Xenon Exposure Shown to Erase Traumatic Memories – Holds Potential for Treatment of PTSD

Belmont, MA — McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders. “In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing memories of traumatic events,” said Edward G. […]

‘Suicide Tourism’ to Switzerland Has Doubled

German and UK citizens make up bulk of numbers; neurological diseases most common reason to end life Citizens from Germany and the UK make up the bulk of the numbers, with neurological conditions, such paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis, accounting for almost half of the cases, the findings show. The researchers wanted […]

Study Shows 9/11 Dust Cloud May Have Caused Widespread Pregnancy Issues

Pregnant women living near the World Trade Center during 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes, according to a new working paper by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. These mothers were more likely to give birth prematurely and deliver babies with low birth weights. Their babies – especially baby boys – […]

2 out of every 5 Americans Expected to Develop Type 2 Diabetes

Close to half (40%) of the adult population of the USA is expected to develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their lifetime, suggests a major study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The future looks even worse for some ethnic minority groups, with one in two (> 50%) Hispanic men and women […]

Natural Light in Office Environments Boosts Health 

Daylight in your office improves sleep, physical activity and quality of life CHICAGO — Office workers with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a new study from Northwestern […]

Caffeine Intake Associated with Lower Incidence of Tinnitus

Researchers observe that women with a higher intake of caffeine had a lower incidence of unexplained ear ringing Boston, MA – New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) finds that higher caffeine intake is associated with lower rates of tinnitus, often described as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear when there is […]

‘Gluten-Free’ Labeling Clarified For Consumers

In August 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that defined what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten-free.” The rule also holds foods labeled “without gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “no gluten” to the same standard. Manufacturers had one year to bring their labels […]

Rosemary and Oregano Found to Contain Diabetes-fighting Compounds

The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report. In their new study published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they found that how the herbs are grown makes a difference, […]

3D Printed Anatomy to Mark a New Era for Medical Training

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionise medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical. The ’3D Printed Anatomy Series’, developed by experts from Monash University, is thought to be the first commercially available resource of its kind. The kit […]

Cigarette Warning Labels Do Prompt Smokers to Attempt to Quit

WASHINGTON – Cigarette warning labels can influence a smoker to try to quit even when the smoker is trying to avoid seeing the labels, according to a survey of thousands of adult smokers in four countries published by the American Psychological Association. Small, text-only warning labels like those on cigarette packs in the United States […]

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