There used to be a time when you would only go to hospital as a last resort. Treatments were so rudimentary and understanding of infection was so poor that a hospital stay was often a death sentence. Even if patients’ … Continue reading Hospital Superbugs Airborne
Testosterone is usually associated with risky and aggressive behaviour, muscle-building and male sexual characteristics, but now it seems it may also promote honesty. Researchers at the University of Bonn recruited 91 healthy men, and treated 46 with testosterone gel by … Continue reading Testosterone the Truth Drug
Many couples decide to give up city-living and move to the country in order to raise their children. New evidence from a Swedish study indicates that the sooner they do this the better. Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet, led by Göran Pershagen, MD, … Continue reading Long Term Impact of Air Pollution on Infants
The next time your doctor tells you to breathe deeply, she might be doing more than listening to your lungs. Breath tests for a range of diseases are currently in development. The Journal of Thoracic Oncology reports this month that researchers have established an 88% accuracy in a new breath test for lung cancer. Dr. Cristina Davis of the University of California is developing a breath monitor for children with asthma which can assess the level of inflammation in their lungs. Other breath tests, such as that for bacteria that cause peptic ulcers, require the patient to swallow tagging chemicals beforehand. … Continue reading Say Ahhhhhh…..
Hypnosis is a valuable tool for helping us cope with pain, anxiety, addiction, and undesirable behaviours. But not everyone benefits. Some people are simply very difficult to hynotise, and this trait seems to be unconnected to personality or physical attributes. David Speigel and his team at the Center for Integrative Medicine, Stanford University, wondered why. So they scanned the brains of 12 easily hypnotised people and 12 people who showed little response to hynotitists’ efforts. The team found that people who had very little interaction between the decision-making and attention-paying areas of the brain were also least sensitive to hypnosis, with … Continue reading Brain Type Determines your Trance State
The devastating effects of diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons are caused by the damage inflicted on neurons within the brain. We can only slow the progress and alleviate symptoms of these neurodegenerative diseases. Repairing or replacing brain cells is impossible. Until now. Scientists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have found a way to convert a group of cells called pericytes into neurons. Pericytes function to keep the blood brain barrier intact and in other parts of the body play a role in healing wounds. They have also demonstrated that these new neurons can reach out to other neurons and produce electrical … Continue reading Healing the Brain
The disadvantage of the public’s increasingly easy access to information is the public’s equally easy access to misinformation. It’s now simpler than ever to promote opinion as fact, and to create doubt and fear when no rational cause exists. The Association for Psychological Science recently published a paper that reviews this phenomenon. The team of researchers highlight how people fail to update their memories in the light of new information, and how we can ignore facts that don’t fit in with our worldview. The paper concludes with suggestions to help counter the effects of misinformation when dealing with the general … Continue reading Tackling Misinformation