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Magic Wand

The regulation of negative emotions: Impact on brain activity

Philadelphia - Emotions play an important role in the lives of humans, and influence our behavior, thoughts, decisions, and interactions. The ability to regulate emotions is essential to both mental and physical well-being. "Conversely, difficulties with emotion regulation have been postulated as a core mechanism underlying mood and anxiety disorders," according to the authors of a new study published in Biological Psychiatry on March 15th. Thus, these researchers set out to further expand our understanding of the differential effects of emotion regulation strategies on the human brain.

Syringe

Flashback Girl's Flu Death Happened Within Hours -- And Dr. Mercola's comments

When 12-year-old Jasmine Levy woke up feeling unwell, her mother gave her Tylenol and sent her back to bed. A few hours later, she was dead.

Jasmine was the first child in Minnesota to die of the flu this season; six children died of flu last year. Jasmine had asthma and had reportedly developed a staph infection as a complication of the flu, officials said.

Snowman

His Cheating Brain

Why do powerful men risk everything for sex? It has to do with brain chemistry, evolution and, yes, testosterone.

Comment: Though it can't be said with certainty why Eliot Spitzer did what he did, and while there are many professional opinions given on the psychological appeal of prostitutes, it is interesting to note that the above mentioned characteristics are those usually attributed to psychopaths. Additionally, the mention of "lower levels of monoamine oxidase A" in the people described, is an indication of antisocial behavior.

One thing, however, is crystal clear - positions of power attract a certain 'type' of individual and these individuals end up influencing every aspect of our society - one needs to simply look around at the current decaying state of society to see the result of that influence.


Roses

Flashback Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss

Researchers are revealing hidden complexities behind the simple act of kissing, which relays powerful messages to your brain, body and partner

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A famous Kiss: Times Square, 14 August 1945 - VJ Day

When passion takes a grip, a kiss locks two humans together in an exchange of scents, tastes, textures, secrets and emotions. We kiss furtively, lasciviously, gently, shyly, hungrily and exuberantly. We kiss in broad daylight and in the dead of night. We give ceremonial kisses, affectionate kisses, Hollywood air kisses, kisses of death and, at least in fairytales, pecks that revive princesses.

Heart - Black

Flashback Genes of the Psyche

Researchers have picked out genes that influence various personality traits, including:

Novelty seeking. In 1996 psychologist Richard Ebstein of Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem and his colleagues identified a peculiarity in the genetic blueprint for a receptor that responds to the neurotransmitter dopamine that is more common among people who score high on a test of novelty seeking. Such people tend to be relatively impulsive, exploratory, fickle, excitable, quick-tempered and extravagant.

People

Flashback UCLA Study On Friendship Among Women

A landmark UCLA study suggests friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. By the way, they may do even more.

Cow

Propaganda Alert! 'Vegan diet may ease arthritis'

Rheumatoid arthritis patients may be able to improve their symptoms by switching to a vegan and gluten-free diet, a study in Sweden has found.

The researchers' findings were based on a small study group of only 30 patients with the disease and they are not yet sure why the diet change appeared to work. However the research team, which demonstrated changes to the immune system that may underlie the beneficial effect, believe it has identified an area that would repay further study. "I think it is a quite unexpected and interesting finding," said Prof Johan Frostegรฅrd at the Karolinska Institutet rheumatology unit in Stockholm, who led the study. "The effects on the immune system are quite new."

Rheumatoid arthritis - a different condition from osteoarthritis - affects around 350,000 people in the UK. It is more common in women than men and can afflict people of any age. It is caused by the immune system attacking the lining of the patient's joints, causing them to become inflamed and painful. Over time the damage can restrict movement. At present there is no cure, although the disease can be slowed down if diagnosed early.

Alarm Clock

Branding Pregnancy as Mental Illness: Immediate Consumer Action Needed to Stop Mothers Act

The Mothers Act is pending legislation that will indoctrinate hundreds of thousands of mothers into taking dangerous psych drugs. It is a great example of how the Big Pharma lobby controls Congress to the detriment of health, as well as needlessly and dramatically inflating the costs of our health care system for everyone. Like any piece of legislation it purports to address a troubling issue - in this case the mood distress of mothers following birth known as postpartum depression. It is true that 10% - 15% of women need some assistance in dealing with this topic - but the majority of them sure don't need it from Big Pharma. That is the Big Lie.

Heart

Drug-coated stents widely used for unapproved conditions

Doctors have been widely prescribing drug-coated heart stents for uses not approved by the FDA, according to two studies recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Info

The Best Home Remedies May Be Sitting in Your Spice Cabinet

Scientists are finding that spices can ease inflammation, kill bacteria and viruses, and even cause cancer cells to self-destruct.