Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied

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Exactly what is meant by materialism and who are the materialists? Most people equate materialism with consumerism, which is a factor for sure. But some consider any lack of recognizing the spiritual underpinnings of life and the interconnectedness of earthly and spiritual life forces as materialistic.

This is the category where most of our science and modern medicine exist. But it is is also where most of us are stuck in this illusory realm called reality.

A very memorable line from a favorite movie of mine, Little Big Man, is part of a conversation between the young white man living with Indians and the elder who had adopted him, who explains: "But the white man, they believe everything is dead. Stone, earth, animals. And people! Even their own people! If things keep trying to live, white man will rub them out."

In other words, from the aboriginal perspective, all of nature, animate and inanimate, manifests from a subtle energy that is essential to all of life. Some call it God, some call it universal intelligence, divine wisdom or the creative forces of nature. The white man (modern cultures) doesn't see it that way.

All things and most people must be replaced by man-made material invention or be greedily usurped and exploited while reducing the population. Modern pharmaceutical medicine is a perfect example of this shallow, short-sighted perspective that eliminates our connection to nature and the mystery of life.

It's easier to look into consumerism only for materialism's effects on human nature, as a recent study at Baylor University has done. It was titled "Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction."

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/044923_materialism_depression_satisfaction.html

5 powerful antibiotics that don't require a prescription

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Hospital antibiotics have become one of the most over prescribed "medicines" today. As a result people have ruined their digestive systems, and ironically, have lowered their natural immunity to all types of infections in the future. Get rid if infections without the digestive destruction, with these five powerful natural antibiotics.   

Garlic

Garlic has been used medicinally by cultures around the world for thousands of years. In fact, it was used in the 1700s to ward off plague.

Garlic possesses potent antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties and is able to help protect and facilitate removal of unfriendly bacteria. It is also very high in natural antioxidants that destroy free radicals, which also supports a strong immune system.

The active ingredient in garlic, allicin, is the key component to killing and warding off harmful bacteria. Crush it to activate these compounds, and eat it raw, in a warm tea, or in lightly cooked food.

Colloidal silver

Colloidal silver has been known as an effective antibiotic for centuries. In the early 1900s, Alfred Searle, founder of the Searle pharmaceutical company, discovered that it could kill the most deadly pathogens.

Searle stated that applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishing results. The main advantage was that it was rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host.

Recent research has also stated that colloidal silver can destroy antibiotic resistant microbes like MRSA, the bird flu, and SARS.

Oil of oregano

Oil of oregano takes care of pathogenic bacteria without disrupting beneficial bacteria. It is also antiviral and antifungal which makes it a powerful three-in-one combination that rivals pharmaceuticals while not encouraging antibiotic resistance.

The key antimicrobial ingredient in oil of oregano is carvacrol. You should ensure that your source is at least 70 percent carvacrol content in order to be effective.

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/044931_natural_antibiotics_manuka_honey_anti-virals.html

Documentary exposed polio vaccine's link to childhood cancers in 1997



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Human skin grown in lab 'can replace animal testing'

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Skin has a natural barrier that keeps water in and microbes out
 
Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.

A team led by King's College London has grown a layer of human skin from stem cells - the master cells of the body.

Stem cells have been turned into skin before, but the researchers say this is more like real skin as it has a permeable barrier.

It offers a cost-effective alternative to testing drugs and cosmetics on animals, they say.

The outermost layer of human skin, known as the epidermis, provides a protective barrier that stops moisture escaping and microbes entering. 
This is a new and suitable model that can be used for testing new drugs and cosmetics and can replace animal models”
Scientists have been able to grow epidermis from human skin cells removed by biopsy for several years, but the latest research goes a step further.

The research used reprogrammed skin cells - which offer a way to produce an unlimited supply of the main type of skin cell found in the epidermis.

They also grew the skin cells in a low humidity environment, which gave them a barrier similar to that of true skin.

Skin barrier

Lead researcher Dr Dusko Ilic, of King's College London, told BBC News: "This is a new and suitable model that can be used for testing new drugs and cosmetics and can replace animal models.

"It is cheap, it is easy to scale up and it is reproducible."

