Say Ahhhhhh…..

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…..

Brain Type Determines your Trance State

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

Aging Muscle Decline Reversed

While it’s a nice idea that one day in the future we’ll be able to take a pill to give us immortality, in reality, it’s more likely that those who want to prolong their lives beyond their natural span will have to take advantage of a range of treatments. One sign of aging is muscle wastage and decline. The stem cells in our muscles that repair damage maintain a pool of dormant cells to be called upon the next time they’re needed. But as we age, this pool of dormant cells shrinks, which is what scientists think causes muscular aging. … Continue reading Aging Muscle Decline Reversed