Miners dug hundreds, even thousands, of feet into the ground here, extracting one of humanity's most treasured minerals: salt.They've since left the mine, having extracted its treasures, but they left behind an incredible patchwork of passages as tall as cathedrals.Proponents claim the salt keeps the air inside the mines free of allergens, and low in bacteria.Nearly 1,400 feet underground, the potassium and stone salt mine near the town of Soligorsk, south of Minsk, in Belarus is a popular destination for medical treatments.The Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy says more than 7,000 children and adults go to the mine each year to relieve their respiratory illnesses.The US Food and Drug Administration has approved medications called mucolytics that can thin the mucus in the lungs in a similar way.
Alan RockefellerPsilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, may be an effective way to treat depression in patients that have seen no benefit from other, standard forms of treatment, early results suggest.In a pilot study involving just 12 people with treatment-resistant depression, two doses of the mushroom compound cleared symptoms in eight participants—67 percent—after one week.We are simply saying that this is doable, Robin Carhart-Harris, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London and first author of the study, told Nature.Carhart-Harris and colleagues got the idea to try psilocybin after earlier brain imaging studies found that the compound activated brain regions associated with antidepressant effects.Plus, large population studies have found that people who used psychedelics in their lifetime have lower rates of psychological distress and suicidal episodes compared to those that didn t.Moreover, psilocybin is readily converted to psilocin in the body, which can activates serotonin receptors.While the efficacy was pretty remarkable, according to Carhart-Harris, far more work will need to be done to prove that psilocybin can treat depression reliably.
Between logging our calorie intake on MyFitnessPal and tracking our runs on RunKeeper or squeezing in a 7 Minute Workout with Johnson & Johnson , we do a pretty good job of using technology to benefit our physical health.To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we ve rounded up the best apps designed to keep track of your mental health too.HeadspaceView photosMore Headspace Headspace provides daily guided meditation for when you need some downtime in the big bad world.Do you find yourself plagued with worrying thoughts?This app will help keep track of what makes you feel anxious and provides a plethora of welcome distractions to help ease anxious thoughts when they arise.Dream EZ uses imagery rehearsal therapy to reduce the frequency and intensity of nightmares, so sufferers can sleep easy.
Colourbox Several scientific studies highlight the fact that the time in the open air celebration is good for your health. The United States has discovered that people spend most of their time indoors or in enclosed vehicles. As a company trips over this draft exit from the trend, a growing number of Americans have taken the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku practitioners. Shirin-Yoku is metsäkylpemistä, which means the outlook, scents, sounds and natural framework for self-sucking. I think about it, at which point the yoga was 30 years ago and where it is today, and I understand that the forest therapy is doing the same journey towards kultuurellista definition, through which it will become the mainstream, says forest therapy guide Ben Paige. Metsäkylvyt different from ordinary migrations, as in the metsäkylpyjen is expected to focus on the therapeutic effects of nature.
After all, you want to leave on a professional note—not an unprepared one that ends with you turning this final meeting into an impromptu why I hate this job therapy session.What the heck caused you to want to pack up your bags and go?First, your employer wants to identify whether or not there was a single event that precipitated your departure—such as a falling out with your manager or a co-worker.Secondly, he or she s hoping to determine if there are any shortcomings with the position that need to be resolved before bringing in a replacement.Remember, one of a company s key goals is employee retention.It might seem a little strange to air your grievances about lack of training, unhelpful technology, or a completely uncommunicative team.
Even if your green thumb has wilted away, this super easy tip will help you keep your succulents alive.Not even the hardiest of plants are truly unkillable, but many can survive constant neglect as long as you stick them in the right places.Taryn Williford at Apartment Therapy relays some vital information she learned from the floral and decor shop Sage Market Design:Succulents in the purple and orange color family prefer the outdoors.They will prefer your patio or deck to your darker rooms.Succulents that are really very green will do better indoors.So there you have it, some will fare better in your bathroom, office, or kitchen, while others really do need to get regular sunlight and airflow.
Mitochondrial replacement therapy, or three-parent IVF, is an effort to eliminate rare mitochondrial diseases in embryos, which can damage the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, and respiratory systems.Unfortunately, inherited defects in mitochondrial DNA can lead to severe or even fatal results, and it happens in about one in every 5,000 births.Despite the controversial nature of the procedure, the U.K. approved the practice two years ago, and the U.S. is on the verge of giving it the okay.It s worth pointing out that Egli s experiment was conducted on embryonic stem cells, and not in real world conditions.As reproductive biologist Mary Herbert pointed out in Nature News, levels of mutant mitochondria fluctuate wildly in stem cells.The U.K. s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority HEFA took note of the new study, and said it will wait for further experiments before approving the first mitochondrial replacement in humans.
