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LA Times – Stress matters to brains white matter

February 18, 2014

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Stress can damage the brain. The hormones it releases can change the way nerves fire, and send circuits into a dangerous feedback loop, leaving us vulnerable to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. But how stress accomplishes its sinister work on a cellular level has remained mysterious. Neuroscientists at a UC Berkeley lab have uncovered […]

How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy : The New Yorker

December 12, 2013

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A 2010 study from Carnegie Mellon found that, when people engaged in direct interaction with others—that is, posting on walls, messaging, or “liking” something—their feelings of bonding and general social capital increased, while their sense of loneliness decreased. But when participants simply consumed a lot of content passively, Facebook had the opposite effect, lowering their feelings of […]

Eat, Smoke, Meditate: Why Your Brain Cares How You Cope – Forbes

November 8, 2013

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Most people do what they have to do to get through the day. Though this may sound dire, let’s face it, it’s the human condition. Given the number of people who are depressed or anxious, it’s not surprising that big pharma is doing as well as it is. But for millennia before we turned to […]

‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Improve Psychological Health Long Term

October 13, 2013

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Originally posted on Health & Family:
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror…

Physical Exercise Beefs Up the Brain – BrainFacts.org

October 11, 2013

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Boost your brainpower. Train your brain. These days its hard not to become distracted by ads for the latest program that promises to help you learn faster and hold onto memories longer. Regular aerobic exercise has been associated with increased cognitive abilities, including benefits to learning and memory.But, even as scientists continue to explore the […]

PLOS ONE: Analysis of Factors That Determine Weight Gain during Smoking Cessation Therapy

August 23, 2013

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Cessation of smoking lowers the risk of fatal diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, and reduces all-cause mortality [1]–[5]. Yet it is also known that one gains weight after quitting smoking [6]. Regarding the extent of such weight gain, various reports exist, but it is considered that, for persons who quit smoking on their […]