“What we can begin to think about is whether other people’s experiences or stresses may be changing us in a way that we don’t fully understand,” says Bains, professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. “The study also demonstrates that traits we think of as uniquely human are evolutionary conserved biological traits.” The study shows that the effects of stress on the brain are reversed only in female mice following a social interaction. The team noticed that, in females, the residual effects of stress on neurons were cut almost in half following time spent with unstressed partners. The same was not true for males. “If some of theRead More →

After 4 weeks of kiwifruit consumption, the subjective CPSQI score, waking time after sleep onset, and sleep onset latency were significantly decreased (42.4%, 28.9%, and 35.4%, respectively). Total sleep time and sleep efficiency were significantly increased (13.4% and 5.41%, respectively). Kiwifruit consumption may improve sleep onset, duration, and efficiency in adults with self-reported sleep disturbances. Further investigation of the sleep-promoting properties of kiwifruit may be warranted. Source: Effect of Kiwifruit Consumption on Sleep Quality in Adults With Sleep Problems – PubMed Labs Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

“A large body of research now suggests that depression is associated with a low-grade, chronic inflammatory response and is accompanied by increased oxidative stress. If depression is primarily caused by inflammation, the obvious question that arises is, “What is causing the inflammation?” Furthermore, what can you do if you’re suffering from depression? Find out more about the depression-inflammation connection below.” -Chris Kresser   Source: Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation? Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

Wallace-Wells points out that even though thousands of scientists, perhaps hundreds of thousands, are daily trying to impress on lay readers the urgency of collective action, the religion (his word) of technology creates a belief that, to the extent there is some distant-and-disputed problem, everything will be mysteriously solved by some combination of machine learning and post-Earth survival. We’ll live in spaceships and eat lab-printed meat, and Elon Musk will fix things. I see a parallel in another big news story: the hype and enthusiasm about 5G wireless as the “thing that will make the existing [communications] model obsolete.” 5G is touted as the solution to allRead More →

When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who elects to birth with a midwife rather than with an obstetrician, they generally describe a woman who wears long cotton skirts, braids her hair, eats only organic vegan food, does yoga, and maybe drives a VW microbus. What they don’t envision is the omnivorous, pants-wearing science geek standing before them.Indeed, they become downright confused when I go on to explain that there was really only one reason why my mate — an academic int Source: The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth – The Atlantic Recommend on FacebookRead More →

Researchers in the study below were able to “transfer the symptoms of schizophrenia to mice using only the gut bacteria of a (human) schizophrenic subject.” Source: Schizophrenia and the Gut | Psychology Today Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

For her so-called Smiles trial, published in 2017, Jacka recruited 67 moderate to severely depressed people with unhealthy diets. Half received seven sessions with a clinical dietician while the others received “social support”, involving friendly conversation. After 12 weeks, one-third of those who had received nutritional support were in remission, compared with 8% of those who had had the social support. Scientifically speaking, says Jacka, “it was a pretty big difference”. Source: Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier? | Food | The Guardian Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

The culture views scolding — or even speaking to children in an angry voice — as inappropriate, says Lisa Ipeelie, a radio producer and mom who grew up with 12 siblings. “When they’re little, it doesn’t help to raise your voice,” she says. “It will just make your own heart rate go up.”Even if the child hits you or bites you, there’s no raising your voice?”No,” Ipeelie says with a giggle that seems to emphasize how silly my question is. “With little kids, you often think they’re pushing your buttons, but Source: How Inuit Parents Raise Kids Without Yelling — And Teach Them To ControlRead More →