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What REALLY makes us worry: New region of the brain discovered that controls anxiety

31/01/2014 09:44
By Mark Prigg Researchers have revealed a major breakthrough in treating anxiety disorders. A California team has discovered the region of the brain that controls how anxious we are - and found it wasn't where they had thought. The team now say it could now be targeted with drugs, leading to far...

Police and medical staff document America's real-life possession

31/01/2014 09:39
A nine-year-old boy walked backwards up a wall and ceiling as startled medical staff looked on after his mother claimed he and his two siblings had been possessed by demons, according to official reports. The unlikely-sounding event was detailed in official documents after a child services case...

Psychological common ground could ease tensions among those with different religious beliefs

29/01/2014 18:25
A new study found that thoughts of death increased atheists, Christians, Muslims and agnostics conviction in their own world views. For example, contrary to the wartime aphorism that there are no atheists in foxholes, thoughts of death did not cause atheists to express belief in a deity. [Read...

Sociologist Looks At Pediatric Physicians' Views On Religion, Spirituality

29/01/2014 18:23
Pediatricians and pediatric oncologists express differing views on religion and spirituality, largely based on the types of patients they treat, according to a new survey. Elaine Howard Ecklund, assistant professor of sociology and associate director of the Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life...

When East meets West: Why consumers turn to alternative medicine

29/01/2014 16:59
Alternative health remedies are increasingly important in the health care marketplace. A new study explores how consumers choose among the many available remedies. "Examples of the wide array of health remedy options available to consumers include drugs, supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy,...

Paving the way for greater use of ancient medical knowledge

29/01/2014 16:58
Scientists are reporting an advance toward overcoming a major barrier to tapping the potential of traditional Chinese medicine and India's Ayurvedic medicine in developing new and more effective modern drugs. Andreas Bender and colleagues explain that TCM has made key contributions to modern...

Combining Chinese, Western medicine could lead to new cancer treatments

29/01/2014 16:56
Combining traditional forms of Chinese and Western medicine could offer new hope for developing new treatments for liver, lung, colorectal cancers and osteosarcoma of the bones. Experts from Cardiff University's School of Medicine have joined forces with Peking University in China to test the...

Spirituality key to Chinese medicine success: Study explores why Chinese medicine has stood the test of time

29/01/2014 16:55
Are the longevity and vitality of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) due to its holistic approach? Indeed, Chinese medicine is not simply about treating illness, but rather about taking care of the whole person -- body, mind, and spirit. According to an analysis of TCM's origins and development,...

Religion And Medicine: Sometimes A Healing Prescription

29/01/2014 15:37
Do pediatric oncologists feel that religion is a bridge or a barrier to their work? Or do they feel it can be either, depending on whether their patients are recovering or deteriorating? A novel study examines these questions in a new study. Through in-depth interviews with 30 pediatricians and...

Primary care physicians nationwide face clinical ethical conflicts with religious hospitals

29/01/2014 15:36
Nearly 1 in 10 primary care physicians has experienced a conflict with a religiously-affiliated hospital or practice over religious policies for patient care. Most feel that when clinical judgment conflicts with religious hospital policy, physicians should refer patients to another institution....
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