Archive for the ‘Mental and Emotional’ Category

Natural Approach to Anxiety and Depression

January 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Everybody experiences feeling of anxiety and depression from time to time. It’s a normal part of life. But when these feeling become chronic, and begin to interfere with our day to day lives, they can lead to greater health concerns. Conventional treatments for anxiety and depression rely heavily on mood altering drugs that can often Read the entire post…


Constant Worry May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

October 14th, 2012 by Dr. Keith Nemec

People who have a tendency to worry or feel very stressed out may be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease later in life, new research reports. The nature of the connection between a tendency to worry and the memory-robbing disease is still unclear, according to study author Dr. Robert S. Wilson of Rush University Medical Read the entire post…


Depressed Moms Raise Risk for Kids Antisocial Behavior

July 29th, 2012 by Dr. Keith Nemec

A mother’s depression may raise the risk for antisocial behavior in her child, especially when depression occurs early in her child’s development, British researchers say. Researchers at King’s College, London studied 1,116 sets of twins and found much higher levels of antisocial behavior in 7-year-old kids whose mothers had suffered depression during the child’s first Read the entire post…


Mind Over Pain and Virtual Reality

June 10th, 2012 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Virtual reality is helping to ease the pain associated with serious conditions. Dr. Hunter Hoffman, a pain expert at the University of Washington, Seattle, said virtual reality devices have worked wonders for patients recovering from severe burns. “Usually, during procedures they’re just thinking about their pain and how much it hurts. In wound care, they focus Read the entire post…


Future Thoughts Produce Stress, Anxiety and Negative Emotions

December 18th, 2011 by Dr. Keith Nemec

People tend to feel more strongly about an experience — whether positive or negative — when they know it is ending, suggesting that deadlines intensify our emotions, according to new study findings. “The general result was that the emotions got more intense, for the positive as well as the negative,” if people knew they had Read the entire post…


Lack of Sleep and Weight Gain

December 1st, 2011 by Dr. Keith Nemec

In a long-term study of middle-aged women, those who slept 5 hours or less each night were 32 percent more likely to gain a significant amount of weight (adding 33 pounds or more) and 15 percent more likely to become obese during 16 years of follow-up than women who slept 7 hours each night. This Read the entire post…


Stress Can Destroy the Body, Unless the Mind Intervenes

November 27th, 2011 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Studies suggest that high levels of stress can lead to obesity and trigger a host of diseases – from heart attacks to ulcers. These and other stress-related diseases sicken millions of people each year in the USA, says brain researcher Bruce McEwen at the Rockefeller University in New York. Up to 90% of the doctor Read the entire post…


Turn Off the Lights

October 13th, 2011 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Several large population studies, have shown a clear link between a woman’s exposure to light at night and breast cancer. A similar link has been shown with prostate cancer in men. The risk is greatly increased for: Those who frequently do not go to sleep until after 1:30 a.m. Those who have the brightest bedrooms. Read the entire post…


Sleep Strengthens Memory and Immune System

September 15th, 2011 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Sleep seems critical to memory, particularly the ability to recall recently learned fact and events, researchers report. “We sought to explore whether sleep has any impact on memory consolidation,” said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Sleep and Cognition. “Specifically, the type of memory for facts Read the entire post…


Slowing Alzheimer’s Disease: Keep the Mind and Body Active

August 25th, 2011 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Researchers have uncovered the pathways behind the protection offered by environmental stimulation in Alzheimer’s disease, further confirming that enhanced mental and physical activity slows neurological decline. Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of senile dementia, presents with cognitive and behavioral deficiencies resulting in part from accumulation of b-amyloid (Ab) deposits within the brain (Ab plaques) and Read the entire post…