Why Balance Is So Important To Our Well-being?

Why Balance Is So Important To Our Well-being?Balance is the vital sense that gives much-needed stability to our teetering, upright bodies. Good balance is usually associated with having stable posture, but it also has a lot to do with visual stability.

Can Biofortified Rice Ease Hidden Hunger It Causes?

Can Biofortified Rice Ease Hidden Hunger It Causes?Rice is the staple food of billions of people throughout the developing world. But beyond easing hunger pains and providing carbohydrates for energy, it has little nutritional value.

Is Cheese Good For You?

Is Cheese Good For You?It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided.

This New Drug Helps Radiation Kill Prostate Cancer

 This New Drug Helps Radiation Kill Prostate CancerAn experimental drug appears to pack a one-two punch against some prostate cancers, significantly slowing the increase of cancer cells and making them more vulnerable to radiation.

While Cranberries Are Healthy, They Don't Appear To Cure Urinary Tract Infections

While Cranberries Are Otherwise Healthy, They Don't Appear To Cure Urinary Tract InfectionsCranberries, the little red berries from North America, are not effective for curing urinary tract infections. This piece of information is bound to disappoint the women who have been swallowing cranberry capsules for years in the hope that it was. But, alas, this is what science shows.

Health Literacy Is A Matter Of Life Or Death

tree of life 11 21The basic ability to read is essential in looking after one’s health, especially when managing a chronic illness that requires various treatments and medications.

Electronics At Bedtime Rob Kids Of Sleep

Electronics At Bedtime Rob Kids Of SleepChildren who use electronic devices at bedtime have more than double the risk of not getting enough sleep during the night compared to those who don’t use them.

There Is A Wrong Way To Talk About Alzheimer’s Disease

There Is A Wrong Way To Talk About Alzheimer’s DiseaseExperts suggest avoiding war metaphors, such as “attacking” beta amyloid, when talking about Alzheimer’s disease. While war comparisons can motivate efforts to deal with a health issue, this type of language and messaging can also create fear and stigma...

How Chickens Took Over The World

How Chickens Took Over The WorldThe discarded bone of a chicken leg, still etched with teeth marks from a dinner thousands of years ago, provides some of the oldest known physical evidence for the introduction of domesticated chickens to the continent of Africa.

Does A Pudgy Dad Bod Really Make Men Live Longer?

Does A Pudgy Dad Bod Really Make Men Live Longer?The “dad bod”, it seems, is in vogue. And now a new book claims that gaining weight after fatherhood makes men healthier, more attractive and more likely to live longer than their “skinny” counterparts.

Why Do We Get Dizzy?

Why Do We Get Dizzy?Many people in their lifetime experience a sudden feeling of dizziness, be it head spinning, light-headedness, a floating sensation or a loss of balance, sometimes associated with nausea. In fact, dizziness is a frequent complaint.

Why Fasting May Improve Cancer Treatment

Why Fasting May Improve Cancer TreatmentThe gold standard treatment for cancer in the last few decades has been a combination of surgery – to remove tumours – and chemotherapy and radiotherapy – to kill cancer cells.

Why Is Glaucoma The Sneak Thief Of Sight?

Why Is Glaucoma, The Sneak Thief Of Sight?If you’re one of the millions of Australians who regularly see an optometrist, you’re probably familiar with having your eye pressure checked as part of a comprehensive eye examination.

A Mom’s Exposure To Toxic Chemicals Shows Up In Their Newborn

A Mom’s Exposure To Toxic Chemicals Shows Up In Their NewbornLow-income and Latina pregnant women in a recent study had widespread exposure to environmental pollutants. In addition, many of the toxins showed up at even higher levels in their newborns

Can Exercise Prevent Age-related Hearing Loss?

Can Exercise Prevent Age-related Hearing Loss?Everyone knows that exercise helps keep weight off and is good for your heart. Now, scientists say it also appears to prevent age-related hearing loss in mice.

As Incomes Rise In China, So Does Their Concern About Pollution

As Incomes Rise In China, So Does Their Concern About PollutionOver the last 40 years, hundreds of millions of people in China have escaped poverty as this enormous nation urbanized and became a manufacturing powerhouse fueled by cheap coal and cheap labor.

Oxygen Therapy Doesn’t Benefit Everyone With COPD

Oxygen Therapy Doesn’t Benefit Everyone With COPDA new study indicates that supplemental oxygen does not benefit a large group of patients with COPD: those with moderately low levels of oxygen in the blood.

How The Placebo Sweet Spot Could Help Control Your Pain

How The Placebo Sweet Spot Could Help Control Your PainScientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the “placebo effect” in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in substantial reduction of pain.

Napping for Maximum Efficiency

Napping for Maximum EfficiencyIf you're like most people, you work at your maximum efficiency for the first hour or two of your workday, then your efficiency slowly dwindles. By the time 2 P.M. rolls around, you're functioning at 40 percent of your capacity. But there's a way to...

