Mita M Johnson

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Exploring the Epigenetic Influences of Chronic Pain

<i>Summary: According to new research, one protein can regulate the expression of a large number of genes that modulate pain.</i><p>Source: Drexel</b> …

18 Skewers to Bring to Every Summer BBQ

As of tomorrow, it’s FINALLY officially summer! We all know grilled skewer recipes are essential for all those upcoming warm-weather get-togethers, but you don’t always have to get the grill involved when serving kabobs for dinner. Even strawberry shortcake can get a skewer makeover for summer. …

The dopamine advantage

The junctions between nerve cells responsible for releasing and receiving dopamine in the brain are a surprising mismatch that gives this chemical a …

Mediterranean Diet Slashes Risk of Diabetes by a Third

According to a recent study by Harvard University that complied diets and medical histories of 200,000 health professionals in the U.S. over a period …

This may be the best peanut butter cookie recipe ever

This one's for all you peanut butter cookie fans. Rich, sweet and perfectly crumbly, the Buttery bakery in Santa Cruz likes its cookies big -- so massive, in fact, that you almost need two hands to hold one. Each cookie is garnished with a coating of dry-roasted peanuts around the edge. It's like a …

Dessert

Autism is Not Just a Disease of the Brain: Mouse Study

<i>Summary: A new study reports some aspects of autism spectrum disorders are linked to defects in how peripheral nerves communicate sensory information</i> …

Neuroimaging of fibromyalgia.

2011 Apr;25(2):271-84. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2011.02.003.<p>1Center for Neurosensory Disorders, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel …

To Increase Well-Being, Train Your Brain

<i>by Mimi O' Connor</i><p>The tired cliché that claims, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is being effectively laid to rest once and for all. The integration of contemporary science and ancient contemplative practices is proving that, regardless of age, we are capable of altering our bodies and our …

Mindfulness

A Neuroscientist Tackles 'Why Diets Make Us Fat'

When Sandra Aamodt talks about dieting, people listen ... or, they stick their fingers in their ears and go la, la, la. Aamodt's neuroscientific take on why diets backfire is that divisive.<p>Aamodt is a neuroscientist, book author and former editor of a leading brain research journal. She also has …

Weight Loss

How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control

Being in control feels safe, but you can feel safe when you’re not in control too. The world is unpredictable and your power is limited, so feeling …

Self-help

Tarantula toxins offer key insights into neuroscience of pain - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Researchers have identified a pair of tarantula toxins that target a previously unknown pain pathway in sensory nerves. The toxins, which researchers …

Brain-to-Brain Communication Is Closer Than You Think

Don't call it telepathy, but call it very cool.<p>When neuroscientists used a monkey's thoughts to control computers, it was a huge breakthrough in mind-machine research. But harnessing brain waves has become even more complex now that humans are the subjects. Recently, researchers used the thoughts …

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …

Blood test could identify people who will respond to antidepressants

Patients will potentially be able to avoid medications that do not help them and the test could start a ‘new era’ for personalised treatment of depression<p>Scientists have developed a blood test that could identify which people with depression will respond to treatment so that patients can avoid …

Poverty Can Alter Your DNA So You’re At Greater Risk For Depression

By Jessica Leber3 minute Read<p>Being poor is about more than just finances. A growing body of research has shown for awhile that the cycle of poverty …

Duke University

3 Skills That All Emotionally Intelligent People Master

There are very many benefits to EI.<p><i>How can we improve our emotional intelligence, and what are the benefits? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Chade-Meng Tan, co-chair of a Nobel Peace</b> …

5 pork tenderloin recipes for grilling the forgotten cut

You've got the grill hot. The burgers are ready. Or maybe some marinated flank steak. After all, beef is the meat most of us reach for when we grill. Way down the list: pork tenderloin. The forgotten cut?<p>As a change-up from burgers, steaks and hot dogs, pork tenderloins offer a lot: a flexible …

The Food Lab: My 19 Favorite Summer Grilling Recipes

Even when I lived in a New York apartment, grilling (perhaps illegally, on my balcony) was my favorite way to spend a warm summer evening. Now that I'm out in the Bay Area, warm summer evenings don't really exist, but I've got far more room for grilling than I've ever had before, which means that …

Poverty linked to epigenetic changes and mental illness

Children from impoverished families are more prone to mental illness, and alterations in DNA structure could be to blame, according to a study …

How Nature Benefits Your Mental Health

Recently, scientists have been working out whether grass and trees could be used to treat depression and anxiety.<p>Have you ever come home from a day in the countryside and felt... better? Mood altered, anxiety soothed, mind hushed? It seems obvious that getting out of the clanging grind of the city …

The Career Limitations Of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is more than a buzzword, it’s a valued trait in the hiring world. But it will only get you so far.<p>Surely by now you’ve heard: Highly emotionally intelligent people are more successful, and companies are bending over backward to recruit them.<p>The term “emotional intelligence” …

How to Get Your Ass Kicked Gracefully

Every fight has a winner and a loser, and unless you spend some serious time training, there’s a good chance you’ll be the loser at least once. …

Bye Bye Birdie: 18 Grilled Chicken Recipes to Devour This Memorial Day

If I show up at a barbecue and don't trust the chef, I steer clear of any chicken I see—more often than not it's going to be mediocre. But grilled chicken doesn't have to be stringy and flavorless—use the right technique and it'll be perfectly juicy and still have shatteringly crispy skin. And, of …

Using Brain Scans to Diagnose Mental Disorders

It's widely recognized that psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety disorders are based in the brain. Scientists have even started to …

The Brain

A Real-Time Visualization Of Electrical Activity In The Brain Is Here And It's Beautiful

Is the electrical activity in your brain different when you watch an episode of Game of Thrones on HBO and when you read the same scene in one of the books? A visualization built by the Neuroscape Lab at the University of California, San Francisco could show you the answer. The visualization is …

23 Easy Baking Tips That'll Make Your Dessert Dreams Come True

Life should always be this sweet.

5 Copycat Recipes From Your Favorite Restaurants

There's no need to leave your home with these delicious Copycat Recipes! They are super <b>easy</b> to make and best part you're family won't even taste the difference. So get ready to try some of my favorite dishes from my All Time Favorite <b>Restaurants</b>!<p><b>CHIPOTLE'S Slow Cooker Barbacoa</b><p><b>WHOLE FOOD'S Chicken</b> …

Cooking

Neuroscientists Discover a New Way to Cross the Blood–Brain Barrier

The brain presents a unique challenge for medical treatment: it is locked away behind an impenetrable layer of tightly packed cells. Although the …

WATCH: 3 Royal Heads Are Better Than 1! See William, Kate and Harry in Action as They Tackle Mental Health Together

Our favorite royal trio is joining forces – and now we get to watch them in action!<p>Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry officially launched …