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Squirrels Might Teach Humans How to Prevent Stroke and Dementia

Hibernating ground squirrels have an interesting metabolic process that could prevent stroke and then dementia, according to the report in the FASEB Journal.  During hibernation, the blood flow in the squirrels’ brain is dropped dramatically similar to those in humans with stroke, yet the animals emerge from hibernation fine and fresh. A team from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke found that a cellular process known as  SUMOylation goes into “overdrive”. SUMOylation is a process in which [...]

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Musicians are Less Likely to Experience Hallucinations

Did you know that musicians are less likely to experience hallucinations? This is not a folk legend but it’s considered a scientific fact. This was supported by a small scientific study published in the Journal “Schizophrenia Research”. This relationship appears to be mediated by a brain region known as the “corpus callosum” (CC) – a thick band of nerves that connect two hemispheres of the brain. In people with schizophrenia, this area was found to be compromised. The researchers [...]

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How to Reduce Chronic Pain Without Pain Killers

Recently the use of opioid pain medications has reached a level of a national health crisis. This has been admitted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In the United States, approximately 29% of patients that were prescribed opioid medications are misusing them. It is a fact that 80% of heroin users initially started taking prescription painkillers.  It is important to know that there are other medications and methods besides [...]

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Dear Jonathan…

Recently, we received a letter from a 7th-grade student, that was working on a project about depression, coping with depression and the potential causes. Below you can read the original letter from Jonathan and Dr. Alexander Golbins response. Dr. Golbins response is as follows: Dear Jonathan, Thank you for your inquiry about Depression. It was a great pleasure for me to receive a letter from a young researcher and it is my honor to make an attempt and explain in clear terms such [...]

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Improve Your Sleep – Gain Control of Your Health

When I hear young mothers complain about their babies waking them up once or twice a night I cannot help but smile. When our daughter was that age, she would wake us up 16 to 24 times a night. Her paediatrician told me something “comforting” like, “All babies cry, you know. She’ll grow out of it.” And she did … by the age of 6, when my husband had already developed chronic insomnia and I was suffering from daily [...]

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Sleep Problems May Cause Eye Disorders

On the first impression, sleep and sleep disorders may seem like they have nothing to do with eye disorders; however, the more we learn about sleep the more we discover surprising connections between sleep and different organs and systems and their disorders. For example, recent studies demonstrated a very close association between disorders of sleep and eye problems. During the night while asleep, the most important metabolic, hormonal and immune functions are running, programming and reprogramming. Disorders of these [...]

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