For the rest of the story: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27129861

Antibiotic Resistance Is Now Rife across the Entire Globe

 
A first-ever World Health Organization assessment of the growing problem calls for rapid changes to avoid the misery and deaths of a potential "post-antibiotic era"   

Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other pathogens have now emerged in every part of the world and threaten to roll back a century of medical advances. That’s the message from the World Health Organization in its first global report on this growing problem, which draws on drug-resistance data in 114 countries.

“A post antibiotic-era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century,” wrote Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director general for Health Security, in an introduction to the report. The crisis is the fruit of several decades of overreliance on the drugs and careless prescribing practices as well as routine use of the medicines in the rearing of livestock, the report noted.

Antibiotic resistance is putting patients in peril in both developing and developed countries, as bacteria responsible for an array of dangerous infections evolve resistance to the drugs that once vanquished them.

Gonorrhea, once well treated by antibiotics, is once again a major public health threat due to the emergence of new, resistant strains. Drugs that were once a last resort treatment for the sexually transmitted disease—which can lead to infertility, blindness and increased odds of HIV transmission if left untreated—are now the first-line treatment and are sometimes ineffective among patients in countries such as the U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Slovenia and Sweden.

For the rest of the story: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antibiotic-resistance-is-now-rife-across-the-globe/

The power of fat

Human fat cells can be used to regenerate damaged hearts and ageing joints. So should we start piling on the pounds?

Fluorescence light micrograph of human stem cells derived from adipose (fat) tissue. Photo by Riccardo Cassiani-Ingoni/SPL 

Fluorescence light micrograph of human stem cells derived from adipose (fat) tissue. 

Why don’t you use fat?’

I stared at Keith, not quite sure whether he was serious or just kidding. Did he really think we could use fat to regenerate the heart?

I had joined Keith March’s research laboratory at Indiana University as a postdoctoral fellow in the summer of 2001. At the time, his group was trying to improve upon stents, small mesh tubes that can be placed inside blocked coronary arteries to keep them open, restoring an adequate supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. But even the best stents were no cure for heart tissue that had already been irreversibly damaged by a heart attack. The wave of the future, I felt, was the newly emerging field of cardiovascular regeneration, the idea of using stem cells to repair the heart and grow new blood vessels.

Yet when Keith suggested I use fat to generate those cells, I thought he was making an inside joke. We were both overweight and often made fun of ourselves. And the history of fat cures was rife with superstition and myth. For centuries, people had believed that rubbing one’s arms and legs with balms made out of human fat could cure broken bones, crippled limbs and joint pains. Societal mores prevented the dissection of human bodies for the purpose of removing human fluids or tissues, but these rules didn’t apply to executed criminals, especially when there were no family members to claim the body. Until the mid-18th century, this presented a lucrative opportunity for a group of social outcasts: executioners, who became expert extractors, with a skill-set and knowledge of anatomy that often surpassed that of academic physicians. In her book, Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts (2000), the historian Kathy Stuart from the University of California, Davis, gives a gripping account of the work and lives of executioners. Some executioners even started their own medical practices, selling products such as human fat themselves.

For the rest of the story: http://aeon.co/magazine/being-human/human-fat-cells-can-be-used-to-heal-hearts-and-joints/

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dr. Vikki Petersen, D.C., C.C.N. | The Gluten Effect: How "Innocent" Wheat is Ruining Your Health



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Is Your Food Poisoning You? Exhaustion, obesity, digestive problems, headaches and depression: If you suffer from any of these symptoms the cause might well be found in what's on your plate. Yes, it could be the food you eat. Specifically, the problem may be gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley that is emerging as a key factor behind a variety of health problems affecting millions of Americans. Now, in The Gluten Effect, Drs. Vikki and Richard Petersen are exposing the dangers gluten poses and, using the celebrated HealthNOW Method, providing the path to good health for those with gluten sensitivity. Stop suffering! Find out if a simple change in diet will completely restore your health and give you back the robust lifestyle you deserve. The Drs. Petersen have cracked open a world hidden from view but one that causes untold suffering for millions. The Gluten Effect is a remarkable window into the innumerable ways in which gluten that sticky little molecule found in bread and hidden in so many other places can cause everything from autism to dementia, from depression to psoriasis and so much more. If you have nagging symptoms that just don't go away, and you have no idea where they come from, you may be suffering from the gluten effect. This book can save your life! Mark Hyman, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of UltraMetabolism, The UltraSimple Diet and The UltraMind Solution.

