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Lavender Oil’s Effects on Anxiety

Flower power or purple placebo?

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Herbs, flowers, and other plants have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. There is evidence suggesting that the herb yarrow was used as long as 60,000 years ago in what is modern day Iraq to treat wounds. Evidence also suggests that ancient Europeans used the fruit found in birch trees as a laxative. Although it is […]

Schizophrenia and the Gut

A new study strengthens the link between microbiota and mental health.
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The gastrointestinal [GI] tract is one of the most intricate and complicated systems found in the body. More than just being the network of organs that breaks down the food we eat, the GI tract also contains around 100 million nerve cells that run from the esophagus […]

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    Biomarkers for Bipolar Disorder Hold Promise for Better Treatment

Biomarkers for Bipolar Disorder Hold Promise for Better Treatment

A team of medical researchers based in the University of Policlinico Hospital in Milan, Italy, claim that they have discovered biomarkers for bipolar patients with and without psychosis. The team’s study, which was published in the journal Bipolar Disorders, found that the brains of both sets of bipolar patients, those with psychosis and those without, metabolized glucose in ways […]

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    10 Clinically Tested Supplements and Remedies That Combat Anxiety Naturally

10 Clinically Tested Supplements and Remedies That Combat Anxiety Naturally

An estimated 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America – about 18 percent of the total population – making anxiety disorders the most common mental illness in the country.

For some, anti-anxiety medication will be the best solution. But for others, a combination of natural solutions – either instead of or […]

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The Gut/Brain Connection and Your Mental Health

A growing body of evidence suggests that your diet may have more to do with your mental health than conventional wisdom may have you believe. While most Americans would not be surprised to find that eating greasy food and drinking alcohol may lead one to feel sluggish or apathetic, few realize how extensive the communication between the brain and […]

Diving into Water Therapy

It is no secret that people love water. From playing in pools to days at the beach to buying sound machines that mimic the sound of ocean waves, humans feel an affinity to water. What many researchers are coming to find is that water is not only pleasant to be around; it can even be therapeutic.

This is not […]

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    Can Genetic Testing Help Psychiatrists Prescribe the Right Drugs?

Can Genetic Testing Help Psychiatrists Prescribe the Right Drugs?

Wouldn’t it be convenient if a doctor could look at your DNA and make a recommendation about which medications would be most effective for you? Some companies believe that they have found the perfect algorithm to bring patients exactly that. However, recent criticisms from scientists are beginning to challenge the legitimacy of these multi-hundred dollar tests.

Since mental health varies […]

ADHD Does Not Disappear When One Reaches Adulthood

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a well-known affliction that is characterized by difficulties in impulse control, hyperactivity, and a reduced capacity to concentrate for extended periods of time. While it is typically considered to be an issue afflicting children and young adults, a growing body of research has revealed that ADHD does not disappear when one reaches adulthood. It is […]

Pharmacogenomics: Drug – Gene Testing

A recent paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed some disturbing statistics about the side effects of many of the drugs we take. To start, over one-third of Americans are currently taking at least one medication that lists depression as a potential side effect. The number of Americans currently taking at least three such medications is 9.5 percent. Even more shocking, the number of Americans […]