Daily Archives: January 9, 2016

“Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger’s” (Documentary)

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This Magnetic Wand May Fix Brain Circuits Gone Wrong In Addiction

We often think of addiction as a moral dilemma — a sort of spiritual calamity that one needs to rebuild their entire lives around to conquer.

But what if that’s not the case? What if addiction is just a faulty brain state — a series of misconnected electrical circuits that can be shocked back into normality?

What if treating addiction is as simple as waving a figure-8-shaped magnetic wand above an addict’s head?

Faulty circuits

It’s not that crazy of an idea.

Although drug addiction is often thought of as a moral downfall, modern neuroscience sees it more as a biological phenomenon, a sort of “learning gone wrong.”

tms-treatment-cocaine-addiction-2A drug high is essentially just a chemical handshake, one of the billions that happen between our neurons every day. Our brain has an innate ability to produce euphoria: pleasantly surprising things — good food, a lover’s kiss, lottery wins — activates a part of the brain called the limbic system, prompting it to release dopamine. When dopamine locks into its receptors, neurons in the limbic circuit activate in succession like a waterfall. The end result? We experience a warm, fuzzy feeling that we call happiness.

This is essential for everyday life: euphoria serves as a learning signal, telling us “yes, this is exactly what I want, what I crave, what makes me good.”

Drugs are insidious in that they hijack the very circuit that allows us to survive as a species. Cocaine, for example, prolongs the dopamine response, sending the brain into a mind-bending euphoric rush — one that’s multitudes larger than anything we can ever experience with natural stimulation. The rush, unattainable elsewhere, is what keeps some people going back for more.

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Congressman: Jesus and Moses Would Fund Planned Parenthood

In opposing the GOP’s bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare, Democrat congressman Steve Cohen (D.-Dumb.) argued that Jesus and Moses would oppose it.

CNS pulled this quote:

“We just came through Hanukkah and Christmas, and we ought to think a little bit about what Hanukkah and Christmas were about and what Moses and Jesus would be about. I think they would be about saving lives and about giving everybody an opportunity to live, not patient-centric health care, but people living and getting health care like every other civilized, industrialized country in the world provides for its people.”

Maybe he doesn’t understand what’s being celebrated on Christmas. And maybe he doesn’t understand that those Ten Commandments that Moses held high included a little something about thou shall not kill.

continue http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2016/01/congressman-jesus-and-moses-would-fund.html

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The Army Wants You … to Eat MREs for 3 Weeks

Three weeks, nothing but MREs.

It’s not a far-flung mission, nor is it a lost wager — it’s how military researchers hope to discover how new knowledge of the digestive process could improve future Meals, Ready-to-Eat. The work could even help protect troops from sickness while deployed.

Here’s what you need to know about the ongoing study, run by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s military nutrition division:

1. “Gut health” goals. Researchers want to learn how MREs effect the trillions of bacteria housed in troops’ digestive systems — microorganisms that, when fed properly, can benefit overall wellness. By finding a base level of these bacteria under study conditions, researchers can determine how to improve MREs when it comes to minding what study head Dr. J. Philip Karl calls “gut health.”

“There’s a lot of interesting and new research looking at gut bacteria, and how those gut bacteria interact with the human body,” Karl said, adding that an “explosion” in research technology over the last decade allows researchers to “really get an understanding that we never have before.”

continue http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2015/12/30/army-needs-volunteers-eat-only-mres-21-days-straight/78011512/

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Canadian cat café closes temporarily due to lack of cats

A cat café in Vancouver was forced to close for a week after an increase in adoptions caused a shortage of cats for customers to visit. Photo by Catfé/Facebook
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 5 (UPI) — A Canadian cat café was forced to close temporary after its popularity led to a lack of cats for visitors to adopt.

Vancouver’s aptly named “Catfé” is set to re-open on Jan. 8 after a week long closure following a high number of adoptions, among other factors.

“Our aim is to have anywhere between eight and 12 cats at the cafe, which will fluctuate as cats get adopted out and more cats arrive,” a post on Catfé’s website states.

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