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Dr. Vikki Petersen, a Chiropractor and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, is co-founder and co-director of the renowned HealthNow Medical Center in Sunnyvale, California. Dr. Vikki is acknowledged as a pioneer in advances to identify and treat gluten sensitivity. Recently featured in an exclusive interview on CNN Headline News, Dr Vikki is also endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness & The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America for her contributions to gluten awareness in our country. Dr. Vikki Petersen is passionate about sharing her clinical research findings and treatment solutions for gluten sensitivity and optimum wellness with patients and the general public. As a national lecturer and international radio personality, she makes regular national radio appearances, and headlines speaking events for Silicon Valley and Fortune Five Hundred companies, covering topics such as gluten sensitivity, managing stress and women's health. Dr. Petersen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and a Doctorate from Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Dr. Petersen has received Certified Clinical Nutritionist certification from the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists. In practice for over 20 years, she remains on the forefront of advances in gluten sensitivity identification and treatment and a wide spectrum of health issues. Prior to her career in the healing arts, she was a world class figure skater - awarded a gold medal ranking in figures from the United States Figure Skating Association

High Doses of Antidepressants Linked to Suicide Behavior in Younger Patients

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Children and young adults who start taking antidepressants at high doses are more likely to think about or attempt suicide than those who start at the doses of antidepressants that are typically prescribed, according to a new study.

Researchers found that young people between ages 10 and 24 who started antidepressant therapy at high doses were twice as likely to attempt or think about suicide over the first 90 days of treatment compared to those who started taking antidepressants at the doses recommended by doctors' guidelines.

This translates into about one additional event of suicidal behavior for every 150 patients who take high doses of antidepressants, the researchers said, writing today (April 28) in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. 
"There is no evidence that starting at a higher dose is beneficial," said Dr. David Brent, of the University of Pittsburgh, who was not involved in the research, but wrote a commentary about the study also published in the journal. [Aspirin to Zoloft: How 4 Common Medicines Work]

About 18 percent of the 10- to 24-year-olds in the study were prescribed a higher dose, and although the study doesn't make clear why some got a higher dose, there may be differences between the young people in this group and those given the normal doses, Brent noted in his commentary.  For example, those given higher doses may not have received average doses of antidepressants in the past and failed to respond.

Among young people between ages 10 to 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death, the CDC reported in January 2014. And there are many more suicide attempts than suicides that are actually completed. Each year, about 157,000 young people between ages 10 and 24 receive medical care for injuries resulting from suicidal behavior at ERs across the United States.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/45198-antidepressants-children-suicide.html

Animals Could Become Human Organ Donors Some Day, Researchers Say

The human heart, shown in its place within the chest. 

The heart pumps blood throughout the circulatory system.  

Advances in transplant technologycould pave the way for the use of animal organs in people some day — which could help solve the problem of the donor organ shortage, researchers say.

In a new study, scientists transplanted hearts from genetically engineered pigs into baboons whose immune systems had been suppressed, to prevent them from rejecting the transplants.

The transplanted hearts survived in their recipients for more than 500 days, the researchers reported today (April 28)at a meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in Toronto. The research has not been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, but it has been submitted for publication. [Humans 2.0: Replacing the Mind and Body
About 120,000 patients are waiting for organ transplants in the United States — far more people than the number of human donors, said Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, chief of transplantationat the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

"If we do these transplants using nonhuman donors, we will be able to save most of these precious lives," Mohiuddin told Live Science.

Transplanting organs from animals, known as xenotransplantation, could replace human organs completely, or provide a stopgap until a human organ becomes available. But tissue rejection by the recipient's immune system remains a major hurdle to successful transplantation.

To overcome this problem, Mohiuddin and his colleagues used hearts from pigs that had been genetically engineered to remove genes known to cause tissue rejection in humans, and replaced them with human genes that wouldn't cause an immune reaction. Pigs were chosen because their anatomy is similar to humans', and they mature very quickly.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/45201-tech-makes-animal-organs-viable-for-transplant.html

Disaster Survivors: How Stress Changes the Brain

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A person's recovery after a major stressful event may depend in part on their self-esteem, a new study finds.

