In this study, single needle acupuncture in mice was as effective as fluoxetine in controlling anxiety. These mouse studies are brutal. They make the mice swim for long periods of time which then sets them up for PTSD. Brutal... I need to get up to date about the MTOR pathway. It seems to be ... Read More about Acupuncture modulates stress response by the mTOR signaling pathway in a rat post-traumatic stress disorder model.
This article achieves something that has always been on the back burner of my HRV project. That is, can we tell something about people's likelihood to respond to treatment before we treat them, by analyzing their HRV? In my earliest research, I saw a correlation with patients' stress response ... Read More about Using HRV to Predict Success with Implanted Vagal Nerve Stimulators for Drug Resistent Epilepsy
Though the "take home" message was that risk is least at zero drinks/day. But it is more nuanced than that. So, of course, no drinking may be the safest, but a few drinks a day does not increase health risks in a huge way. Of course drinking and driving is a totally different story. From the ... Read More about New Alcohol Study and Safety
I have treated fibromyalgia patients over the years, and the condition is of intense interest in the Acupuncture Research Community. This article indicates that autonomic dysfunction plays a part in the disease. Front Physiol. 2018 Aug 17;9:1118. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01118. eCollection ... Read More about Heart Rate Variability in Fibromyalgia Patients
This New Yorker tackles the phenomenon that is Tom Cruise and his apparent resistance to the aging process. The author attributes this to Cruise's physical athleticism and makes oblique references to younger women. Who knows, though genetics is on Cruise's side in that he's retained his hair, ... Read More about Tom Cruise and the Aging Conundrum