Photo: BSIP/Universal Images Group/Getty ImagesA company has been created to develop "novel technology" to help treat type 1 diabetes and potentially negate the need for insulin injections.Islexa, formed after successful pre-clinical studies, will now concentrate on more pre-clinical development, the hope being that trials can take place "in the next few years."Insulin regulates levels of glucose in our blood.Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces no insulin, while type 2 diabetes refers to when not enough insulin is produced, or when our body's cells "don't react to insulin.""This is a really exciting technology that has the potential to bring life-changing benefits to these patients," Keith Thompson, CEO of the CGT and Islexa director, said."The collaboration has already delivered promising results and the formation of Islexa will accelerate the development of these lab grown islets and ultimately get this potential treatment to thousands of patients," he went on to add.
Mitochondrial replacement therapy, or three-parent IVF, is an effort to eliminate rare mitochondrial diseases in embryos, which can damage the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, and respiratory systems.Unfortunately, inherited defects in mitochondrial DNA can lead to severe or even fatal results, and it happens in about one in every 5,000 births.Despite the controversial nature of the procedure, the UK approved the practice two years ago, and the US is on the verge of giving it the okay.It s worth pointing out that Egli s experiment was conducted on embryonic stem cells, and not in real world conditions.As reproductive biologist Mary Herbert pointed out in Nature News, levels of mutant mitochondria fluctuate wildly in stem cells.The UK s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority HEFA took note of the new study, and said it will wait for further experiments before approving the first mitochondrial replacement in humans.
After a whiplash injury is the most effective to train the deep muscles of the neck of a physiotherapist, for example it is better than physical activity on prescription. This according to a doctoral thesis from Linköping University. The researchers examined 200 people and about 60 percent of those trained by a physiotherapist experienced a "major and sustained improvement," reports Vetenskapsradion. Approximately 30 000 Swedes suffer whiplash injury or whiplash injury every year. Usually this is done in connection with traffic accidents where the head is first thrown backwards and then forwards. Get the news you're going to talk about in your Facebook feed - like Metro Sweden
Mitochondrial replacement therapy, or three-parent IVF, is an effort to eliminate rare mitochondrial diseases in embryos, which can damage the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, and respiratory systems.Unfortunately, inherited defects in mitochondrial DNA can lead to severe or even fatal results, and it happens in about one in every 5,000 births.Despite the controversial nature of the procedure, the UK approved the practice two years ago, and the US is on the verge of giving it the okay.It s worth pointing out that Egli s experiment was conducted on embryonic stem cells, and not in real world conditions.As reproductive biologist Mary Herbert pointed out in Nature News, levels of mutant mitochondria fluctuate wildly in stem cells.The UK s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority HEFA took note of the new study, and said it will wait for further experiments before approving the first mitochondrial replacement in humans.
As a result, people will no longer focus on whether or not we should engage in gene editing from an ethical standpoint.Sangamo is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is researching ways to commercialize Zinc finger nucleases, which modify a cell s DNA at a location, thereby correcting or disrupting a specific gene.All of this brings us to the subsequent ethical debate, which centers on the potential threat of gene editing, specifically gene-edited humans.Technologies such as cell phones and social media have fundamentally changed global society.The first leukemic patient — who could not be saved by any other therapy — was injected with a gene-edited CAR T-cell product candidate at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in the United Kingdom.2015 was an equally positive year for commercial agriculture, as gene-edited harvests across the United States were abundant, making it conceivable for gene-edited potatoes and soybeans to make it to consumer plates within two years.
Celia was first introduced to 'Roger' when telling friends how bad the cold calls to her home had becomeSo bad, in fact, that I was considering either investing in a course of underwater screaming therapy or building a rage room , Kanye West-style, where I could smash up vases, ceramic plates and garden gnomes every time I was disrupted, mid-article, and then forced to waste minutes of my existence explaining to a telemarketer why I actively do not want to save money or go to Disneyland for free.As someone who does combative very poorly, I would hear my voice go from shrill to hysterical before eventually hitting a pitch only audible to bats, and spend the rest of the day feeling drained.There was some back and forth about various methods of dealing with cold callers – putting a hungry/teething infant on the line, shouting Oh no, the little beings with the furry teeth are back!into the receiver and waiting for them to hang up, or doing a Jerry Seinfeld and saying, I can t talk right now but why don t you give me your home phone number and I ll call you later tonight?Tired of cold callers, Celia has turned to unconventional means to tackle themOne local estate agent was reaching the 10-minute mark until Roger announced that he had a bee on his arm.Until recently, I could never have imagined how this unrivalled object of my affections could be improved upon.
Some scientists say this unnatural position can lead to pain, headaches and other symptoms, sometimes collectively called text neck.If you already have pain, there may be a benefit if you use something like this in conjunction with an exercise program that strengthens neck muscles and muscles stabilizing the head, says Alan S. Hilibrand, professor of spinal surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.The extra force results in more load on discs, which can eventually degenerate and lead to chronic neck pain, says study co-author Kenneth K. Hansraj, a cervical surgeon in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.Technological reminders, such as the Alex and the Text Neck Indicator, can help raise awareness about good posture, adds Dr. Hansraj, who has no link to Dr. Fishman or Namu.In testing the Alex, I liked that I could adjust the neck tilt the device considered bad, which allowed me to set reasonable goals.Craning your neck occasionally isn t a bad thing, but it is best for the body to move and change positions often, says Eric K. Robertson, director of graduate physical therapy education for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and a spokesman for the American Physical Therapy Association.
Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP FINLAND OUTHELSINKI AP — American biochemical engineer Frances Arnold, whose discoveries in "directed evolution" have helped produce medicines, including drugs for treating diabetes, on Tuesday was awarded this year's euro 1 million $1.2 million Millennium Technology Prize.The 59-year-old professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, was cited for "groundbreaking work that has a great impact on areas such as pharmaceuticals and gene therapy," with hundreds of laboratories and companies around the world using methods she developed, committee chairman Jarl-Thure Eriksson said."Directed evolution, which mimics natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory, uses the power of biology and evolution to solve many important problems, often replacing less efficient and sometimes harmful technologies," the citation said.Crowdsourcing, problem-solving — nature's been doing that for several billion years," she said.Past winners include Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the World Wide Web, Shuji Nakamura, the inventor of bright blue and white LEDs, and ethical stem-cell pioneer Shinya Yamanaka.The previous winner, in 2014, was British-American physicist Stuart Parkin for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks used in large data centers, cloud services, social networks and downloads of music and film online.
"We are taking a very traditional profession and delivering it in a very modern way," Roni Frank, Talkspace's co-founder and head of clinical services, told me.You can use it if it's 4am and you can't sleep.One of their bots is named Sim Sensei.In a 2014 study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, Gratch and his team had 239 volunteers go through a health screening in which they interacted with a bot interviewer which they called a virtual human VH ."We had this empathetic listening that draws people out to make them say more things, plus a feeling of anonymity," said Gratch.To make Sensei, Gratch and his team spent years studying how people convey to each other that they're interested in what another person is saying, something called "active listening."Their results suggested that — at least for treating the handful of psychiatric disorders they reviewed — doing the therapy online was just as effective as doing in person."Another therapist I spoke to who wanted to stay anonymous because of the sensitive nature of her clientele — she works with sex offenders and pedophiles — said she'd never work for a platform like Talkspace or Betterhelp, since meeting in person with her clients is so crucial to her.
The importance of the service means that any IT decisions about how it is run must be carefully thought through.CBR spoke to Ian Trenholm, CEO, NHSBT, and Anthony Evans, digital service manager, NHSBT, about the technology it is using.Before a move to Microsoft Azure almost two years ago, NHSBT had been using its own in-house service to manage all of its systems, but while they were stable, they struggled to deal with spikes in demand and were un-flexible."So if a celebrity goes on breakfast news and says, 'I'm very grateful for a blood transfusion', then people immediately try and go online and book a blood donation appointment.This month two NHS trusts were fined £365,000 for leaking information about thousands of NHS staff and hundreds of patients with HIV.NHSBT has architected its systems so that its on-premise estate manages some of the data that is very sensitive, but it has a secure high speed link between its internal database and the digital service that users see.
Image: Braeburn Pharmaceuticals The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Probuphine, the first implantable drug for the treatment of opioid dependence.Unlike pills or films, these implants can t get lost, forgotten, or stolen, so the drug can t be abused or resold on the street.We must do everything we can to make new, innovative treatment options available that can help patients regain control over their lives, said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf in a statement.The number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has quadrupled since 1999.According to the CDC, deaths from opioid overdoses reached a record 28,647 in 2014.As Judith Kramer of Duke University noted in the Washington Post, some trial participants still needed supplemental buprenorphine for relief, which to her suggested that the implant dose was too low.
It s like a medical concierge for your pooch or purring kitten.Watch our Facebook Live stream with four of Treat s kittens and ask the team questions here:It s got early funding from angels like Slack s April Underwood and a strategic investor in the pet care space.Live chat with a vet from 8am to midnight is free on its iOS app, while a vet visit costs $99.The idea for Treat came when co-founder and CEO Steve Simitzis cat had a stroke.She d recover with daily physical therapy and bottle feeding, but Simitizis would need questions answered at 2am, and help with care while he was at work.What none of them offer is the peace of mind of reliable answers when you re scared something could be wrong.
Researchers at MIT have developed a frozen gizmo made of pig intestine that you drop down the hatch.As it thaws in your stomach, it unfolds.Using a magnetic field, a doctor could theoretically lead the device to something you ve gone and swallowed but really shouldn t have—batteries aren t as tasty as they look—and hurry the offending object out of your system.Aside from traditional surgery being rather traumatic, doctors also have the problem of anesthesia.There s no feedback to tell them if they re doing a good job or not, if the therapy is helping them or not, or just what to do next.Not that you should start eating batteries anytime soon.
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