The Gaze Differs In Autism, And Not Just For Faces

The Gaze Differs In Autism, And Not Just For FacesBeginning in infancy, people who have autism spectrum disorder observe and interpret images and social cues differently than others do. Researchers now have new insight into just how this occurs, which eventually may help doctors diagnose, and more effectively treat, the various forms of the disorder.

Feeling The Pain Of Fibromyalgia

Feeling The Pain Of FibromyalgiaFor some people, waking up every day means the start of persistent pain that affects their mood, thinking and relationships. This experience is more difficult when the pain doesn’t seem to have a cause; at least not a visible one.

Does Environmental Influence On Genes Increase Longevity?

The mice in the enriched environment, where they exercised more, lived anywhere from 16 to 22 percent longer than those in a deprived environment, depending on the level of gene expression.

How To Sleep Better In The 21st Century

How To Sleep Better In The 21st CenturyA good night’s sleep is a crucial aspect to overall health and well-being, yet so many Americans are lacking in that department. A 2013 Gallup poll found that 40% of American adults get less than the recommended amount of sleep.

Antibiotic Overuse Might Be Why So Many People Have Allergies

Antibiotic Overuse Might Be Why So Many People Have AllergiesScientists have warned for decades that the overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, making it harder to fight infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year.

Are We Feeding Our Toddlers A Risky Diet?

overweight toddler 4 22The food and drink young children are consuming could be putting their health at risk. In a new study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, we report that toddlers are consuming too much protein and too many calories for their age, putting them at risk of obesity in later life. We also found that

Do Cancer Cells Prefer Fat To Sugar?

(Credit: National Institutes of Health)"The idea that increased glucose uptake is a metabolic hallmark of cancer cells is deeply embedded in our thinking. It's the basis for how we diagnose cancer and manage its treatment in the clinic," says Gary Patti. Above: HeLa cells in culture.

Why It's Good To Eat Walnuts

Why It's Good To Eat WalnutsOne British title chose to focus on a rather different story. “Walnuts prevent heart disease,” declared the Daily Express in a huge, front-page headline. It might have had retirees rushing to buy them by the sackful.

Does Tylenol Make Us Miss Mistakes?

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"It looks like acetaminophen makes it harder to recognize an error, which may have implications for cognitive control in daily life," says Dan Randles.

Can Long Lost Data Put Heart Healthy Oils To Rest?

Can Long Lost Data Put Heart Healthy Oils To Rest?Can Long Lost Data Put Heart Healthy Oils To Rest?Randomized controlled trials—considered the gold standard for medical research—have never shown that linoleic acid-based dietary interventions reduce the risk of heart attacks or deaths.

After 1 Year, Weight Loss Gets Easier To Maintain

"If an overweight person is able to maintain an initial weight loss—in this case for a year—the body will eventually 'accept' this new weight and thus not fight against it, as is otherwise normally the case when you are in a calorie-deficit state," says Signe Sørensen Torekov. (Credit: Allie Kenny/Flickr)

"If an overweight person is able to maintain an initial weight loss—in this case for a year—the body will eventually 'accept' this new weight and thus not fight against it, as is otherwise normally the case when you are in a calorie-deficit state," says Signe Sørensen Torekov.

Nurture Your Heart by Taking Care of Your Well-Being

Nurture Your Heart by Taking Care of Your Well-BeingJust because a person is afraid to take on a complicated new diet or unable to stick to a daily exercise regime, it doesn’t mean that she is inherently disorganized or lacking in self-discipline. It means that something is getting in the way.

A Common Cancer Risk Few Have Heard Of

A Common Cancer Risk Few Have Heard OfLynch syndrome is a common, inherited condition that affects thousands of Australians and greatly increases the risk of developing cancer. Yet 95% of those who have it don’t know about it.

How Illness Can Teach Us To Live Reflectively

 How Illness Can Teach Us To Live ReflectivelySerious illness is a great calamity. It is unwelcome, violent, frightening and painful. If it is life threatening, it requires the ill person and their loved ones to confront death. Illness causes pain, anxiety, incapacitation; it limits what the ill person can do. It can cut a life short, stop plans in their tracks, and detach people from life,

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

restless legs 4 12Restless leg syndrome is a common affliction characterised by uncomfortable feelings in the legs accompanied by an irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the sensations. People with restless leg syndrome often keep their legs moving by pacing or constantly moving their legs while sitting. The sensations commonly occur at

What can we do about our drinking water problem?

