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Taking the Ouch out of Medicine!

When we have to go to the hospital for treatment, the last thing we want are medical professionals prodding and poking us, performing exam and making our pain worse. The days for having to tolerate such discomforts may be over! New technology is removing the pain from hospital visits and…

Acute Painful Side-Effects of Diabetes Drugs

About 20% of diabetes patients have a painful peripheral neuropathy related to their endocrine dysfunction.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently warned the public that a common type-2 diabetes drug class, so-called Gliptins (dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor or DPP-4 inhibitors) may cause severe and debilitating joint pain in…

Optimism Helps!

We are all familiar with Big Mouth Billy and his sappy lyrics, which encourage us to not to worry and to be happy. But, could this latex rubber fish be onto something? Fear and sadness are the feelings that heighten pain perception. Researchers have studied the relationship between pain…

Feeding Your Brain Well

The term “brain-food” has been hotly debated by researchers and clinicians alike. Can we really feed our brains? And can mental health be improved through diet? The answer, it turns out, is yes! Nutrition plays a critical role in mental health and is also important for our cardiovascular and gastrointestinal…

Possible Link between Fibromyalgia and being Overly Sensitive

Highly sensitive people or HSPs are thought to experience emotions more deeply, and feel more intensely stimuli such as odors, sound, and light. Some researchers believe that there is a spectrum of sensitivity, and those who are highly sensitive simply lie at the far end of the sensitivity spectrum.

Takin’ it On the Chin!

For years researchers have tried to find ways to reduce, remove, and hide our double chins to no avail; leaving plastic surgery as the only option for double chin removal.  However, the day has come when plastic surgery has met its match; the FDA has recently approved a drug injection called,…

Our Placebo Response Depends on Genes

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 Placebo Studies (PiPS) may explain why some patients respond to a placebo while others feel no relief. Researchers at…

Personalized Medicine is Coming

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 to map all of the genes in humans to further the understanding of diseases, treatment, and medicine. This…

Can Activity Monitors Help you to Measure Up?

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 an accelerometer and a light sensor to monitor movement as well as sleep and wake cycles. These devices allow…

Sleep Quality Improves Mental Functioning Later in Life

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 sleep research, analyzing approximately 200 studies measuring sleep and mental functioning. The researchers investigated the link between sleep and brain…