An angry heart is an at-risk heart

How the heart reacts to anger seems to predict who’s at risk for a life-threatening irregular heartbeat. Negative emotions like hostility and depression have long been considered risk factors for developing heart disease. But research released Monday goes a step farther, uncovering a telltale pattern in the electrocardiograms (known as ECGs or EKGs) of certain[…]

Chronic Pain Harms Brain

January 30, 2009 A Report from Northwestern University This illustration shows the brain from the left side, demonstrating the differences in brain function between patients with chronic pain and patients with no chronic pain. In a new study, investigators at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine have identified a clue that may explain how suffering[…]