How well a person recovers from traumatic events may depend on in part on their self-esteem, according to researchers who examined the effects of a major earthquake on the survivors' brains.

The researchers had conducted brain scans of university students for a study before the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in 2011. After the earthquake, they repeated the scans on 37 of the same people, and tracked stress-induced changes in their brains in the following months.

"Most importantly, what these findings show, is that the brain is dynamic — that it's responding to things that are going on in our environment, or things that are part of our personality," said Rajita Sinha, professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, who wasn't involved in the study. [Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind
In the brain scans taken immediately after the incident, the researchers found a decrease in the volume of two brain regions, the hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex, compared with the scans taken before the incident.

One year later, the researchers repeated the scans and found that the hippocampus continued to shrink, and people's levels of depression and anxiety had not improved.

However, other changes in the brain had reversed, the researchers found: The volume of the orbitofrontal cortex had increased. Moreover, this increase was correlated with survivors' self-esteem scores soon after the earthquake, according to the study published today (April 29) in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/45213-disaster-survivors-stress-changes-brain.html

Medicine’s dirty secret

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Bryn Nelson gets to the bottom of an emerging – and often shocking – therapy.

This is how far a mother will go.

Your daughter has been sick for more than four years with a severe autoimmune disease that has left her colon raw with bloody ulcers. After multiple doctors and drugs have failed, you are frantic for her to get better. Then you send her disease into remission, virtually overnight, with a single act of love. “Who wouldn’t do that for their daughter?” you say. It’s like a miracle, you say. “An overnight magic wand.”

You’ve agreed to do it again – twice – for strangers. You’ve seen first-hand how effective it can be and you felt so badly for the patients and their families. Had you donated blood or plasma, no one would blink. But this? You can’t tell anyone else about this because of how they might react.

There are more like you, men and women who have given their loved ones a remarkable reprieve from a group of chronic conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease. There are many more who have cured patients of a potentially fatal bacterium known as Clostridium difficile. This microbe can persist in a cocoon-like spore for up to five months, impervious to nearly everything except bleach. It is fast becoming resistant to every antibiotic thrown at it.

You insist on “Marion” as a pseudonym. You say of your daughter’s therapy: “I don’t talk with anybody about it. I’ve told people that we replaced her…” and you pause, “unhealthy bacteria with healthy bacteria. I didn’t go into specifics.”

Here are the specifics: you were the donor in a faecal microbiota transplant. You gave your daughter your poo.

For the rest of the story: http://mosaicscience.com/story/medicine%E2%80%99s-dirty-secret

Monday, April 28, 2014

Brain Waves Suggest That Laughter Affects Us Like Meditation

Brain Waves Suggest That Laughter Affects Us Like Meditation

Meditation is hard. Maybe some people are more predisposed to it than others, but I am 100 percent not one of those people. I've tried and tried again and tried some more. Every night for months I would sit cross legged staring at a Miller High Life bottle cap glued to the wall and try valiantly to wash it all away—thought after thought... away... away... My version of meditation instead developed into a brutal physical exercise, hours and hours of running and climbing up and down the mountains around my house. I don't wash it away, I burn it away in a great big inferno. The net effect of clear-headedness would seem to be about the same as that promised by meditation. 

It'd be nice to have another option for putting thoughts away, maybe something lower-impact, and a bit easier on the knees. Researchers may have an answer of sorts: laughter. Results of a study released over the weekend at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego found that the brain wave activity found in brains engaged in meditation is roughly the same as the waves found in the brains of people laughing. Specifically, both activities correlate with a spike in high-amplitude gamma waves; these waves are significant/unique in part because they ripple across all of the brain's different regions.

The researchers looked at three different groups in relation to meditative wave activity. In addition to the laughter group, which was shown funny videos to elicit a response, another group was shown "spiritual" videos; another videos considered distressing. The spiritual videos were correlated with an increase in alpha waves, an activity associated with sleep, and the group shown the bummer videos correlated with flat brain wave bands, which are associated with detachment and distress.

