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Magic Mushrooms May Help Treat Depression

LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Psilocybin mushrooms, better known as magic mushrooms or shrooms may help treat people with depression, researchers in Britain say. Senior author David Nutt of Imperial College London said psychedelics are thought of as “mind-expanding” drugs so it is commonly assumed they work by increasing brain activity. Nutt said he and […]

Older U.S. Women Satisfied With Sex Life

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Seventy-eight percent of older women who were sexually active said they were satisfied with their overall sex life, U.S. researchers found. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine said the study involved 806 older women who live in a San Diego-area planned community and […]

Lifetime Of Puzzles Stave Alzheimer’s

BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) — A lifetime of crossword puzzles, Sudoku and other cognitively stimulating activities may help stave off Alzheimer’s in old age, U.S. researchers suggested. Lead author Susan Landau of the University of California, at Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and colleagues assessed the association between lifestyle practices — cognitive and physical […]

Study: Scientists Can’t Find ‘G-Spot’

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 25 (UPI) — The “G-spot,” the erogenous zone inside the vagina many claim provide intense pleasure during sexual intercourse, may not exist, a U.S. researcher said. Dr. Amichai Kilchevsky, a urologist from the Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, conducted a review of the research on the G-spot from 1950 to 2011 […]

Some Fried Food Not A Heart Breaker

MADRID, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Food fried in olive or sunflower oil was not linked to heart disease or premature death, researchers in Spain found. Professor Pillar Gullah-Castillo of Autonomous University of Madrid surveyed the cooking methods of 40,757 adults ages 29-69 over an 11-year period. None of the study participants had heart disease when […]

Women Feel Pain More Intensely Than Men

STANFORD, Calif., Jan. 23 (UPI) — In almost every disease category, women report more-intense pain than men, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in California say. Using a database from electronic medical records, Stanford scientists examined more than 160,000 pain scores reported for more than 72,000 adult patients. From these, they extracted cases in […]

U.S.: 1-In-5 Had Mental Illness Last Year

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 23 (UPI) — Almost 46 million U.S. adults age 18 or older, about 20 percent of that age group, experienced mental illness during the past year, health officials say. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed 11.4 million adults — 5 percent of […]

Autistics Have More Psychiatric Issues

BOSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The presence of co-occurring psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions may result in a change in autism spectrum disorder, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Andrew Zimmerman of Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and colleagues at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public said questions remain as to whether changes in diagnosis of an […]

Lifestyle Blamed For 40 Percent Of Cancers

LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Forty percent of cancers in women and 45 percent in men could be prevented by a healthier lifestyle, British researchers say. A Cancer Research UK report found more than 100,000 cancers each year in Britain are caused by four lifestyle factors — smoking, unhealthy diet, alcohol and being overweight — […]

Menopause Onset May Be Genetic

BOSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine report they have found 13 genetic locations linked to the onset of menopause. Menopause affects most women in their early 50s and most studies of the age of onset of menopause focused on genes from the estrogen-production pathway or […]

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