What To Do When A Loved One Says, "I Have Cancer"

What to Do When a Loved One Says, "I Have Cancer"
More and more people must struggle with how to face the new reality of a life-threatening disease. And over on the sidelines, friends and loved ones struggle with how best to support them.

Why Caffeine Doesn’t Leave Everybody Wired

Why Caffeine Doesn’t Leave Everybody WiredDepending on your genetic make-up, you might be able to drink coffee right before bed or feel wired after just one cup, ongoing research shows.

Why Your Light Bulbs Could Be Playing Havoc With Your Health

Why Your Light Bulbs Could Be Playing Havoc With Your HealthA recent newspaper article under the headline “High street eye test can provide early indication of dementia” highlighted yet another complex connection between the eye and the brain.

Anxiety Is Linked To Death From Cancer In Men

Anxiety Is Linked To Death From Cancer In MenAbout one in 14 people around the world are affected by anxiety disorders at any given time. Those who suffer from these conditions experience impairment, disability, and are at a high risk for substance abuse and suicide.

How Sausages Conquered The World

How Sausages Conquered The WorldSausages are no joke. Jamie Oliver learned that lesson when he rashly included chorizo in a recipe for paella. “WTF, Jamie Oliver?” outraged Spaniards asked the Naked Chef in a Twitterstorm of indignation.

What Do We Know About Marijuana's Medical Benefits?

What Do We Know About Marijuana's Medical Benefits? Currently 25 states and the District of Columbia have medical cannabis programs. On Nov. 8, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota will vote on medical cannabis ballot initiatives, while Montana will vote on repealing limitations in its existing law.

The Great Deception: Finding Your True Heart

The Great Deception: Finding Your True HeartIt always seems strange to me that when they play the national anthem, almost everyone holds their hand over their heart, off to the side of their chest. But wait a minute! That's not where our heart is at all. Our heart is in the exact center of our chest...

High Protein Diets May Not Lower Diabetes Risk

High Protein Diets May Not Lower Diabetes RiskIn a small weight-loss study, women on a high-protein diet did lose weight but didn’t see improvements in insulin sensitivity, which can help lower diabetes risk.

Hearing Voices Is More Common Than You Think

Hearing Voices Is More Common Than You ThinkHearing voices that other people can’t is a meaningful experience. Like dreams, they can usually be understood in terms of one’s life experiences.

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome And How To Treat It?

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome And How To Treat It?It often begins as an easily dismissed tingle in the thumb or an ache in the wrist. Building slowly but persistently to a searing, tearing pain from the wrist to the fingers.

Inflammation From High BMI May Damage Brain

 Inflammation From High BMI May Damage BrainHaving a higher body mass index, or BMI, can negatively impact cognitive functioning in older adults, say researchers, who suggest inflammation is to blame.

How The Way You're Born And Fed Affect Your Immune System

How The Way You're Born And Fed Affect Your Immune SystemWe used to think foetuses had no bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract (the gut) until they began to accumulate microbes (bacteria, viruses and other bugs) on their way through their mother’s vagina.

What Causes Knock Knees And Do They Have To Be Treated?

Pathological knock knees Wikimedia CommonsKnock knees, also known as genu valgum, is a type of knee alignment seen when a child (or adult) stands up straight with their knees together, but their feet and ankles stay apart.

Not All Processed Meats Carry The Same Cancer Risk

Not All Processed Meats Carry The Same Cancer RiskEating processed meat can increase your risk of getting colorectal cancer. The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that each 50g portion of processed meat eaten daily (about two bacon rashers) increases bowel cancer risk by 18%.

Can Drinking Coffee Reduce Your Dementia Risk?

Can Drinking Coffee Reduce Your Dementia Risk?Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a growing problem worldwide. There are 350,000 people with dementia in Australia and this is set to rise to 900,000 by 2050. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

How Your Gut Microbiota Affects Your Mood, Sleep And Stress Levels

It’s not as simple as opening a tub of yoghurt. jules/Flickr, CC BYThe gut microbiota is the community of bugs, including bacteria, that live in our intestine. It has been called the body’s “forgotten organ” because of the important role it plays beyond digestion and metabolism.

Are We Sleeping Less Than We Used To?

We shall not be moved. Michael PettigrewMany of us might respond to this question with a resounding yes. It is easy to think that we all got better rest in those halcyon days when summers were long and hot, winters were snowy and life was a bit less frenetic.

The Secrets Of A Mentally Healthy Workplace

How To Build A Mentally Healthy WorkplaceMental health has long been the Cinderella of healthcare: left to scrape an existence while the bulk of funding and attention goes elsewhere.

Is There A Natural Limit To How Long Humans Can Live?

Is There A Natural Limit To How Long Humans Can Live?Humans may live longer and longer, but eventually we all grow old and die. This leads to a simple question: is there an intrinsic maximum limit to human lifespan or not?

