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Magic mushroom treatment improves emotional face recognition in depressed patients

Preliminary research suggests that psilocybin-based treatment can improve emotional processing in depressed patients. The new findings are reported …

Magic Mushrooms

Could Viagra and a flu shot kill cancer?

After tumor removal surgery, treatment with erectile dysfunction drugs and a flu vaccine may help to stop the cancer returning.<p>These drugs, aided by …

Immunotherapy

Robots can now grow human organs

Is there anything robots can’t do? They can perform our jobs, get periods and now . . . grow human organs.<p>Scientists at the University of Washington …

University of Washington

10 Unexpected Signs That You're Struggling With Depression

When you imagine a depressed person, it's probably someone who acts very sad and hopeless all the time. Thing is, depression symptoms can be a lot more subtle than that, manifesting not just with emotional signs, but with physical ones as well.<p>"Depression doesn’t always look like debilitating …

Albert Einstein

7 Possible Reasons Your Hands Are Shaking

If you’ve ever wondered why your hands are shaking during a terrifying job interview, first date, or other extremely inopportune time, well, welcome …

Mental Health

Clark Gregg: Here's How I Deal With Anxiety and Panic Attacks

The Marvel actor opens about his scary symptoms and the form of therapy that changed his life.<p><i>May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For too long, men have been silent about mental health and it’s literally killing us. We can change that. Our Healthy Mind, Healthy Body series shines a light on</i> …

Mental Health

Scientists have figured out exactly how much you need to exercise to slow your heart’s aging process

So there’s good news and there’s bad news.<p>The good news is there are steps you can take to slow your heart’s aging process, increasing the chances of living a long, healthy, fruitful life. The trade-off is that you really do have to go to the gym.<p>New research published this week in the Journal of …

Medical Research

This 'natural antioxidant' may protect heart health

Bilirubin is a pigment and natural antioxidant. Often, an excess of bilirubin is a sure indicator of disease, but emerging research suggests that …

Cardiovascular System

Treating Breast Cancer

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “My Brief Trip to Cancerland,” by Jennifer Weiner (Sunday Review, May 13):<p>At 40, I received a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ, or stage 0 breast cancer. I was assured that my treatment would be manageable: lumpectomy followed by radiation.<p>A few days after surgery, I received …

Cancer

Is Shock Therapy Being Underutilized in Treating Depression?

Getty Images<p>A growing number of researchers and psychiatrists are calling for a comeback for shock therapy.<p>The treatment, which largely fell out of …

Mental Health

A Blood Test for Pain? Doctors Say They’re Closer to Finding Breakthrough

Cultura RM Exclusive/Jason Butcher | Getty Images<p>Around 100 million Americans are in pain right now.<p>Chronic pain impacts more people in the United …

Pain

Two Doses of Cannabis Compound CBD Reduce Seizures by 40% Among Patients with Severe Form of Epilepsy | TalkingDrugs

New research into cannabidiol (CBD) has highlighted the considerable health benefits that even occasional doses of the cannabis compound can offer to …

Cannabis

The Difference Between Good and Bad Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates (carbs) are essential to our nutrition, primary energy source, and vital for good health. When we eat carbohydrates, our body converts …

Nutrition

Get More From Your Routine Doctor's Appointments

P lanning to schedule your once-a-year checkup? Some evidence suggests that an annual physical may be unnecessary for many people in good health. But …

Medicine

The latest thinking on osteoporosis, which weakens bones

<i>Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with any advertisers on this site.</i><p>If your doctor has suggested undergoing screening for osteoporosis — a disease that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break — there are things you should know about this common condition.<p>About 10 percent of …

Wellness

'Why Am I So Tired?' 14 Reasons You're Tired All the Time

Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy (though recent data shows over a third of U.S. adults sleep less than seven hours a night). …

Wellness

Why all physicians need mentors

Having a mentor leads to a more successful and satisfying career for doctors. So how does one go about finding a mentor mid-training or after …

Health Care

Ten facts about why we fart

Flatulence and flatus are medical terms for what is commonly known as farting. While people do not tend to discuss farting openly, it is something …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Why psychedelic drugs could transform how we treat depression and mental illness

A conversation with author Michael Pollan on becoming a “reluctant psychonaut.”<p>The first time I tried ayahuasca, a plant concoction containing the natural hallucinogen DMT, I remember thinking: “Just let go. Whatever happens, just let go.”<p>Eventually, I did let go, and what followed was the most …

Psychedelia

The NRA's Oliver North says Ritalin, not guns, is to blame for school gun violence

The incoming president of the National Rifle Association has a new diagnosis for the cause of America’s gun violence: Ritalin.<p>Two days after a student armed with a Remington 870 shotgun and a .38 calibre pistol shot dead 10 people at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, Oliver North told Fox News …

Guns

How is ADHD rated?

The ADHD rating scale uses questions about a person's behavior to evaluate their likelihood of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. …

Autism

The Vitamins You Need to Take at Every Age

We see all these ads touting supplements for health and well being—but which ones do you really need? The answers is different at every age.<p>These are …

Holistic Medicine

'This room becomes sacred.' The heroic and heartbreaking journey of one organ donor's body

The woman lay draped and still on the operating table, while nurses and surgical techs bustled around the room, placing surgical equipment on the tables surrounding her. As the surgeon moved closer to the patient, a tall man in scrubs stepped forward and cleared his throat.<p>“Time out,” Steven Ashley …

Physiology

Belly fat linked to vitamin D deficiency

A new study reveals that individuals with higher levels of belly fat and larger waistlines are more likely to have lower vitamin D levels.<p>Currently, …

Holistic Medicine

WSJ’s John Carreyrou says Theranos is a ‘cautionary tale’ for the health-tech industry

The too-good-to-be-true company’s CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, was obsessed with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.<p>In October 2015, Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou published his first article about health-tech startup Theranos, which had raised hundreds of millions of dollars toward …

Silicon Valley

How to Age Well and Stay in Your Home

Barbara Ehrenreich, popular author and self-described mythbuster, has written about how, having reached her mid-70s, she has lived long enough and now forgoes regular medical exams. And Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a 60-year-old oncologist and bioethicist, argues that we might all be better off, himself …

Retirement

When Is Insurance Not Really Insurance? When You Need Pricey Dental Care.

I’m 61 years old and a San Francisco homeowner with an academic position at the University of California-Berkeley, which provides me with …

Health Care

Is Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?

Six months ago, Melissa Nichols brought her baby girl, Arlo, home from the hospital. And she immediately had a secret.<p>"I just felt guilty and like I didn't want to tell anyone," says Nichols, who lives in San Francisco. "It feels like you're a bad mom. The mom guilt starts early, I guess."<p>Across …

Pregnancy

Are You Immune to Cancer?

Seven years ago, biochemist Zheng Cui of Wake Forest University was conducting a routine experiment, injecting test mice with a strain of cancer …

Cancer

UK promises funding for AI-based early cancer detection

The UK is about to make a big bet on AI's ability to spot cancer. The <i>Guardian</i> has learned that Prime Minister Theresa May will commit "millions of pounds" in funding for research toward AI that can diagnose cancer and chronic diseases at an early stage. The technology could reduce "avoidable …

Cancer