Health and Wellness
GWU student invents napkin to detect drugs in drinks
01-30   GWU student invents napkin to detect drugs in drinks

A student of the George Washington University (GWU) has created a napkin to prevent a “drug-facilitated crime” — when someone slips a drug into the drink and tries to sexually assault the victim or steal belongings. In fact, a past encounter with sexual violence motivated Danya Sherman to develop the unique product that could detect […]

How mental health disorders can affect the immune system
12-29   How mental health disorders can affect the immune system

The immune system is the battlefield in the human body. It fights diseases and infections, and works hard to keep our bodies healthy. White blood cells, formally known as leukocytes, are the main soldiers in the immune system. They release chemicals to kill pathogens, and take up old debris and transport it into the lymphatic […]

How gut bacteria can enhance brain health
08-10   How gut bacteria can enhance brain health

“You are what you eat.” This well-known phrase addresses the tie between what people consume and their physical health. But what about how it affects someone’s mental health? A recent research study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found that certain types of gut bacteria can be used to enhance […]

Research finds that opioid treatment can increase overall pain
07-18   Research finds that opioid treatment can increase overall pain

New research reveals an unexpected danger of chronic pain treatment for those with spinal cord injuries: According to a study published just this year, the combination of an injury and opioid medication to treat the pain can damage the cells of the spinal cord and result in increased pain. Related research has further suggested that […]

10 surprising reasons why giving up sugar feels so good
07-13   10 surprising reasons why giving up sugar feels so good

Americans eat and drink too much sugar. Many eat about five times more sugar than they should, Natasa Janicic-Kahric, M.D., an endocrinologist and associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, told The Washington Post. Over time, consuming high quantities of sugar can result in sugar addiction. Immediate gratification Like drugs and alcohol, sugar affects […]

The behavioral health effects of a cancer diagnosis
06-20   The behavioral health effects of a cancer diagnosis

It’s something that’s dwelled in the back of everyone’s mind at some point: a freckle that changed color, a sudden change in health, something unusual felt under the skin after a shower. Cancer is a frightening disease, and not without reason: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports 454.8 new cancer cases occur each year per […]

Children with ADHD can benefit from a healthy lifestyle
06-13   Children with ADHD can benefit from a healthy lifestyle

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2011 attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been diagnosed in 11 percent of children aged four to 17. A developmental disorder characterized by an inability to maintain attention and focus on activities, ADHD is usually treated with a combination of therapy and medication. Although […]

Music soothes infants, aids in early development
04-22   Music soothes infants, aids in early development

Musical activities (e.g., listening, singing, dancing, playing an instrument) are often central to early childhood learning experiences. Young children who engage in music and other types of musical activities during play can promote growth and the development of important cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral skills, which can be beneficial throughout their lives. For example, mothers […]

Music’s powerful biological impact on the body, brain
03-18   Music’s powerful biological impact on the body, brain

In 2013, a research team led by Professor Daniel J. Levitin of McGill University evaluated over 400 studies on the biological impact of music. Their findings indicate that not only is music good for your soul — it’s also good for your body and brain. “We’ve found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a […]

Social pressures are a big risk factor for eating disorders in children
03-14   Social pressures are a big risk factor for eating disorders in children

Eating disorders are a disease; most people understand this. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) says 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. will have a serious eating disorder at one point in their lives. Diseases like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder can – and do ­– have fatal consequences if […]

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