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This Is Why Laughing A Lot Is Good For Your Health

They say that laughter is “the best medicine,” and as it turns out, there is some scientific truth to this assertion. Humor-associated laughter has numerous health benefits, so here are 11 reasons you should laugh it up. 1. LAUGHTER IS A SIGN OF GOOD WILL TOWARD OTHERS. Laughter may be unique to humans. Why do we […]

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Virtual reality makes empathy easier

Virtual reality activates brain networks that increase your ability to identify with other people, according to new research published in eNeuro. The technology could become a tool in the treatment of violent offenders to empathize more with others. Understanding someone’s point of view is crucial for successful relationships. When this doesn’t come naturally, virtual reality […]

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Almost half of all postpartum psychoses are isolated cases

New research results from iPSYCH show that forty per cent of the women who suffer psychosis after giving birth—known as postpartum psychosis—do not subsequently become ill again. Out of every thousand mothers, one or two will suffer postpartum psychosis, but psychological vulnerability in connection with childbirth does not necessarily follow them through the rest of […]

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Restrictive healthcare policies associated with delayed TB diagnosis and treatment

The introduction of policies that restrict healthcare access for visitors and migrants not entitled to free NHS care may be associated with delays in diagnosis and treatment for patients with tuberculosis (TB) who were not born in the UK, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Delays in diagnosis […]

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Type 2 diabetes: Too much glucagon when α-cells become insulin resistant

Patients with type 2 diabetes secrete not only too little insulin but also too much glucagon, which contributes to poor blood glucose control. A new study from Uppsala University suggests that this is because the glucagon-secreting α-cells have become resistant to insulin. In healthy individuals, insulin signals the body to absorb glucose, thereby reducing the […]

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NCCN patient guidelines listed among top global sources for trustworthy online information

A recently-published study from researchers in Australia and South Africa found the NCCN Guidelines for Patients to be among the most trustworthy resources for patients and caregivers seeking information online about prostate cancer. The independent, peer-reviewed international study published in Current Urology examined the top 90 English-language Google results for medical information on prostate cancer, […]

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Study finds racial disparities in the management of pain reduction for minority children

Pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking emergency department (ED) care, yet is often poorly assessed and treated. In an effort to improve pain management among children, Monika Goyal, M.D., M.S.C.E., associate division chief of Emergency Medicine, director of Academic Affairs and Research at Children’s National Hospital, led a study published in […]

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Turning on the ‘off switch’ in cancer cells

A team of scientists led by the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has identified the binding site where drug compounds could activate a key braking mechanism against the runaway growth of many types of cancer. The discovery marks a critical step toward developing a potential new class of anti-cancer […]