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Thirteen research projects to explore nondrug approaches to manage pain, other health conditions

Thirteen research projects to explore nondrug approaches to manage pain, other health conditions

Thirteen research projects totaling approximately $21.7 million over 5 years will explore nondrug approaches to managing pain and related health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, and sleep issues. The effort seeks to enhance options for the management of pain and associated problems in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families. [More]
Hypnosis has positive impact on the quality of sleep

Hypnosis has positive impact on the quality of sleep

Sleeping well is a crucial factor contributing to our physical and mental restoration. SWS in particular has a positive impact for instance on memory and the functioning of the immune system. During periods of SWS, growth hormones are secreted, cell repair is promoted and the defence system is stimulated. If you feel sick or have had a hard working day, you often simply want to get some good, deep sleep. A wish that you can't influence through your own will - so the widely held preconception. [More]
Highlights from April 2014 issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter

Highlights from April 2014 issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter

Here are highlights from the April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. [More]
Breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy show decreased fatigue as result of CBTH

Breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy show decreased fatigue as result of CBTH

Breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy showed decreased fatigue as a result of cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis (CBTH), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. [More]
Alternative treatment for autism focuses on controlling the 'fight or flight' response

Alternative treatment for autism focuses on controlling the 'fight or flight' response

A novel approach to treating children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder could help them navigate their world by teaching them to turn their symptoms into strengths. [More]
NIH budget slashing may stall future pain research funding

NIH budget slashing may stall future pain research funding

Multi-faceted pain research discoveries within the last decade are bringing new hope for the estimated 100 million Americans with chronic pain. Unfortunately, translation of these scientific advances into clinical practice could be stalled without sufficient funding for both basic science and clinical pain research, according to the American Pain Society. [More]
New manual by psychologist explains basics of hypnotherapy

New manual by psychologist explains basics of hypnotherapy

Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: Principles and Applications (Springer Publishing) is a new training manual by Gary Elkins, Ph.D., director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University. [More]
Hypnotic relaxation therapy improves sexual health in postmenopausal women

Hypnotic relaxation therapy improves sexual health in postmenopausal women

Hypnotic relaxation therapy improves sexual health in postmenopausal women who have moderate to severe hot flashes, according to Baylor University researchers who presented their findings at the American Psychological Association's recent annual meeting. [More]
High frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation of brain reduces cravings for nicotine

High frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation of brain reduces cravings for nicotine

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths globally. Unfortunately smoking cessation is difficult, with more than 90% of attempts to quit resulting in relapse [More]
Majority of Americans not aware of detrimental effects of obesity

Majority of Americans not aware of detrimental effects of obesity

A recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research suggests that few Americans realize the many ways obesity can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea and other less common conditions. [More]
Neuromuscular blockade (NMB) reversal: an interview with Darryle Schoepp, senior vice president and head of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology, Merck Research Laboratories, Merck

Neuromuscular blockade (NMB) reversal: an interview with Darryle Schoepp, senior vice president and head of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology, Merck Research Laboratories, Merck

General anesthesia is made up of three components: hypnotic medicines, to induce sleep; analgesics, or medicines to inhibit pain; and NMB agents that induce muscle relaxation. Anesthesiology professionals use NMB to relax a patient’s muscles and prevent involuntary movement that could impact surgery. [More]
Hypnotherapy helps fight irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Hypnotherapy helps fight irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Hypnotherapy helps fight IBS symptoms. These are the findings of a thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden which proposes implementing this treatment method into the care of severe sufferers of this common disease. [More]
Communications down in anesthetized brain

Communications down in anesthetized brain

Two studies indicate that inhaled anesthetics disrupt communication between distant cortical areas before directly activating sleep-inducing neuronal circuitry. [More]
Clinical hypnosis can effectively reduce hot flashes among postmenopausal women

Clinical hypnosis can effectively reduce hot flashes among postmenopausal women

Clinical hypnosis can effectively reduce hot flashes and associated symptoms among postmenopausal women, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Baylor University's Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory. [More]
Hypnosis halts hot flashes

Hypnosis halts hot flashes

Clinical hypnosis results in significant reductions in hot flashes compared with structured-attention control in postmenopausal women, researchers report. [More]
Hypnosis can help cut hot flashes by as much as 74%

Hypnosis can help cut hot flashes by as much as 74%

Hypnosis can help cut hot flashes by as much as 74%, shows a study supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. [More]
Study explains why some people are easier to hypnotize than others

Study explains why some people are easier to hypnotize than others

Not everyone is able to be hypnotized, and new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows how the brains of such people differ from those who can easily be. [More]
Insomnia: an interview with Dr Darryle Schoepp

Insomnia: an interview with Dr Darryle Schoepp

Insomnia is a very common disorder. In medical terms it can affect a third of people. It affects elderly as well as non-elderly people, and is more common in women. [More]
Hypnotherapy effective for treating bowel disorder IBS

Hypnotherapy effective for treating bowel disorder IBS

Hypnosis can be a highly effective treatment for the bowel disorder IBS. Studies involving a total of 346 patients conducted by researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, showed that hypnotherapy alleviated symptoms in 40 per cent of those affected - and that the improvement is long-term. [More]
Better evidence for effectiveness of drug-based approaches for relieving labour pains

Better evidence for effectiveness of drug-based approaches for relieving labour pains

There is better evidence for the effectiveness of drug-based approaches for relieving labour pains than non-drug approaches. These are the findings of an all-encompassing publishing in The Cochrane Library, which draws together results from a number of previous reviews on the subject. [More]