Aerobic Exercise Augments PTSD Therapy

A brief aerobic exercise intervention can augment the benefits of exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. Investigators randomly assigned individuals with PTSD to receive either exposure therapy with aerobic exercise or exposure therapy with passive stretching for 9 weeks. At 6 months post-intervention, participants in the aerobic exercise group showed greater … Read more

At-Home Vagus Nerve Stimulation Promising for Postpartum Depression

At-home, noninvasive auricular vagus nerve stimulation (aVNS) therapy is well-tolerated and associated with a significant reduction in postpartum depressive and anxiety symptoms, new research suggests. In a small proof-of-concept pilot study of 25 women with postpartum depression receiving 6 weeks of daily aVNS treatment, results showed that 74% achieved response and 61% achieved remission, as … Read more

The Sound of Science: ASMR’s Potential in Healthcare

Back in the ’80s, Craig Richard, PhD, would come home from school, sling off his backpack, and plant himself in front of the television to watch painter Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. Richard soaked in the gentle sounds of paintbrush on canvas as Ross conjured clouds and mountains and of the painter’s voice as … Read more