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  • False memories: Remembering things that didn’t happen

    Posted on: 05-17-2016 Category: Memory, Mental Health, Trauma
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    Trauma can affect memory

    It was a horrifying case, made more so by its setting: a preschool. Hundreds of children sexually abused, and a long list of other unspeakable allegations: animal sacrifices, hidden tunnels, satanic rites and conspiracies. The McMartin preschool trial ran for six years, was the longest and most expensive criminal trial in U.S. history, and ended…

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  • A potential drug could reverse memory deficits in schizophrenia

    Posted on: 05-12-2016 Category: Medicine, Mental Health, Recovery
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    potential drug could reverse memory

    Schizophrenia is a debilitating mental disease that is characterized by visual or auditory hallucinations and false beliefs known as delusions. Other characteristics include poor speech, loss of interest and neurocognitive deficits that persist for at least six months. With the proper treatment and care, patients with schizophrenia have the potential to live a normal and…

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  • Oxytocin as an indicator for postpartum depression

    Posted on: 05-10-2016 Category: Depression rehab, Mental Health, Parenting
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    indicator for postpartum depression

    A latest Northwestern Medicine study links higher oxytocin levels in the third trimester of pregnancy to effectively predict the severity of postpartum depression symptoms in women who have a history of struggling with depression. There are more than 3 million cases of postpartum depression in the U.S. every year, exposing women to extreme feelings of…

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  • Brain food: The strong link between diet and mental health

    Posted on: 05-09-2016 Category: Mental Health, Nutrition, Recovery
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    diet for mental health

    “You are what you eat” is a phrase that has been around for ages and still holds true. Your diet can dramatically impact your body’s physiology, causing potential harm if you consume unhealthy food. Not only is the physical body affected, but the mind can also be affected. The Western diet is notorious for being…

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  • Strong relationship between head injuries and mental disorders

    Posted on: 05-04-2016 Category: Cognition, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    head injuries and mental disorders

    After his accident, Phineas Gage was a changed man. Gage was a railroad worker in Vermont during the 19th century. One day, Gage was using a tamping iron to pack blasting powder into a hole for detonation. Unfortunately for Gage, the powder exploded, driving the 13-pound rod into his cheek, through his brain and out…

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  • Multiple sclerosis and the potential link to other chronic diseases, depression

    Posted on: 05-03-2016 Category: Depression, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Multiple sclerosis and the potential

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that is characterized by physical and sensory impairments due to the destruction of white-matter neurons in the brain. This disease is characterized by lesions in time and space meaning that clinical symptoms may occur months or years apart, and different areas (space) in the brain are affected…

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  • Alternative wellness: Approaches and attitudes toward alternative medicine

    Posted on: 05-03-2016 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    attitudes toward alternative medicine

      Something is wrong. Americans are spending far more on health care than other countries, yet have shorter life expectancies, more chronic illness and poor health outcomes. Seventy percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug and millions of them suffer adverse reactions from those drugs every year. Hospitals are apparently dangerous as well,…

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  • Alternative wellness: Psychedelics as medicine — good or bad?

    Posted on: 04-28-2016 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Alternative wellness: Psychedelics as medicine

    The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem met in New York from April 19 to 21, 2016, to discuss drug policy. Protestors stood outside the UNGASS this year, most of whom were against the “war on drugs.” Others demanded “freedom of consciousness” through access to psychedelic drugs without prosecution….

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  • Alternative wellness: Acupuncture’s many proven benefits

    Posted on: 04-27-2016 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    A proven therapy

    Those who practice or benefit from acupuncture no longer question its safety or efficacy, nor do the teachers who have preserved its art and science since it began in China over 3,000 years ago. Acupuncture is now used all over the world, including countries with corporate-dominated health care. This endurance alone suggests that acupuncture has…

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  • Alternative Wellness: The role of energy in health and healing

    Posted on: 04-26-2016 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Alternative methods of wellness and healing

    Alternative methods of wellness and healing are often attributed to Eastern origins, primarily because the people of China reportedly have the longest recorded history, the oldest civilization, and the most enduring culture and traditions. While the Chinese civilization has not yet self-destructed, unlike many of its planetary counterparts, its characteristic beliefs about wellness and healing…

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