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Anxiety Significantly Reduced With Manipulation of a Single Brain Molecule

Rhesus monkeys at the University of California – Davis are showing promise to cure anxiety after scientists isolated and boosted a single brain molecule. Researchers Andrew Fox, of UC Davis, and Tade Souaiaia, of SUNY, lead a study to determine if manipulation of the amygdala could mitigate behaviors that relate to anxiety and depression. The amygdala is the portion of the brain that controls memories and the emotions associated with them.

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New Immunodeficiency Disease Identified

The investigation of an infant suffering from a combination of debilitating conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, lung disease, eczema, and food allergies, has brought to light a new immunodeficiency disease. Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus say the disease is caused by a genetic mutation and it presents rare insights into cell biology. The Journal of Experimental Medicine published their findings last week.

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Fidget Spinner Psychology: It’s Just a Toy!

If you have a child with behavioral disorders, I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the fidget spinner. It is being hailed as the new go-to treatment for children with attention disorders. Some believe this little device that spins in your hand as you hold it has some influence on the brain that can help an individual to remain focused on a task that may otherwise be difficult. They are also claimed to relieve stress and anxiety.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Have you ever had a bacterial infection and needed a second round of antibiotics? Has your doctor ever changed your antibiotic a few days after prescribing one that didn’t seem to be clearing your infection? Maybe you or a loved one has battled an infection that is resistant to antibiotics. The truth is, antibiotics are losing their effectiveness and some bacteria are able to grow and change in ways that make them ineffective.

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New Alzheimer’s Treatment

Australian scientists have successfully tested a new Alzheimer’s treatment on mice. This new treatment incorporates the use of ultrasound technology instead of drugs to clear plaques and restore memory. Current Alzheimer’s treatments only work for a short time and do not remove plaques. This new treatment option has the potential to be much more effective as well as less expensive.

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What You Need to Know About Powassan Virus

A little-known virus is making the headlines recently and though it is very rare, it can be life threatening. Lyme disease is the most commonly known disease spread by ticks. Powassan virus is also spread in the same manner. In the last 10 years, there have only been 75 cases reported in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most of these cases have been in the Northeast area of the country and the Great Lakes. Warmer weather brings an increased number of ticks and an increased frequency of tick-borne illnesses.

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Schizophrenia Patients May Find Relief Through Monkeys

Psychologists have recognized for some time now that working memory holds information for short periods as long as you can stay focused. This is the reason that soon after you have seen something, you are still able to imagine it in your head. Researchers have recently unlocked another piece of this puzzle and even though the research conclusions are still preliminary, it may eventually help schizophrenia patients manage or prevent hallucinations.

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New Moms: CDC Warns Against Placenta Consumption

A growing trend among new mothers can be potentially dangerous according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Whether raw, cooked or in pill form, some new moms believe that major health benefits can be gained through consuming their placenta after childbirth. Proponents say that it increases milk production, energy and helps to prevent postpartum depression. Some celebrities have even joined in the practice adding to its popularity.

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Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a myeloproliferative neoplasm and is characterized by the presence of an unusually high number of red blood cells in the body. A higher concentration of white blood cells and platelets may also be a factor in people with this condition. In PV patients, the blood is thicker than normal, causing slow blood flow and poor oxygenation. The primary complication of PV is the increased risk for thrombotic events (blood clots).

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