Hedonic Hyperphagia

Most people identify with this: we eat one potato chip and before we know it the whole bag is gone--even on a full stomach! German researchers asked the question why? They concluded by mapping rat brains that this and many other kinds of food stimulate the reward center of the brain. It is called "hedonic hyperphagia"…

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Storytelling as Effective as Blood Pressure Medication?

In a first-of-its-kind randomized study, researchers found that storytelling by black patients for black patients resulted in reductions of 15 mm Hg systolic (vs. 3mm Hg in controls) and 3 mm Hg diastolic (no change in the control groups). This benefit was similar to blood pressure medications. The storytellers had the ability to clearly and…

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