How Problematic Is Sleepwalking And Can It Be Cured?

How Problematic Is Sleepwalking And Can It Be Cured?People have long been fascinated with sleepwalkers — by those who roam during the night without awareness, climbing out of windows, walking down the street, urinating in a cupboard, or moving furniture. The Conversation

Why A Hot Bath Has Benefits Similar To Exercise

Why A Hot Bath Has Benefits Similar To ExerciseMany cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath. But only recently has science began to understand how passive heating (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise) improves health. The Conversation

What Is Delirium And Why Is It Dangerous?

What Is Delirium And Why Is It Dangerous?The woman suffered two strokes in succession. The first was minor and her condition improved quickly. The second came on suddenly and was more severe. The Conversation

Why Veterans Need Help Getting Back To Normal After Combat

Why Veterans Need Help Getting Back To Normal After CombatPublic understanding of the needs of military veterans has focused largely post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, suicide rates, and poor conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Antibiotics Do Little To Ease Kids’ Eczema Flare-ups

Antibiotics Do Little To Ease Kids’ Eczema Flare-upsEstimates suggest that patients receive topical antibiotics for 40 percent of eczema flares, but a new study suggests there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for children who are clinically infected with the condition.

Early Diagnoses Of Pancreatic Cancer Would Make It Less Deadly

Early Diagnoses Of Pancreatic Cancer Would Make It Less DeadlyThe current prognosis for pancreatic cancer is so poor that a UK cancer charity has warned more than 11,000 people are expected to die from the cancer by 2026, and that it will overtake breast cancer to become the fourth-biggest cancer killer. The Conversation

Does Gluten Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Does Gluten Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?A recent analysis of a massive study observing the effect of food on the health of nearly 200,000 American health professionals suggested eating more gluten was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The Conversation

Why Artificial Turf May Truly Be Bad For Your Kids

The crumbs of artificial turf. Various pigments are used to provide the green color of the blades. These can include lead or titanium for the white lines and still other metals for school logos on the field.

If you want to get a soccer mom’s attention, bring up the subject of artificial turf, the preferred playing surface for children from pre-K to college

Why Do Men Die Younger Than Women?

Why Do Men Die Younger Than Women?

Women experience higher stress, more chronic disease, more depression, more anxiety and are more likely to be victims of violence.

These Two Types Of Tuna Are Carrying More Mercury

These Two Types Of Tuna Are Carrying More MercuryMercury concentrations in Hawaiian-caught bigeye and yellowfin tuna are steadily rising and mirror increases in North Pacific waters that have been linked to atmospheric mercury emissions from Asia.

Smokefree Laws Cut Heart Attacks In Big Way

Smokefree Laws Cut Heart Attacks In Big Way

There is strong and consistent evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke causes heart attacks and that smokefree workplace and public place laws cut heart attacks (and other diseases).

How Often Do We Need To Go To The Gym

How Often Do We Need To Go To The GymIf you started 2017 with a resolution to lose weight or get fit then you may have found that you need some extra help and motivation by now.

Magnesium Could Offer Fresh Hope To Tinnitus Sufferers

Magnesium Could Offer Fresh Hope To Tinnitus SufferersYou may be familiar with the experience of a ringing sensation in your ears after a night out enjoying some good music. But what if you were to wake up in the morning and still have the ringing in your ears? And what if the ringing never stopped? The Conversation

Do Smaller Plates Make You Eat Less?

Do Smaller Plates Make You Eat Less? Dependent on how you spend your Monday evenings you may have caught Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped on TV.

Here's What Happens To Your Brain When You Give Up Sugar

Here's What Happens To Your Brain When You Give Up SugarAnyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of Dementia

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of DementiaAlzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that eventually strips sufferers of their ability to remember, communicate and live independently.

The Best Option For Cancer Fatigue Isn’t A Pill

The Best Option For Cancer Fatigue Isn’t A PillExercise and/or psychological therapy work better than medications to reduce cancer-related fatigue and should be recommended first to patients, say researchers.

What Happens If You Treat Your Body With Respect?

