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How Do Endorphins Work?

How Do Endorphins Work?

Endorphins are hormones that your body releases in response to situations that cause pain and inflammation. For instance, exercising, being injured, or picking up an infection all can trigger endorphin production. Studies show that the body also releases endorphins in response to massage, acupuncture, and eating chocolate or spicy foods.

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

When Psychiatric Disorders Overlap

A diagnosis of depression, anxiety or other psychiatric disorder can be overwhelming on its own. But it’s important to understand that having one mental disorder raises your odds of having additional such conditions.

It’s not uncommon, for example, for someone with depression also to have an anxiety disorder, or for a

What Is CBD Oil? A New Look at the Potential Benefits of Cannabidiol

What Is CBD Oil? A New Look at the Potential Benefits of Cannabidiol

What is CBD oil? CBD is a non-intoxicating extract from the Cannabis sativa family of plants (which includes hemp and marijuana). CBD is just one of a family of chemicals known as the cannabinoids, shown to have anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, anti-anxiety, and anticonvulsant properties as well as homeostatic properties (meaning it maintains

1. The Basics of Cholesterol

Chances are, when you hear the word “cholesterol,” you certainly don’t think of it as a hero of heart health. Rather, it’s taken on a villainous role in the cardiovascular health story.
But just as every good tale needs a villain, and just as most memorable villains have both good and

1. Inside the Brain

If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).

Delirium is considered a medical emergency.

What Is Dopamine? Understanding the “Feel-Good Hormone”

What Is Dopamine? Understanding the “Feel-Good Hormone”

You’ve heard of it, but you still may be wondering, “What is dopamine?” Its reputation centers around its reputation as the “feel-good hormone.” Dopamine is associated with feelings of euphoria, bliss, motivation, and concentration, yet there’s more to it than that.

Like serotonin, dopamine is a type of brain chemical called

Phantom Smells: What Are They and What Do They Mean?

Phantom Smells: What Are They and What Do They Mean?

Ever smelled smoke, burnt toast, or sewage when there was no such scent around? You could be one of millions who experience phantom smells, or phantosmia, as it’s known in the medical community (more on that in the sidebar “What is Phantosmia?”).

According to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head

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