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Released: 17-May-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Stress could make us more likable, and other Behavioral Science news tips

Here are some of the latest articles added to the Behavioral Science channel on Newswise.

Released: 16-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Take herbal supplements with a dose of caution

Herbal supplements may be natural, but that does not mean they are always safe.

Released: 9-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Study Finds Duloxetine Added to Multimodal Pain Management Reduced Opioid Use After Knee Replacement
Geoffrey Westrich, MD

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that the antidepressant duloxetine reduced the use of opioid medication when added to a multimodal pain management regimen after knee replacement surgery. The study appeared in The Journal of Arthroplasty.

Newswise: Oregon State research helps provide scientific framework for psilocybin use in therapeutic settings
Released: 11-Apr-2022 4:25 PM EDT
Oregon State research helps provide scientific framework for psilocybin use in therapeutic settings
Oregon State University

A new paper by an Oregon State University-led research team provides a scientific framework to help shape the rollout of a program in Oregon that will legally permit the use of psilocybin for therapeutic reasons.

Released: 5-Apr-2022 3:55 PM EDT
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Released: 18-Feb-2022 12:05 PM EST
Plants under anaesthesia
University of Würzburg

Medicine has a broad repertoire of anaesthetics at its medication allows patients to better endure painful treatments or even sleep through them.

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Released: 14-Feb-2022 8:55 AM EST
Chula Innovations for Society
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University reaffirms its commitment to “Innovations for Society”, which aims at developing innovations that address social issues and creating a better society in all aspects, including health, well-being and knowledge in order to move society forward. Let’s find out more about Chulalongkorn University’s amazing innovations.

Released: 27-Jan-2022 2:05 PM EST
Meditation and Glaucoma
Glaucoma Research Foundation

Can mindfulness meditation help patients with glaucoma? A recent study suggests that there may be benefits to eye pressure and optic nerve health by doing meditation on a regular basis.

Released: 26-Jan-2022 1:45 PM EST
The latest news in Behavioral Science for media

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Released: 24-Jan-2022 3:40 PM EST
The Latest Research News from the Health Disparities Channel

The latest research news from the Health Disparities Channel.

Released: 16-Dec-2021 11:55 AM EST
Green Tea Extract is not appropriate to treat any infectious disease, including COVID-19
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Two Harrisburg University of Science and Technology alumni and a professor examined the evidence that exists regarding the therapeutic efficacy of green tea extracts as an anti-infective. The study results indicate that currently, there is no conclusive evidence that green tea extract is appropriate to treat any infectious disease (including COVID-19

Released: 23-Nov-2021 12:55 AM EST
Ancient Aboriginal bush medicine could improve modern day cancer treatment
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

For centuries, people all over the world have been using medical plants to fight infections, boost wound healing, and for religious ceremonies. And for centuries, scientists have been trying to identify the active substances in these plants in order to use them in modern-day medicine.

Newswise: UCI-led study finds single molecule within a specific plant used by Native Americans can treat both pain and diarrhea
Released: 16-Nov-2021 3:50 PM EST
UCI-led study finds single molecule within a specific plant used by Native Americans can treat both pain and diarrhea
University of California, Irvine

In a University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers revealed a striking pattern following a functional screen of extracts from plants collected in Muir Woods National Monument, in coastal redwood forest land in California. They found plants with a long history of use by Native Americans as topical analgesics, were often also used as gastrointestinal aids.

Newswise: Can Ancient Botanical Therapies Help Treat COVID-19?
Released: 12-Nov-2021 3:05 PM EST
Can Ancient Botanical Therapies Help Treat COVID-19?
University of California San Diego Health

A novel study — led by University of California San Diego and UCLA, in collaboration with the La Jolla Institute for Immunology — is assessing whether medicinal mushrooms and Chinese herbs provide therapeutic benefit in treating acute COVID-19 infection.

Newswise: UTSW study finds potential strategy for fighting obesity
Released: 2-Nov-2021 12:20 PM EDT
UTSW study finds potential strategy for fighting obesity
UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern scientists may have identified a method of safely mimicking the weight-loss benefits of a plant compound that – despite its harmful side effects – hold critical answers to developing therapies for obesity.

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Released: 1-Nov-2021 4:55 PM EDT
Exploring the Science of Acupuncture
Harvard Medical School

Researchers have discovered neurons needed for acupuncture‘s anti-inflammatory response

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Released: 26-Oct-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Expert Q&A: Psychedelic Drugs and Mental Health

California’s attorney general recently approved signature gathering for a proposed ballot initiative that seeks to decriminalize psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called “magic mushrooms,” and to authorize research into the medical use of the compound.

