Rare Genetic Changes Are Linked To Autism And Other Psychiatric Disorders

Rare Genetic Changes Are Linked To Autism And Other Psychiatric Disorders
In most of the trillion cells that make up our bodies, 23 pairs of chromosomes store the vital strands of DNA needed to make our bodies grow and function properly. But if the amount of genetic material within our cells is a bit too much or too little, then this can potentially interfere with normal development.

Why Sleep Loss Is A Literal Pain

why sleep loss is a literal painNeural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury, research finds. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, help explain the self-perpetuating cycles contributing to the overlapping global epidemics of sleep loss, chronic pain, and even opioid addiction.

Momo Challenge Shows How Even Experts Are Falling For Digital Hoaxes

Momo Challenge Shows How Even Experts Are Falling For Digital Hoaxes“An evil suicide game” was how one newspaper described the “Momo challenge”, a so-called game that supposedly involved children receiving a series of threatening and increasingly dangerous instructions from an anonymous contact on their smartphone.

Is Cultured Meat Better Than Animal Agriculture?

Is Cultured Meat Better Than Animal Agriculture?

The world is in the grips of a food-tech revolution. One of the most compelling new developments is cultured meat, also known as clean, cell-based or slaughter-free meat.

The Surprising Reasons We Love Art

The Surprising Reasons We Love Art
“Why do people love Pierre Bonnard so much?” asks The Guardian’s art critic Adrian Searle in his review of the painter’s current show at London’s Tate Modern.

Learn To Read Your Feet Using Simple Observation Skills

Learn To Read Your Feet Using Simple Observation Skills
It's important to learn to "read" the feet because there are sev­eral physical conditions that need special attention. The signs we observe are the body’s way of telling us something is out of balance. Just like pain, any disorder is a warning signal. Reflexology is not a tool for diagnosis, but with some observation skills, you can discover whether the body is strug­gling and if it is in need of some help.

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Soybean oil may be better than fish oil for reducing cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors, according to a new study.

How Your Lungs Are Really Amazing

How Your Lungs Are Really Amazing
Lungs are remarkable organs that continuously achieve amazing feats, which they do so well that we take them for granted, except when their function is diminished.

Savers Aren’t More Patient, Just More Focused

Savers Aren’t More Patient, Just More Focused
When facing a choice between a smaller dollar amount now or more money weeks later, “patient savers” focus immediately on the two dollar amounts, quickly screening out other factors as irrelevant, according to a new study.

Why Your Face Looks The Way It Does

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Is your face long? Wide? Big nose? Small ears? High forehead? It’s our faces that characterise how the world sees us, and how we recognise our close friends and family

The Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease

The Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease
Whether it be forgetting 20 years of your life or having the same conversation every five minutes only to forget it each time, memory impairment can take a large toll on everyday life.

This Affordable Therapy Works For Depression

This Affordable Therapy Works For Depression
Of the four million prisoners released each year, 23 percent suffer from depression but don’t receive treatment while incarcerated, according to a new study.

Why Zebra's Stripes Are A No Fly Zone For Flies

Why Zebra's Stripes Are A No Fly Zone For Flies
Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew why they sport their unusual striped pattern.

The Role Of Hormones And Body Weight Explained

The Role Of Hormones And Body Weight Explained
People all over the globe have the perception that being overweight or obese is caused by eating too much junk food, drinking sugary drinks, or not exercising enough.

Five Body Consciousness Techniques To Attain A Mind At Peace

Five Body Consciousness Techniques To Attain A Mind At Peace
With the hectic modern lifestyles that most of us experience, there’s an onslaught of good and bad information assaulting our senses all the time. Since the dawn of the digital age, the human attention span has shrunk from twelve seconds to only eight seconds.

The Advantages Of Using Long-acting Contraceptives

The Advantages Of Using Long-acting Contraceptives

Few Australian women use long-acting reversible contraception, despite its advantages over other methods. These contraceptives offer women long-term, cost-effective, “fit-and-forget” contraception.

High-intensity Micro Workouts Vs Traditional Regimes

High-intensity Micro Workouts Vs Traditional Regimes

When it comes to health and fitness, there are rarely any quick fixes. But if you’re struggling to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, micro workouts might be just the thing you need to start improving your fitness.

What Are City Bees' Favorite Flowers?

What Are City Bees' Favorite Flowers?
Planting more flowers is a great idea – but it is difficult to predict which flowers different insects will use the most, and whether enough flowers are being provided for them.

7 Myths And Truths About Healthy Skin

7 Myths And Truths About Healthy Skin
Skin is our largest organ and something we may take for granted when it’s healthy. As an academic dermatologist I frequently hear misleading “facts” that seem to be stubbornly enduring.