All of this makes for a neat headline, but it should be noted that the research is ultimately pretty sketchy. It doesn't come from a peer-reviewed source, for one, and, well, don't the comparisons seem a bit fishy? Laughter, distress, spiritual videos—what's supposed to be associated with spiritual videos? Pensiveness? How are "spiritual videos" supposed to have a reasonably uniform effect (like laughter or distress) in a reasonably random group of participants? Moreover, tying wave activity to different high-level experiences like laughter and meditation is still a sketchy leap in itself. Finally, the pool of participants in the Experimental Biology study is extremely limited at 31, and comprised entirely of university students.

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/brain-waves-suggest-that-laughter-effects-us-like-meditation

For the First Time, Stem Cells Were Created Specifically to Treat Disease

 
Researchers have used adult body cells to create stem cells, and eventually a human embryo, that might have an actual therapeutic use in fighting disease—in this case, type I diabetes.

It’s a huge breakthrough in stem cell research in what has already been an exciting year. Earlier this month, researchers reported making a human embryo using an adult’s body cells and a donor egg. Now, researchers at the New York Stem Cell Foundation have taken body cells from a diabetic patient, transplanted the nucleus from those cells into a donor egg that has had its genetic material stripped, and allowed it to begin dividing. The researchers, led by Dieter Egli, report that the new cells not only began dividing normally, but also began producing insulin naturally—a breakthrough that could eventually lead to a cure for the disease, in which patients are normally reliant on daily insulin injections.

“We show for the first time that we are able to derive diploid, patient-specific stem cells and are able to induce these stem cells into becoming cells that produce and secrete insulin, showing that this technique should be useful for the development of cell-replacement therapies for diabetes,” Egli said in a conference call with reporters. 

The work was published in the journal Nature. Although not noted in the paper, Egli says that the cells work just as well as normally-functioning pancreas cells in non-diabetic humans.

“In independent work, the cells we make secrete just as much insulin on a cell-to-cell basis as cells in the human pancreas,” he said. “This is quite remarkable.”

In additional tests in mice, his team was able to essentially cure the disease. He says that they have taken these cells and transplanted them into mice, where they functioned normally and secreted insulin into the bloodstream. This isn’t early, theoretical research. The team is actively looking to translate this into a real-world stem cell therapy, and is hoping to get Food and Drug Administration approval to begin human trials as soon as possible, though he would not put a timeline on when that might happen.

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/insulin-producing-stem-cells-were-created-to-treat-diabetes

How 3D Printing Helped Repair This Man's Face

 

Adrian Sugar (seated second from left) and his surgical team during the facial rebuild operation at Morriston Hospital. The team reconstructed 29-year-old Stephen Power's face using models and implants from a 3D printer.

In a landmark procedure, surgeons used 3D printing techniques to restore a patient's facial likeness after a horrific injury

ews coverage of advances in 3D printing tends to play up fun applications of the technology—musical instrumentsfashionable clothes and tasty treats—or ideas that stretch the imagination, like 3D printed houses and cars

While it might not be as flashy, additive manufacturing has been quietly revolutionizing the medical field, and the lives of patients with debilitating conditions. Its most recent champion: Stephen Power, a 29-year-old man from Wales who has a new face thanks to an innovative surgical technique that incorporates 3D scanning and printing.

In 2012, Power had a horrific motorcyle accident. Though he was wearing a helmet, the impact fractured his upper jaw, cheek bones, nose and skull. Power was rushed to Morriston Hospital in Swansea for a series of emergency procedures that managed to repair most—but not all—of his injuries.

"We fixed his facial fractures pretty well but he had damaged his left eye and the ophthalmologists did not want us to do anything that might damage his sight further," Adrian Sugar, a maxillofacial surgeon, said in a press release. "So the result was that his cheekbone was too far out and his eye was sunk in and dropped."

It would be several months before doctors began planning reconstructive surgery to restore symmetry to Power's face. Using the conventional process, a surgeon would typically practice on a rough model of a patient's face built from off-the-shelf parts. Surprisingly, the process is as inexact as it sounds, with the specialist mapping out each step using what Sean Peel, a prosthetics designer at the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, describes as "visual judgments and crude measurements.” 

