Placebo Effect May Explain Benefits of Psychedelic Microdosing

January 29, 2021

Key Takeaways Microdosing is the practice of consuming low, sub-hallucinogenic doses of a psychedelic drug and is said to positively impact mood, focus and creativity. A recent placebo-controlled study examined the experience of microdosing and suggests that these anecdotal benefits can be explained by the placebo effect. Psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and…

Lots of People Give Up on New Year’s Resolutions, and That’s Okay

January 21, 2021

 Most people abandon New Year’s resolutions within the first month and then make the same resolutions all over again the following year, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.1 Researchers surveyed nearly 200 people in the U.K. and Australia over a two-month period around the start of the…

Large Scale Study Finds Little Difference Between Male and Female Brains

January 19, 2021

With normalized sayings like men are from Mars, women are from Venus, we’re led to believe there are inherent psychological differences between the sexes. We accept notions like boys will be boys and that women are automatically more nurturing, but a recent meta-synthesis of three decades worth of research, published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews1 entitled…

Resolve Conflict by Day’s End For Long-Lasting Benefits, Study Says

January 15, 2021

During the pandemic, couples, roommates, and other household members have been living in tighter quarters without time or space away from one another—circumstances that inevitably breed conflict and stress. A survey of Verywell readers showed that some couples managed to capitalize on the time they were stuck together in 2020 to make improvements on their…

Cancer Treatment and food-related myths debunked

January 10, 2021

“For individuals with a cancer diagnosis, a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy and consistent body weight still apply and improves treatment outcomes. It’s less about good food and bad food and more about the quality of what you’re eating,” says Maya Ram, a clinical dietitian at Sinai Health’s Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre. “Often patients ask about dietary tips they’ve…

Innovative ultrasound technique developed by Mount Sinai

January 1, 2021

Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital, part of Sinai Health and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have successfully taken their novel ultrasound technique from the bench to the bedside, demonstrating its effectiveness in detecting placental disease, which could ultimately help prevent some future stillbirths or serious illnesses in newborns. Their findings were published in eBioMedicine on May…