How An App Can Help Fight Loneliness In Old People At Christmas

How An App Can Help Fight Loneliness In Old People At ChristmasLoneliness, as a leading cause of depression and obesity, is believed to cost £6,000 per person in health and social care services. Loneliness is especially prevalent during the winter holidays, perhaps intensified by the short days, bad weather and the impression that everyone else is enjoying the festive season with family and friends.

Why The Key To Humanity Isn't Genetic But Microbial

Why The Key To Humanity Isn't Genetic But MicrobialWhat if the key to perfecting the human species were actually … yogurt? The fantasy of trying to perfect humanity through genetics was recently reignited by the announcement of the Chinese scientist claiming to have made the first “CRISPR babies

5 Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Stillbirth

5 Ways To Reduce The Risk Of StillbirthStillbirth is defined as the death of a baby of at least 20 weeks’ gestation or 400 grams in weight. Most stillbirths occur during pregnancy.

After 50, Death Risk Climbs In Wake Of Loss Of Wealth

After 50, Death Risk Climbs In Wake Of Loss Of WealthAdults in their 50s and older who suffer a catastrophic loss of wealth have a 50-percent higher risk of dying than those who do not have such loss, according to a new study.

Why Snacking Could Be Damaging Your Health

Why Snacking Could Be Damaging Your HealthBreakfast simply didn’t exist for large parts of history. The Romans, for example, didn’t eat it – usually consuming only one meal around midday

Your Poo Is Mostly Alive. Here's What's In It

Your Poo Is Mostly Alive. Here's What's In ItIf you’ve ever thought your poo is just a bunch of dead cells, think again. Most of it is alive, teeming with billions of microbes. Here’s what studies in healthy adults reveal makes up our poo.

How Kids With Overweight Genes Can Lose Pounds

How Kids With Overweight Genes Can Lose PoundsChildren who are genetically predisposed to being overweight can still lose weight by changing their diet and exercise habits, a study of about 750 children shows.

How Important Is Eating Breakfast?

How Important Is Eating 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.

Fine Particle Air Pollution Is A Public Health Emergency Hiding In Plain Sight

Fine Particle Air Pollution Is A Public Health Emergency Hiding In Plain SightFine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 millionths of a meter, known as PM2.5, was the fifth-leading cause of death in the world in 2015, factoring in approximately 4.1 million global deaths annually. In the United States, PM2.5 contributed to about 88,000 deaths in 2015 – more than diabetes, influenza, kidney disease or suicide.

5 Ways To Boost Your Nutrition Before Pregnancy

5 Ways To Boost Your Nutrition Before PregnancyThinking about trying to have a baby? Then now is the time for future moms (and dads) to “spring clean” food and lifestyle habits. Here are our five nutrition tips before pregnancy.

Symptoms of IBS: Medical Investigations and Treatments

12 04 symptoms of ibs medical investigations and treatmentsIn the past, indeed until quite recently, people with IBS had appendix removals, intensive abdominal investigations, major gynecological operations, numerous x-rays, and prescriptions for a whole range of pills and potions to rid them of the strange collection of symptoms we now recognize as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Here's The Skinny On Fasting For Weight Loss

Here's The Skinny On Fasting For Weight LossThe “new” weight-loss strategy known as the 5:2 diet has been receiving much attention in the media since the book The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer was launched late last year.

How Weight Monitoring During Pregnancy Could Help Save Lives

How Weight Monitoring During Pregnancy Could Help Save LivesThere are times in a person’s life when specific events can have long-term implications on their future health. Pregnancy is one of those times – when major and dramatic changes occur within a woman’s body composition in a short period of time.

Want To Eat Fish That's Truly Good For You?

Want To Eat Fish That's Truly Good For You?
Seafood is very healthy to eat – all things considered. Fish and shellfish are an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and they are low in saturated fat. But seafood’s claim to fame is its omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial to health. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly suggest that adults eat two servings of seafood, or a total of eight ounces, per week.

Children With Arthritis Lack Vitamin D

Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Lack Vitamin D
In an analysis of global research, we recently found that children with the most frequent type of arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), have abnormally low vitamin D blood levels.

Why Do People Get Cancer?

Why Do People Get Cancer?

Lots of very clever people are working hard to try to answer it. I have worked on this problem for many years, and to be honest it still blows my mind to really think about just how complex it is.

