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Why your brain can predict speech before it’s even been said

Ever wondered why you can often predict what someone will say next when they’re talking? In a study published in the open access journal PLOS biology, scientists from Newcastle University in the UK and a neurosurgery group at the University of IOWA in the US have discovered a fascinating link between the brain’s auditory cortex as […]

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Sense of Smell is Unique to Each Person’s Genes and Experience

A study published in the journal eLIFE has suggested that an individual’s unique sense of smell is a result of their genes combined with personal life experience. Senior author of the study Dr. Darren Logan of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute explains that olfactory neurons (the nerve cells in the nose which detect odors) are “highly connected” […]

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Boosting Natural Brain Opioids may be a better way to treat Anxiety

Recent findings by University of Sydney scholars are indicating that medications that boost the effect of natural brain opioids might help to reduce anxiety better than ‘receptor-binding’ opioid drugs such as morphine, which can have major side effects. The human body is a complex machine. Medical News Today writes that fear and anxiety (which help to […]

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A Potential New Treatment for Opioid Abuse is found in Weight Loss Drug

In the US, opioid abuse is a significant public health issue. While treatments for opioid abuse are available, these programs often suffer high dropout rates. Published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, a new study led by Kathryn A. Cunningham (a professor of pharmacology and Director of the Center for Addiction Research in the University of Texas Medical Branch […]

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Craving chocolate isn’t unusual – here’s how to resist it mindfully

Anyone who loves chocolate knows how hard it can be to resist. Even just thinking about it can make it impossible to ignore until the craving is satiated. Fortunately, recent studies suggest that mindfulness could play a roll fighting those chocolate urges. Researchers from Flinders University in Australia have revealed how cognitive delusion and guided imagery was used to lower the […]

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Extreme temperatures may increase risk for low birth weight at term, a new study suggests

A recent study published in Environmental Research suggests that extreme hot or cold temperatures during pregnancy may increase the the risk that infants born at term will be of low birth weight, according to a study of U.S. women by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. When exposed to extreme cold during the entire pregnancy (or just during the second and […]

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Red meat: has it lost its flavor and favor?

Red meat; it contains numerous vitamins and minerals essential for a well-balanced diet. But with new studies linking it to cancer and other diseases, it would appear as though red meat’s good reputation is now being put into question.   Defined as any meat that comes from mammalian muscle, red meat includes anything from beef, lamb, […]

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The SJSM Newsletter: January 2017

The Saint James School of Medicine quarterly newsletter is now available for January 2017! It was a busy time approaching the end of another year, with much to report from our students and faculty. Get the details on new student policies, exciting student activities – like the AMSA Breast Cancer Awareness Drive – and our incredible […]

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