For the rest of the story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-3d-printing-technology-helped-repair-mans-face-180950320/

Will Scientists Soon be Able to Erase Our Most Traumatic Memories?

 
An Iraq war veteran with PTSD has trouble with motivation.

PTSD treatments could soon extend beyond therapy 

The best way to forget an alarming memory, oddly, is to remember it first. That’s why the 7 percent of American adults who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) at some point in their lives are often asked by therapists to recall the incident that taught them the fear in the first place.

Stirring up a memory makes it a little unstable, and for a window of perhaps three hours, it’s possible to modify it before it settles down again, or “reconsolidates,” in the brain. Reliving traumatic moments over and over in safe conditions can help a person unlearn the automatic feeling of alarm.

The trouble is that “fear extinction” therapy, as researchers call it, works well with recent memories but not so well with deeply entrenched, long-term horrors. But a new study in mice, from the laboratory of fear memory researcher Li-Huei Tsai of MIT, now promises to change that.

The scientists, who reported the study in Cell, taught lab mice fear by the standard method of applying a mild electric shock, accompanied by a loud beep. Mice show fear by freezing in place, and they quickly learned to freeze when they were put in the test box or heard the beep. It was a “conditioned response,” like Ivan Pavlov ringing a bell to make dogs salivate, in his pioneering experiments on learning and memory.

For mice, fear extinction therapy meant going back in the test box for a while, but without the shock. That alone was enough to unlearn the conditioned response if it was a new memory, just a day old. But if the mice had been trained 30 days earlier, the therapy didn’t work.

So Tsai and lead author Johannes Gräff combined the extinction therapy with a type of drug that has recently shown promise in mice as a way to improve thinking and memory. HDAC inhibitors (that is, histone deacetylase inhibitors) boost the activity of genes in ways that help brain cells form new connections; new connections are the basis of learning.

The HDAC inhibitors alone had no effect, but drugs and therapy together seemed to open up and reconnect the neurons where long-term traumatic memory had until then been locked away. Mice could be taught to overcome the entire conditioned response or just a part—ignoring the beep, for instance, but still freezing in the test box.

Getting from mice to humans is, of course, always a great leap. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved investigative use of some HDAC inhibitors for certain cancers and inflammatory disorders, which could make it easier, Gräff speculates, to get to clinical testing for human psychiatric therapy.

For the rest of the story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/will-scientists-soon-be-able-erase-our-most-traumatic-memories-180951167/

Americans Are Living Longer, Healthier Lives, But Suicide And Drug-Induced Deaths Are on the Rise

 

Heart disease and cancer are still the big killers, but digging deeper into death statistics reveals some alarming trends.

veryone dies some day, but how, when, and why we die keeps changing. In America, back in the day influenza and tuberculosis were the big killers. Now it's heart disease and cancer. But those causes of death are only the leaders when the American population is painted with broad strokes.

Over at Bloomberg, Matthew Klein has put together a striking series of interactive infographics that really drill down into how we die now and how that compares to how we used to die. For the most part Americans are, generally, living longer than ever before. And Americans are mostly dying of natural causes. Looking at changes over time in leading causes of death for various age brackets, however, reveals some intriguing, and alarming, trends.

For example, medical advances mean that, as a rule, we're holding off against diseases of all sorts for much longer. Yet, these gains are being offset slightly by a scary trend: drug-induced deaths among 45- to 54-year-olds are soaring. Since 1990, drug-related deaths have increased by more than 300 percent, from nearly 10,000 people to more than 40,000 in 2010*.

Suicides among that same age bracket, too, have climbed by 24 percent, from around 31,000 people in 1990 to more than 38,000 in 2010*. And it's not just middle-aged people, says Klein: suicide is up across the board.

Yet one big trend holds true: more Americans than ever before are entering the world with the prospect of a long life ahead of them.

*This passage was updated to reflect that these are absolute values, not rates per 100,000—thankfully—and to correct the percentage changes, which were miscalculated.

For the rest of the story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-are-living-longer-healthier-lives-suicide-and-drug-induced-deaths-are-rise-180951197/

This Radical Treatment Pushes Victims to the Brink of Death in Order to Save Their Lives

 

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will soon replace the blood of trauma patients with cold saline solution to slow down the cell's metabolism to where there's no signs of brain activity, nor pulse.

