Two years ago, I met someone with a condition called dystonia. Even as someone with a science background, I had never heard of the disorder—in fact, I would not have noticed his illness without being told since the symptoms of dystonia are mostly controlled by medication. Because so much about the human brain has yet … Read More

How many of us have heard of the phrase “waiting for the other shoe to drop”? Many of us have experienced feeling anxiety for a possibly imminent disaster and stressing nonstop over it. Studies now suggest that uncertainty of not knowing about things to come is actually worse than knowing for sure whether a certain event … Read More

In present day society, there exists an expectation held by doctors to handle any problems with their patients’ attitudes and continue on with their jobs. However, research in this particularly unique topic has found that this pressure can greatly and negatively impact the performance of doctors everywhere. Embed from Getty Images The rudeness of patients has been … Read More

We live in a generation plagued by the disease of busy-ness. Constantly occupied with hectic schedules and grocery lists of tasks to accomplish, it’s no wonder that our generation suffers from high stress, insomnia, and anxiety. In Germany, one out of every five people take a sedative at least once a year. While that might … Read More

We’re all familiar with stress and the potential effects it may have on our minds and bodies. Stress can be caused by numerous factors including fatigue, depression, and fear. The effects vary in levels of intensity but often involve unusual weight changes, headaches, and irritability. Many stress-reducing techniques, such as exercise, meditation, and yoga are available to … Read More

It’s pretty much common understanding these days that when it comes to politics, the general public is a tough nut to crack. This is especially relevant today with President Donald Trump’s recent win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, changing the White House from blue back to red for the first time in eight years. The … Read More

Some people grow up or live in the same neighborhoods for decades, greeting the same faces and passing through familiar streets. For many in abandoned neighborhoods, that familiar location and the social network are what make it home, despite the lack of resources and poor living conditions. Gentrification disrupts that sense of community and becomes a … Read More

We’ve all been in this situation: it’s a busy day, we’ve been sitting in front of the computer screen for a few hours, and we’re beginning to get restless. Eventually, all that pent up energy starts being released, little by little—we begin to move around in our chair, perhaps tapping our fingers, or wiggling our … Read More

As important as family is to many of us, friends are of equal caliber. Your family is there from the beginning, whereas friends enter our lives later and in certain cases, quickly become our second family – and for a good cause. Studies have shown that having your best pals around you can actually improve your health … Read More

Did your mother play Mozart music for you when you were a child? Have you ever wondered if listening to Mozart can actually raise a child’s IQ? Studies on what has been dubbed the “Mozart effect” have shown extremely mixed results. The truth is that there is not enough scientific evidence to determine if listening … Read More

The term “epigenetics” was first coined in 1942 by embryologist Dr. Waddington. It refers to the study of external or environmental factors and their ability to alter gene expression without changing a person’s DNA sequence itself. However, only recently have scientists begun to make strides in understanding the true impact that epigenetics can have on our biology. Researchers at the … Read More

It is not very surprising that school causes headaches. In fact, increased headaches at back-to-school time are a clear trend. Lead researcher Ann Pakalnis and a team of physicians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that more children had headaches in the fall, possibly because of changes in stress and changes in routines. The study, which observed 1,300 … Read More

Have you ever felt as if your heart was going to shatter into a million pieces or if your heart was being ripped out of your chest after a breakup, loss of a loved one, or from hearing some traumatic news? The pain and muscle tightness experienced in our chests after a stressful event are results of a … Read More

Altruism, the practice of selfless behavior, is heavily applauded by our society. We often see acts of kindness and charity brought to light in the media and news. Although we can all relate to the feeling of satisfaction that comes after a good deed, most people might not know that performing altruistic acts may improve our psychological well-being. Psychiatry … Read More

Music is something that surrounds our everyday life whether songs are playing over the intercom system at grocery stores or from the radio as you’re driving. I often find myself jumping along happily to an upbeat song or sobbing to a melancholy one. It reaffirms our current feelings, whether joyous or turbulent. And with so many people having an … Read More

At home, pets provide companionship that relaxes and comforts their owners. In fact, 62% of households in America already have pets. The value of owning a pet extends beyond casual comfort in homes. However, animal-assisted therapy harnesses the physical and emotional benefits of animal interactions to treat patients for a variety of physical and mental … Read More

While there have been safety concerns about surgeons listening to music during their procedures, a new study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal this July suggests that it is in everyone’s best interest for surgeons to continue to “rock on” in the operating room (OR). While it has been previously shown that music can reduce stress … Read More

Have you ever experienced cutis anserina or horripilation? Don’t worry, these words aren’t any more familiar to me than they probably are to you. The common term for these words is goose bumps, which occur subconsciously when the muscles connected to hair follicles contract and cause the surrounding skin to elevate, thus forming tiny bumps on the skin. What causes … Read More

You might have heard the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but how about “A smile a day keeps depression away?” Smiling not only shows others that you’re happy, but it also reduces your stress and anxiety. When you smile or laugh, your body releases a chemical called endorphin, which reduces negative emotions, stress, and pain. Endorphins transmit electrical … Read More

“Hey! How are you doing?” “Fine, just tired, you?” Does this conversation seem familiar to you? If so, you’re not alone. Tiredness and fatigue have become such a normal part of our busy lives. Sadly, we don’t prioritize sleep and well-being as highly as we should. But the universal nature of fatigue has increased to … Read More

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