Rat brains to understand Parkinson’s disease. Drones to detect plastic landmines. Social media to predict acts of terrorism.
In the recently released film Blinded by the Light, Pakistani teenager Javed discovers commitment and courage through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
At any one time, more than 1,400 Australians are on an organ transplant waiting list. The most common organs in demand are kidneys, followed by the liver and lung.
Adaptogens can greatly increase the effectiveness of some modern drugs, including antibiotics, anxiolytics (anxiety relief), antidepressants, and hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) agents. They also can reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the side effects of some drugs. They have a proven record of being safe, efficacious, and quite versatile in their treatment of many conditions.
Some of the changes that happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy are more obvious than others.
Strides in medicine have contributed to a dramatic increase in life expectancy over the last century.
I'm a true fan of self-help books. I keep a stack of five or six of them by my bed and read them before going to sleep at night. Following is my distillation of some of these ideas, but with an intuitive spin on them...
Many people believe that chemicals, particularly the man-made ones, are highly dangerous.
In many rural areas, a lack of banking options has led to an increase in predatory lending. In eastern Kentucky, a new nonprofit is fighting back.
A number of sexual assault survivors report enormous benefits from specialized classes, but not all therapists are on board.
Even when we are not competing with other people, we can often feel like the world around us is competing for our time, money, and attention. One of the most resisted — and most productive — tools in The Artist's Way was one called "Reading Deprivation." Today, when I...
First there were heated fitness studios, now the latest trend is working out in frigid temperatures.
Women comprise about 47% of the U.S. workforce, yet they make up barely a quarter of all senior executives at large U.S. public companies. Even worse, only about 5% of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies have female CEOs.
Life-saving antibiotics may cause long-lasting damage to the developing microbial communities in intestinal tracts of premature babies, research finds.
For many baby boomers, an important goal is staying independent as long as possible.
An increasing number of blogs by “ethical mums” have sparked discussions about the appropriateness of imposing vegetarianism, veganism or pescatarianism on their children.
More than half of Americans take a dietary supplement, but the truth is, most people don't need them.
Two long-standing psychological theories – the empathising-systemising theory of sex differences and the extreme male brain theory of autism
If you are having tomato fruit set problems try this simple toothbrush trick to get more tomatoes!
In this gentle 20 minute yoga flow, you are invited to take a moment to surrender. No need to come with an agenda or worry about a specific outcome. Set down your burdens and let yoga take care of you.
Wearables might not offer enough motivation to get your daily steps, but a little competition might work.
A UK study finding vegetarianism is associated with a higher risk of stroke than a meat-eating diet has made headlines around the world.
The joker, the trickster, the jester, the provocateur - there is a rich cultural history of these roles going back at least as far as Greek mythology’s Hermes.
How we truly feel about ourselves must be considered when we talk about healing. Many of us have what Pema Chödrön calls a “subtle aggression” against ourselves. Unfortunately, our desire for change or transformation often comes from there. But that never works.
A poor diet of chips and crisps caused a teenage boy in England to become blind.
The first signs of a problem started to emerge around 2014: More young people said they felt overwhelmed and depressed.
Almost a third of American adults don’t have the math skills necessary to make effective decisions about their health and finances.
Thousands of students are in the process of choosing subjects for their final years of school and half will probably choose to ditch science.
There’s a connection between post-traumatic stress disorder and the onset of mild cognitive impairment in 9/11 responders who were at the World Trade Center, a new study of 1,800 workers shows.
Revered French gastronome Jean Brillat-Savarin coined the phrase: “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are”.
The rise in cases of otherwise healthy young adults who have been hospitalized or even died from vaping-associated lung injury is alarming.
Even in the city, it is possible to maintain a connection to the cycles of the seasons and the rhythms of nature. It's increasingly recognized that regular contact of this kind is an important component in establishing and maintaining the kind of inner balance and peace that promotes happiness.
What do nuclear submarines, top secret military bases and private businesses have in common?
