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Positive Expectations and Depression

Positive thinking may help some depressed patients after all, according to a new study on the placebo effect in medical research.

Over the past three decades, researchers say, there’s been a sharp rise in patients’ positive response to placebos – the fake medication given to some study participants who think it’s actual medicine.

The latest research, from UCLA psychiatrists, say a very simple conclusion may be at the root of the effectiveness of placebos in treating depressive disorder.

Researchers Identify New Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Researchers have identified dozens of new genetic factors linked with increased risk of prostate cancer, and testing for them can identify men with a risk of the disease that’s almost six times higher than average.

With the latest discovery of 23 factors, the number of common genetic variants linked to prostate cancer rises to 100.

Hope for Repairing Muscles as We Age

As we age, stem cells throughout our bodies gradually lose their capacity to repair damage, even from normal wear and tear. Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa in Canada have discovered the reason why this decline occurs in skeletal muscles. Their findings were published online September 2014 in the journal Nature Medicine.

When Your Pet Has Cancer

Any pet owner who has been told their animal has cancer knows the two emotions: anxiety for the beloved pet’s life, and hope for an effective treatment.

“Many people consider their dogs and cats members of the family,” says Food and Drug Administration veterinarian Lisa Troutman. “Just as FDA reviews drugs for humans for safety and effectiveness before they can go on the market, the agency does the same for treatments for animals.”

Celebrate National Yoga Month!

Yoga, once a relatively unknown practice that many considered exotic, has gone so mainstream that September has been declared National Yoga Month. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 13 million adults in the U.S. practice yoga. And the number seems to be growing.

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