The practice of meditation leaves marks in the brain

A new study conducted at IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, shows that the subjective feeling of well-being experienced by many people with the practice of meditation is correlated with specific changes in the brain. The research, which appeared in Brain and Cognition, examined the effects of the technique known…

This is why people talk in their sleep

We’ve all got secrets, and spilling the beans when we’re fast asleep is arguably one of our worst nightmares. But studies show sleep talking or sleep speeches are normally made up of gibberish or nonsensical words instead of the deep-seated, heartfelt messages that popular culture (and our deepest fears) make…

About one in three in ED for low back pain receive imaging

(HealthDay)—Imaging is obtained for about one in three patients with emergency department visits for low back pain, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Jina Pakpoor, M.D., from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined the use of…

Probiotic may help treat colic in infants

Probiotics—or “good bacteria”—have been used to treat infant colic with varying success. In a new trial published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, investigators have shown that drops containing a particular probiotic strain (Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12) reduced the duration of daily crying by more than 50% in…