Laughter is the Best Medicine for Brain Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. The effects of stimulation were observed in an epilepsy patient undergoing diagnostic monitoring for seizure diagnosis. These effects were then harnessed to help her complete a separate awake brain surgery two days later.

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The Danger in Fake Positivity and Spiritual Bypassing

Today’s spiritual (and sometimes psychology) world feels fake to me. Lots of pretty blond yogis talking about positive vibes, about not allowing negative energy or thoughts to get to you, about surrounding yourself with only supportive positive people.

Unless you live in a bubble on Mars, this is not only not realistic, but this is also a recipe for staying emotionally and psychically dwarfed, never growing or truly learning who you are.

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Vitamin D and Immune Cells Stimulate Bone Marrow Disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kobe, Japan — The bone marrow disease myelofibrosis is stimulated by excessive signalling from vitamin D and immune cells known as macrophages, reveals a Japanese research team. These findings could help to develop alternative treatments that do not target problem genes. The team was led by Research Fellow Kanako Wakahashi and Junior Associate Professor Yoshio Katayama (Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine) and the findings were published on February 4 in the online edition of Blood.

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Científica del IPN elimina al 100% el virus del papiloma humano

Eva Ramón Gallegos, investigadora del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) de México, logró, con la colaboración de otros especialistas, erradicar el virus del papiloma humano al 100% en 29 pacientes de la Ciudad de México que padecían esta enfermedad.

Con estudios moleculares, el IPN comprobó la eliminación del virus en pacientes tratadas con terapia fotodinámica. Esta es una técnica no invasiva que puede ser un método eficaz para prevenir esta neoplasia.

El virus del papiloma humano constituye la segunda causa de muerte de las mexicanas.

“En la primera parte de la investigación, cuando se aplicó a las mujeres de Oaxaca y Veracruz, los resultados fueron alentadores. En la aplicación de la técnica en las capitalinas también tuvo un efecto muy esperanzador, lo que abre la posibilidad de hacer más eficaz el tratamiento”, indicó la especialista.

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

The authors report the case of a 58-year-old female who had experienced five years of cognitive decline, which began accelerating rapidly. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) suggested Alzheimer’s disease. The diagnosis was confirmed by 18Fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) brain imaging, which revealed global and typical metabolic deficits in Alzheimer’s.

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Mental health disorders common following mild head injury

A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or major depressive disorder following mild mTBI or concussion through analysis of the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study cohort.

A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or major depressive disorder following mild mTBI or concussion through analysis of the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study cohort. The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Vitamin D could lower the risk of developing diabetes

The benefits of vitamin D in promoting bone health are already well known. A new study suggests that vitamin D also may promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The benefits of vitamin D in promoting bone health are already well known. A new study out of Brazil suggests that vitamin D also may promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Other recent studies have shown a clear relationship between vitamin D and glycemic control, suggesting that vitamin D increases insulin sensitivity and improves pancreatic beta-cell function. In this cross-sectional study involving 680 Brazilian women aged 35 to 74 years, the goal was to evaluate the possible association between vitamin D deficiency and increased glycemia.

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Vitamina D em alta no organismo está associada à longevidade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Para uma longevidade saudável, buscamos uma baixa frequência de mutações dentro do genoma de nossas células, como mudanças nas sequências do ácido nucleico e mudanças nos cromossomas (DNA). A isto, chamamos de estabilidade genômica ou longevidade. A vitamina Djá mostrou proteger as proteínas e membranas celulares contra o estresse oxidativo, e recentemente um estudo a associou à biologia dos glóbulos brancos – parte do sistema imune do organismo – e à estabilidade genômica.

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