Your Body Is A Valuable & Irreplaceable ObjectWhen you respect your body, you are in partnership with it. Treat your body as a structure worthy of respect and it will respond in kind. Abuse or ignore it and it will break down...

Could A Bored Brain Predict Teen Drug Abuse?

bored teenager 02 26There’s no easy way to predict which teenager will become a problem drug user. While certain personality traits—impulsiveness for example—may signal danger, not every adolescent fits the description.

Can A Dying Patient Be A Healthy Person?

Can A Dying Patient Be A Healthy Person?The news was bad. Mimi, a woman in her early 80s, had been undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Her husband was being treated for bladder cancer.

How Chronic Stress Could Be Making You Fat

How Chronic Stress Could Be Making You FatThe world is getting fatter and it’s making us sicker. But could rising stress levels be playing an important role in our growing waistlines?

If Sugar Is Addictive, How Do You Kick The Habit?

If Sugar Is Addictive, How Do You Kick The Habit?Some of us can definitely say we have a sweet tooth. Whether it’s cakes, chocolates, cookies, lollies or soft drinks, our world is filled with intensely pleasurable sweet treats.

Why More Time Walking Means Less Time In Hospital

Why More Time Walking Means Less Time In HospitalIn my practice as a GP, I have been impressed by a few energetic and active 80 year olds who remain in good health while many their age have succumbed to various chronic diseases.

Will People Eat No Animal Required Meat?

Will People Eat No Animal Required Meat?Futurists tell us that we will be eating in vitro meat (IVM) – meat grown in a laboratory rather than on a farm – within five to ten years.

The Pros And Cons Of Taking A Nap

The Pros And Cons Of Taking A NapCatnap, kip, snooze, siesta; whatever you call naps, there is no doubt these once frowned-upon short sleeps are gaining acceptance.

Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You

Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier YouAre you stressed-out, overweight, overworked, uninspired, or plagued by negative emotions? Don't worry — anyone can achieve greater health and happiness by trying out some new behaviors and attitudes, and working at it step-by-step. Here are nine proven ways to get there.

Video Games Can Help Children With Cerebral Palsy

Video Games Can Help Children With Cerebral PalsyCerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood physical disability, affecting more than 17 million people worldwide. The condition results when there is an injury to the developing brain that goes on to affect a child’s movement and posture...

Diabetes Could Be Causing Up To 12% Of All US Deaths

Diabetes Could Be Causing Up To 12% Of All US DeathsThe proportion of deaths attributable to diabetes in the US is as high as 12 percent—three times higher than estimates based on death certificates suggest—a new analysis shows.

Toxic Garbage Day Might Explain How Alzheimer’s Spreads

Toxic Garbage Day Might Explain How Alzheimer’s SpreadsA new study with worms may help explain how diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s spread in the brain. Sometimes when neurons dispose of toxic waste, neighboring cells get sick.

Why Sitting Is Not The New Smoking

Why Sitting Is Not The New SmokingSitting has been branded the “new smoking” for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.

How Vitamin D Can Improve Muscle Strength

How Vitamin D Can Improve Muscle StrengthOne of the most important vitamins for your health is vitamin D. It allows the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from your diet, which are essential for the development of healthy bones.

Which Approach Is Best For Preventing Heart Disease?

Which Approach Is Best For Preventing Heart Disease?Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer worldwide and the second biggest killer in the UK. However, most cases of heart disease can be prevented by managing risk factors.

Why Obese Does Not Necessarily Mean Unhealthy

Why Obese Does Not Necessarily Mean UnhealthySelf-proclaimed “weight loss hypnosis master” Steve Miller has announced a campaign to see all overweight NHS staff wearing badges that read “I’m fat, but I’m losing it”.

Do Cold Showers Actually Cool You Down?

cold shower 2 13It’s normal to feel hot, sweaty and uncomfortable in warm weather, but what’s the best way to cool down?

The Battle Between Who We Are and Who We Want to Be

Who Is In Charge? You or Chocolate?Many of us do things we wish we would not do. We may compulsively eat sugary or fatty things, drink too much alcohol, become a zombie in front of the TV, or whatever. We may judge ourselves as “weak” or “lacking in willpower”, because of this. Maybe we...

