Category Archives: The Science of Us

Cognitive Reappraisal — Looking at the Bright Side Isn’t Always A Good Thing

Positive thinking may only be useful in coping with certain types of events

When things go wrong in our lives, we use a number of strategies to help us cope. One of these is what scientists call “cognitive reappraisal,” or simply thinking about things differently to moderate how we feel. For example, if … Continue reading

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New Device May Help Patients With Heart Failure

Patients involved in a recent study reported fewer symptoms, better quality of life and increased exercise ability

A recent study suggests that a new heart device intended to improve blood flow may be beneficial for people suffering with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Corvia Medical’s InterAtrial Shunt device is a flower-shaped wire device that creates a … Continue reading

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Germs Help in the Fight Against Cancer

Study shows that certain gut bacteria enhance the action of chemotherapy drugs

Since about the mid-19th century, people have been understandably afraid of germs. Prior to that time, no one knew why millions of people became mysteriously ill with symptoms such as fevers, rashes and coughs. Nor did they understand why so … Continue reading

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Can Dogs Really Detect Cancer?

Researchers are using the canine sense of smell to identify early cancers, with more than a little success

Early detection is one of the most important factors in the successful treatment of many cancers. Since the 1950’s, when the PAP smear for cervical cancer screening became widely available, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by over … Continue reading

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Promising Alzheimer’s Prevention Study Is Underway

Researchers at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute hope two investigational drugs may reduce or eliminate the protein linked to Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating and incurable condition that affects as many as 5 million Americans age 65 and older, according to estimates by the CDC, and more than 46 million people worldwide.  Now, researchers from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute … Continue reading

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Brush Up on Dental Health: Researchers Link Unhealthy Mouths to Heart Disease

Oral inflammation might be a factor in a number of diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of us (about 91 percent, to be exact) have some form of tooth decay, and half of all adults in the United States suffer from periodontal disease (a serious form … Continue reading

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