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July 5, 2022
How Much Caffeine Is Safe During Pregnancy?

Abstract Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant consumed worldwide mostly via two beverages, tea, and coffee. Pregnant women have always been advised to limit their caffeine intake since they may metabolize caffeine slowly. Studies also suggest that it can cross the placenta and enter the baby's bloodstream. A recent study published in the International Journal of […]

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June 29, 2022
Can Vitamin Deficiency Cause Anxiety?

Vitamins and Mental Health Vitamins are essential micronutrients and form an integral component of a balanced diet. They are organic substances that are not produced by the body.  So, they are derived from the food we eat. Vitamins are classified as: Fat-soluble: Vitamins A, D, E, and K dissolve in fat and accumulate in the […]

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June 29, 2022
Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Medications - Anxiety

An Introduction to Pharmacogenetics Pharmacogenetics is the study of how certain changes in the genes influence drug responses.  This can be due to variations in the genes that produce proteins or enzymes involved in drug metabolism or interaction.  This field of research is increasingly important as it allows for personalized treatment based on an individual's […]

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June 29, 2022
Does Alcohol Make Anxiety Worse?

Understanding the Relationship between Alcohol and Mental Health Alcohol is one of the most commonly used substances globally and has been linked to a wide range of negative consequences.  It can harm mental health, including increased risk for anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.  Understanding the relationship between alcohol and mental health is important because […]

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June 28, 2022
Is Anxiety Genetic? Nature Vs Nurture.

What is Anxiety And How Is It Caused? Anxiety is a normal emotion that may cause you to sweat, feel restless or helpless, and have a rapid heartbeat.  It is a feeling of uneasiness, fear, or dread. Most people experience anxiety at some point in their lives.  However, if you have anxiety that does not […]

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June 22, 2022
Is Anxiety Inherited? What Research Says.

Anxiety: Symptoms and Causes Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress.  According to the American Psychological Association (APA), anxiety is “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Though we all go through anxiety multiple times in our lives, experiencing persistent and overwhelming anxiety can be […]

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June 20, 2022
How Does Anxiety Affect Your Brain?

Anxiety Overview: Causes and Symptoms Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear, and tension affecting about 40 million adults in the United States.  Anxiety can be caused by many things, including life stressors, health problems, genetics, and traumatic events. Anxiety symptoms include nervousness, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and muscle tension.  Many people also experience occasional panic […]

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June 18, 2022
Is There Gene Therapy For Autism?

What is Gene Therapy? Gene therapy is a medical approach that treats and prevents genetic and inherited conditions. Using gene therapy, doctors can treat a condition by altering an individual’s genetic makeup with surgery or medications. The earliest forms of gene therapy used gene transfer or gene addition, where a new gene or a non-faulty […]

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June 17, 2022
How Genes Affect Your Mental Health

The Genetic Circuit Board of your Brain Mental health is a topic that is often talked about but remains largely unknown.  When someone says mental health, “genes” or “genetics” is not the next immediate thing that comes to mind, maybe not even the fourth or the fifth thing. However, recent research into mental health urges […]

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