When people ages 80 and older regularly felt anger, researchers saw a link to elevated levels of the inflammatory marker IL-6 — perhaps because anger can throw off stress hormone levels. Inflammation is a normal process that the body uses to fight injury and infection, but chronic inflammation is associated with aContinue Reading

Radio New Zealand: Health experts want medicinal cannabis to meet same standards as other medicine.https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/388501/health-experts-want-medicinal-cannabis-to-meet-same-standards-as-other-medicine Toxicologists are urging the government not to make special provisions for medicinal cannabis products and argue it should meet the same stringent standards as other medicines. It is important for medical cannabis to meet theseContinue Reading

If you like your coffee black, you may be someone who prefers strong flavours, takes good care of their health, or just wants to drink their coffee the way it’s supposed to be drunk.  Or, you may be a psychopath.  At least, that’s according to a new study published in the journal Appetite,Continue Reading

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/02/technology/uber-drivers-psychological-tricks.html?_r=1 To keep drivers on the road, the company has exploited some people’s tendency to set earnings goals — alerting them that they are ever so close to hitting a precious target when they try to log off. It has even concocted an algorithm similar to a Netflix feature thatContinue Reading

“I watched all the hearings that took place last week and was just floored at the number of people who offered that as an explanation,” said Ira Hyman, a cognitive psychologist who specialises in traumatic memories at Western Washington University. “This story (of mistaken identity) that’s being offered here isContinue Reading

https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-evidence-for-the-necessity-of-loneliness-20160510/ But how did these powerful communities come to exist in the first place? Cacioppo proposes that the root of social ties lies in their opposite — loneliness. According to his theory, the pain of being alone motivates us to seek the safety of companionship, which in turn benefits theContinue Reading