4-Oct-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Acupuncture reduces pain and opioid use for total knee replacement surgery patients
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Patients who have acupuncture during total knee replacement surgery report less pain and need far fewer opioids to manage their discomfort, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021 annual meeting.

Newswise: “Read Medicine Labels” – How to Safely Use Green Chiretta Against COVID-19
Released: 24-Sep-2021 8:55 AM EDT
“Read Medicine Labels” – How to Safely Use Green Chiretta Against COVID-19
Chulalongkorn University

Chula Pharmaceutical Science urges consumers to pay attention to “medicine labels” to choose and use green chiretta (Andrographis paniculata) effectively and safely. They also cautioned that the government should modify the labels, and control the price of herbal medicines that help in curbing the current pandemic.

Released: 9-Sep-2021 6:35 AM EDT
Medical cannabis may give modest benefits for chronic pain
McMaster University

Data from 32 randomized controlled trials showed that use of non-inhaled medical cannabis versus placebo resulted in small to very small improvements in pain relief, physical functioning, and sleep quality. There was no difference in emotional, social or role functioning.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

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Released: 27-Jul-2021 8:55 AM EDT
“Thai Phellinus Mushroom (Phellinus linteus)” – a Thai Herb that Can Suppress Cancer — Another Alternative Treatment to Reduce the Risk of Side Effects from Chemotherapy
Chulalongkorn University

A Chula professor, in her local mushroom research, unveils “Thai Phellinus Mushroom (Phellinus linteus)” as having a destructive effect on cervical cancer cells. Additional research is currently being done to confirm its potency and low side effects, before making it available at an affordable price.

Newswise: “Baiya Vaccine” from Chula — a Testament of Thai Mastery — Coming this September
Released: 27-Jul-2021 8:55 AM EDT
“Baiya Vaccine” from Chula — a Testament of Thai Mastery — Coming this September
Chulalongkorn University

Chula Pharmacy prepares to test “Baiya Vaccine” a Thai vaccine against COVID–19 by “Baiya Phytofarm“, a Chula startup. The vaccines have been produced at the first plant in Asia that manufactures plant–based vaccines for humans. Clinical trials with volunteers and the research for the second–generation vaccine to fight the virus variants are to commence in September 2021.

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Released: 16-Jul-2021 8:55 PM EDT
A New Beverage with “Blue Pea Flower and Banana Stem Extract” to Reduce the Risk of Urinary Stone Formation — Another Medical Innovation from MED – CU
Chulalongkorn University

Drinking too little water each day increases the risk of urinary stones. Recently, the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University has successfully developed a concentrated beverage from blue pea flowers and banana stems to reduce the risk of urinary stones formation.

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Released: 15-Jul-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Can Turmeric Reduce Joint Pain During Breast Cancer Treatment?
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $50,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation. The funding will allow researcher Mili Arora to study whether the spice turmeric can provide pain relief for breast cancer patients on oral anti-estrogen drugs.

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Released: 17-Jun-2021 10:25 AM EDT
'Smart' segmented ring device delivers medications to stop HIV transmission
University of Waterloo

Researchers have designed a device that delivers two medications that help stop HIV transmission.

Released: 11-Jun-2021 4:00 PM EDT
Case study shows patient on ketogenic diet living fully with IDH1-mutant glioblastoma
Boston College

A British man who rejected the standard of care to treat his brain cancer has lived with the typically fatal glioblastoma tumor growing very slowly after adopting a ketogenic diet, providing a case study that researchers say reflects the benefits of using the body's own metabolism to fight this particularly aggressive cancer instead of chemo and radiation therapy.

28-May-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Study suggests tai chi can mirror healthy benefits of conventional exercise
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new study shows that tai chi mirrors the beneficial effects of conventional exercise by reducing waist circumference in middle-aged and older adults with central obesity.

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Released: 30-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Chula to Accelerate Research on “Rutin” — An Herbal Extract Against COVID-19
Chulalongkorn University

Chula researchers have found that “rutin” extract from orange peel can kill the COVID-19 virus. They are developing it into drugs while pointing out that drug research is still necessary along with vaccine research and suggesting that Thai people should adjust their views on herbs to create added value.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Capsaicin Analog Could Help Treatment-Resistant Lung Cancer
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

A new study found that non-pungent synthetic analog of capsaicin — the compound that makes chili peppers hot — made small cell lung cancer cells more responsive to treatment. Small cell lung cancer is a very aggressive form of cancer with a low survival rate.

Released: 10-Mar-2021 8:55 PM EST
Chula Pharmaceutical Science Developed Herbal Nasal and Throat Spray to Prevent COVID-19 Infection
Chulalongkorn University

Chula Pharmaceutical Science, in collaboration with leading a Austrian institute, came up with a special intensive longan extract formula (P80) for throat and nasal spray that can reduce the amount of viruses that attach to the mucous membranes that may enter the body. Helps safely prevent all kinds of viral infections including the COVID-19 virus, with no side effects.

