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Category Archive for 'The Body Electric'

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Cortisol is a hormone released by the body in response to stress that can be very bad for your health. The higher your cortisol level is, the more stressed you’re likely to be. Now, researchers from Drexel University have found a way to quickly lower high cortisol levels: sit down and […]

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This Ben Whitley piece is not all that convincing to me. My experience is that doctors are all too eager to punish the same outcomes with midwives they would excuse in physicians. Birth isn’t 100% predictable, as ob-gyns are happy to point out when it suits them: In light of what is being called the […]

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About 800,000 people in the United States suffer from a stroke each year. Of those who survive, about 70 percent will be left disabled, making the cardiac event a major cause of adult disability. While there are therapies to help improve patients’ mobility, they’re only effective within the first few hours of an event. Recently, […]

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As summer approaches, it’s hard to turn on the news without hearing reports about the Zika virus, which spreads through mosquito bites. We already know that the Zika virus can cause microcephaly and developmental disabilities in babies whose mothers were pregnant when they contracted the virus. However, a new study suggests the virus may lead […]

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Again: If they help you, fine. Not a moral question but a medical one: Are anti-depressants perpetuating the very thing they’re supposed to help? Yet another reason I think Big Pharma should be nationalized: This study “confirms that the full degree of harm of antidepressants is not reported,” says Joanna Moncrieff, a psychiatrist and researcher […]

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Like many patients who come to my Manhattan office, you may not think of yourself as allergic. Your nose may not run and your skin doesn’t itch. But you have complaints that just won’t go away. If you experience weight gain, stomachaches, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, or brain fog, a hidden allergy might be […]

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This is exactly how I feel

My brain hurts all the damn time: New research suggests the possibility that cognitive damage associated with multi-tasking could be permanent. A study from the University of Sussex (UK) ran MRI scans on the brains of individuals who spent time on multiple devices at once (texting while watching TV, for example). The MRI scans showed […]

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Most people know obesity is on the rise, but many don’t realize just how dire the situation has become. A new study published in The Lancet sounds the alarm on planet Earth’s expanding waistline. The report, the largest to date of its kind, involved 19.2 million men and women age 18 and older. The data […]

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PHILADELPHIA — Temple University researchers used a gene-editing technique to remove HIV DNA from the type of human immune cells where the virus maintains a smoldering reservoir of infection. The experiment, building on the researchers’ previous HIV gene-editing work, was conducted in T cells growing in lab dishes. Whether it works in actual patients remains […]

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Television shows like “Dexter” and “The Following” have given us a terrifying glimpse into the criminal mind of serial killers. We often catch ourselves asking, “Why do they kill?” “How do they pick their victims?” and “Why can’t they control their impulse to kill?” To answer these questions, Best Counseling Degrees has developed “The Brain […]

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