Our drinking water systems are a disaster. What can we do?People in developed countries turn on the tap and safe drinking water flows, a dramatic health benefit they tend to take for granted. That complacency was dramatically disrupted last year when children in Flint, Michigan, started testing positive for lead poisoning and the source was traced to tap water.

Is Eating Vegetarian In Our Genes?

Is Eating Vegetarian In Our Genes?Our study is the first to connect an insertion allele with vegetarian diets, and the deletion allele with a marine diet,. A genetic variation has evolved in populations that have eaten a plant-based diet over hundreds of generations, such as in India, Africa, and parts of East Asia.

Death Of A Partner Can Endanger Your Health

We found those grieving for a lost spouse are at an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. ashley rose,/Flickr, CC BYFor decades, medicine has recognised the powerful way grief can influence the heart. It’s been called Broken Heart syndrome or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and evidence that severely stressful life events increase the risk of acute cardiovascular incidence, like a heart attack,

Are Corn-fed Fish Less Healthy To Eat?

Are Corn-fed Fish Less Healthy To Eat?A large portion of the seafood consumed in North America is farmed. But the food those fish eat increasingly includes more crop-based ingredients, like corn, soy, and wheat.

Why Hypnosis Is Less Far Fetched And Far More Important

A new TV show would have us believe a powerful hypnotist can make us do whatever he says while we are powerless to resist or even realise. Evan/Flickr, CC BYA new TV show would have us believe a powerful hypnotist can make us do whatever he says while we are powerless to resist or even realise. Channel Nine’s new game show You’re Back in the Room debuted to high ratings on Sunday night.

Why The Backlash Against Fish Oil Has Been Overcooked

fish oil 4 9As a young child I recall my grandmother giving me the largest spoonfuls of cod liver oil, coaxing me with the promise of an equally large spoonful of golden syrup. It was probably a throwback to her own childhood when the post-war government sought to provide infants with a cod liver oil supplement.

Is There A Link Between Insomnia And Mental Illness?

iSleep problems can also create a loop of mental illness. Alyssa L. Miller/Flickr, CC BYPoor sleep can make us feel down, worried and stressed. So it’s no surprise that how well we sleep has a direct impact on our physical and mental health. Sleep problems such as insomnia are a common symptom of many mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Changing The Face Of Autism: Here Come The Girls

Changing The Face Of Autism: Here Come The GirlsIf you ask someone to name famous people (fictional or non-fictional) who are known for having autism or being “on the spectrum”, Rain Man is often the top favourite, possibly followed by Sherlock Holmes (especially in his recent incarnation by Benedict Cumberbatch). Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory is another.

Five Foods That Used To Be Bad For You ... But Now Aren't

Five Foods That Used To Be Bad For You ... But Now Aren'tNutritional guidelines and recommendations are constantly changing in the light of new research. It can be difficult to keep up with which foods are healthy and which aren’t. Here we look at five foods that have gone through the cycle of being the villains of nutritional science but are now, based on some old and some new science, apparently okay to eat again.

Why Finding A Real Alternative To Sugar Has Been So Difficult

Why Finding A Real Alternative To Sugar Has Been So DifficultSo much for the decades in which fats and oils were public enemy number one on our dinner plates. There is more and more evidence that sugar – or more precisely, carbohydrate – is behind our increasing rates of obesity and heart disease.

Why Do Bike Riders Make Car Drivers See Red?

Why Do Bike Riders Make Car Drivers See Red?Cyclists are facing tougher penalties in New South Wales as part of new rules introduced in March 2016. While there are many changes, some of the more vague are increased fines for riding a bicycle “furiously, recklessly,

Can Stress Really Change Your Genes?

Can Stress Really Change Your Genes?The Dutch famine of 1944 was a terrible time for many in the Netherlands – with around 4.5m people affected and reliant on soup kitchens after food supplies were stopped from getting into the area by German blockades. As many as 22,000 people were thought to have died, and those who survived would find...

Is Zika Coming To A City Near You? Check This Map

Is Zika Coming To A City Near You? Check This MapMore cities than previously assumed could soon be grappling with Zika virus if two species of mosquitos are found to be equally effective carriers of the disease. A new interactive map shows the relative risk for 100 cities worldwide, including many US locations.

