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Fathers May Pass Down More Than Just Genes, Study Suggests

Fathers May Pass Down More Than Just Genes, Study Suggests | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Recent research suggests that experience may alter a man’s sperm, and the changes may be handed down to his children.
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We live in interesting times.  Research such as reported in this article suggests that lifestyle changes have a profound effect on the future.  Nothing conclusive here... as yet. 

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How to read the genome and build a human being

How to read the genome and build a human being | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and even facial structure — all from a vial of blood. And soon, Sabatini says, our new understanding of the genome will allow us to personalize treatments for diseases like cancer. We have the power to change life as we know it. How will we use it?
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When asked, "Do you want to know your genes?"  What do you answer?  Is it better to know or not know? 

 

I like this response to the question: "How will I (we) use it?"

 

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The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center

The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Separating findings from conclusions


I’ve been studying the amygdala for more than 30 years. When I started this work, research on this brain region was a lonely field of inquiry. The hippocampus was all the rage, and I sometimes felt jealous of the attention lavished on this brain region because of its contribution to memory. 

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Ruth Virginia Barton's curator insight, March 25, 2016 6:25 PM
I've always believed the amygdala had to do with deep feelings and intuition.  This article kinda sorta backs that up, very indirectly, but is emphatic that fear is NOT sourced in the amygdala.  I am relieved, as he is; it always felt unfair to me when I read that it was.  And I completely understand the author's sometime jealousy of the attention the hippocampus got!
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UMASS: Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab

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The Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab builds on the foundational work of the Center for Mindfulness by bringing a new team of scientists to tackle the neurobiological underpinnings of how mindfulness affects the mind and related behaviors.

Using scientific tools including fMRI, EEG, and mobile device enabled experience sampling, our research is focused on developing and improving evidence-based mindfulness treatments grounded in biological mechanisms and optimized for personalized benefit.

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Learning to BREATHE: A pilot trial of a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents.

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Genetic Evidence of Yoga’s Impact on the Immune System -

Genetic Evidence of Yoga’s Impact on the Immune System - | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Newly published research from Norway suggests that a comprehensive yoga programrapidly produces internal changes on a genetic level. The results help explain the well-documented health benefits of this ancient practice.

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Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Based at UC Berkeley, Greater Good reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism.
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The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

The most recent findings that support coffee as a panacea will make their premiere this December in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Coffee, researchers found, appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.


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I love coffee. That said,  I've had about 3 cups in the past three months.  Now (thanks to the Integrative Medicine Program) my health is restored.  I can start savoring my favorite brew once again!

 

Update 2016:  The coffee love affair continues.  These days a small cup of black coffie in the morning is my friend. (A very good friend indeed.)

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March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Dr. Samuel Parry, Theme 3 team leader at the University of Pennsylvania PRC, in collaboration with Dan Huh, Ph.D. in the bioengineering department at Penn recently published a paper on their most recent breakthrough: a placenta on a chip. The new device is the size of a flash drive and is made from clear silicone.

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Remarkable work sponsored by March of Dimes.

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AIHM President’s Choice: Mindfulness Practices Dramatically Reduce Hospital Visits

AIHM President’s Choice: Mindfulness Practices Dramatically Reduce Hospital Visits | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
“The data suggests that the intervention should be applied to all at risk populations, since the intervention has minimal risk, minimal cost and yields substantial benefits for patients with a wide variety of illnesses. The long-term effect of these interventions on healthy populations is unclear, but the data suggests that mind body interventions should perhaps be instituted as a form of preventative care similar to vaccinations or driver education. Such interventions are likely to be useful in population management and supported self-care, have negligible risk and cost and may help reduce the demand curve in healthcare. While the risk benefit ratio of this intervention is very favorable to further elucidate the effect size a prospective evaluation is called for.”
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Lower health care costs with Mindfullness practices. 

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Rick Hanson - Feeling Loved - YouTube

Empathy and Compassion in Society gives professionals a new perspective on the human capacity to cultivate empathy and compassion. http://compassioninsociety...
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This video captures Rick's presentation at the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference in San Francisco.

At the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference in San Francisco, I explored the primal importance of feeling loved. In this video of my talk, I explain the neuroscience behind this fundamental human need, plus offer practical ways to feel more cared about in everyday life. Enjoy!

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Social Connection Makes a Better Brain

Social Connection Makes a Better Brain | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Recent trends show that people increasingly value material goods over relationships—but neuroscience and evolution say this goes against our nature.


Lieberman’s new book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect hits the shelves this month. It’s a book about relationships and why relationships are a central—though increasingly absent—part of a flourishing life. Lieberman draws on psychology and neuroscience research to confirm what Aristotle asserted long ago in his Politics: “Man is by nature a social animal … Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.”

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LIVE WELL - WITH PEOPLE

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How does meditation actually work?

How does meditation actually work? | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists are researching centuries-old Buddhist mindfulness techniques and their effects on the brain
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As a life long skeptic, reasearch helps me see what has been obvious to many since the very beginning. 

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Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹

Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹ | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.

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Stanford's center has deep resources! 

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:12 PM

As mentioned by Dennis O'Connor: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is a center for deep resources.

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The benefits of meditation - MIT News Office

The benefits of meditation - MIT News Office | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice helps tune out distractions and relieve pain.


In a study published online April 21 in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, the researchers found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms.

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Science established what's been known for centuries: our mind bodies are real.  As a westerner, I'm deeply touched by scientific research.  I find this all very reassuring.  The path I'm on is real (on multiple levels). 

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Experts declare ‘cyber war’ on cancer’s ‘social networking’ | KurzweilAI

Experts declare ‘cyber war’ on cancer’s ‘social networking’ | KurzweilAI | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Social bacteria: this colony of bacteria contains pioneer cells that pave the way for colony expansion in the same way that specialized cancer cells prepare...


Researchers at Rice, Tel Aviv and Johns Hopkins universities aim to break cancer’s command-and-control codes

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