Researchers are putting trauma patients in a state between life and death with a technique known in movies as "suspended animation"
 
In sci-fi films like "Avatar," the futuristic notion of suspended animation is often portrayed by turning humans into living icicles.

But in reality, sustaining someone in a state between life and death hasn't been possible. Until now.

In an effort to save lives, surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will soon attempt the scenario for a select few critically injured patients, cooling their bodies down until there are no signs of brain activity nor pulse. The technique gives surgeons more time to repair otherwise fatal injuries before returning the patients' bodies to a normal temperature—bringing them, so to speak, "back to life."

While sci-fi writers have their own term for the phenomenon,  David King, a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital who helped develop the groundbreaking method, prefers the term “emergency preservation.”

“We're not stopping all internal body processes, but we're slowing them down dramatically," King says.

Technically, the patients will still be alive, though just barely.

Despite the countless medical advances of our time, blood loss remains one of the biggest challenges doctors face, responsible for 40 percent of hospital deaths that occur in any given day, according to the nonprofit National Trauma Institute. Victims of gunshot wounds, stabbings and automobile accidents die most often not from the severity of their injuries, but from rapid blood loss; likewise, the leading cause of death for soldiers in combat is massive blood loss within the first five to 20 minutes of injury.  

For the rest of the story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/save-lives-radical-treatment-pushes-victims-brink-death-180951216/

Inside the Science of an Amazing New Surgery Called Deep Brain Stimulation

 

A neurosurgeon’s view during a brain operation: The head is held in place and covered with an adhesive drape containing iodine, which prevents infections and explains the orange tint.
 
The most futuristic medical treatment ever imagined is now a reality 

Like most people in need of major surgery, Rodney Haning, a retired telecommunications project manager and avid golfer, has a few questions for his doctors. He wonders, for example, exactly how the planned treatment is going to alleviate his condition, a severe tremor in his left hand that has, among other things, completely messed up his golf game, forcing him to switch from his favorite regular-length putter to a longer model that he steadies against his belly.

“Can anyone tell me why this procedure does what it does?” Haning asks one winter afternoon at UF Health Shands Hospital, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

“Well,” says Kelly Foote, his neurosurgeon, “we know a lot, but not everything.”

The vague answer doesn’t seem to bother Haning, 67, an affable man who has opted for the elective brain surgery. And it’s hard to fault Foote for not going into greater detail about the underlying science, since he is, at that very moment, boring a hole in Haning’s skull.

“Can you hear the drill?” Foote asks his patient as he presses the stainless steel instrument against bone. When Haning, whose head is immobilized by an elaborate arrangement of medical hardware, asks why it doesn’t hurt to have a dime-size hole drilled in his skull, Foote calmly explains that the skull has no sensory nerve receptors. (The doctors numb his scalp before making the incision.)

The two continue to chat as Foote opens the dura—“It’s the water balloon that your brain lives in,” he says. “It’s sort of like a tough leather, for protection”—and exposes Haning’s brain.

Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, combines neurology, neurosurgery and electrical engineering, and casual conversations in the operating room between doctors and their wide-awake patients are just one of the surprises. The entire scene is an eerie blend of the fantastic and the everyday, like something from the work of Philip K. Dick, who gave us the stories that became Blade Runner and Total Recall. During surgery, DBS patients are made literally bionic. Tiny electrodes are implanted in their brains (powered by battery packs sewn into their chests) to deliver a weak but constant electric current that reduces or eliminates their symptoms. DBS can improve a shaky putting stroke; it can also help the disabled walk and the psychologically tormented find peace.

For the rest of the story: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inside-science-amazing-new-surgery-called-deep-brain-stimulation-180951170/

Watermelon Juice Is 'Nature's Viagra,' According to Science

Not only is it delicious and a beautiful color, it improves blood flow, if you catch my drift. 

  

Add another snack to the list of foods to eat before sex: according to two studies from the University of Florida and Italy's University of Foggia, watermelon is so good for blood circulation that it can reduce hypertension and relieve erectile dysfunction. It has only 71 calories per serving, is high in vitamin C, and is packed with potassium. Plus it's delicious!