Why Bigotry Is A Public Health Problem

Why Bigotry Is A Public Health ProblemOver a decade ago, I wrote a piece for a psychiatric journal entitled “Is Bigotry a Mental Illness?” At the time, some psychiatrists were advocating making “pathological bigotry” or pathological bias

How To Get Rid Of Head Lice Without Spending Loads Of Money

How To Get Rid Of Head Lice Without Spending Loads Of Money

Parents are being warned there could be a big rise in head lice outbreaks in schools this winter. The health charity Community Hygiene Concern has predicted that low-income families will be hit hardest after a change in NHS England guidance, means GPs are now routinely prevented from prescribing any treatment for the parasites.

Why Women Get PMS And Why Some Are More Affected

Why Women Get PMS And Why Some Are More Affected

Women have been menstruating throughout history. So it’s curious the earliest documented record of what we now know to be premenstrual syndrome (PMS) appeared pretty late in the game.

How Dust Storms And Hazardous Air Quality Can Harm Your Health

How Dust Storms And Hazardous Air Quality Can Harm Your HealthA major dust storm swept through Sydney and regional New South Wales this week. Red skies over Broken Hill on Wednesday night and Sydney on Thursday resembled those seen during intense bushfire activity and the massive 2009 dust storm.

How Hormones Affect Our Mood

How Hormones Affect Our MoodThe process of shedding the uterine lining with vaginal bleeding every month has an obvious reproductive focus, but it has also long been linked with changes to mood and behaviour. Unfortunately, this has often been an attempt to consign women to a “biologically” determined place of inferior mental functioning.

Why We All Need To Be Proactive About Our Bowels

Why We All Need To Be Proactive About Our BowelsManipulating environmental exposures to optimize a healthy microbiome may hold the promise of preventing chronic inflammatory diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Do Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Heart Attacks?

Do Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Heart Attacks?
A recent widely-reported study has reignited debate around whether omega-3 supplements reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study showed a particular form of omega-3 oil lowered the risk of people with heart disease experiencing a major “end point” event by 25%.

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea
Do you drink freshly brewed coffee to start off your day? Or is a cup of English breakfast tea a better option for you?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?
There are suggestions that fish oil is good for a range of health conditions including arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, mental health and heart disease. It’s even been suggested that fish oil might make people smarter, so should we all be taking supplements?

How To Heal Asthma The Natural Way

How To Heal Asthma The Natural Way
Deaths in children from asthma are growing at an alarming rate. One can't help but wonder if the powerful steroidal drugs that are used to control symptoms and that also suppress immune function play an important role in this death toll. Don't let this type of drug abuse hurt your family. Seek out alternatives and consider these strategies.

Healthy Guts Are Swarming With Bugs, So What Do They Do?

Healthy Guts Are Swarming With Bugs, So What Do They Do?
The healthy human body is swarming with microorganisms. They inhabit every nook and cranny on the surfaces of our body. But by far the largest collection of microorganisms reside in our gastrointestinal tract – our gut.

6 Surprising Drug Interactions You Should Know About

6 Surprising Drug Interactions You Should Know About
As the population grows older, more and more people are using a combination of drugs to treat multiple conditions. This can lead to interactions and side effects that we all need to be aware of.

How Alcohol's Calories End Up On Your Waistline

How Alcohol's Calories End Up On Your Waistline
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. Fiona Sim, Chair of the UK Royal Society for Public Health, writes that while adults who drink may be getting as much as 10% of their daily calories from alcohol, most people are unaware drinking contributes to their energy intake.

Why Some People Overeat When They're Upset

Why Some People Overeat When They're Upset
The idea of eating a tub of ice cream to cope with being upset has become a bit cliche. Though some might not need a tub of chocolate swirl to help perk themselves up again, there do seem to be systematic differences in the way that people cope with upsetting events, with some more likely to find solace in food than others.

Why The World's Plastic Problem Is Bigger Than The Ocean

Why The World's Plastic Problem Is Bigger Than The Ocean
As you read this, a strange object that looks like a 2,000-foot floating pool noodle is drifting slowly through the central north Pacific Ocean. This object is designed to solve an enormous environmental problem. But in so doing, it brings attention to a number of others.

Making Time For Exercise -- But How? And When?

Making Time For Exercise -- But How? And When?
It’s that time again. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released a new edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. That sound you hear is Americans collectively sighing.

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?
Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria that cause disease. But they also cause collateral damage to the microbiome, the complex community of bacteria that live in our gut. This results in a profound, though usually temporary, depletion of the beneficial bacteria.