Let's Stop With The Frozen Food Snobbery

Let's Stop With The Frozen Food SnobberyIt’s fair to say that frozen food has a bit of an image problem. One in three Britons believe it is inferior to fresh food, and 43% say that nothing could persuade them to buy more frozen fare.

Sugar: It's Not Just The Calories That Are Bad For You

Sugar: It's Not Just The Calories That Are Bad For YouThe main aim of the UK’s new tax on sugary soft drinks is to reduce obesity in children. But, apart from causing child – and adult – obesity, too much sugar also increases the risk of many serious diseases, from cancer to heart disease. And sugar’s calories provide only part of the explanation.

Is It Bad To Pop Your Pimples?

pIs It Bad To Pop Your Pimples?To squeeze or not to squeeze? I’ll admit that I’m no skin saint. I have stood in front of the mirror on a number of occasions as a teenager with a big pimple staring right back at me. And yes, despite being advised not to, I have squeezed, picked and popped.

Obesity: Stop Accusing The Poor Of Making Bad Choices

Obesity: Stop Accusing The Poor Of Making Bad ChoicesLast month, the UK health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, called childhood obesity “a national emergency”, but the government has once again delayed publishing its strategy aimed at combating it. Obesity is much more common in people with less money and education and this socioeconomic gap is getting larger.

Taking A Break From Your Diet Helps Long-term Weight Loss

Taking A Break From Your Diet Helps Long-term Weight LossGood news. Taking a break from your diet every so often will help you lose weight in the long term.How many times have you attempted to lose weight only to fall short and fail? For many people it is extremely challenging to stick to a strict dietary and exercise program for more than a few weeks.

Why Life Is Tougher For Short Men And Overweight Women

Why Life Is Tougher For Short Men And Overweight WomenAre you a short man or an overweight woman? If so, you may have a slight disadvantage in life compared with taller men and thinner women. Our latest study has found evidence that men who are shorter due to their genes have lower incomes, lower levels of education, and lowlier occupations than their taller counterparts.

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be Safer

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be SaferThe industrial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ingredient in dozens of everyday products – baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical and dental devices, dental filling sealants, CDs and DVDs, household electronics, eyeglass lenses, foundry castings and the lining of water pipes. Manufacturers worldwide use at least 3.6 billion kilograms (8

Three Reasons Why Sleep Is Important For Your Health

Three Reasons Why Sleep Is Important For Your HealthMost people know sleep is important. But few know a lack of it can put us at greater risk of heart disease and obesity. Many of us don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. It might be due to a sleep disorder, busy social life, new baby, long working hours, shift work or just staying up too late binge-watching Netflix.

What Is Vaginal Seeding?

Understanding What Is Vaginal Seeding?It is well known that babies born naturally – read that as vaginally – are exposed to lots of beneficial bacteria known as microbiota when they travel down the birth canal. Included in the mix are bacteria which help babies digest their first meal.

Costly Scans Don’t Save Lives After Lung Cancer

Costly Scans Don’t Save Lives After Lung Cancer"PET scanning is a great technology and very effective, but using it in this way doesn't seem to make any difference for these cancers that have a relatively poor prognosis," says Mark Healey

What Is The Placebo Effect And Are Doctors Allowed To Prescribe Them?

What Is The Placebo Effect And Are Doctors Allowed To Prescribe Them?Suppose you discovered that some past prescription a GP gave you was actually a placebo. The treatment made you feel better, but now you know that the perceived benefit was really a placebo effect. Would you be upset at the deception, or pleased the doctor had found a way to help you?

Stomach And Mood Disorders: How Your Gut May Be Playing With Your Mind

gut batceria 3 6If you’ve eaten a fabulous meal recently, the experience was pleasant, comfortable and pain-free because your stomach and intestinal system worked seamlessly to move the food along and eventually absorb it.

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?The debate about whether or not talcum powder causes ovarian cancer has rumbled on for decades. However, it recently reached fever pitch after a US court awarded damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer, allegedly as a result of having used talc as a feminine hygiene product for many years. Does that mean women should avoid using talcum powder?

Your Ideal Body, And Why You Want It

We’d all like to have a different, or at least improved, body. But why do we want the body we want? Mike/Flickr, CC BY-SAA 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight, while 29% of men think about their appearance at least five times a day. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?

Do We Actually Crave The Food That Our Bodies Need?

Japanese people are more likely to crave sushi because it’s what they eat regularly. Kana Hata/Flickr, CC BYFood craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger. Food craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger.