Weight Loss Often Follows Divorce For Older Women

Weight Loss Often Follows Divorce For Older WomenThere have been lots of studies on marriage that focus on younger women, so researchers wanted to take a closer look at the health effects of marriage and divorce on older women.

How Is It Possible To Just Think Pain Away?

How It's Possible To Just Think Pain AwayPleasure and pain are always coming and going, fluctu­ating to and fro, sometimes only five minutes apart, doing “their thing” to this flesh-and-bone vehicle, inspiring all kinds of crazy thoughts in our thinking organ—the brain.

Are Women's Painful Period Cramps Normal?

Are Women's Painful Period Cramps Normal?The experience of having periods varies between women. They can be light and completely painless for some, but completely debilitating for others.

Do Emotions Play A Role in Cancer Resistance and Cancer Survival?

Do Emotions Play A Role in Cancer Resistance and Cancer Survival?Under emotional distress, the brain may signal the adrenal glands to produce chemicals called corticosteroids. Cancer-related processes are accelerated in the presence of these chemicals. Certain cancers have also been associated with distressing life events.

Do Faith and Prayer Strengthen Your Immune System?

Do Faith and Prayer Strengthen Your Immune System?Healing can include dramatic, sudden physical cures, but is not confined to the 'miraculous' or the spectacular. Perhaps for most people, the healing power of faith involves a healing of the mind and emotions, the intangible spirit, and of relationships with others.

Here's What Actually Does Work For Back Pain

Here's What Actually Does Work For Back PainHow’s your back? About a quarter of Australia’s population experience a back pain episode at any point in time, and nearly all of us (around 85%) will have at least one lifetime experience with back pain.

Why We Lose Our Hearing And Vision As We Age

Why We Lose Our Hearing And Vision As We Age

As the baby boomer generation begins to age, the prevalence of both eye and ear disease will rise exponentially, as there is a strong correlation between vision loss, hearing loss and ageing.

What Is A Balanced Diet Anyway?

What Is A Balanced Diet Anyway?I was recently asked: If my eating habits are half good and half bad, does that make my overall diet balanced?

Are Over-the-counter Painkillers A Waste Of Money?

Are Over-the-counter Painkillers A Waste Of Money?Simple painkillers (such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen) are widely bought over the counter and prescribed by doctors. But the stark truth is that most of these medicines don’t work very well.

How Planned Parenthood Has Helped Millions Of Women

How Planned Parenthood Has Helped Millions Of Women

Planned Parenthood has allowed generations of low-income women to survive childbirth, to combat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to plan their pregnancies.

6 Pivotal Ways to Control Cravings Before They Control You

6 Pivotal Ways to Control Cravings Before They Control YouMore than a half-million people have lost over 5 million pounds by learning to conquer their food cravings. For many people, food choices have little to do with physical hunger. Instead, they are driven by an emotional hunger and they eat to satisfy some kind of longing.

How To Fix Dietary Guidelines So They Actually Work

How To Fix Dietary Guidelines So They Actually WorkDietary guidelines come under a lot of fire. They have been accused of not being based on evidence, not being environmentally sustainable and being out of touch with nutritional science. They also fail to change people’s eating habits, as shown in Australia and the US.

Do Vegetarians Live Longer? Probably, But Not Because They're Vegetarian

steak vs carrot 2 2In the past few years, you may have noticed more and more people around you turning away from meat. At dinner parties or family barbecues, on your social media feed or in the news, vegetarianism and its more austere cousin, veganism, are becoming increasingly popular.

The Argument For And Against Preventative Medicine

The Argument For And Against Preventative MedicinePreventative medicine has long used drugs to prevent the onset of disease. Those with symptoms such as high blood sugar or pressure are often diagnosed with the “pre-condition”, such as prediabetes or prehypertension, if their symptoms haven’t yet reached the levels which define the disease.

Why The Fish We Eat Could Soon Be Eating More Mercury

Why The Fish We Eat Could Soon Be Eating More MercuryA highly toxic form of mercury could jump by 300 to 600 percent in zooplankton—tiny animals at the base of the marine food chain—if land runoff increases by 15 to 30 percent, according to a new study.

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