Exploring Human Potential and Psychic Healing

Exploring Human Potential and Psychic Healing
Various esoteric sources have long suggested that human beings are capable of healing one another. Only in the last several decades has modern technology and the consciousness of enlightened scientists evolved to the point where laboratory confirmation of subtle energetic healing has been made possible.

Letting Go of the Fear of Pain and Opening the Door of Your Heart

Letting Go of the Fear of Pain and Opening the Door of Your Heart
Fear is the major ingredient of pain. It is what makes pain hurt. Take away the fear and only feeling is left. In the mid-1970s, in a poor and remote forest monastery in northeast Thailand, I had a bad toothache. There was no dentist to go to, no telephone, and no electricity. We didn't even have any aspirin...

5 Food Mistakes To Avoid If You're Trying To Lose Weight

5 Food Mistakes To Avoid If You're Trying To Lose Weight
Many people wonder why they’re not losing weight when they follow a strict diet and exercise routine. One possible reason is that what look like healthy options aren’t what they seem.

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury and How Does It Affect People?

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury and How Does It Affect People?
Adam was fortunate to survive a major car accident three years ago. He was in hospital for several months but had no ongoing physical injuries. He looked like he made a full recovery. But he was argumentative, childish, vulgar and his family said he “was not the same person”. Adam had a severe traumatic brain injury.

Why Participating In The Arts Is A Shadow Health Service

Why Participating In The Arts Is A Shadow Health Service

The UK’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has said that doctors should prescribe dance classes and trips to concert halls as well as pills and physio – and set out plans to make this “social prescribing” a reality.

Food is the Best Medicine Leading to Longevity and Health

Food is the Best Medicine Leading to Longevity and Health
In a modern diet, we eat many foods that are not good for us. Because of the ease of preparing processed foods, we are eating a lot of unhealthy fats and by doing this we are actually causing a lot of our own health problems. Food can be directly linked to many different diseases. Therefore, it’s essential that we watch what we eat and how we eat it.

Who Lives Longest: Meat Eaters Or Vegetarians?

Who Lives Longest: Meat Eaters Or Vegetarians?

Our ability to live a long life is influenced by a combination of our genes and our environment. In studies that involve identical twins, scientists have estimated that no more than 30% of this influence comes from our genes, meaning that the largest group of factors that control how long a person lives is their environment.

5 Ways To Keep Your Teeth Cavity Free

5 Ways To Keep Your Teeth Cavity FreeSweet foods and drinks are hard to avoid around Halloween, but it’s not only our general health that suffers. These treats also have consequences for our oral health, and can lead to cavities—the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults.

Homeopathy: What Is It and Does It Work?

Homeopathy: What Is It and Does It Work?
Homeopathy uses substances which create disease in a healthy person, will - in minute amounts - cure disease in an ill person. For example, homeopathy will use minute amounts of poison ivy, Rhus tox, to help cure poison ivy's effects.

The Rise And Fall Of Obesity On The Political Agenda

The Rise And Fall Of Obesity On The Political Agenda
When we hear the word “obesity”, the words “crisis” or “epidemic” often follow. And as being overweight, obese and eating an unhealthy diet are leading contributors to disease, evidence is mounting that “tackling obesity” should be a political priority.

Why Do Some People Hurt More Than Others?

Why Do Some People Hurt More Than Others?
Anyone who came of age in the 1990s might remember the “Friends” episode where Phoebe and Rachel venture out to get tattoos. Spoiler alert: Rachel gets a tattoo and Phoebe ends up with a black ink dot because she couldn’t take the pain.

The Dance of Life: Tango Dancing For The Immune System

The Dance of Life: Tango Dancing For The Immune System
I dreaded turning fifty. My father had died of a massive heart attack soon after his fiftieth birthday. For years, I assumed the same thing would happen to me. Instead, I've been pleasantly surprised... The years since I turned fifty have been ripe with rich, unexpected developments and expansive opportunities.

The Mental Health Impact Of Disasters Like Michael, Irma Or Maria

The Mental Health Impact Of Disasters Like Michael, Irma Or Maria
When major disasters hit, the first priority is to keep people safe. This process can involve dramatic evacuations, rescues and searches. However, after the initial emergency passes, a much longer process of recovering and rebuilding begins.

Tooth Loss Can Be A Sign Of Malnutrition In Older Adults

Tooth Loss Can Be A Sign Of Malnutrition In Older Adults
Older adults are at risk for both impaired oral health and malnutrition, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the health records of 107 community-dwelling senior citizens who received treatment at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinic between 2015 to 2016.

