Features & Faces

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa and Her New Book, THE ANGEL AND THE ASSASSIN: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine

Donna Jackson Nakazawa and Her New Book, THE ANGEL AND THE ASSASSIN: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine

In her new book, THE ANGEL AND THE ASSASSIN: The Tiny Brain Cell that Changed the Course of Medicine, award-winning journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa illuminates the newly understood role of a tiny brain cell called microglia, providing a hopeful examination of how this new science may lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of some of […]

Lessons Learned from the Hibernating Brown Bears

Lessons Learned from the Hibernating Brown Bears

“The Mind-Gut Connection“, written by Emeran Mayer, M.D., demonstrates his vast experience as a practicing gastroenterologist as he describes the connections that our brains have with our guts, especially with the microbes that make the gut their home. Mayer is a world renowned gastroenterologist and neuroscientist with 35 years of experience in the study of clinical […]

The Evolving Link between Social Media Addiction and Depression in Young Adults

The Evolving Link between Social Media Addiction and Depression in Young Adults

Recently, in the journal Pediatrics, Elizabeth Hoge, MD, David Bickham, PhD and Joanne Cantor, PhD outlined recent evidence that the social media addiction breeds and catalyzes anxiety and depression in children. In the US some teens spend about nine hours daily using media, whereas 24 percent of teenagers are online constantly, and 59% of children […]

The Central Inflammatory Reflex: Afferent Vagal and Central Brain Stimulations Control Experimental Arthritis

The Central Inflammatory Reflex: Afferent Vagal and Central Brain Stimulations Control Experimental Arthritis

PhD THESIS SYNOPSIS Inflammation is a protective and complex biological response to harmful stimuli, such as infection and tissue damage, that involves cell infiltration and production of inflammatory cytokines. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the most common type of inflammatory autoimmune disease affecting over 1.5 million adult Americans. It is characterized by chronic inflammation of synovial […]

Hans Selye and the 80th Birthday of Stress Research

Hans Selye and the 80th Birthday of Stress Research

Stress research has been around for 80 years but has perhaps never been more actual and trendy as in recent years. The term ‘stress’ (psychological) is extremely popular and the general public, as well as celebrities, frequently use and occasionally abuse this term to describe situations causing agitation or alteration of their wellbeing. In PubMed, […]

Donna Jackson Nakazawa and Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal

Donna Jackson Nakazawa and Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist interested in exploring the intersection between neuroscience, immunology, and the deepest inner workings of the human heart. Her mission as a journalist is to weave together insights from lived, human experience with cutting edge science, and to translate these findings in ways […]

Rainer Straub and the Origin of Chronic Inflammatory Systemic Diseases

Rainer Straub and the Origin of Chronic Inflammatory Systemic Diseases

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE Synopsis of the Book The Origin of Chronic Inflammatory Systemic Diseases and Their Sequelae by Rainer H Straub Academic Press/Elsevier Chronic inflammatory systemic diseases (CIDs) are a burden to humans because approximately 10% of the population is affected by long-standing chronic inflammatory illness. The numbers would be extensively higher if […]

David Goldstein, Adrenaline, the Inner World and the Scientific Integrative Medicine

David Goldstein, Adrenaline, the Inner World and the Scientific Integrative Medicine

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE Dr. Goldstein founded and directs the Clinical Neurocardiology Section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He is author of several books, including ‘Adrenaline and the Inner World: An Introduction to Scientific Integrative Medicine’, ‘Dysautonomias: A Handbook for Patients’, ‘Stress, Catecholamines, and […]

Lena Johansson, Stress and Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

Lena Johansson, Stress and Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE In this recent editorial, Lena Johansson outlines some current concepts and research trends related to the long terms effects of stress and their impact on risk and development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in women. Dr. Johansson has authored two population studies – perhaps the first in this area – on […]

Stress, the Reward System and the Epidemic of Obesity

Stress, the Reward System and the Epidemic of Obesity

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE A recent review by Rajita Sinha and Ania Jastreboff from the Yale Stress Center, New Haven, CT, USA, provides an integrative perspective on the neurohormonal mechanisms by which stress affects reward pathways, and how the interactions between the stress and reward systems may contribute to the epidemic of obesity. In […]

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