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Views of mental illness, mental health changing

05-17   Views of mental illness, mental health changing

Societal views, attitudes and beliefs about mental illness — often influenced by personal knowledge, cultural stereotypes and media stories — have a major effect on the way people interact with and help support people with mental illness. The failure to understand mental illness is evident throughout history and has contributed to the stigmatization of people […]


Gene therapy can help blindness and other conditions

05-13   Gene therapy can help blindness and other conditions

Gene therapy, an experimental medical technique still in its very early stages, may offer hope to some people with previously incurable conditions – particularly when combined with other treatment modalities. Case in point: A blind woman in Texas with retinitis pigmentosa – an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes blindness – is participating in a […]


Researchers discover how LSD affects the brain

05-10   Researchers discover how LSD affects the brain

A group of researchers at the Imperial College London in conjunction with the Beckley Foundation have successfully mapped the effects of LSD on the human brain. The results of this study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), may help future researchers better understand altered states of consciousness. Ideally, […]


Cranial electrotherapy stimulation shows potential for treating PTSD, bipolar disorder

05-05   Cranial electrotherapy stimulation shows potential for treating PTSD, bipolar disorder

Optimal functioning of the brain is an essential component of good mental health and well-being. In recent years, brain stimulation therapies have become increasingly popular as novel treatments due to the increased prevalence of treatment-resistant disorders and the lack of current treatment options available for patients with severe mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and […]


Meditation provides pain relief without engaging the opioid pathway

04-29   Meditation provides pain relief without engaging the opioid pathway

Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, University of Oregon and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found that mindfulness meditation — long known to help reduce pain — works by engaging a neural pathway that is completely separate from the one targeted by opioid pain relievers. These results not only explain how mindfulness meditation […]


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