How religious experiences may benefit mental health

How religious experiences may benefit mental health

A survey of thousands of people suggests that mystical experiences positively affect a person’s mental health, regardless of whether they are naturally occurring or a result of psychedelic drugs. Religion may have a wide range of health benefits, research su…

Letter from the Editor: Transparency and trust

Letter from the Editor: Transparency and trust

A couple of months ago, while I was getting ready for work one morning, I experienced a sudden, sharp pain in my lower back. It was excruciating, and I could barely move. In the days to follow, I discovered that I was experiencing sciatica, likely caused by …

How stress eating might prime the body to store fat

How stress eating might prime the body to store fat

Using a mouse model, researchers discovered that insulin controls a molecular pathway in the brain that activates during stress and leads to more weight gain. Researchers have long been aware that stress can lead to addiction and increase the risk of disease…

Does it matter what time of day you exercise?

Does it matter what time of day you exercise?

Two teams of researchers analyzing different aspects of exercise in mice found that the time of day might affect the productivity of physical activity. Scientists already know that the circadian rhythm interacts with our metabolism. A person’s circadian rhyt…

Just how effective is hypnosis at relieving pain?

Just how effective is hypnosis at relieving pain?

Could hypnosis relieve pain? The largest meta-analysis to date concludes that it could be a viable, safe, cost-effective option. Researchers estimate that chronic pain affects more than 1.5 billion individuals globally. Doctors often prescribe opioid medica…

How elderberries can help you fight the flu

How elderberries can help you fight the flu

If you have ever eaten ripe elderberries or made elderberry jam, syrup, or wine, then you will be familiar with their sharp, tart, yet refreshing taste. According to tradition, these dark, purple berries can fortify a person’s immune system. New evidence sugg…

Why pet antibiotics could make their owners sick

Why pet antibiotics could make their owners sick

At a small animal hospital in the United Kingdom, researchers have found a gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to linezolid an antibiotic that doctors use to treat serious infections in humans. Healthcare professionals give linezolid when bacte…

How might obesity affect the brain?

How might obesity affect the brain?

The link between obesity and the brain is a fascinating topic that scientists have only recently begun to explore. New research adds important pieces to the puzzle. From the size and functionality of the brain to specific neuronal circuits, recent studies ha…