Can Meditation Cure Cravings for Painkillers?

People who are addicted to prescription painkillers can reduce cravings by learning to enjoy other parts of their life, according to a new study.

The research, published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, was conducted by Eric L. Garland, associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work. He and his colleagues looked at the effectiveness of an intervention program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE).

A New Understanding of Chronic Pain

Researchers at the Salk Institute and Harvard Medical School have identified a mechanism that sends “erroneous pain signals” to the brain. And that means potentially better identification of pain disorders that have no clear physical cause.

Feeling Younger Than You Are Lowers Death Rate

Do you feel younger than you really are? If so, that’s good news! Research done at the University College London and published online in December 2014 by JAMA Internal Medicine found that older people who felt three or more years younger than their chronological age had a lower death rate compared with those who felt their age or who felt more than one year older than their actual age.

16 Ways to Stay Positive While Living with Parkinson's Disease

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz

This article originally appeared on and was adapted from Parkinson's Disease  

Why Are the Holidays So Hard and How Can You Get Through Them? 

We're supposed to be excited for the holidays. But if you're like many people, you may 
find yourself dreading the upcoming season. Here, Graeme Cowan examines why so 
many of us feel unhappy, stressed, and depressed during the holidays—and offers 
strategies to help you get through them with your well-being intact.


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