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?
When Britain’s Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover into another vehicle on Jan. 17, 2019, many people were surprised that he was still driving at age 97.

Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?

Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?
Children who live in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful compounds in their blood or urine than children who live in homes that don’t, according to a new study.

Being a Vision Keeper: Using Our Authentic Self To Find Our Life Path

Being a Vision Keeper: Using Our Authentic Self To Find Our Life Path
As we allow our authentic selves to guide us, trusting our inner vision, our way emerges in bits and pieces. We find the path we're meant to walk in the same way that we walk over rocks to cross a stream, one step at a time. We have to put effort, often for many years, into finding...

Want To Improve Your Mood?

Want To Improve Your Mood?
Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends.

Will Eating Nuts Make You Gain Weight?

Will Eating Nuts Make You Gain Weight?
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat 30g of nuts – a small handful – each day. But many of us know nuts are high in calories and fat.

What Causes Most Birth Defects

What Causes Most Birth Defects
The development of a baby, from the time of fertilization through to the moment of birth, is an incredibly complex journey. Most of the time the result is a perfect new baby.

Once Upon a Time: Research, Flying, and Acne

Once Upon a Time: Research, Flying, and Acne
We tell ourselves science is king, but our understanding of the world is shaped through story. We tell stories about the past and call it history. We tell stories about the present and call it news. Our stories about how to act, think, and live are called culture. And our stories about how the natural world works are called science.

Finally Fulfilled: Attaining Food Enlightenment

Finally Fulfilled: Attaining Food Enlightenment
It is so incredibly easy to get sucked into the illusion that weight loss is all about food. The logical mind thinks, “Why wouldn’t it be? What I eat is causing my weight gain, so this must be about food.” This initiates the quest to try every diet out there, in order to get your body to a place where you feel “good enough.” Confident. Worthy. Desired. Happy.

Will Going Gluten Free Cause Weight Loss?

Will Going Gluten Free Cause Weight Loss?
Although people have been eating wheat for thousands of years, one third of US adults now shun foods containing wheat in an effort to avoid gluten.

Breaking Through The Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System

Breaking the Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System
Within each one of us there lies a "healing system" capable of fighting off disease, combating infection and bringing us greater energy, vitality, and well-being. In any medical text we can read about the "digestive system", the "circulatory system", or the "nervous system", but nowhere can we find a chapter on the "healing system".

Why Do We Itch?

Why Do We Itch?
We’ve all experienced the unpleasant sensation of being itchy. For many years, scientists suspected that pain and itch were the same thing, only differentiated by their intensity: itch was just light pain, and pain was strong itch.

Why We Need To Overhaul How We Work

Why We Need To Overhaul How We Work

In a popular BuzzFeed article, Anne Helen Petersen describes how millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996) became “the burnout generation”.

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix As Prices Rise

The Food Price Report 2019, released by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph in December, suggested vegetable prices will go up by as much as six per cent this year.

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again.

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet
In simple gardeners’ terms that means we plant pulses one year, a cereal such as wheat or barley the next year and then an oil seed such as canola in the third year.

The Psychology Of Roller Coasters

The Psychology Of Roller Coasters
Roller coasters may seem like a very modern type of entertainment – constantly getting bigger, faster and scarier thanks to advances in technology.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning
When cannabis was legalized in the parts of the United States, there were substantial increases in marijuana-related visits to children’s hospitals and calls to poison control centers. Pets are just as vulnerable — just like our human family members, pets are susceptible to getting sick.

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor
The first study to directly compare the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care finds that Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value healthcare.

Why Have We Become So Bamboozled By Numbers?

Why Have We Become So Bamboozled By Numbers?
Official figures are produced to serve particular ends. Their names are mere labels, with no connection to infallible underlying stable properties. Most of the time, the statistics that politicians and the media quote do not reveal scientific facts.

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Ella, who is in her early 20s, has depression. When her sleep started to fall away after a stressful term at school, her smartphone was programmed to note the late-night texts and phone conversations indicating her insomnia. It made suggestions to improve her sleep.

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related issue.

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary).

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Breakfast, we are told, is the most important meal of the day. Over the last 50 years, we have been bombarded with messages extolling the health benefits of processed cereals and porridge oats.

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is delivered to most Australian homes every day through their water pipes. It is, of course, fluoride distributed via the water supply.

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?
Your trousers fit when you put them on in the morning. But come mid-afternoon, they’re uncomfortably tight – and you didn’t even overdo it at lunchtime. Sound familiar?

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