"Some progress has been made in reducing the levels of drunk and drugged driving through education, enhanced law enforcement and public outreach efforts. However, the nation must continue to work to prevent this menace and confront these dangerous drivers in an aggressive way," said Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The study tallied responses from 423,000 people ages 16 or older. … [Read more...] about 13% of People Admit Driving Drunk in the Past Year
The study specifically evaluated how patients responded to sertraline, for example, which is just one of many possible treatments for depression. "A next step for the study would be to test if [the algorithm] is predictive of other forms of treatment that aren't necessarily just medication-based," such as cognitive therapy and brain stimulation, Burkhouse said. … [Read more...] about How your brain waves can predict if an antidepressant will work for you
Much recent work has focused on the possible beneficial effects of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, such as boosting creativity, enhancing math skills and helping patients recover from strokes. Two commonly analyzed techniques include transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which applies electric current to the brain, and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), which uses magnetic pulses. … [Read more...] about Could Brain Stimulation Fight Obesity?
Editor's note: This story was updated on Oct. 23 in order to clarify that the researchers consider the TMS procedure a probe, that may illuminate the brain areas involved, rather than a treatment for paralysis in itself. The story was also updated to clarify the difference between the responses of the severely affected group compared with the mildly affected group. … [Read more...] about Magnets Might ‘Unlock’ Paralyzed Arm After Stroke
Additionally, factors like diet, environment and exercise could alter breath-test results, and the compounds affected by stress could in turn affect other breath tests, Thomas said. "It is possible that stress markers in the breath could mask or confound other key compounds that are used to diagnose a certain disease or condition, so it is important that these are accounted for,” he said. … [Read more...] about Stressed? It May Show in Your Breath