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Predicting Treatment Response to a Rapid Antidepressant

Certain brain activity may predict how well patients with major depressive disorder respond to an experimental antidepressant. The finding suggests that brain imaging might help identify good candidates for the treatment....

Quitting Smoking Benefits Health Despite Weight Gain

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The benefits to cardiovascular health that are associated with quitting smoking aren’t blunted by the modest weight gain, a new study found. The research underscores the benefits of putting a stop to smoking....

Relief from Anxiety and Depression in Our Uncertain World

Relief from Anxiety and Depression in Our Uncertain World

by Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT. Anxiety and depression are the most prevalent psychological disorders today. Major depression alone is expected to be the second-leading cause of disability by 2020 worldwide . I personally suffered from intractable depression and chronic dysthymia for thirty-five or more years. I also suffered from

Research Hints at New Approach to Addiction

New Approach to Addiction

Stimulating a specific part of the brain reduced compulsive cocaine seeking in rats. The finding suggests a potential approach to change addictive behavior....

Shaking Out Clues to Autoimmune Disease

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Researchers gained new insight into how an immune cell involved in several autoimmune disorders is regulated. Among their discoveries was a potential link with salt consumption....

Sinus Problems? Try Nasal Cleansing with a Neti Pot

Sinus Problems? Try Nasal Cleansing with a Neti Pot

by Tami Quinn & Beth Heller. The jala neti, or nasal wash, is an old yogic technique. While the technique is very old, it has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, as research has shown daily saline nasal irrigation de­creases sinus symptoms and medication use in patients with frequent sinusitis and

Sleep and Memory in the Aging Brain

New research reveals a connection between sleep and memory, and sheds light on why forgetfulness is common in the elderly. The study also suggests that boosting sleep quality may help improve memory....

Some Vets With PTSD Are Aging Too Fast And Too Soon

"A lot of research is looking at the causes and risk factors of PTSD," says Mark Miller. "Our research is looking at the other side of the PTSD puzzle—what are the consequences for the body?" (Credit: Brian Henry Thompson/Flickr)We’ve all heard of people “aging overnight” after a traumatic event. Scientists actually have a term for this phenomenon: Marie Antoinette Syndrome, named for the French queen. When she was captured after fleeing Paris and sentenced to death by guillotine, observers claimed her hair turned white from shock.

Soy Sauce Compound Shows Promise To Fight HIV

Soy Sauce Compound Shows Promise To Fight HIV

For HIV patients, resistance to drug therapies such as Tenofovir is commonplace. A compound in soy sauce, however, can be 70 times more potent and it works better on drug-resistant HIV.

Strategy May Improve Survival after Shock

Blocking digestive enzymes in rat intestines increased survival, reduced organ damage and improved recovery after shock. The innovative approach may lead to better therapies for shock, sepsis and multiorgan failure....

Stress!!! How to Manage Its Impact on You & Your Life

Stress Kills! How to Manage Its Impact on You

by Chuck Fata & Suzette Hodnett. Our bodies have forgotten how relaxation feels. We have come to accept our fast-paced, over-loaded, and increasingly impersonal lives as normal. As self-help author and motivational speaker Richard Carlson stated, "Stress is nothing more than a so­cially acceptable form of mental illness."

Stressed Out? What's Your Stress Score ?

Stressed Out? What's Your Stress Score ?

by Matt Mumber, MD and Heather Reed. Stress affects us whether it’s considered good or bad, positive or negative. In physics, stress is a force that acts on a specific object and causes deformation or strain. In health and wellness, stress is seen as a force that causes mental, emotional,

The Autism, Vaccine and Mercury Controversy

The Vaccine and Mercury Controversy

by Stephanie Marohn. There is a metal metabolism defect, often present in autism, which makes mercury especially toxic for autistic children. Even with a normal system, an infant can't handle mercury. Bile is needed for the process of eliminating mercury from the body, but an infant's liver does not produce bile.

The Genetics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Researchers identified several new regions of the human genome associated with age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. The findings may eventually lead to new treatment and prevention approaches....

The History and Causes of Sleeplessness and Insomnia

The History and Causes of Sleeplessness and Insomnia

by Kat Duff. We are too awake, rather than not sleepy enough. The result, combined with a genetic propensity toward anxiety, makes for a chronic insomniac. While most of us who struggle with sleep fall short of that label, I suspect the same...