Is It Safe To Wash Your Hands Too Often?

Is It Safe To Wash Your Hands Too Often?A battle is waging about how often and how carefully we should wash our hands. Many allergy experts say it is vital for our future health and that of our children to reduce hand washing and allow friendly microbes back into our mouths.

What Is Normal Vaginal Discharge And What's Not?

What Is Normal Vaginal Discharge And What's Not?V-juice, vovey-goo, vu-dew… there are many ways to describe the natural fluid that comes out of the vagina. It varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.

What Happens When People With Autism Grow Old?

What Happens When People With Autism Grow Old?If you mention autism to most people they will think about children, but it is a lifelong diagnosis. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. Little is known about how the symptoms change with age.

How Brain Training Could Add Years Behind The Wheel

How Brain Training Could Add Years Behind The WheelOlder adults who participate in training designed to improve cognitive ability are more likely to continue driving over the next 10 years than those who don’t, research shows.

The Neem Compound May Shrink Prostate Tumors

The Neem Compound May Shrink Prostate TumorsA compound derived from the leaves of the neem plant could significantly suppress the development of prostate cancer, according to new research with mice.

How We Get Sucked In By Junk Food Specials In Supermarkets

How We Get Sucked In By Junk Food Specials In SupermarketsThree in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.

The Ugly History Of Cosmetic Surgery

The Ugly History Of Cosmetic SurgeryReality television shows based on surgical transformations, such as The Swan and Extreme Makeover, were not the first public spectacles to offer women the ability to compete for the chance to be beautiful.

What Is Conjunctivitis And How Did I Get It?

What Is Conjunctivitis And How Did I Get It?Conjunctivitis is an eye disease that has been described since antiquity. Ancient Roman oculists, the eye physicians of the time, prescribed remedies such as vinegar lotions and copper oxide for its treatment.

Protecting Your Energy and Your Aura

 Protecting Your Energy and Your AuraA strong mind can cope with a weak body, while even a strong body is no use if you have a weak mind. Remember that your aura is simply an extension of you. When strong, it acts as a protective shield. When fragile or damaged, it can leave you drained, unwell, and feeling disconnected from yourself.

Metformin Is The Diabetes Drug That Is Developed From French Lilac

Metformin Is The Diabetes Drug That Is Developed From French LilacMetformin is the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes globally. In Australia, approximately two-thirds of patients with type 2 diabetes are prescribed metformin, either alone or in combination with other pills, or with insulin injections.

Here Is A Better Way To Detect Food Fraud

Here Is A Better Way To Detect Food FraudFood scientists argue that near-infrared spectroscopy would work better than other methods to detect food fraud.

What Is It That Puts People Off Eating Insects?

What Is It That Puts People Off Eating Insects?There’s a lot of hype around edible insects. Insects are being championed as a healthy and sustainable alternative to conventional protein sources in Europe and the US, and “ento-prising” new products are appearing almost every week.

7 Things To Eat Or Avoid To Lower Your Blood Pressure

7 Things To Eat Or Avoid To Lower Your Blood PressureHigh blood pressure is called the silent killer. That’s because it has no symptoms. Having high blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease.

Your Care Differs If Your Doctor Is A Democrat Or Republican

Your Care Differs If Your Doctor Is A Democrat Or RepublicanResearchers surveyed a sample of primary care physicians in the United States and discovered that on politically sensitive health issues, patients receive substantially different care depending on whether their doctor is a Democrat or Republican.

What Should Breastfeeding Women Eat?

What Should Breastfeeding Women Eat?We all understand how important breastfeeding is for baby’s health. Breastfeeding mothers often receive a variety of well-intentioned advice about what and what not to eat during this period. But what does the science say?

Restoring Balance and Harmony With A Divine Energy Time-Budget Plan

Restoring Balance and Harmony With A Divine Energy Time Budget PlanI often get the question how I manage to find the time to do so many things, and my answer is always the same: I have learnt to give myself time. In order to not get overwhelmed, or waste my inner energy, I had to learn how to structure my life in such a way that there was plenty of relaxation time...

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap In Test Scores?

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap In Test Scores?A decrease in the average level of lead in a preschooler’s blood reduces the probability of that child being substantially below proficient in reading by the third grade, report researchers.

Can A Simple Blood Test Detect Cancer?

Can A Simple Blood Test Detect Cancer?Breast cancer could be detected using a blood test, according to reports out today. Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) are working with counterparts in France to make this form of cancer detection, that is far less invasive and expensive than other tests such as biopsies, a reality.

3 Ways A Happy Spouse Can Keep You Healthy

3 Ways A Happy Spouse Can Keep You HealthyPeople with a happy spouse are much more likely to report better health over time, according to a new study of 1,981 couples. This occurred above and beyond their own happiness.

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