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Recent Basic and Clinical Reports

Check out these recent basic and clinical research articles! Visit this page regularly to find links to new articles that will keep you informed and engaged.
 

 


Scientists Show How Gratitude Literally Alters The Human Heart & Molecular Structure Of The Brain

The Facts:
Scientists have discovered that feelings of gratitude can actually change your brain. Feeling gratitude can also be a great tool for overcoming depression and anxiety. Furthermore, scientists have discovered that the heart sends signals to the brain.

Reflect On:
Every time we struggle with depression, why are we constantly encouraged to take prescription medication when mindfulness techniques actually show more promise?  

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Past trauma may haunt your future health

A rocky childhood. A violent assault. A car accident. If these are in your past, they could be affecting your present health.

These are all examples of traumatic events — which, in psychological terms, are incidents that make you believe you are in danger of being seriously injured or losing your life, says Andrea Roberts, a research scientist with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Research shows that these events can trigger emotional and even physical reactions that can make you more prone to a number of different health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.  

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The Mysteries of the Super-Ager Revealed

Scientific research is helping to unlock the secrets behind why some people live to become super-agers. Researchers propose ways in which we can slow the aging process and extend our life spans.  

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The 'Wrongness' Loop of OCD

They clean their hands, many times in a row. They flip switches on and off, over and over. They check — and re-check, then check again — that they’ve turned the stove off.

No one knows exactly what drives people with obsessive-compulsive disorder to do what they do, even when they’re fully aware that they shouldn’t do it, and when it interferes with their ability to live a normal life...   

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The Complicated Relationship Between Social Media and Depression

Summary: A new study reveals a correlation between the passive use of social media and depression symptoms such as loneliness and fatigue.

Over the past decade, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become a central part of everyday life. Despite their massive popularity, however, controversy abounds regarding their impact on mental health and wellbeing...   

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