Lighting Up Our Lives: How Light Influences Our Mental and Physical Health

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health presents the inaugural lecture in a series, “ Novel Approaches at the Intersection of Mental Health and Pain, ” part of the Center ’ s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series: Lighting Up Our Lives: How Light Influences Our Mental and Physical Health Helen Burgess, Ph.D., University of Michigan Natural outdoor light and artificial indoor light can affect our mental and physical health. This is especially relevant in the current times when we are asked to stay home and spend less time outside. Dr. Burgess will examine how light reaches the brain and can alter brain centers that regulate circadian (body clock) timing, sleep, and mood. Specific properties of light, such as intensity, wavelength, and timing, will be discussed, as will individual differences in light sensitivity. The speaker will also examine current approaches to morning light treatment and how it can be used to improve health and reduce symptom burden in a variety of clinical disorders such as chronic pain conditions, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder.For more information go to date: 6/30/2020 11:00:00 AM
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Source: Current Medical Research and Opinion - Category: Research Tags: Curr Med Res Opin Source Type: research
DiscussionThis randomized controlled trial will evaluate the effectiveness and safety of ESWT in patients with PHN and thus will provide clinical evidence for its use in the management of PHN and explore the potential biochemical mechanisms of this treatment.Trial, identifier: ChiCTR1900025828. Registered on 10 September 2019
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In this study, causal mediation analysis was used to determine whether the effect of CFT on disability and the lack of effect on pain (relative to a group exercise and educati on intervention) is mediated by certain psychological and lifestyle factors. Hypothesised mediators measured were pain self‐efficacy, stress, fear of physical activity, coping, depression, anxiety, and sleep, at 6 months. The outcomes measured were functional disability and pain intensity at 12 mo nths. This causal mediation study shows that the majority of benefit of CFT (relative to a group exercise and education intervention) for disability is d...
Source: European Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
AbstractObjectivesTraumatic peripheral nerve injuries (PNI) often result in severe neuropathic pain which typically becomes chronic, is recalcitrant to common analgesics, and is associated with sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression. Pharmacological treatments proven to be effective against neuropathic pain are not well tolerated due to side effects. Neuromodulative interventions such as peripheral nerve or spinal cord stimulation have generated mixed results and may be limited by reduced somatotopic specificity. Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation may be more effective in this etiology.Materials and MethodsTwenty ...
Source: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: Clinical Research Source Type: research
Many of today's careers require a lot of focused attention and productivity, and employees who want to get ahead must keep up with face-paced competition while avoiding too much stress. As technology and other changes continue to affect many industries, employees are commonly confronted with changing expectations and have to move quickly to remain relevant. If this situation sounds familiar, you may be interested in learning about the use of cannabis oil to ease anxiety and alleviate sleep disorders. With the right CBD product, you may find that it's possible to improve productivity without dangerously increasing your hear...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: featured productivity tips self-improvement time management cbd pickthebrain Source Type: blogs
AbstractOver 60% of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients achieve a good response after 12  months of treatment when following the European league against rheumatism (EULAR) guidelines for treatment. However, almost half of patients still suffer from moderate to severe disease activity despite this. In addition, mental health problems may remain despite reduced measures of inflammation s ystemically and within joints. Depression is two times more common in RA patients than in the general population, and intriguingly a bi-directional relationship with RA has been shown in cross-sectional studies. Chronic inflammation impa...
Source: Rheumatology and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
AbstractBackgrounderenumab was safe and effective in clinical trials for the prevention of migraine. However, real-life data are still lacking. Here we report the clinical experience from an Italian real-world setting using erenumab in patients with chronic migraine experiencing previous unsuccessful preventive treatments.MethodsSeventy patients with chronic migraine and failure to ≥4 migraine preventive medication classes initially received monthly erenumab 70 mg s.c. Patients without a clinically meaningful improvement, considered as a >  30% reduction in headache days per month, after &...
Source: The Journal of Headache and Pain - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionsWhole-body cryotherapy is a useful method to improve standard pharmacological treatment. The WBC intervention reduces mental health deterioration, especially in mood disorders, such as depression, and can be beneficial for well-being and quality of life.
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
AbstractBackground and ObjectiveNeurofeedback provides real ‐time feedback about neurophysiological signals to patients, thereby encouraging modulation of pain‐associated brain activity. This review aims to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of neurofeedback in alleviating pain and pain‐associated symptoms in chronic pain patients.MethodsMEDLINE, PUBMED, Web of Science and PsycINFO databases were searched using the strategy: ( “Neurofeedback” OR “EEG Biofeedback” OR “fMRI Biofeedback”) AND (“Pain” or “Chronic Pain”). Clinical trials reporting changes in p...
Source: European Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: REVIEW ARTICLE Source Type: research
According to this study, green spaces are restorative and boost attention, while viewing concrete worsens attention during tasks. Finding a forest therapy guide The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy trains and certifies forest therapy guides across the world. Guides help people forge a partnership with nature through a series of invitations that allow participants to become attentive to the forest, to deepen their relationship with nature, and allow the natural world to promote healing and well-being. Ultimately, guides support what the forests have to offer us, inviting participants into practices that deepen physi...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Exercise and Fitness Health Mental Health Stress Source Type: blogs
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