The Analeptic Uses of Ambien

Ambien is the brand name for the hypnotic sleeping drug zolpidem, most commonly prescribed to help those with insomnia to fall asleep.   The name Ambien may ring a bell for you, especially if you follow celebrity news. A large number of famous individuals including May Roseanne Barr, Elon Musk, and Tiger Woods have put blame Ambien for some of their past rather unsavoury behaviour.  ...

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Your gut microbiome may make it harder for you to lose weight

For some people on a diet, the pounds just seem to fall off, while others have a much harder time losing weight. Now, a new, small study finds that people's gut bacteria may play a role in determining how easy, or difficult, it is for them to lose weight. The study suggests that, among people who have a hard time losing weight, their gut bacteria tend to be better at using carbohydrates,...

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Jogging can help you lose weight, even if you have 'fat genes'.

For people who inherited genes that increase their chance of becoming obese, there is hope for keeping the weight off. A study by Wan-Yu Lin of National Taiwan University and colleagues, published 1st August in PLOS Genetics, identified the types of exercise that are especially effective at combating genetic effects that contribute to obesity. Worldwide, obesity is a challenging condition to...

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Green tea may reduce anxiety

Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from shade-grown (90% shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes. The tea (and food flavoring) is enjoyed around the world. In Japan, historical medicinal uses for Matcha included helping people relax, preventing obesity, and treatment of skin conditions. The researchers, therefore, sought to determine its various beneficial effects. The "...

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Cold showers to keep a cool head

While most people (and common sense) will tell you to stay out of the cold, few are acquainted with the benefits of cold temperatures.   From biohackers to athletes, quite a number of people are choosing to immerse themselves in cold water either during showers or baths, consequently enhancing their performance and life. Below are some ways  in which dipping your feet into some frigid...

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Exercise as a natural prescription

When it comes to inpatient treatment of a range of mental health and mood disorders -- from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia, suicidality and acute psychotic episodes -- a new study suggest that physical exercise is so effective at alleviating patient symptoms that it could reduce patients' time admitted to acute facilities and reliance on psychotropic medications. "The general attitude of...

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Allergies got you down?

It’s springtime, which means your allergies may already be causing a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. They aren’t just an annoyance, many doctors believe there is a connection between allergies and mood. For some, seasonal allergies do more than just cause crankiness. A study from The American Journal of Epidemiology showed that those who suffer from allergies are nearly 50% more...

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Allergies may make your migraines more painful

People with migraine who also battle allergies and hay fever (rhinitis) endure a more severe form of headaches than their peers who struggle with migraine, but aren't affected by the seasonal or year-round sniffles, according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC), Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Vedanta Research About...

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