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Mindfulness meditation study shows changes in neural responses to pain and fear

Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to alter how the brain processes fear memories. In a study that will appear in the Nov. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry, a team led by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report that mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations. A common way to… Read More »

NIH Awards $3 Million to Study Cannabidiol for Pain Relief

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced that it will grant nine new research awards, totaling approximately $ 3 million, to study the potential pain-relieving properties of cannabidiol (CBD) and other non-psychoactive components of cannabis. “The treatment of chronic pain has relied heavily… Read More »

Consent, power and age difference between young black gay couples may have more effect on HIV transmission than individual characteristics, US study finds

A quite large survey of young black gay and bisexual men in two Texan cities, Houston and Dallas, has found that power dynamics between gay couples may be the most important influence on the onward spread of HIV through the black gay community, rather than factors that disadvantage individuals such as youth, poverty or low… Read More »

No ‘gay gene’, but study finds genetic links to sexual behavior

LONDON (Reuters) – A large scientific study into the biological basis of sexual behavior has confirmed there is no single “gay gene” but that a complex mix of genetics and environment affects whether a person has same-sex sexual partners. FILE PHOTO: People dance during the Youth Pride event as part of World Pride and Stonewall… Read More »

Study reveals zebrafish make an unexpected decision when faced with conflicting opportunities

Digging deeper, the researchers used live imaging to identify specific brain regions that were activated by the mating and threat stimuli. “When we presented both stimuli at the same time and looked at the brain, by and large we saw a response to just the reproductive stimulus, not the fear-inducing stimulus. And even further, the… Read More »