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The connection between romantic love and pain relief

Raed Rahman, DO

Love is often called a drug. The experience of falling in love—of being in the initial throes of a romantic relationship—brings a euphoria that’s likened to the high of a drug addict. The early months of romantic love trigger responses in the brain’s reward centers, the same areas that rev up when someone uses illegal drugs

Reconnect with your emotional intelligence to live with greater ease

Many people experience stress and anxiety in their everyday lives. It’s important to stay in tune with your body’s emotional intelligence, or your ability to identify, understand and regulate your emotions. Two practices—heartfulness and mindfulness—can help reconnect us with our innate, authentic intelligence so we can be more effective at work, in relationships, and in pursuing what we value in life.

The Emperor of All Maladies: Cancer documentary airs in March


Video: Story of Cancer Trailer

Story of Cancer Trailer

It was a simple question that cancer patients have posed for generations: What is this disease I’m fighting? This time, cancer specialist Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee chose to answer it in a big way—with an in-depth “biography” that chronicled cancer’s past, present and future. It’s told through the eyes of doctors, researchers and the patients who put a face and voice to the fight against the disease.

The quest for quantified self: Do wearable gadgets make us healthier?


Keeping track of your health has never been so easy, or so hip. Wearable gadgets are everywhere, it seems, helping people track their calorie intake, vital signs, sleep patterns and more, with little effort. Every minute of every day. But what does it all mean? With all the data captured, calculated and shared, are these health devices actually making us healthier? It depends on how you use them, and how you protect yourself in the process.

Innovations in cancer care for 2015


Cancer care has come a long way over the years. Patients are living longer and surviving at higher rates than ever before. Much of the progress comes courtesy of cutting-edge innovations in cancer treatment and prevention. Here are four examples of innovations our hospitals are bringing to patients this year to help them lead healthier lives, during and after treatment:

Laugh it up: It's good for your health


“Laughter is the most inexpensive and effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.” – Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

It may sound cliché, but laughter really is great medicine. For proof, look no further than your own body. You know that happy feeling you get from a good belly laugh? There are physiological reasons for it. Research has shown that laughter releases hormones that can calm your nerves, reduce your stress, ease your pain and help you forget, even momentarily, about your worries.

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