|Sphingolipid metabolism — a new marker for migraine?
||Researchers may have discovered a new marker found in the blood for episodic migraine, according to a study published in the September 9, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Episodic migraine is defined as having less than 15 headaches per month. “While more research is needed to confirm [...]
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|Stem cell-derived ‘mini-brains’ reveal potential drug treatment for rare disorder
||Using “mini-brains” built with induced pluripotent stem cells derived from patients with a rare, but devastating, neurological disorder, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say they have identified a drug candidate that appears to “rescue” dysfunctional cells by suppressing a critical genetic alteration. Their findings are published in the September 8 [...]
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|Researchers are pioneering research on ‘body maps’ in babies’ brains
||For more than half a century, scientists have studied how the surface of the body is mapped in parts of the brain associated with touch. That research has focused largely on “body maps” that show how certain parts of the brain correspond point-for-point with the body’s topography. These body maps have been studied extensively in [...]
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|Postnatal mental health: Are women getting the support they need?
||“I really did not feel like I fitted the box.” New research indicates the need for postnatal support that encompasses all mental health issues, not only postnatal depression. The study, published in Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, examines the postnatal symptoms of distress experienced by women, and the support options they were offered. Rose [...]
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|How childhood stress can affect female fertility
||Can events you endured as a child really impact your ability to have children yourself? New research in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology examines the mechanism by which adverse experiences in childhood impact female fertility. In their paper ‘Adverse childhood event experiences, fertility difficulties and menstrual cycle characteristics’, Marni B. Jacobs et al. [...]
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|Early research makes way for future treatments for phantom limb pain
||Electrical stimulation on the skin surface at the elbow can produce feeling in the hand—including rare “natural” sensations—according to a study just published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. The hope is that surface electrical stimulation (SES) may someday be harnessed to provide “natural sensations” in body areas distant from where the stimulation [...]
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|10 Things That Make Anxiety Worse You Can’t Ignore!
||When your feelings of anxiety become intense, it’s only natural to want to rid it from your system as quickly as possible. This is particularly true if your anxious thoughts are … ...
|Understanding the Defensive System
||Psychological defenses are both common and complicated. The blog answers the basic questions associated with the defensive system (i.e., where, what, why, and how) to provide a map to help folks get better insight in their own processes of defense.
|Identifying Borderline Personality Disorder in a Friend or Loved...
||Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most misunderstood, wrongly-diagnosed mental illnesses. It affects an estimated 14 million Americans, or 5.9 percent of all adults. That means more people suffer from BPD than Alzheimer’s. One out of five psychiatric hospital patients has BPD, as … ...
|Discovering Where You Come Alive in Your Work and Life
||I’m currently reading Todd Henry’s newest book Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice. In it he suggests doing an exercise called “50 Notables.” The intention of … ...
|The Grateful False Positive
||Doctors haven’t stopped being wrong. We just make more tolerable mistakes.
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|How to NOT Emotionally Neglect Your Child
||As we all swim together through the murky Sea of Parenting, I offer you some clear answers: three goals to keep in your mind at all times, and exactly how … ...
|Today I Love A Roaring Fire
||Today I love a roaring fire in the fire place in the evening, like the one we enjoyed last night. Is there something about a fire that makes us feel safe? Does it comfort us with warmth or is it the light? Do we feel like masters of our environment...
|How Important Are Cheerleaders Anyway?
||Starting your own practice is daunting. And while it’s more intimidating than it is hard (if you have a solid plan), white knuckling it and trying to do it all alone is a recipe for disaster. You can succeed without hiring a consultant but you … ...
|Do You Feel Emotions Deeply? These Tips Might Help
||Do you get overwhelmed by your emotions? You might be going about your day, and suddenly, an interaction sparks a strong feeling. Your fight, flight or freeze response kicks in. Your heart starts pounding, your muscles tense and your breath becomes shallow. But your environment … ...
|15 More Ways to Boost Well-Being Without Focusing on...
||On Friday, I shared 15 ways we can boost our health and well-being, which have nothing to do with weight. Health is very personal, and how you define health is … ...
|Study suggests music can act as an auditory trigger for addictive cravings
||New research published in Psychology of Music suggests there may be a link between various types of music and cravings for addictive substances. It is well known that music is strongly related to emotions, and research has also shown a strong relationship between emotions and substance misuse. However, little research has been conducted on the [...]
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|Human longevity from grandmothering tied to human coupling
||If you are in a special relationship with another person, thank grandma – not just yours, but all grandmothers since humans evolved. University of Utah anthropologist Kristen Hawkes is known for the “grandmother hypothesis,” which credits prehistoric grandmothering for our long human lifespan. Now, Hawkes has used computer simulations to link grandmothering and longevity to [...]
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|Scientists explain underlying cause of unhealthy brain aging
||Doctors commonly recommend patients increase their intake of calcium as a means of combating osteoporosis for aging bones. But calcium also plays an essential role in the neurological functioning of the brain, where it must be tightly regulated and not rise to excessive levels. A signaling molecule, calcium enables learning, cognition and the retention of [...]
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