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Poor sleep magnifies the brain’s response to pain

Exploring the well-known link between sleep and pain, a new study has found for the first time that sleep impacts on areas of the brain that control pain. After just one night of sleep deprivation, the brain region that senses pain goes into overdrive, while other regions that help modulate that pain response go on strike, according to a paper ...

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Avocados may be the key to weight loss, study says

Avocados may be the key to weight loss, study says Everyone in the study reported feeling fuller longer after the meal featuring a whole avocado; even the meal with half an avocado helped satisfy the volunteers longer than the low-fat meal. Before you start feeling guilty about indulging in that guacamole, consider a new study from the Center for Nutrition ...

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Poor sleep can change your reaction to pain

Lack of sleep may make you more sensitive to pain, according to a study in the Jan. 28, 2019, issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that poor sleep interferes with certain pain centers of the brain and can change how a person perceives and reacts to discomfort. In the study, scientists scanned the brains of 25 healthy adults ...

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Advanced alcohol-related liver disease on rise in US

The most deadly forms of alcohol-related liver disease appear to be on the rise in the U.S., a new study finds. The new research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at more than 34,000 people and found the prevalence of alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD) with at least Stage 2 fibrosis increased from 0.6% in ...

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How the brain adapts to hear better after vision loss

Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence have suggested that people who experience vision loss often develop a more enhanced sense of hearing. So what happens inside the brain? New research investigates. What happens in the auditory cortex of a person with early vision loss? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 1.3 billion people worldwide have a form of ...

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Do You Have Gray Mind?

By Blue Mind Health In today’s world, it’s typical to zone out on various screens to avoid the mental, emotional, or physical pain you might be in. Your phone, tablet, computer, or television may offer an “escape” from reality but they can make mental health issues worse. Human beings are overwhelmed with stress, a flood of too much information, and ...

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Toxic Digital Overload and Red Mind

There are never enough hours in the day, we work more than ever before in stressful jobs we can’t afford to lose, and we don’t slow down or take time to relax because we can’t afford to. It takes a toll on our minds and bodies. Nothing shows this more clearly than non-stop pharmaceutical commercials for sleep aids, depression aids, ...

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How loneliness affects your physical and mental health

Human beings are social creatures. Our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness—and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are ways to counteract these negative effects. NIA-supported ...

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Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World

In a borrowed van, Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farmssped south on Interstate 680 with hundreds of fuzzy tomato seedlings bumping around in the back, their trembling leaves, warmed by the sun, filling the cab with the smell of summer. It was one of a half-dozen deliveries on his to-do list. Born and raised in Northern California, Mr. Gates has been ...

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