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Psychedelic tea might help with depression

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Hallucinogenic tea brewed from South American plants might treat depression, according to a new study – but don’t start your homebrewing just yet; it’s a small study, and there are still unclear aspects about it.

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1,000 year old garlic remedy treats styes and MRSA better than modern antibiotics

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A 1,000 year old Anglo-Saxon ‘eye salve’ made from onion, garlic, wine and part of a cow’s stomach wipes out 90 percent of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – much better than modern antibiotics. It also does a great job at treating styes, small abscesses on the eyelid.

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Cosmetic eye surgery turns brown eyes into blue

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We live in a society which puts a lot of pressure on looks. Women especially, are always looking for new ways to make themselves look more attractive either by dyeing their hair, wearing make-up or, in some particular extreme cases, plastic surgery. Now there’s another type of aesthetic procedure – a novel laser treatment which can change your eyes’ color. The

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Research Finds Meditation More Useful Than Sleep Education in Fighting Insomnia

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A randomized clinical trial has found that mindfulness meditation is significantly more effective than sleep hygiene education (e.g. how to identify & change bad sleeping habits) in reducing insomnia symptoms, fatigue, and depression symptoms in older adults with sleep disturbances.

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Expensive Placebos Work Better Than Cheap Placebos

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Although generic drugs are often identical to their brand-name counterparts, the effect is often not the same. It’s not because the more expensive drugs do something different or better – in fact, it’s all in your head. A new study has found that expensive placebos can work better than cheap placebos.

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Scientist gives himself Fecal Transplant from Hunter-Gatherer from Tanzania… to See how it Goes

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A field researcher from America has transplanted fecal microbiome from a Tanzanian tribesman to his own gut. Why? Well… to see what happens, basically. “AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into my bum and injected the feces of a Hadza man – a member of one of

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Family Medics in Israel to be Allowed to Write Marijuana Prescriptions

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The Health Ministry in Israel has announced plans to expand who can prescribe medical marijuana. Family doctors will be temporarily allowed to prescribe marijuana, and if everything works out, then the decision will be made permanent. The ministry is trying to deal with the load on pain clinics, which seems to be an ever growing problem in the developed world.

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Paraplegics regain leg movement after breakthrough therapy

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For the nearly six million Americans living with paralysis, 1.3 million of which with spinal cord injuries, life is often a struggle. Few are independent, and this causes severe psychological strain. Physiotherapy has proved it can do wonder in some cases, but what if you could push it a bit further? Building up on previous ground-breaking research, a team of

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Inhaled Cannabis Mitigates Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

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Inhaling cannabis (medical marijuana) provides symptomatic relief in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to observational trial data published in the March/April edition of the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology. This new study shows tremor, rigidity, sleep and pain improvements in patients using medical marijuana. Researchers at the Tel-Aviv University, Department of Neurology gathered 22 volunteers for this study, all of which

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Potential applications of medicinal marijuana

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Marijuana is a modern day drug which needs no introduction. Packed with a plethora of uses and benefits it goes without saying that this particular drug is currently ahead by a big margin in the race of medicines – in some areas, it’s giving a tough fight to some of the best medicines in the market. Since it is a