Category Archives: Systems Medicine

Reviews of methods in systems medicine.

High Salt Intake, Anxiety, and Aging

The aging processes are related to the functional weakening in the cognitive and cardiovascular aspects. Such changes may be influenced by external stressors such as high dietary salt intake, which may affect the cardiovascular and mental conditions. A study examined … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Inflammation, and Obesity

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Anxiety and depression have been related to the higher levels of inflammation among those with obesity. This group of people may also have the higher risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) … Continue reading

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Obesity, Emotional Conditions, Eating Behaviors, and Inflammation

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Obesity has been associated with chronic low-degree inflammation that can result in stress and behavioral problems. A study investigated the correlations among adiposity, low-grade inflammation, eating behaviors, and emotional conditions … Continue reading

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Stress and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Psychiatric Disorders among Children and Adolescents

Inflammation, immune dysfunctions, and abnormal cytokine levels have been closely related to psychiatric disorders among adult patients in recent studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). How about the associations between cytokine concentrations and psychosocial stress in children and adolescents (C&A)? A recent … Continue reading

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What is Psychodermatology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Skin disorders are often associated with psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety. With more and more evidences linking mind and body, some novel disciplines are emerging, such as Psychodermatology. … Continue reading

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Depression, Anxiety, and Mindfulness-Based Programs

Non-depressed participants with a history of relapsing depression may be protected from relapse by participating in an 8-week course of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  The researchers in the UK examined the effectiveness of MBCT on active symptoms of depression … Continue reading

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Fatigue, Pain, and Stress Relief Meditation

Mental stress may deprive oxygen in muscles and cause exhaustion, tense, and ache all over the body. This is because the body’s response to psychological stress is to burn more energy. Such fast burning of energy may result in exhaustion … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation for Healing Insomnia

Meditation can help relieve insomnia through the detachment from the thoughts that are disturbing sleep or making someone wake up during sleep. Meditation in bed can help one falling sleep quickly and promote the sleep quality. The combination of mindfulness … Continue reading

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Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on the Immune System in HIV Patients

Mindfulness meditation training has been found to reduce stress in different patient populations. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles studied the effects of meditation on CD4+ T lymphocyte counts in stressed HIV-infected adults (Creswell et al., 2009). In … Continue reading

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Meditation, Life Style Changes, and Cancer Treatment

Meditation can benefit the recovery from chronic diseases as it helps one make lifestyle changes and deal with pain and stress. It helps detach our emotions from the illness and boost our immune system. It can improve food digestion, blood … Continue reading

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Meditation, Cognition, and Cancer Therapies

Cognitive impairment is often related with cancer, and may limit the quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. Abnormal neurologic structure and function have been reported in cancer patients. Researchers at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studied … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation on Healing ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder, which often starts from childhood and continues into adulthood. Recently mindfulness meditation has been used to promote attention, reduce stress, and improve emotions. Researchers at University of California Los Angeles studied the effects … Continue reading

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The Effects of Meditation on Rheumatoid Arthritis with Recurrent Depression

Mindful meditation interventions have been applied for helping relieve chronic stress, depression, and pain. Researchers at Arizona State University studied the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness interventions on pain and the quality of life among patients with rheumatoid … Continue reading

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The Effects of Meditation on Heart Rate Variability

Meditation, especially slow breathing, is known to influence the heart rate variability (HRV). Researchers in Taiwan studied the effects of inward attention during meditation on HRV (Wu and Lo, 2008). Inward attention is a critical process for achieving the state … Continue reading

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Meditation as An Effective Intervention for PTSD

Meditation training may be useful for relieving posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including depression and anxiety symptoms. Researchers at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology studied the effects of meditation among mental health workers in New Orleans 10 weeks after Hurricane Katrina … Continue reading

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Effects of Spiritual Meditation on Migraine Headaches

Patients with migraine headaches often have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low self-efficacy. Spiritual meditation has been found to relieve these symptoms. Researchers at University of Mass Medical Center studied the effects of spiritual meditation on improving pain tolerance and … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Relieve Chronic Tinnitus

Chronic tinnitus is a common health problem. However, no effective drug treatment has been found yet. Researchers in UK evaluated the effects of mindfulness meditation in tinnitus (Sadlier et al., 2008). In the study, 25 chronic tinnitus sufferers were divided … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-Based Methods and Eating Behaviors

Mindfulness-based interventions are getting more and more popular for the promotion of healthy eating behaviors and weight control. Specifically, studies have indicated that mindfulness meditation may be helpful for healing binge eating (Katterman et al., 2014). A meta-analysis and review … Continue reading

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Youth Obesity, Mindful Eating, and Meditation-Based Interventions

Today more than 30% of young people in the US are overweight, and more than 15% of them have metabolic syndrome (Dalen et al., 2015). Youth obesity is becoming a more and more significant health problem. However, effective interventions are … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Eating Behaviors, and Obesity

How can mindfulness-based approaches affect psychological and physical health among those who are overweight or obese? A recent meta-analysis examined randomized controlled trials and focused on 15 relevant studies involving 560 individuals (Rogers et al., 2017). The study found that … Continue reading

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Meditation, Weight Control, and Body Satisfaction

Meditation may have positive effects on weight control and body satisfaction. A recent study in Australia examined the relationship between meditation and weight control among 8009 Australian women (Lauche et al., 2017). The study also assessed the levels of body … Continue reading

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The Interactions between Natural Killer Cells and Monocytes in Anti-Cancer Therapies

Human natural killer (NK) cells, monocytes, and dendritic cells are important components of the innate immune functions with instant protections against cancer cells and infections. Monocytes are large white blood cells (also called leukocytes). They can become macrophages and obtain … Continue reading

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Myocardial Infarction, Dual Antiplatelet Therapy, and Personalized Care

In the treatment of myocardial infarction, a balance is needed between the prevention of ischemic and bleeding problems (Brar, 2016). The applications of hP2Y12 inhibitors may reach a threshold that additional platelet inhibition can elevate major bleeding and abolish the … Continue reading

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Potential Biomarkers for Anxiety

•    Potential Biomarker: Serum levels of lipid hydroperoxide (LOOH) •    Type:    Serum •    Relevance: The serum levels of lipid hydroperoxide have been considered as a potential biomarker for anxiety disorders among children (Ceylan et al., 2014). •    Potential Biomarker: Nighttime … Continue reading

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The Database of Biomarkers: Depression: S100B

The potential biomarkers of depression: S100B Associated diseases: Burnout syndrome Population group: Emergency medicine residents Background: Burnout syndrome is a common issue among emergency healthcare workers. It may be related to fatigue and job separations. S100 calcium-binding protein B (S100B) … Continue reading

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