Why It's Good To Eat Walnuts

Why It's Good To Eat WalnutsOne British title chose to focus on a rather different story. “Walnuts prevent heart disease,” declared the Daily Express in a huge, front-page headline. It might have had retirees rushing to buy them by the sackful.

How Illness Can Teach Us To Live Reflectively

 How Illness Can Teach Us To Live ReflectivelySerious illness is a great calamity. It is unwelcome, violent, frightening and painful. If it is life threatening, it requires the ill person and their loved ones to confront death. Illness causes pain, anxiety, incapacitation; it limits what the ill person can do. It can cut a life short, stop plans in their tracks, and detach people from life,

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

restless legs 4 12Restless leg syndrome is a common affliction characterised by uncomfortable feelings in the legs accompanied by an irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the sensations. People with restless leg syndrome often keep their legs moving by pacing or constantly moving their legs while sitting. The sensations commonly occur at

Is Eating Vegetarian In Our Genes?

Is Eating Vegetarian In Our Genes?Our study is the first to connect an insertion allele with vegetarian diets, and the deletion allele with a marine diet,. A genetic variation has evolved in populations that have eaten a plant-based diet over hundreds of generations, such as in India, Africa, and parts of East Asia.

Death Of A Partner Can Endanger Your Health

We found those grieving for a lost spouse are at an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. ashley rose,/Flickr, CC BYFor decades, medicine has recognised the powerful way grief can influence the heart. It’s been called Broken Heart syndrome or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and evidence that severely stressful life events increase the risk of acute cardiovascular incidence, like a heart attack,

Why The Backlash Against Fish Oil Has Been Overcooked

fish oil 4 9As a young child I recall my grandmother giving me the largest spoonfuls of cod liver oil, coaxing me with the promise of an equally large spoonful of golden syrup. It was probably a throwback to her own childhood when the post-war government sought to provide infants with a cod liver oil supplement.

Is There A Link Between Insomnia And Mental Illness?

iSleep problems can also create a loop of mental illness. Alyssa L. Miller/Flickr, CC BYPoor sleep can make us feel down, worried and stressed. So it’s no surprise that how well we sleep has a direct impact on our physical and mental health. Sleep problems such as insomnia are a common symptom of many mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Changing The Face Of Autism: Here Come The Girls

Changing The Face Of Autism: Here Come The GirlsIf you ask someone to name famous people (fictional or non-fictional) who are known for having autism or being “on the spectrum”, Rain Man is often the top favourite, possibly followed by Sherlock Holmes (especially in his recent incarnation by Benedict Cumberbatch). Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory is another.

Five Foods That Used To Be Bad For You ... But Now Aren't

Five Foods That Used To Be Bad For You ... But Now Aren'tNutritional guidelines and recommendations are constantly changing in the light of new research. It can be difficult to keep up with which foods are healthy and which aren’t. Here we look at five foods that have gone through the cycle of being the villains of nutritional science but are now, based on some old and some new science, apparently okay to eat again.

Can Stress Really Change Your Genes?

Can Stress Really Change Your Genes?The Dutch famine of 1944 was a terrible time for many in the Netherlands – with around 4.5m people affected and reliant on soup kitchens after food supplies were stopped from getting into the area by German blockades. As many as 22,000 people were thought to have died, and those who survived would find...

Sugar: It's Not Just The Calories That Are Bad For You

Sugar: It's Not Just The Calories That Are Bad For YouThe main aim of the UK’s new tax on sugary soft drinks is to reduce obesity in children. But, apart from causing child – and adult – obesity, too much sugar also increases the risk of many serious diseases, from cancer to heart disease. And sugar’s calories provide only part of the explanation.

Is It Bad To Pop Your Pimples?

pIs It Bad To Pop Your Pimples?To squeeze or not to squeeze? I’ll admit that I’m no skin saint. I have stood in front of the mirror on a number of occasions as a teenager with a big pimple staring right back at me. And yes, despite being advised not to, I have squeezed, picked and popped.

Obesity: Stop Accusing The Poor Of Making Bad Choices

Obesity: Stop Accusing The Poor Of Making Bad ChoicesLast month, the UK health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, called childhood obesity “a national emergency”, but the government has once again delayed publishing its strategy aimed at combating it. Obesity is much more common in people with less money and education and this socioeconomic gap is getting larger.

