Monthly archives: July, 2017

A Letter to My Mom: Thank You for Understanding My Depression

Mom, Thank you for understanding my depression. This is the single most important thing you did that helped me survive. Having someone understand, even just slightly understand that depression is a real illness, means so much. You understood I wasn’t being “lazy,” “attention seeking” or “selfish,” like many people accuse those who are struggling with depression …

Medicine with a side of mysticism: Top hospitals promote unproven therapies

By CASEY ROSS @byCaseyRoss, MAX BLAU @maxblau, and KATE SHERIDAN @sheridan_kate,MARCH 7, 2017Illustration by MOLLY FERGUSON FOR STAT They’re among the nation’s premier medical centers, at the leading edge of scientific research. Yet hospitals affiliated with Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and other top medical research centers also aggressively promote alternative therapies with little or no scientific backing. They offer “energy healing” to help treat multiple …

24 Self-Care Tips For Anyone Living With Chronic Pain

We asked members of the Buzzfeed Community who deal with chronic pain to share the little ways they take care of themselves. Here’s what they had to say. FYI: These aren’t meant to be a substitute for medical advice; they’re tactics that have worked for others and might work for you, too. Be sure to check with your doctor …

Parkinson’s Drug Could Treat Patients With Chronic Pain

A key region of our brain’s reward circuit can be rewired by chronic pain, according to a new study. Although only demonstrated in mouse models of disease so far, encouragingly the study found that a combination of two FDA-approved drugs was able to restore harmony in this region and reduce the animals’ symptoms. The discovery could …

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