Things To Consider When Pondering Whether We Should Eat Red Meat

Things To Consider When Pondering Whether We Should Eat Red MeatMany types of red meat and red meat products are available, from farmers' markets, to supermarkets, to restaurants. The impacts of their production and consumption on human health, animal welfare and the environment are complex.

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?We all know exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and most will agree kids should be doing more of it. However, a recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.

Does Eating Chocolate Improve Your Brain Function?

Does Eating Chocolate Improve Your Brain Function?Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. This week, the news headlines tell us “eating chocolate improves brain function” and that it “could help protect against normal age-related decline”.

Why We Should Measure Our Own Blood Pressure

Why We Should Measure Our Own Blood PressureMy heavily pregnant wife went to see her GP last week for a routine check-up. During her appointment, the doctor measured her blood pressure and got a high reading. My wife was surprised by this and insisted that she felt fine, so he took a second reading. But that was high, too. The doctor was concerned enough to book her a follow-up

Do Over The Counter Weight-loss Supplements Work?

Acai berries are just berries. Youtube, CC BYThe list of over-the-counter dietary and weight loss supplements is exhaustive, with the majority based on scant supporting evidence from studies conducted in humans to support their claims. Weight-loss products make up one of the largest growing markets in the world.

The Life Changing Moment Of Being Diagnosed With Parkinson's

Learning to cope. Toni Blay, CC BY-NC-NDBilly Connolly picked up a special recognition award at the recent National Television Awards for 50 years in the entertainment industry – but it was the effects of the comedian’s illness that shaped the headlines.

When It Comes To Mental Health, Like Attracts Like

Marital resemblance is the degree to which we marry people who resemble us in some characteristic or another. olga_murillo/Flickr, CC BY

Marital resemblance is the degree to which we marry people who resemble us in some characteristic or another.Is it true that like attracts like? When it comes to mental health, it seems the answer is yes.

People In Their Nineties Reveal The Secrets To Aging Well

People In Their Nineties Reveal The Secrets To Aging WellThere are many reasons why some people live long healthy lives while others don’t, but one of them is undoubtedly genes. That doesn’t mean we should be negative about our chances of ageing in good health. Although our genes are handed down from our parents, the hand that we are dealt seems to be influenced by our lifestyle, too. Food,

New App Helps People With Neurological Conditions Practice Speech

New App Helps People With Neurological Conditions Practice SpeechResearchers at CSIRO and University of Queensland have developed an app called Harlie that is designed to chat with humans. Unlike Siri and Google Now – which are designed to answer specific questions – Harlie is designed for small talk. 

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?Who doesn’t like a ready meal once in a while? People in the UK certainly do: consumption of ready meals and convenience meat products has increased five-fold over the last 40 years, according to the latest National Food Survey on UK food-buying habits. High levels of calories and fat in some of these products can

Just A 5% Weight Loss Can Dramatically Improve Your Health

Just A 5% Weight Loss Can Dramatically Improve Your Health"If you weigh 200 pounds, you will be doing yourself a favor if you can lose 10 pounds and keep it off," Samuel Klein says. "You don't have to lose 50 pounds to get important health benefits."

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with one in three adults using it at some point in their life. It’s legal in some places around the world, and offered medicinally in others. But what does smoking pot do to your mental health?

Exercise May Protect The Liver From Booze

Exercise May Protect The Liver From BoozeOver time, excessive drinking can lead to several chronic conditions, such as fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. But there’s new evidence that aerobic exercise may protect the liver.

How Psychology Taught Us To Be Helpless About Domestic Violence

domestic violence 2 25The story of how psychology framed women for their own assaults began, as so many of psychology’s stories do, with some trapped animals. In the late 1960s, psychologist Martin Seligman conducted a series of behavioural experiments with dogs. He electrically shocked them at random and observed their responses. 

What Causes Autism? What We Know, Don’t Know And Suspect

autism 2 24One of the great and enduring mysteries of autism is what causes the brain to develop so differently. The behavioural differences of many individuals with autism are so apparent that it seems intuitive that the causes would also be obvious.

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has become a byword for unbiased, evidence-based healthcare advice. Its recommendations strongly influence which treatments are made available on the NHS. We wouldn’t expect NICE to make recommendations that are unsupported by evidence or, worse, contain contradictory evidence.

Dependence, Decrepitude And Death: How Long Is Too Long A Life?

