Changing Brains All Over the World (and at Home)

There are so many new things happening in brain science and I am thrilled that I get to share them with you . . . . . .but I had no idea when I started this webinar series that it would reach so many viewers. People from all over the world tune in every week to watch our broadcasts, and this week 8,139 people tuned in to watch our webinar with Helen Fisher, PhD. Although we see people from across the globe tune in, since we’re located in the USA, it’s interesting to see how many states are represented. From…

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Could simply writing about trauma reduce PTSD symptoms?

People sometimes privately express in a diary thoughts that they don’t feel comfortable sharing with others. But does this process actually contribute to healing? A recent study led by Gail Ironson, MD, PhD, from the University of Miami, investigated whether a written trauma disclosure intervention would be effective with populations of HIV infected individuals. Dr. Ironson and her colleagues suspected that writing about trauma could reduce PTSD symptoms and depression. To test this hypothesis, they screened HIV positive individuals, recruiting 244 participants between the ages of 18 and 70. At the baseline visit, all participants received a questionnaire and interview….

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Women in Abusive Relationships: Their Telomeres Tell the Story

We know that trauma has a significant psychological impact, but it has long-term biological consequences as well. In the past we’ve talked about how trauma affects the body, such as increasing chances for irritable bowel syndrome. This is another case that exemplifies this effect, but this time, using telomeres. As we’ve mentioned before, telomeres are protective caps that stabilize the ends of chromosomes and help regulate cellular aging. As we get older, our telomeres get shorter until our cells eventually die. They’re sometimes used in research to determine “biological age” and can be a good marker of overall health. Led…

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Patients with Unbearable Hot Flashes? Try Cool Hypnosis

For many menopausal women, hot flashes are the bane of their existence. While there’s more to the experience of menopause than hot flashes, they’ve become the most recognizable sound-bite to sum up what most women find so unpleasant. There are a number of pharmaceutical options out there for addressing hot flashes, but little by little scientific research is coming out with some mind-body medicine alternatives to ease this menopausal journey. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis recently published a study by Gary Elkins, PhD et al. from Baylor University. Their focus: whether the use of “cool” imagery during…

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Osteoporosis and Women’s Body Fat: All Fat Isn’t the Same

Not all fat is the same. All of us have heard about the difference between saturated fats and unrefined vegetable fats. But it isn’t as often that we talk about the health differences in body fats. Visceral, or intra-abdominal fat, is located deep under the muscle tissue in the abdominal cavity and has been linked to numerous health problems, especially heart disease. This same fat is again in the scientific press, now as the subject of a new paper published in the scientific journal Bone. Miriam A. Bredella, M.D. led a team of radiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital who looked…

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Antioxidants: Are They Good for Fertility?

When I’ve spoken with people who were trying to get pregnant, one common problem they all mentioned was the staggering amount of inconsistent information about how to increase their chances of getting pregnant.

The truth is, there are a lot of unanswered fertility questions still waiting for the scientific community to tackle.

But on the other hand, we’ve come a long way in obtaining fertility for couples who a generation ago would have never been able to have biological children.