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"Cloudy with a Chance of Pain" Embodies Citizen Science

By Christopher Bergland on September 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking initiative in the UK is using smartphone technology and citizen science to identify whether damp and gray weather really does cause stiffness in your joints

A Nation in Pain

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
With alarming rates of chronic pain and opioid-related deaths in the US, how can we more effectively treat chronic pain?

Are Pet Owners Really at Greater Risk of Cancer?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Animals and Us
A new study used "big data" to examine the associations between pet-ownership and cancer rates and physical activity in older women. The results are surprising.
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Colds and Clocks - How Bugs Use Timing to Infect You

Time rules life - included when and how you get infected.

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Thousands of Genes Are Altered by Aerobic Endurance Training

By Christopher Bergland on September 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study reports that aerobic endurance training can alter 3,400 RNA variants, associated with 2,600 genes. These findings have widespread health implications.

Fusion Cuisine

The FATT Initiative: Food as Tasteful Therapy. Why it is good eats and good medicine for us all.

The Man Who Did Not Feel Well

How much has medicine changed since I was a boy?

Fascinating Evidence Shows How Melatonin Can Help With GERD

By Lucy O'Donnell on September 15, 2016 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Are you suffering from a multitude of gastrointestinal problems. Look at the findings that suggest melatonin, aside from its other benefits, may greatly help.

What Do Doctors' Strikes Reveal About Our Need For Medics?

High-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest hospitalized in teaching hospitals had lower 30-day mortality when admitted during dates of national cardiology meetings

What Melanoma Taught Me About Patient-Provider Relationships

An eye-opening experience as a medical professional is forced to evaluate the patient-provider relationship from the patient's perspective.

When, Why, and How to Say No

Why replacing yes with no can make you happier, healthier, and reduce stress.

Looking Beyond Opioids for Chronic Pain

By Beth Darnall PhD on August 28, 2016 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Leverage yourself out of the chronic pain trap. Tap into resources—including pain psychology—that can help you feel better with fewer pills.

Suicide in Cancer Patients

Not surprisingly, suicide is an avenue of escape for more cancer patients than an equal cohort of their healthy counterparts. The cancer team must be alert to subtle warnings.

The Immune System and Psychiatry

Recent evidence demonstrates that the immune system plays a central role in regulating brain function.

Medical Mistakes Make It Dangerous to Go to a Hospital

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hospitals compete for patients by trying to be the fanciest hotel—not the safest and best place to get care.

Are Baby Boomers Becoming the Walking Disabled?

While it has not yet been scientifically quantified? Try to think about that extra ten steps you take for a mini exercise effort could add time to your lifespan. Isn't that great?

One Drug-Free Way to Reduce Your Risk of 5 Chronic Diseases

By Christopher Bergland on August 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A study published today offers a drug-free prescriptive that could reduce your risk of 5 chronic diseases. The best news: this remedy is inexpensive and universally accessible.

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 07, 2016 in Saving Normal
Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.

MIndfulness Practices Relieve Lower Back Pain

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 04, 2016 in Cravings
Suffering from lower back pain? These mindfulness techniques may hold the key to relief.

Can a Cook Be Replaced by a Recipe?

Even manualized therapies need clinical thinkers.

Are You Overcommitted?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on July 30, 2016 in Inner Source
Is overcommitment wearing you out and causing illness? There are steps you can take to rebalance

Why Is Poor Balance Strongly Correlated With Dementia Risk?

A first-of-its-kind study has identified a strong link between poor balance and the risk of dementia in older age. What is the neuroscience behind this correlation?

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery?

After fifteen plus years of suffering from this illness with little relief from symptoms, I often feel forgotten by the medical community.

A Five Second Health Secret Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

A fast, fun, simple solution for longstanding health problems

More on the Pregnant Cancer Patient: To Terminate or No

The decision to terminate or not is the sole property of the mother, but with steady leadership of her oncologist. Personal moral codes juxtaposed to survival instincts are at play

Too Much Artificial Light Exposure Can Make You Sick

New research shows that the last century of artificial light pollution is an environmental hazard that is causing our circadian rhythms to go haywire.

"Peripatetic Meetings" Promote Health and Creative Thinking

New research shows that holding a "peripatetic meeting" (in which you walk instead of sit) improves physical well-being and boosts creativity.

Does Acupuncture Hurt? And Does It Help?

A psychologist with chronic pain shares her first experience with acupuncture: "I felt like I was a ham being baked."

Using Your Dosha to Heal Depression

We've heard the words, but don't know what they mean or how they can help us. Dosha? Ayurvedic medicine? A psychological look at the benefits of Ayurveda proves promising.

Pregnancy and Concurrent Maternal Cancer

There are sometimes difficult decisions to be made when a pregnant woman develops cancer and conversely when a woman under cancer treatment becomes pregnant.

Is It Safe to Take Supplements with Antidepressants?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on June 12, 2016 in Inner Source
Are natural supplements safe and effective to take while taking antidepressants? A few may be the key to feeling better.

Clinician’s Corner: Well-being and African Americans

A new study in the Journal of Black Psychology suggests that ethnic identity and religion are significantly important to the well-being of African Americans.

The Illuminating Tale of Sunlight's Impact on Health

Research shows our genes are programmed to respond to exposure to full spectrum light, which we now know to be a critical factor in how healthy we are. But are we getting enough?

Wine-ing Your Way to Health; Mediterranean Style

The Mediterranean Approach and Wine: Yay or Nay?