App-Controlled Medical Implant Could Replace Addictive Opioids By Jamming Pain Signals To The Brain

  • App-controlled medical implant could replace addictive opioids by jamming pain signals to the brain – but it will cost patients thousands.
  • Spinal cord stimulators are implanted along the spine and use electrical impulses to interfere with pain signals sent to the brain from parts of the body.
  • The technology has been around since the 1970s, but recent developments are making the devices far more user-friendly.
  • Studies have shown that patients with chronic pain are able to wean themselves off of prescription opioids after getting spinal cord stimulator systems implanted.

A tiny, surgically-implanted device for treating pain may offer an alternative to addictive opioids for many patients.

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Why Mental Illness Can Fuel Physical Disease

For people who suffer from depression or anxiety, being diagnosed with a physical health condition on top of a mental health issue can feel like the worst kind of bad luck. But recent research suggests that this type of dual diagnosis is more than just an unfortunate coincidence. Scientists are learning that seemingly unrelated psychological and physical issues may actually be closely connected.

Doctors once thought that the link between mental and physical health problems was purely behavioral. Depressed people are less likely to take their medications or practice healthy habits, for instance, so they get sicker.

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In Memory Of Joyce Riley: An Inspirational Advocate, Broadcaster, And Friend

Joyce Ann Riley: July 31, 1948 – June 25, 2017
An Inspirational Advocate, Broadcaster, And Friend.

Joyce Ann Riley was welcomed into the world on July 31, 1948. Fittingly, she was born just outside Arkansas City, Kansas on the border with Oklahoma, in the heart of the United States. Eventually, Joyce would capture the hearts of millions of people around the world, including my own, becoming a trusted friend and mentor.

Her father owned a pharmacy while her mother was a stay-at-home mum. Joyce was the eldest of three children. One of her passions, as well as being on The Power Hour was quilting, a talent and pleasure inherited from her mother. Read More

‘Ground-Breaking’ Films Released To Encourage A ‘National Conversation’ On Mental Health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry released ten films as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign. The films feature people from all walks of life talking, often with the person that they first opened up to, about the life changing conversation that helped them cope with their mental health problems – from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement.

The first series for films, published on the Heads Together YouTube page and website, includes: two mums of young children; musician Stephen Manderson (Professor Green) and Cricketer Freddie Flintoff; a journalist and her friend; comedian Ruby Wax and her husband Ed; two paramedics based in Blackpool; model Adwoa Aboah with her mum; a blogger and her mum; and writer Alastair Campbell talking with his partner, Fiona.

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Dr Tetyana Obukhanych: An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation

Vaccination, at its core, is neither a safe nor effective method of disease prevention.

Dr Tetyana Obukhanych

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.  You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement. 

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