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America’s Disease through the Eyes of a Doctor

Dr. Alexander GolbinOur country, United States of America, has become sick. This is clear to everyone, especially to us, the older generation, who still remember the Soviet Union and its history of revolutionary birth, “perestroika” and, ultimately, the funeral of socialism. We are afraid of a repeat of socialism “with a human face” here in America. Human faces, as we know, (and, especially, hearts) can be very “inhumane”. Whether we want to or not, this disease has already touched [...]

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Why do snipers keep their mouth open before shooting?

To achieve the highest level of athletic performance the athlete often should be in a sort of trance what people called “to be in a zone”, “runners high”, “the second wind effect”, “twilight state”, etc. In short, to be in some sort of altered alertness or/and altered sleep. As an example,  in a field of sharpshooting, both in sport and among snipers there is a strange recommendation to keep their mouth open when they about to shoot. Why?  High-rank officers [...]

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Stimulant Ritalin (methylphenidate) Could Help Sleep

It sounds paradoxical that a stimulant like Methylphenidate could calm down hyperactive children and adults. It sounds even stranger that stimulants might help with sleep, but both statements are true.  The fact that Methylphenidate is helping patients with ADHD has been known for a long time and other positive effects were described. Recently a serious scientific article was published about enduring sleep benefits of Ritalin.  At the annual Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Dr. Michelle Solleveld, MD [...]

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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 from [...]

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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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