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Synthetic peptide helps repair myelin damaged by MS

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks myelin, the sheaths protecting neurons in the nervous …

Immune System

How to Be Less Anxious About Things You Can’t Change

<b>“One of the happiest moments is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” ~Unknown</b><p>Over the last few years, I’ve had to deal with …

Buddhist Meditation

10 Things Suicide Attempt Survivors Want You to Know

Learning from the people who have contemplated suicide can help prevent future deaths.<p>Part of what’s so isolating and stigmatizing about having …

How Scientists Discovered a New Type of Depression

Which could lead to new treatment.<p>Depression affects approximately 322 million people across the world, or approximately 2.5 percent of the world’s …

Your Brain on Depression

Depression is a multifaceted and insidious disorder, nearly as complex as the brain itself. As research continues to suggest, the onset of depression can be attributed to an interplay of the many elements that make us human—namely, our genetics, the structure and chemistry of our brains, and our …

Why Am I Always Tired? We Ask The Experts How To Supercharge Your Energy Levels

I'm sure you know the drill, but if you're anything like me, you wake up tired. You get to work tired. A coffee helps, but there's the post-lunch …

'Get Help' Doesn't Cut It—How to Actually Help a Friend Dealing With Mental Illness

After the deaths of two prominent celebrities by suicide, people are eager to find a way to help their friends who may be dealing with suicidal …

25 must-see under-the-radar summer movies

25 must-see under-the-radar summer movies

Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war | Jeff Sparrow

The warnings about an unfolding climate catastrophe are getting more desperate, yet the march to destruction continues<p>“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”<p>The mournful remark supposedly made by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey at dusk on 3 …

World War I

Melania Knew

Dear America: Come on, you can’t be serious.<p>The ongoing saga over a president, a porn star and a payoff is so lewd and tawdry that it can’t simply be added to the ever-expanding list of horrible misbehaviors of a womanizing misogynist.<p>It’s not even the infidelity that most bothers me. I view that …

Campaign Finance

How To Get Over Yourself, With Author And Psychiatrist Mark Epstein

In this episode we talked with author and psychiatrist Mark Epstein, whose books include <i>Thoughts Without a Thinker</i>, and <i>Going to Pieces Without</i> …

The Endlessly Lonely Could Be Living With Unresolved Childhood Trauma

And when they do connect with others, the relationships they form aren't always constructive ones.<p>It seems that for many people these days, it's …

Have Trouble Saying No? Here Are 4 Times When You Absolutely Must

For such a small word, no can be very scary.<p>Do you have trouble saying no to offers, requests, or proposals? Most people do. In a short but fascinating piece on Tony Robbins's website, the author argues that we have trouble saying no not because we have an innate need to please others but because …

11 Signs Your Toxic Mom Is Still Affecting You As An Adult

If you grew up with a toxic mom, there's a good chance her toxic words echo in your head, and affect you to this very day. And that's all thanks to …

“You Turned Out Fine:” How People Marginalize the Effects of a Toxic Childhood

If I had a twenty-dollar bill for every time someone tells me that my mother “must have done something right” because I “turned out fine,” I could …

Mental Disorders

Time To Talk Day 2018: How to talk to somebody who is experiencing suicidal thoughts

For many people, just the idea of talking about mental health can make us feel out of our depth.<p>Do we know enough about it? What if we say the wrong …

Mental Health

15 Genius Apps Anyone With Anxiety Needs To Download

Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or simply feel worried sometimes, there are apps that can help with anxiety, and get you through your day. …

Why don't doctors understand the importance of kindness?

Five nights into a hospital stay after surgery for a congenital heart condition, Beatrice Liddell was uncomfortable, unable to sleep and, she recalls, “really miserable”. Unsure what else to do, she pressed her bedside buzzer.<p>“It was the middle of the night. I had on a body brace, which I hated. I …

Can staying awake beat depression?

Making people stay awake for hours in a hospital may seem an odd way to battle depression – but for some people it is proving a promising therapy. Linda Geddes reports.<p>The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, …

Scientists Just Changed Our Understanding of How Anaesthesia Messes With The Brain

"One of the unresolved mysteries in medicine."<p>It's crazy to think that we still don't quite understand the mechanism behind one of the most common …

How I let drinking take over my life

Five years after his last taste of alcohol, William Leith tries to understand its powerful magic<p>I had my last drink five years ago, in the early hours of the morning on 1 January 2013. I think it might have been around 2am. I wouldn’t have described myself as drunk. I would have said I’d had a few …

Alcohol

Intranasal formulation of ketamine helps clear treatment-resistant depressive symptoms

A ketamine-based nasal spray produces rapid improvement of depressive symptoms, according to new research published in the scientific journal JAMA …

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

Depression & Melancholy: Animated Videos Explain the Crucial Difference Between Everyday Sadness and Clinical Depression

“Depression,” the TED-Ed video above informs us, “is the leading cause of disability in the world.” This may be a hard fact to swallow, the product, …

The Brain

A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection

<i>Sacha Vega/iStock</i><p>The brain in your head and the one in your gut are always exchanging info. But how do they do it? Neuroscientist Diego Bohórquez is …

How to make yourself work when you're not in the mood

Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they're tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, only to go home and toil late into the night, frantically trying to finish what they …

Anxiety and Depression Are Boosted From Your Sleep

Bad and “restless” REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their …

Sleep

The Emotionally Intelligent Way for Introverts to Meet New People and Make a Great First Impression

If you find it hard to make small talk with people you don't know, this is the perfect solution -- and best of all, you'll make someone else feel less insecure, too.<p>I walked into a room filled with strangers and immediately became that guy.<p>Confidence is a funny thing. Stick me on a stage in front …

How I Kicked My 20-Year-Long Nail-Biting Habit For Good

"I feel sorry for your fingers." Those were the six words that came out of the woman's mouth when she took my hands to try and bless them with a manicure for my wedding. Can I get an <i>ouch</i>?<p>As painful as that sentence was to take in — especially so close to my big day — truth be told, it was just what …

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There are medications that can treat alcoholism, but doctors rarely use them

By Nathaniel Morris<p>Excessive alcohol use is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States. Some 88,000 Americans died of alcohol-related causes every year between 2006 and 2010, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's far higher than …