After Consulting Dr. Wiki, You Should Get a Second Opinion

Vivek Misra/ March 11, 2015/ Public Health/ 0 comments

We have all been there: waking up in the middle of the night with a pounding headache, nausea, rashes on skin or another ailment with an unexplained origin. More often than not, first thing we’re inclined to do is begin Googling our symptoms, looking for possible problems our symptoms can lead to and treatments that can ameliorate them. And while

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Cigarette Smoking Leads to Thinning of the Brain’s Cortex

Vivek Misra/ February 17, 2015/ Clinical Neuroscience/ 0 comments

Cigarette smoking is associated with cognitive decline and dementia, but the extent of the association between smoking and structural brain changes remains unclear. According to recent study published by Karama, in Molecular Psychiatry, “long-term smoking could cause thinning of the outer layer of the brain involved in critical cognitive functions such as memory and language.” Although the cortex grows

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Use of CAM in Mental Health – What Does it Take ?

Vivek Misra/ October 10, 2014/ Public Health/ 0 comments

“These are ways of treating illness that have developed outside the mainstream of modern medicine.” (The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2009) There is growing evidence that Complementary Therapies are being used to good effect within mental health services throughout the UK and Internationally. Many clinicians are expanding the spectrum and variety of services to be offered to patients/clients both in

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Coping with Stress – Some Essential Constructs

Vivek Misra/ September 8, 2014/ Public Health/ 0 comments

Anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension, fatigue, high blood pressure, and anger are just some of the symptoms of stress. Stress not only affects our body, but also our behavior that can lead to social withdrawal. This presentation will explore the nature of our mind and the various factors in our lives that cause us stress. We will learn simple meditation techniques

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Neurobiological Basis of Music Therapy

Vivek Misra/ August 30, 2014/ Clinical Neuroscience/ 0 comments

The basic and one of oldest socio-cognitive domains of Human species is music. Listening to music regularly helps to keep the neurons and synapses more active. Depending on the way sound waves are heard or pronounced, they have an impact in the way neurological (brain and nerve) system work in the human body. Neurological studies have identified that music is

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Lithium For Aging Brain

Vivek Misra/ August 11, 2014/ Therapeutics/ 0 comments

Recent studies investigating Lithium, a drug commonly used for the treatment of mood disorders in humans, found its robust neurotrophic and neuroprotective effects which can help us exploring new novel, exciting, and promising targets. The molecular mechanism underlying lithium’s mood stabilizing effect is not yet unraveled. Suggested hypotheses include inositol-depletion via inhibition of inositol- monophosphatase and neuroprotection, via inhibition of

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Exploring Self With Benefits !!

Vivek Misra/ June 3, 2014/ Mental Health/ 0 comments

If you tend to be naturally introverted, it is unlikely you need someone to remind you that there are benefits to being alone sometimes (in fact, you might need to be reminded that it is also beneficial to be around other people!), but if you are an outgoing extrovert, it is important that you also become aware of the benefits

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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Vivek Misra/ May 1, 2014/ Neurology/ 0 comments

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is brain injury resulting from the application of an external physical force to the brain, including acceleration/deceleration and/or blast-related forces , that produce immediately apparent physiological disruption of brain function and/or structure, usually evidenced by an alteration of mental state and/or sensorimotor impairments, that result in at least transient functional disability. This definition of TBI excludes

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Overcoming Social Phobia with CBT and Pharmacotherapy

Vivek Misra/ April 18, 2014/ Therapeutics/ 0 comments

Social phobia, a type of anxiety disorder, is characterized by persistent fear of one or more social or performance situations in which the person is exposed to unfamiliar people or to possible scrutiny by others (1). The individual fears that he or she will act in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) that will be embarrassing and humiliating.  Exposure to

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Assistive Robots – Enhancing Quality of Life among People with Dementia

Vivek Misra/ January 6, 2014/ Technology/ 1 comments

After obsessing over Captain Data and movies like iRobots, we always want to explore the possibility of having an Android in our home who help us in day-to-day work? Well robots maybe years away to do the housework, but they’re already helping out with senior citizens in nursing homes. In an exclusive event organized by Department of Foreign Affairs and

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