Why Did This Symptom Happen To Me?

Why Did This Symptom Happen To Me?
We can say that Type ‘A’ Behaviour is a heart disease personality. Whatever might be seen as the physical cause of heart disease, it is acknowledged that this personality type is a consistent element. There is also a cancer personality, a near-sighted personality, an arthritis personality, etc.

How Playing Video Games To Cope With Anxiety May Identify Addiction

How Playing Video Games To Cope With Anxiety May Identify Addiction

Researchers surveyed college students about their frequency of video game play, coping strategies, anxiety, and symptoms of various mental illnesses including gaming disorder and discovered that using video games as a coping mechanism for anxiety predicted symptoms of gaming disorder. Further, higher levels of stress increased the risk.

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High
In the wake of cannabis legalization in Canada, a team of scientists has delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol for safe pain relief without the typical “high” or euphoria that THC produces.

Just A Few Drinks Can Change How Your Memories Form

Just A Few Drinks Can Change How Your Memories Form
Just a few drinks changes how memories are formed at the fundamental, molecular level, according to a new study with flies. The new research finds that alcohol hijacks a memory formation pathway and changes the proteins expressed in the neurons, forming cravings.

Healing With Love And Finding Answers Through The Heart

Healing With Love And Finding Answers Through The Heart
We do not have to become monks in order to lead spiritual, healthy lives. We do not have to be vegetarians, or wear flowing robes, or sit in meditation for hours each day. There is no spiritual 'path' because everything is spiritual and all choices are equal. We can work and be parents, husbands, wives, daughters...

Is There A Link Between Eating Organic Foods And A Lower Cancer Risk?

Is There A Link Between Eating Organic Foods And A Lower Cancer Risk?
Organic food is an over-hyped and overpriced fad, according to many people. But a recently published study which followed nearly 69,000 French people over four and a half years seems to indicate there is a link between eating organic foods and a lower cancer risk.

Our Body Communicates With Us Using Three Danger Signals

The Body Communicates With Us Using Three Danger Signals
There are three main types of signals, three ways of experiencing these inner messages of distortion in the body: as nervous tension; as physical or psychological trauma; and as physical or psychological illness.

The Emotional Legacy of Injury and Trauma

The Emotional Legacy of Injury and Trauma
Injury and any trauma that occur more or less simultaneously are connected by the illogical lower brain. For example, a baby doesn’t know, or reason, that the pain of a bitten lip isn’t caused by the adult who is holding her bottle, but is coincidental to it. Her young, magical, mythic mind, the dreaming part of the mind, makes relationships and patterns where none may actually exist...

Why A Walk In The Woods Really Does Help Your Body And Your Soul

Why A Walk In The Woods Really Does Help Your Body And Your Soul
Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it?

How Sauerkraut Is Leading A Food Revolution

How Sauerkraut Is Leading A Food Revolution
With suspicion surrounding staples such as eggs and the humble potato, along with the reconsideration of fats as not so bad, and the belated demonisation of the same sugars which were once marketed as beneficial – it’s no wonder consumers are becoming apprehensive about following advice on what they should, or should not put on their plates.

Why Heart Attacks Are More Frequent In Colder Weather

Why Heart Attacks Are More Frequent In Colder Weather
Research has found the incidence of heart attacks in a sample of more than one-quarter of a million people increased with lower air temperature, lower atmospheric air pressure, higher wind velocity and shorter sunshine duration.

8 Benefits of Strength Training for Healthier Aging

8 Benefits of Strength Training for Healthier Aging
Strength training, especially when combined with aerobic exercise, is a surefire way to control body weight. Why? Because muscle burns calories and fat. But left to its own devices, the body loses about a half pound of muscle every year after age 30. If we don't keep ourselves strong...

Healing through Sleep and Surrendering into Rest

Healing through Sleep and Surrendering into Rest
There is a cultural shame that is implied when an individual has the need for too much sleep or feels tired without having a good reason. You have thoughts such as God, I don't know why I'm so tired! or What's wrong with me? And these very thoughts and attitudes negate a simple, natural flow...

Can A Winter Swimming Treatment Lead To Weight Loss?

Can A Winter Swimming Treatment Lead To Weight Loss?
Stimulating the body’s cold and nicotine receptors burns energy, suppresses appetite, and may lead to weight loss, a study with mice shows. Inspired by everyday life, researchers wondered whether they could pharmacologically imitate some of the effects from winter swimming and smoking.

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