Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the body, and emerging field of human social genomics is illuminating the mechanisms. A new tool called the Stress and Adversity Inventory (STRAIN) can enhance clinicians' abilities to assess the impact of stress in patients with chronic disease and identify points of leverage for reducing the toll it takes.
For many people, the word “meditation” sounds like something that requires a great deal of practice, patience, time, and effort. So people put it off. But it is really very simple, and the health benefits are profound. If it were a drug, it would be a "blockbuster."
Feelings of resentment, anger, and envy are really just “junk” emotions. Like junk food, these junk emotions are bad for one’s health. In their new book, Psychological Nutrition, psychologists Shoba Sreenivasan and Linda Weinberger explain that many people--including a lot of healthcare professionals-- live in a state of “psychological malnutrition.” As with physical food, changing the emotional diet can make a big difference.
Insulin resistance may be the reason so many bipolar patients do not respond to treatment. It leads to greater morbidity, chronicity and disability, and also lowers treatment response to Lithium.
Cardiovascular disease and neurocognitive problems may be more alike than they are different, says physiologist Scott Minton, PhD. The key to a more holistic and multi-system treatment approach for both types of disorders is to look at physiological mechanisms that modulate cell
membrane receptors, channels and associated signal transduction pathways.
What can you do if you are feeling burned out?
This is not just a personal question; it's one that has profound implications for patient care. As research reveals more about the negative effects of professional burnout on patient outcomes, medical mistakes, practitioner health, turnover rates and even practitioner suicide, it is increasingly evident that burnout poses a serious risk to patient safety.
People being treated for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating appear to be at increased risk for autoimmune disorders including chronic gasteroenterological, ocular, dermatological, connective tissue, neurological, and hematological autoimmune conditions, according to a new study from Helsinki University.
For generations, the prevailing medical wisdom has been that neurodegeneration is irreversible, and that adults simply cannot re-grow lost or damaged neurons.
New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology hold that there is a place for cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds as therapies for multiple sclerosis. A comprehensive systematic review suggests that cannabis can attenuate muscle spasms, pain and bladder symptoms asssociated with the disease, though it does not appear to reduce frequency or severity of MS tremors.
I didn't always know what response I would get from other health care practitioners when I showed up in a patient's room. A referral would come in from a nurse or doctor stating, "Patient in such-and-such room is really anxious, can someone from your team come up and work your magic?"