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Targeting brain region may help smokers quit

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"When we activated the GABAergic neurons in the interpeduncular nucleus, mice suffered withdrawal symptoms even if they had no previous nicotine exposure," Tapper noted. Scientists have found that targeting a specific brain region may help smokers kick the butt. Researchers at the University of  Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have identified the region of the brain responsible for symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, such as headache and anxiety, that keep smokers from quitting. They found that physical nicotine withdrawal symptoms are triggered by activation of GABAergic neurons (neurons that secrete GABA, the brain's predominant inhibitory neurotransmitter), in the interpeduncular nucleus. 1420310_468887073231313_88744277...
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Nostalgia can make you more optimistic

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Feeling nostalgic about the past can increase optimism about the future, a new study has found M_Id_439206_Nostalgia . The research examined the idea that nostalgia is not simply a past-orientated emotion but its scope extends into the future, with a positive outlook. "Nostalgia is experienced frequently and virtually by everyone and we know that it can maintain psychological comfort. For example, nostalgic reverie can combat loneliness," said Dr Tim Wildschut, co-author of the study from the University of Southampton. "We wanted to take that a step further and assess whether it can increase a feeling of opti...

Save your bones! Osteoporosis can kill

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One woman in every four who fractures a hip never comes out of hospital — she dies there. This is a statistic provided by the UK-based National Osteoporosis Society. Worse still, the organisation’s report reveals that one in five women has to suffer three fractures before the diagnosis of their brittle bones — not surprising, given that, after hitting menopause, a woman can lose a whopping one-third of her bone in three years. The latest report from the National Osteoporosis Society emphasises the unnecessary suffering that women are experiencing. It makes painful reading. bones

The health dangers that each shoe carries

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If stilettos harm feet, flat shoes can also be dangerous. Find out how these pretty shoes can be hazardous to health. High-HeelsJacqueline Sutera, a doctor of podiatric medicine and surgery, and Neal Blitz, Chief of Foot Surgery and Associate Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronx-LebanonHospital, share the dangers of our favourite shoes, reports a website.

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Too much cushion is not the best thing. When you have a lot of cushion, you’re not getting the foot-brain feedback that allows you to sense the ground. These shoes...

Experts urge media to focus more on raising TB awareness

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Experts at a meeting on Wednesday called on the media to play more effective role in raising awareness about tuberculosis.

The media’s role is vital in disseminating information on TB treatment management and related innovations, depicting the inconsistencies if they occur at any level of the disease management and suggesting improvements, the experts said at an orientation programme for journalists on the National Tuberculosis Control Programme.

The National TB Control Programme (NTP) under the Directorate General of Health, Bangladesh Health Reporters’ Forum (BHRF), and leading non-governmental organization BRAC arranged the event at the BRAC Centre in the capital, reports UNB.

Every year about 4,000 U.S. infants die during sleep time

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prevent-infant-deaths-while-sleeping-300x200officials says, every year about 4,000 U.S. infants die during sleep time from sudden infant death syndrome, accidental suffocation, or unknown causes. To prevent these deaths, several federal agencies like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration a...