Category Archives: Medicine

Heart rates of fire-walkers and their relatives and friends (watching the walk) synchronize

“But with such readings difficult to obtain, they settled on heart rate, strapping monitors on fire-walkers and spectators to see whether the rates of spectators increased like those of people actually walking barefoot on hot coals. […] The researchers wanted … Continue reading

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Online training: Helpers more effective when feedback style similar (Study, in MNT)

“A study from North Carolina State University shows that participants are happier – and perform better – when the electronic helpers used in online training programs resemble the participants themselves. […] “We know from existing research on human interaction that … Continue reading

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Body’s Response to Repetitive Laughter Is Similar to the Effect of Repetitive Exercise (Study, in ScienceDaily)

“Laughter is a highly complex process. Joyous or mirthful laughter is considered a positive stress (eustress) that involves complicated brain activities leading to a positive effect on health. […] Berk and his colleagues were the first to establish that laughter … Continue reading

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Emotional response may predict how the body responds to stress (Study, in e!ScienceNews)

“Your emotional response to challenging situations could predict how your body responds to stress, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. “People who reported high levels of anger and anxiety after performing a laboratory-based … Continue reading

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Boy Without a Cerebellum Baffles Doctors

“Chase was also born prematurely, and he was legally blind. When he was 1 year old, doctors did an MRI, expecting to find he had a mild case of cerebral palsy. Instead, they discovered he was completely missing his cerebellum … Continue reading

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Late nights can lead to higher risk of strokes and heart attacks (Study)

(Good, that I slept four hours tonight…) “New research from Warwick Medical School published today in the European Heart Journal shows that prolonged sleep deprivation and disrupted sleep patterns can have long-term, serious health implications. Leading academics from the University … Continue reading

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Evidence that placebos could work even if you tell people they’re taking placebos

Evidence that placebos could work even if you tell people they’re taking placebos “[…] In a clinical trial, he found that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) felt that their symptoms improved when they took placebo pills, even if they … Continue reading

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Prostate Cancer Breakthrough?

“Researchers have demonstrated that an antibiotic called “monensin” prevents the growth of prostate cancer cells. Monensin is used in the meat and dairy industry, for example.” http://scinewsblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/prostate-cancer-breakthrough.html

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