Released: 3-Mar-2021 11:05 AM EST
Green tea supplements modulate facial development of children with Down syndrome
KU Leuven

Green tea supplements modulate facial development of children with Down syndrome A new study led by Belgian and Spanish researchers published in Scientific Reports adds evidence about the potential benefits of green tea extracts in Down syndrome.

25-Feb-2021 3:35 PM EST
Education Level, Interest in Alternative Medicine Among Factors Associated with Believing Misinformation
American Psychological Association (APA)

While many people believe misinformation on Facebook and Twitter from time to time, people with lower education or health literacy levels, a tendency to use alternative medicine or a distrust of the health care system are more likely to believe inaccurate medical postings than others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 6-Jan-2021 11:05 AM EST
New Research Finds Ginger Counters Certain Autoimmune Diseases in Mice
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The main bioactive compound of ginger root lowers autoantibody production and helps halt disease progression in mice with antiphospholipid syndrome and lupus.

Released: 22-Oct-2020 2:10 PM EDT
U of M trial shows hydroxychloroquine does not prevent COVID-19 in health care workers
University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Medical School physician researchers studied hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to prevent COVID-19 for those with high-risk for exposure to the virus - health care workers.

28-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Acupuncture before surgery means less pain, significantly fewer opioids for Veterans
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Veterans who have acupuncture before surgery report less pain and need far fewer opioids to manage their discomfort, according to a randomized, controlled study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Ten minutes of massage or rest will help your body fight stress
University of Konstanz

Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime significantly boosts mental and physical relaxation.

Released: 4-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Study looks at smoking in pre-colonization North America
University of Chicago

For the first time, researchers use a metabolomics approach to find more detailed information about how tobacco use and smoking practices changed after colonization in North America.

11-Aug-2020 5:00 PM EDT
Yoga Shown to Improve Anxiety, Study Shows
NYU Langone Health

A new study led by researchers at NYU Langone Health found that yoga improves symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

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10-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Quieting the Storm
Harvard Medical School

A team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School has successfully used acupuncture to tame cytokine storm in mice with systemic inflammation.

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27-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Medieval medicine remedy could provide new treatment for modern day infections
University of Warwick

To fight antibiotic resistance more antimicrobials are needed to treat bacterial biofilms, which protect an infection from antibiotics

Newswise: Medical Cannabis put to the test in first ever real-world evidence clinical trial led by UHN
Released: 9-Jul-2020 5:00 AM EDT
Medical Cannabis put to the test in first ever real-world evidence clinical trial led by UHN
University Health Network (UHN)

Medical cannabis is finally being put under the microscope, in a first-of-its-kind real world evidence study led by Dr. Hance Clarke, Toronto General Hospital. In the Medical Cannabis Real-World Evidence trial patients using the online portal created by Medical Cannabis by Shoppers, will know exactly what is in their product and its effectiveness.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 3:35 PM EDT
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University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

The coronavirus has prompted many medical centers to switch from in-person appointments to video visits. A new study from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals suggests that for some hospitals, video visits may become a permanent feature of the patient-provider landscape.

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Released: 28-May-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Patients still not telling MDs about use of natural health products
McMaster University

The research team conducted the patient survey between November 2018 and February 2019 at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic in Toronto. Based on 277 completed questionnaires, 99 per cent of the patients surveyed were using natural health products, and 46 per cent were using natural health products and prescription medications concurrently. Of those using natural health products, 42 per cent did not disclose use to their primary care physician.

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16-May-2020 6:30 PM EDT
Covid-19: Managing mental health with yoga
University of South Australia

The ancient practice of yoga could provide a sustainable exercise alternative for thousands of people isolating at home, as new research from the University of South Australia, shows that movement-based yoga can significantly improve mental health.

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Released: 16-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Psychedelic compound from magic mushrooms produced in yeast
Technical University of Denmark

Psilocybin mushrooms have been found to have minimal harmful effects and could potentially benefit those with depression. But they remain illegal even though they offer a groundbreaking alternative to several under-treated psychological conditions.

Released: 7-Apr-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Hangover drug shows wider benefits in USC research
University of Southern California (USC)

A well-known hangover drug not only helps soothe pounding headaches but also triggers profound changes that protect the liver, USC scientists report in new findings that could help prevent alcohol-related harm.

26-Mar-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Hypothyroidism patients cite effectiveness in choosing alternative to standard therapy
Endocrine Society

Three in four hypothyroidism patients who chose desiccated thyroid extract (DTE) over the standard therapy said this option was more effective than other thyroid hormone medications, according to an analysis of comments in online patient forums accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

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