We do not fully understand how this process works, but there are certain techniques that have proved successful in fostering creativity, such as mind-mapping, brainstorming or creating conditions for free experimentation.
High-dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and help with the development of language and motor skills in severely malnourished children, our latest study has found.
Bamboo, a common grass which can be harder to pull apart than steel, has the potential to revolutionise building construction throughout the world.
A test called CT lung cancer screening could save the lives of tens of thousands of American smokers and former smokers every year, but only only 4% of those eligible are getting it.
Most of us might think sleep is like a light switch. That is, we go to bed, shut our eyes, and our body “switches off”
One of the best ways to heal a physical problem or reduce emotional stress is to interrupt our daily routines with experiences that reacquaint us with Nature. As we are swept up, captivated, and enthralled by the displays of Nature's wonder, we sense the immutable balance that is our own source...
Most parents are aware that physical activity is good for children – as it can help to improve their sense of self and have a positive impact on their mental health and well-being.
Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be one of life’s great joys – and recent research also suggest it’s good for your body and your brain.
The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) doubles the risk of breast cancer in menopausal Australian women, our new research shows.
The Washington Post recently reported the story of Josh Hader, a 28-year-old who stretched and popped his neck, tore an artery and nearly lost his life from a major stroke.
Sarah, “the world’s smartest chimp,” died in July 2019, just before her 60th birthday.
It is 1950 and a group of scientists are walking to lunch against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Falling asleep is a bit like flicking off a light switch. One moment we are awake, but then the switch is flicked and we fall asleep.
If you ever find yourself looking forward to a holiday because you’ll be able to switch off your smartphone then perhaps you’re suffering from social media “technostress”.
Physicians often fail to discuss healthy lifestyle changes with cancer survivors, according to a new study.
Illness can be the doorway to health. Whether the illness originates in the mind, body, spirit, or environment, we have the choice to allow illness to compel us either toward health and higher learning, or away from health and to eventual destruction.
Married people are less likely to experience dementia as they age, according to new research.
Advanced brain imaging reveals how exposure in the womb to organophosphates changes brain activity in teenagers, a new study shows.
Sexual harassment causes tremendous damage to employees who experience it, leading to higher employee turnover, lower employee productivity, increased absenteeism and increased sick leave costs for companies.
In ancient Greece, dreams and visions were the most common method of inquiry into the cause and cure of disease. Galen documented and recorded a description of the effect of images and the imagination on health. He believed that one could study the records of a patient's imagery and dream content to glean important diagnostic information. Such inputs would help doctors help teach their patients to learn how to heal themselves, and help...
African-Americans with severe depression are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, according to a new study.
What if you didn’t need surgery to implant a pacemaker on a faulty heart? What if you could control your blood sugar levels without an injection of insulin, or mitigate the onset of a seizure without even pushing a button?
Women are catching up to men in rates of alcohol consumption and this has important implications for how we think about our community response to harmful alcohol use.
Anyone who has traveled across multiple time zones and suffered jet lag will understand just how powerful our biological clocks are
Nearly all of us feel a little blue or a little down every now and then. It happens. Occasional temporary feelings of sadness are a natural part of life. However if you frequently feel this way, or if the feelings are excessive, you may be suffering from depression.
Connecting with animals involves so much more than petting, grooming, rewarding, or feeding. Connecting in a profound way strengthens the inseparable bond we already have with our animal friends. For me, the deep bond enables me to understand animals better, on every single level: behaviorally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
It's a popular notion that we will get more done if we skip lunch. Unfortunately that couldn't be farther from the truth. According to various studies, researchers agree that performance scores plunge when people skip lunch and those who skip lunch soon feel more anxious and tense...
Chronic pain – acute pain that lasts for longer than three months – affects around one in five people in Europe.
Puberty is a time of dramatic development for both boys and girls. Not only are those hormones raging, but there’s all the bodily changes to contend with.
Every year a new batch of diets become trendy. In the past, the blood group, ketogenic, Pioppi and gluten-free diets were among the most popular.
Afternoon breaks were once a common feature of nearly all primary school timetables.
