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Posts from ‘August, 2011’

Hypnosis as health care quietly gains ground

Hypnosis as health care quietly gains ground by Rachael Rettner 8/21/11 MSNBC.com Over the last decade, more and more research shows there are benefits of hypnosis for medical problems. In addition to IBS, a number of rigorous studies have found the practice is effective at mollifying chronic pain and reducing stress and anxiety before surgery. […]

Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated

Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated By Jane Brody July 18, 2011 New York Times The new research, by five nutrition and public health experts at Harvard University, is by far the most detailed long-term analysis of the factors that influence weight gain, involving 120,877 well-educated men and women who were healthy […]

Amy Winehouse and the Perils of Alcohol Withdrawal

Amy Winehouse and the Perils of Alcohol Withdrawal by Tara Parker-Pope August 3, 2011 New York Times … Why is alcohol withdrawal so dangerous? In regular and heavy drinkers, the body compensates for the depressive effect of alcohol by ramping up production of a number of hormones and brain chemicals, like serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine. […]

Who Falls to Addiction, and Who Is Unscathed?

Who Falls to Addiction, and Who Is Unscathed? By RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D. New York Times August 1, 2011 Genes, environment and psychology affect who uses drugs uneventfully and who is undone by them. …Scientists do know that having a mental illness doesn’t just increase the chance of intermittent drug abuse; it also significantly raises […]