Watching floral foam get crushed will make your brain feel all fuzzy and relaxed

I think you're ready for this gelly (mask).Image: mashable composite: vicky leta and bob al-greene This is You Won’t Regret It, a weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. I don’t know about you, but my eyes are exhausted. I spend my days scanning hundreds of headlines, furiously scrolling through social feeds, and reading a significant amount of distressing news. My retinas move from phone to computer to television screen to books with very little rest in between, and they’re strained as hell. SEE ALSO: Trick your brain into falling asleep faster with this…

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Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids

(CNN)Dear Honorable Jeff Sessions, I feel obligated to share the results of my five-year-long investigation into the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Before I started this worldwide, in-depth investigation, I was not particularly impressed by the results of medical marijuana research, but a few years later, as I started to dedicate time with patients and scientists in various countries, I came to a different conclusion. Not only can cannabis work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and pain, sometimes, it is the only thing that works. I changed my mind, and I am certain you…

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Study links behavior in kindergarten to adult success

(CNN)In our household, we’re still talking about the critically acclaimed box office smash “Inside Out,” Pixar’s animated look at the emotions inside a child’s brain. It came up most recently when we watched Serena Williams cruise to another victory at this year’s Wimbledon, and my youngest daughter, age 7, remarked that her “Joy” (the character who controls happiness in the movie) must be going wild. During the match, Serena’s “Angry” must have been at her brain’s control panel, we all agreed. I thought of the movie recently as I learned about a new study that showcases just how critical it…

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Health anxiety may increase risk of heart disease, research finds

Study suggests worried well who fret over non-existent illnesses are 70% more likely to develop heart diseases Fit and healthy people who worry about developing an illness may be increasing their risk of heart disease by unnecessarily fretting over their health, research suggests. A study of more than 7,000 people over 12 years found that those with health anxiety at the start of the study were about 70% more likely to develop heart disease than those without that state of mind. Additionally, the researchers found that the higher the reported anxiety, the higher the risk of heart disease. Anxiety is…

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A decade of deadlock over Alzheimer’s treatment may be drawing to a close

The next phase of trials for a new Alzheimers drug will answer the real question: are brain plaques the root cause of the disease, or just a symptom? When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimers he recalled his wifes relief that he hadnt got a brain tumour. All I could think then was, I know three people who have got better after having a brain tumour. I havent heard of anyone whos got better from Alzheimers, the latest trial results from Merck,

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