For the rest of the story: http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/watermelon-juice-is-natures-viagra-according-to-science

Scientists Just Took A Big Step Towards Eliminating Heart Disease

 

A world without heart disease seems impossible. But researchers at Johns Hopkins just got one step closer.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University may be one step closer to eradicating debilitating heart diseases in humans, particularly those caused by excessive buildup of cholesterol.

A new study published in the journal Circulation shows that a synthesized drug reduces, and may even eradicate, the effects of high-fat and high-cholesterol diets. And though the drug is prosperous for the heart and brain most specifically, the entire body may benefit from this development.  

“It’s the entire cardiovascular system that’s affected,” Ekaterina Pesheva, a representative for Johns Hopkins, told The Daily Beast.The reason we’re worried about the heart and the brain is because those are the centers that end up being the most debilitating to human life when affected by fatty buildups.”

The study shows that the new drug under examination, known now as D-PDMP, changes the way fat metabolism works, and eliminates the risk of heart attack and heart disease. The drug halts the development of atherosclerosis, a word referring to the hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is based on a buildup of fat and cholesterol in blood vessels, and happens to be the main cause of heart attacks in humans. Most notably, atherosclerosis is the No. 1 cause of death in humans (perhaps a little-known fact in a world rampant with famine, war, and crime).

Atherosclerotic heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, which develops when fat builds inside the blood vessels over time, rendering them stiff, narrowed, and hardened. This, in turn, reduces blood flow to the heart and brain.

Other kinds of heart disease include structural heart disease—people born with malformations of their heart, which is rare, and heart failure (mostly a result of poorly functioning heart muscle, which can be due to a number of causes, including atherosclerosis. It can also be caused by other conditions such as viral infections of the heart) will also benefit from this development.

For the rest of the story: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/25/scientists-at-johns-hopkins-come-closer-to-eliminating-heart-disease.html

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dr. William Bengston, Ph.D. | The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing



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S y n o p s i s 

 Dr. William Bengston presents astonishing evidence that challenges us to totally rethink what we believe about our ability to heal. Drawing on his scientific research, incredible results, and mind-bending questions, Bengston invites us to follow him along his 35-year investigation into the mystery of hands-on healing and to discover a technique that may activate your healing abilities. Part memoir and part instruction, this provocative book explores: Bengston's paradigm-shifting experimental results and why they seem so difficult for some medical practitioners to accept - Image cycling, a unique preparation method for a hands-on-healing treatment - Why traditional Western medicine isn't always best, the value of skepticism, the strengths of energy medicine, and more.

Does hands-on healing work, and can it be taught? Like many scientists, Dr. William Bengston would once have dismissed this phenomenon as an example of the power of suggestion. But after 35 years of extraordinary research, Dr. Bengston has demonstrated time and again that hands-on healing works-even on some conditions that have no conventional treatment. With Hands-On Healing, he brings you an in-depth training course in the method that produces reliable results in the laboratory-and can trigger profound transformation and healing for those who learn it.

At the core of Dr. Bengston's hands-on healing method is a unique process he calls "image cycling." Requiring no preconceptions, beliefs, or inherent psychic gifts, this learnable skill circumvents our conscious limitations to access a deeper source of healing intelligence that we all possess. With detailed instruction, competency-building exercises, and playful strategies for getting your own ego out of the way, Dr. Bengston guides you through each step toward mastery of this powerful technique.

Skeptical scientists and energy practitioners alike have been astonished by the consistent, measurable success of Dr. Bengston's healing method. Yet even after decades of study, Dr. Bengston theorizes that we have only glimpsed a tiny fraction of our potential. With Hands-On Healing, he invites you learn a powerful technique to ignite your own abilities-and to join him in an ever-expanding experiment to chart our untapped capacity for healing.

B i o 

William F. Bengston (Bill) is a professor of sociology at St. Josephs College in New York, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University, New York, in 1980. His "day job" areas of specialization include research methods and statistics. For many years, Bill has conducted research into anomalous healing, and has proven the effectiveness of his technique in 10 controlled animal experiments conducted in 5 university biological and medical laboratories.