPIE, the international society for optic ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 22
Study reveals surprises concerning COPD and smoking
A new study challenges the widely accepted but oversimplified description of airway inflammation in smokers and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD . By analyzing airway wall tissue from individuals, investigators found that there are significantly fewer cells in the airway wall of smokers and mild to moderate COPD patients than in healthy controls, with a surprising decrease in some key inflammatory cells. Airway inflammation in COPD ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 22
Epigenetic alteration a promising new drug target for heroin use disorder
Heroin use is associated with excessive histone acetylation, an epigenetic process that regulates gene expression, and more years of drug use correlate with higher levels of hyperacetylation, according to research conducted at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the journal Biological Psychiatry . The study provides the first direct evidence of opiate-related epigenetic alterations in the human brain, indicating that the drug alter ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 22
What Helps Our Plastic Brain Turn Into a Blastic Brain?
Drs. Michael Merzenich and Paul Swingle presented six lectures at the live portion of the 2017 Super Brain Summit in March. I learned so many wonderful facts and ideas from them and the audience. One of the most intriguing concepts is our brain is certainly plastic and adaptable, but it can also be blastic. Dr. Merzenich talked about the blastic brain. When our brain is healthy and in the zone, flow or groove, we are much more receptive to brain health and ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Mar 22
Prestige, Power, and Placebos
In a recent post on the Trump Effect, I described a short list of cognitive biases that possess the power to direct our attention, prescribe our beliefs and preferences, and guide most of what we do and think. Like our stomach s evolved cravings for fat and sugar, the human mind is uniquely hungry for a short list of social cues. As we will see, cultural information is not just attention-grabbing. When the context is right, it can also possess remarkable h ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Mar 22
Learning from the First Lovers
Prior to The First Love Story out today , you published several books that link biblical stories to the present day. Can you share a bit about what prompted you to write this one in particular The conversation around my kitchen table I have a working wife and adolescent daughters. And like everyone else, I m just terribly confused about what are the rules for how men and women relate to each other these days. A lot of the writing about this focuses on the ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Mar 22
Potential early warning signs of osteoporosis found in South Asian women
Pre-menopausal South Asian women could be more at risk of developing osteoporosis in later life than white Caucasian women, a new study in the journal Bone reports. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey examined bone resportion the breakdown of bone tissue by osteoclast cells in over 370 pre and post-menopausal South Asian and white Caucasian women in the UK. Bone resorption is a natural process which enables the transfe ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
States can lower risk of measles outbreak by strengthening exemption policies
AURORA, Colo. March 21, 2017 -States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shows. Researchers said the magnitude of those outbreaks can also be cut in half by strengthening exemption policies for children. In the year 2000 measles was no longer being transmitted in the U.S., said ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
Antenatal screening in Europe: How to avoid mother-to-child transmission of in...
Transmission of infections with HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis or rubella from mother to child before and during birth as well as in infancy still occur across Europe - despite existing prevention methods. A new ECDC report outlines the cornerstones for effective antenatal screening programmes across the EU EEA countries. Each year, more than five million live births are recorded in the European Union. Almost as many pregnant women are screened for infections ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
Materialism's One-Two Punch
You have views about what makes a life happy and successful. You have, in short, a philosophy . Your philosophy affects how you live and how you evaluate people s lives, including your own. It s not surprising, then, that some philosophies are better for you than others.
Psychology Today - Tue. Mar 21
Nurses adopt plant-based prescription, boost health outcomes
WASHINGTON -- Joanne Evans, M.Ed., R.N., P.M.H.C.N.S.-B.C., provided a presentation to colleagues at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., about the health benefits of adopting a plant-based vegan diet and soon had 19 nurses eager to test it out. After 21 days, 74 percent of the nurses, 14 out of 19, in this self-reported, plant-based dietary review lowered their cholesterol, with a mean average of 18 mg dL, while six lowered their cholesterol by 45 to ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
Suicide risk is higher in first year after deliberate self-harm
NEW YORK, NY March 21, 2017 --New findings suggest that American adults who survive deliberate self-harm are at increased risk of suicide in the first year after such an event, indicating a need to direct clinical interventions in the critical 12 months following such episodes. The suicide risk is greatest in the month immediately following a self-harm attempt using a firearm, according to a study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center CUMC ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
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