Taking A Break From Your Diet Helps Long-term Weight Loss

Taking A Break From Your Diet Helps Long-term Weight LossGood news. Taking a break from your diet every so often will help you lose weight in the long term.How many times have you attempted to lose weight only to fall short and fail? For many people it is extremely challenging to stick to a strict dietary and exercise program for more than a few weeks.

Why Life Is Tougher For Short Men And Overweight Women

Why Life Is Tougher For Short Men And Overweight WomenAre you a short man or an overweight woman? If so, you may have a slight disadvantage in life compared with taller men and thinner women. Our latest study has found evidence that men who are shorter due to their genes have lower incomes, lower levels of education, and lowlier occupations than their taller counterparts.

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be Safer

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be SaferThe industrial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ingredient in dozens of everyday products – baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical and dental devices, dental filling sealants, CDs and DVDs, household electronics, eyeglass lenses, foundry castings and the lining of water pipes. Manufacturers worldwide use at least 3.6 billion kilograms (8

Three Reasons Why Sleep Is Important For Your Health

Three Reasons Why Sleep Is Important For Your HealthMost people know sleep is important. But few know a lack of it can put us at greater risk of heart disease and obesity. Many of us don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. It might be due to a sleep disorder, busy social life, new baby, long working hours, shift work or just staying up too late binge-watching Netflix.

What Is Vaginal Seeding?

Understanding What Is Vaginal Seeding?It is well known that babies born naturally – read that as vaginally – are exposed to lots of beneficial bacteria known as microbiota when they travel down the birth canal. Included in the mix are bacteria which help babies digest their first meal.

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?The debate about whether or not talcum powder causes ovarian cancer has rumbled on for decades. However, it recently reached fever pitch after a US court awarded damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer, allegedly as a result of having used talc as a feminine hygiene product for many years. Does that mean women should avoid using talcum powder?

Your Ideal Body, And Why You Want It

We’d all like to have a different, or at least improved, body. But why do we want the body we want? Mike/Flickr, CC BY-SAA 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight, while 29% of men think about their appearance at least five times a day. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?

Do We Actually Crave The Food That Our Bodies Need?

Japanese people are more likely to crave sushi because it’s what they eat regularly. Kana Hata/Flickr, CC BYFood craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger. Food craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger.

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?We all know exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and most will agree kids should be doing more of it. However, a recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.

Why We Should Measure Our Own Blood Pressure

Why We Should Measure Our Own Blood PressureMy heavily pregnant wife went to see her GP last week for a routine check-up. During her appointment, the doctor measured her blood pressure and got a high reading. My wife was surprised by this and insisted that she felt fine, so he took a second reading. But that was high, too. The doctor was concerned enough to book her a follow-up

People In Their Nineties Reveal The Secrets To Aging Well

People In Their Nineties Reveal The Secrets To Aging WellThere are many reasons why some people live long healthy lives while others don’t, but one of them is undoubtedly genes. That doesn’t mean we should be negative about our chances of ageing in good health. Although our genes are handed down from our parents, the hand that we are dealt seems to be influenced by our lifestyle, too. Food,

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?Who doesn’t like a ready meal once in a while? People in the UK certainly do: consumption of ready meals and convenience meat products has increased five-fold over the last 40 years, according to the latest National Food Survey on UK food-buying habits. High levels of calories and fat in some of these products can

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with one in three adults using it at some point in their life. It’s legal in some places around the world, and offered medicinally in others. But what does smoking pot do to your mental health?

How Psychology Taught Us To Be Helpless About Domestic Violence

domestic violence 2 25The story of how psychology framed women for their own assaults began, as so many of psychology’s stories do, with some trapped animals. In the late 1960s, psychologist Martin Seligman conducted a series of behavioural experiments with dogs. He electrically shocked them at random and observed their responses. 

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has become a byword for unbiased, evidence-based healthcare advice. Its recommendations strongly influence which treatments are made available on the NHS. We wouldn’t expect NICE to make recommendations that are unsupported by evidence or, worse, contain contradictory evidence.

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney, is stranded on the red planet with nothing to eat but spuds. Now, a 36-year-old Australian is following the same diet, voluntarily. In an attempt to lose weight and improve his relationship with food, Andrew Taylor has decided to eat nothing but potatoes for a year.

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From Them

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From ThemLast night’s Four Corners focused on party drugs and the policies Australia is implementing to combat their use. Not only is what we’re doing not working, we’re falling behind the rest of the world and what evidence says is best to ensure we have fewer deaths from illicit drugs.

Why Do Women Go Through Menopause?

