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Women Who Breastfeed Are Shamed for Smoking Weed. Is There a Good Reason?

The leading expert on what drugs are safe for nursing mothers says women should absolutely not ingest marijuana while breastfeeding. Others argue his research is based on a shaky foundation—and it's disproportionately stigmatizing low-income women.<p>For questions about whether a drug is safe for …

Marijuana’s potential health benefits are being obscured by the US government’s ineptitude

On April 17, Pennsylvania became the latest state to pass medical marijuana legislation, which will take effect this month. And recently Ohio’s House of Representatives has passed a plan to permit medical marijuana in the state.<p>Research suggests that marijuana—or more specifially compounds in …

Cannabis

Simple screening test can predict heart failure severity

It is now recognized that sarcopenia, defined as the loss of muscle mass and strength, is related to heart failure. Recent research has shown that …

For loved ones of critically ill patients, hope often trumps understanding of a physician's prognosis

We have virtually all been there, are there now or will be there someday: A loved one is critically ill, and his or her physician is talking to us about the patient's prognosis.<p>She wants to know how we would like to proceed. She's asking what we think our loved one, hovering in a twilight world, …

Medicine

Weekly dose: Lyrica, the epilepsy drug that treats chronic nerve pain

Lyrica is the brand name for a prescription medicine called pregabalin. Although it is an anticonvulsant, or an anti-epileptic drug, pregabalin is …

How Diabetes Affects Your Brain

Linda Wasmer Andrews<p>Was this helpful?<p>x<p>This content is created or selected by the Healthgrades editorial team and is funded by an advertising sponsor. The content is subject to the Healthgrades medical review process for accuracy, balance and objectivity. The content is not edited or otherwise …

Diabetes

A psychiatrist explains 7 strategies that will help you work smarter

Painting prison walls a certain shade of pink reduces aggression. A high ceiling encourages more expansive and creative thinking.<p>This is especially relevant for the workplace. If you spend a lot of time at the office — according to the American Time Use Survey, we spend 8.7 hours at work on an …

This Artist Makes the Coolest Paintings Out of Wine

Last week, we introduced you to Matteo Sa, the Italian artist using pizza as his medium, and now, we’ve uncovered yet another food-dabbling artist: Say hello to Alfonso Aguirre, a Spanish artist who paints with… wait for it… <i>Vino</i>!<p>Yep, you read that right — this guy paints with wine. In this new …

Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist

Movies and television shows often portray therapy for an emotional or mental illness as lying on a couch in an office while pouring out your heart to …

7 Strategies to Relieve Chronic Pain

View image | gettyimages.com<p>Chronic pain is different from acute pain. Acute, sudden pain is a signal to fight or flee, to struggle or run. Chronic pain by contrast is not an adaptive survival response but a nuisance, a defense gone wrong. It's like those car alarms in your neighborhood going off …

Victorian-era diseases like scarlet fever are making a comeback in England

Victorian-era diseases, such as gout and malnutrition, have dramatically risen in England in the past five years.<p>Gout, more commonly known as the “disease of kings,” is a type of arthritis where crystals of sodium urate form inside and around joints. Hospital admissions for the painful and …

Victorian Era

Love Triggers Your Brain’s Weed Receptor

Bonding with other humans really does give a natural high.<p>What happens when “love hormones” and “bliss molecules” collide? A whole lot of happy akin …

Neuroscience

Ex-Graffiti Artist Cuts Paper Into Delicate Art

“Paper is a noble material,” says Aurel Rubbish, a former electronic musician and graffiti artist. For the past four years, this 33-year-old Frenchman has dedicated himself to the delicate art of paper-cutting. Inspired by street art, tattoo design and the American Pop Surrealism movement, Rubbish …

Art

These Forgotten Brains From A Mental Hospital Are Oddly Fascinating

Adam Voorhes has taken a gruesome collection of preserved brains and transformed it into pure art.<p>The Austin, Texas-based photographer spent more than a year creating high-resolution images of more than 700 deformed brains dating back to the 1960s. He discovered the specimens at the University of …

Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection

The different gut bacteria in autistic individuals may be contributing to the disorder.<p>Stress can send your stomach into a painful tailspin, causing cramps, spasms and grumbling. But trouble in the gut can also affect the brain.<p>This two-way relationship may be an unlikely key to solving one of …

What Doctors Don't Know About LGBT Health

A look at new guidelines meant to improve how medical schools teach students about sexual orientation and gender identity<p>Medicine has not traditionally been very kind to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. While homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of …

5 Things You Can Do to Immediately Improve Your Happiness in Life

<b>1. Be in the present moment.</b><p>I have heard this a million times. I listened to the idea of “being present” on YouTube videos. I read about it in books …

Depression Part VI: It Was My Period

It was my period. That was the reason I lost it last weekend and plummeted into a terrible bed glued depression. I didn’t understand most of the …

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Five Reasons to Develop and Grow Your Spirituality

<i>“The spiritual quest is not some added benefit to our life, something you embark on if you have the time and inclination. We are spiritual beings on</i> …

50 Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

Anybody can pick up a camera and take a picture, but it takes a skillfull photographer to utilize composition, exposure, and aperture to take a …

Black & White Photography

4 Lifehacks From Ancient Philosophers That Will Make You Happier

<b>You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.</b><p><b>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first</b> …

3 Simple Things That Will Make You 10% Happier

Ever been really stressed? So stressed you nearly freak out?<p>This happened to Dan Harris… <i>in front of 5 million people</i>.<p><b>On June 7th, 2004, Dan was a</b> …

Women's Health

4 Great (and 4 Terrible) Things for Your Heart<p>Heart this, not that.<p>Heart This: Optimism<p>Happy news! A cheery disposition has been linked to a lower risk for heart disease, especially among people with a family history of the disorder. A sunny temperament may serve as a buffer against heart …

Is Human Intelligence Rising With Each Generation?

Millennials tend to get a bad rap from older generations for being entitled, self-absorbed and unfocused. They are not the first young generation to be maligned by an older one, a tradition that doesn't have much basis in reality. In fact, research consistently shows that human intelligence scores …