Nutritional therapy is a system of healing based on the belief that our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food. Disorders ranging from chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia, depression, backache, skin complaints, asthma, and headaches can be relieved with nutritional therapy.
Alcohol consumption guidelines vary widely between countries. In the UK and Netherlands, no more than one glass of wine or a pint of beer a day is recommended.
Science fiction is brimming with visions of the future and the many wondrous things the human race can achieve.
16.9 million. That’s how many students are going to college at the undergraduate level this fall.
Moving to a new country can be challenging, not just for us but also for our bacteria.
Trying to lose weight is hard work. You need to plan meals and snacks, and make a big effort to avoid situations that trigger more eating and drinking than you’d planned.
Alcoholic drinks should all carry calorie counts according to a leading UK public health doctor writing in the BMJ today, because of their contribution to obesity.
Poor handgrip may be a sign of impaired cognition and memory among older adults, research suggests.
If you went to your dentist for a check-up and dental clean in the last year, give yourself a pat on the back.
For the past three decades or so, the conventional wisdom has been that drinking alcohol at moderate levels is good for us.
Food gives us the nutrients we need to survive, and we know a balanced diet contributes to good health.
The first animal likely was a carnivore, new research finds. Humans, along with other omnivores, belong to a rare breed.
f you have a hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water, you might have the impression that all that hummingbirds need to live a healthy life is to sip sweet drinks all day long.
AreMelanoma skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer – with 16,000 cases diagnosed and 2,400 deaths every year in the UK.
Australian regulators will soon be faced with a challenge: can animal flesh produced in a lab be called meat?
Supermarkets are an essential part of modern living – open almost all the time, selling almost everything, and selling it cheap.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of previous cohort studies on the effects of chocolate consumption has found that chocolate may be linked to a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. The paper was published overnight in the British Medical Journal.
Close to 40,000 people, mostly women, have given up alcohol for FebFast and many others participated in Dry July.
Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medications are a safe and effective option for reducing high triglycerides, which increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.
Vitamin D deficiency in middle childhood could result in aggressive behavior as well as anxious and depressive moods during adolescence, according to a new study of school children in Bogotá, Colombia.
Take this quick medical pop quiz: which of the following conditions would you prefer to have during your next stay in hospital?
Success can be described as the courage to let out the potent dreams and potentialities already in us, simply to give them air. Most people don't do this because it seems dangerous. Yet those who have gone this way do see it simply as the normal path of life.
There are many ways to a woman’s heart. But is a box of chocolates really one of them?
It all starts with the immune system. Every person has one - a group of cells, tissues and organs in the body that helps you fight infections.
The human body needs a tiny amount of sodium to function properly and this is typically found in salt (sodium chloride).
The idea of seeing a loved one decline and lose their ability to recall their most treasured memories is devastating.
Since scientists first figured out how to edit genes with precision using a technology called CRISPR, they’ve been grappling with when and how to do it ethically.
Care providers were alerted to a house fire involving one of their patients.
A recent study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety has attracted widespread media attention.
Learning how to relax is one of the most powerful healing tools that I have ever come across. Emotional suffering comes from overthinking issues. Stress also plays a major role in our physical health, affecting for example, our weight, cholesterol and digestive systems.
In this video, I give you my 5 top tips on how to grow a ton of passionfruit all from just one passion fruit!
Please join me for this 28 minute at home yoga practice designed to help you feel good and bring you back into a balanced state.
Things and events in the universe are not haphazard and chaotic: they are formed—“in-formed”—by universal attractors. The recognition that the manifest world, and thus the living organism, is “in-formed,” suggests a new definition of bodily health and disease.
Half-price chips, “two for one” chocolates, “buy one get one free” soft drinks: Australian supermarkets make it very easy for us to fill our trolleys with junk food.
As we get older we have a greater risk of developing impairments in areas of cognitive function – such as memory, reasoning and verbal ability.
Do you struggle trying to fall asleep? Do you feel you don’t get enough sleep and you feel sleepy during the day? You are not alone.