Why do women go through menopause? Passing on our genes to the next generation is the key process in evolution that happens through natural selection. So why do women suddenly stop having periods when they have at least a third of their lives left

 

Should You Eat Breakfast?

Should You Eat Breakfast?In the middle of the last century, popular nutrition author Adelle Davis advised people to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Her advice stuck. Recent examination of the merits of adults eating breakfast has raised the question of whether we should indeed eat like kings at breakfast or just skip it all together.

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or Abuse

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or AbuseWe all know that cola and lemonade aren’t great for our waistline or our dental health, but our new study on rats has shed light on just how much damage sugary drinks can also do to our brain. The changes we observed to the region of the brain that controls emotional behaviour and cognitive function were more extensive than those

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To Complications

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To ComplicationsA common surgery to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has more problems than benefits, our Cohrane review has found. Women who underwent the operation had high rates of needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, bladder injury and urinary incontinence.

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis affects millions of people worldwide. It’s a neurological disease characterised by inflammatory lesions in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) that cause damage to the myelin sheath – the protective layer around the nerve cells. This causes neurological dysfunction, such as muscle paralysis or loss of sensation.

Are Pubic Lice Here To Stay?

The pubic or crab louse has adapted to the humid environment of ‘down there’. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CC BYWhat’s the worst thing you could be burdened with this Valentine’s Day? Unrequited love? Unwanted affection? Unpaid invoice from the local florist? How about an itchy dose of pubic lice? Pubic lice, Phthirus pubis, or “crabs” as more commonly...

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body Moving

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body MovingNo one says it better than Dick Van Dyke in his new book Keep Moving. The secret to maintaining lasting agility lies in joyful movement. Van Dyke turns a very vibrant 90 years old this year, and he continues to not only hit the gym every day, but to dance every chance he gets -- not for the exercise, but simply because he enjoys it!

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical Folly

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical FollyWhat do you know about your endocrine system? Possibly not as much as you should, seeing as how almost every organ and cell in the body is affected by it. This under-appreciated collection of glands selects and removes materials from the blood, processes them and secretes the finished chemical products, or hormones, back into the bloodstream.

Tend Your Inner Garden To Be Healthier In Old Age

Tend Your Inner Garden To Be Healthier In Old AgeThe world’s oldest man, Yasutaro Koide recently died at the age of 112. Commentators as usual, focused on his reported “secret to longevity”: not smoking, drinking or overdoing it. No surprises there. But speculation on the basis of one individual is not necessarily the most helpful way of addressing this human quest for the Philosopher’s Stone.

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At Birth

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At BirthOne in every ten babies in Melbourne develops a food allergy during their first year of life. New research has found children who are born with overly active immune cells are more likely to develop allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and other common foods. This finding could lead to future treatments for babies to prevent childhood food allergies.

Intelligent Machines Do A Better Job Than Humans in Medical Diagnosis

Intelligent Machines Do A Better Job Than Humans in Medical DiagnosisUntil now, medicine has been a prestigious and often extremely lucrative career choice. But in the near future, will we need as many doctors as we have now? Are we going to see significant medical unemployment in the coming decade?

Why Can't Anyone Tell Me How Much That Surgery Will Cost?

Why Can't Anyone Tell Me How Much That Surgery Will Cost?Thanks to rising annual deductibles and a push toward consumer-driven health care, people are increasingly encouraged to shop around for medical care. Many states or state hospital associations have price transparency initiatives, and there are a number of private companies that also purport to help consumers find value for their health care dollar.

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the Heart

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the HeartBefore i was informed that I was “profoundly dyslexic,” I just thought I was stupid and too weird to cultivate friends. In school, I would get an A for creativity over a D for atrocious grammar. I was having considerable difficulty reading anything, much less a map. I had trouble telling my right from my left, I could not comprehend most directions, I was lost much of the time.

Four Common Myths About Exercise And Weight Loss

Four Common Myths About Exercise And Weight LossIt’s that time of year when many are trying, and some are failing, to live up to their New Years' resolution of losing weight. Many of these probably include resolutions to be more physically active in striving for this goal. But first, there are some common misconceptions about exercise and weight loss that need to be addressed.

Mindfulness Can Improve Living With A Disability

Mindfulness Can Improve Living With A DisabilityMindfulness, a meditative practice focusing on attention and awareness training, has been shown to have positive effects on mental and physical wellbeing. A recent review of studies has also shown that mindfulness meditation helps people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder reduce their mental and physical problems.