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Our Placebo Response Depends on Genes

Published: April 16th, 2015

Have you ever wondered why some people experience improvement following the administration of placebo? The explanation may be in our genes. A study conducted by researchers at the Program in […]

Personalized Medicine is Coming

Published: February 25th, 2015

The human genome project was completed in 2003, sequencing thousands of genes essential in mapping a blueprint of our genetic make-up. What’s next? The promising goal of this project was […]

Can Activity Monitors Help you to Measure Up?

Published: January 28th, 2015

With Christmas over and New Year’s resolutions in full swing, some may find themselves monitoring their movement with devices like the Fitbit. This, and similar devices on the market, contain […]

Sleep Quality Improves Mental Functioning Later in Life

Published: January 27th, 2015

Recent research findings suggest that quality and duration of sleep earlier in life affect your health years down the road. Investigators at Baylor University investigated the past 50 years of […]

Common Pain Reliever Could Increase Longevity

Published: January 3rd, 2015

A new study reveals that the common pain reliever, ibuprofen, the main ingredient in Advil or Motrin, significantly prolonged the lives of multiple species. Could the same be true for […]

Binaural Beats Reduce Anxiety in Some Listeners

Published: January 3rd, 2015

Binaural beats are touted as a method to reduce anxiety and improve mood in listeners. These beats are produced by the interference of two different frequencies heard through headphones.  For […]

Thanksgiving Blues

Published: November 26th, 2014

You may feel exhausted after your Thanksgiving dinner but do you know why? People have been saying that it is due to the amino acid tryptophan which is found in […]

Novel Clues How Fibromyalgia Works

Published: October 30th, 2014

Have you ever gotten out of the pool or bath and noticed wrinkling on your hands and feet? The wrinkling is thought to be part of an evolutionary development to […]

Could Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responses be Effective for Relaxation?

Published: August 1st, 2014

Have you ever felt tingling in your neck and spine after hearing someone whisper? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is the sensation many people experience after hearing sounds such […]

Tylenol for Back Pain? Does it Really Work?

Published: July 25th, 2014

A new Australian study found something remarkable about a popularly-prescribed pain medication, acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Recently published in The Lancet, the study compared the efficacy of acetaminophen and placebo (sugar pill) […]