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Mendel, the Gene and a New Age of Medicine

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The discovery of genes and DNA looks sure to revolutionize society. Given this, ignorance is no longer acceptable. As with most difficult subjects, it is best to start at the very beginning. Darwin, Evolution and the Problem of Heredity In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. This new theory of evolution was based on several observations. First, that animals and plants...

Top Benefits of Yoga for Stress

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There are many good reasons to take up yoga. Not only can it help you to increase your flexibility but it’s also excellent for toning up muscle, for losing flab and for combating chronic pain. But did you also know that yoga is brilliant for fighting stress? There are many aspects of this activity that make taking up yoga for stress a smart move. Read on and we’ll look at some of the...

The Impact of Taoism on Health and Longevity

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When looking for ways to deal with physical or mental illness, it is good to keep an open mind. And this is especially true of something like Taoism. After all, such practices do not survive for 2,000 years unless they have something to offer. Taoism Taoism is a blend of religion and philosophy. Indeed, some argue that it isn’t a religion at all. Lao Tzu is often cited as the founder, but...

The Future of Medicine

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According to Professor Michael Bess, we are on the brink of a medical revolution and about to enter the age of “bio-enhancement,” in which not only will we heal the body but even alter and improve it. After millennia of useless herbs and potions, of savage, bungling operations, human beings are finally developing effective medicine. Where We Are and How We Got Here It is often said...

The 19th-Century and the Birth of Modern Medicine

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In 1860, the American doctor and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes remarked, “If all our medical drugs could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for humanity and all the worse for the fishes.” And yet this was the century that laid the foundations of modern medicine. Indeed, greater advances were made in the 19th-century than all the previous centuries combined...

Five Key Medical Breakthroughs

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The history of medicine is the history of breakthroughs. Sometimes these occur thanks to the efforts of one exceptional individual. More often, they are the result of collective work. That is certainly true today, with researchers able to share information and obtain feedback from colleagues anywhere in the world, at any time. Background Books on the history of medicine usually begin with the...

A Guide to the Important Structures of the Brain

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Our brain is made up of hundreds of millions of tiny interconnected cells called neurons. At any one time millions of these are firing in a complex number of ways producing the unique patterns that result in our subjective experience of memories, emotions, sensory experiences and ideas. We are a long way from being able to fully understand, predict and interpret these patterns with any accuracy...

An Introduction to Benzodiazepines and Benzodiazepine Addiction

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Benzodiazepines are a type of drug prescribed by doctors and psychiatrists in order to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. These drugs have a mild sedative effect and can help to ‘calm the brain’ thereby reducing the severity of racing thoughts and ruminations that lead to anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Benzodiazepines are generally considered safe for short term treatments but...

New Discovery Shows How You Can Develop a Brain Like Einstein

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It sounds like science fiction, but moments after Albert Einstein passed away, his brain was removed so that it could be studied in the name of science. Since then countless studies have been carried out to try and find out what made Einstein so incredibly smart, and how we could potentially gain some of his incredible insight. Until recently, findings have been fairly mixed, but a recently...

How to Experience Hallucinations Through Sensory Deprivation

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Those of us who have an interest in the human mind might be almost envious in a way of those who have experienced hallucinations. I would never recommend the use of mind altering drugs – personally or from a psychological standpoint – and no matter what anyone tells you the consequences of ignoring that advice can be incredibly severe. Nevertheless, the thought of breaking down mental barriers...

Keith Hillman

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Keith Hillman is a full time writer specializing in psychology as well as the broader health niche. He has a BSc degree in psychology from Surrey University, where he particularly focused on neuroscience and biological psychology. Since then, he has written countless articles on a range of topics within psychology for numerous of magazines and websites. He continues to be an avid reader of the latest studies and books on the subject, as well as self-development literature.