Dependence, Decrepitude And Death: How Long Is Too Long A Life?In 2100, I will be 117 years old, and my younger sisters will be 112 and 107. According to the Cambridge academic, Peter Laslett, we can now live to such ages, but those of us who do will be experiencing the fourth age, “an era of final dependence, decrepitude and death”. Not quite the dream

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney, is stranded on the red planet with nothing to eat but spuds. Now, a 36-year-old Australian is following the same diet, voluntarily. In an attempt to lose weight and improve his relationship with food, Andrew Taylor has decided to eat nothing but potatoes for a year.

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From Them

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From ThemLast night’s Four Corners focused on party drugs and the policies Australia is implementing to combat their use. Not only is what we’re doing not working, we’re falling behind the rest of the world and what evidence says is best to ensure we have fewer deaths from illicit drugs.

Why Statin Users Should Still Get The Flu Shot

Why Statin Users Should Still Get The Flu ShotEvery year in the United States, about 226,000 people are hospitalized because of the flu, and 23,000 die. And about 80-90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people over 65 years old.

Why Do Women Go Through Menopause?

Why do women go through menopause? Passing on our genes to the next generation is the key process in evolution that happens through natural selection. So why do women suddenly stop having periods when they have at least a third of their lives left

 

Should You Eat Breakfast?

Should You Eat 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. Her advice stuck. Recent examination of the merits of adults eating breakfast has raised the question of whether we should indeed eat like kings at breakfast or just skip it all together.

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or Abuse

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or AbuseWe all know that cola and lemonade aren’t great for our waistline or our dental health, but our new study on rats has shed light on just how much damage sugary drinks can also do to our brain. The changes we observed to the region of the brain that controls emotional behaviour and cognitive function were more extensive than those

Is It Your Neanderthal DNA That Is Making You Depressed?

s It Your Neanderthal DNA That Is Making You Depressed?"The brain is incredibly complex, so it's reasonable to expect that introducing changes from a different evolutionary path might have negative consequences," says Corinne Simonti.

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To Complications

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To ComplicationsA common surgery to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has more problems than benefits, our Cohrane review has found. Women who underwent the operation had high rates of needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, bladder injury and urinary incontinence.

Six Tips For Losing Weight Without Fad Diets

Six Tips For Losing Weight Without Fad DietsDon’t limit yourself to grapefruit – increasing the amount and variety of fruit and vegetables can help you lose weight. Monday – start diet. Tuesday – break diet! Wednesday – plan to start again next Monday.

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis affects millions of people worldwide. It’s a neurological disease characterised by inflammatory lesions in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) that cause damage to the myelin sheath – the protective layer around the nerve cells. This causes neurological dysfunction, such as muscle paralysis or loss of sensation.

Why Wonky Vegetables And Ugly Fruit Are Making A Comeback

Why Wonky Vegetables And Ugly Fruit Are Making A ComebackDo the same rules that govern human attraction also apply to our choices of fruit and vegetables? Plenty of evidence suggests we do look for similar traits in both people and produce, and our perceptions of food are clearly affected by what

2 In 5 People With Schizophrenia Attempt Suicide

"Even after taking into account most of the known risk factors for suicide attempts, those with schizophrenia had six times the odds of having attempted suicide in comparison to those without schizophrenia," says Esme Fuller-Thomson. (Credit: Khuroshvili Ilya/Flickr)A new study has uncovered a strong link between schizophrenia and the likelihood of attempting suicide. The risk is particularly high for women, people with substance abuse issues, and those who were abused when they were children.

How To Make Flu Vaccine Spray Safe For Little Noses

How To Make Flu Vaccine Spray Safe For Little NosesScientists have discovered a way to make a nasal spray flu vaccine safer for those who are at greatest risk of catching the flu, particularly infants under the age of 2.

Urinary Incontinence Can Be A Problem For Women Of All Ages

Urinary Incontinence Can Be A Problem For Women Of All AgesUrinary incontinence is often seen as a degrading condition and women can feel too ashamed to seek help. Urinary incontinence is urine leakage from a loss of bladder control that mainly affects women

Are Pubic Lice Here To Stay?

The pubic or crab louse has adapted to the humid environment of ‘down there’. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CC BYWhat’s the worst thing you could be burdened with this Valentine’s Day? Unrequited love? Unwanted affection? Unpaid invoice from the local florist? How about an itchy dose of pubic lice? Pubic lice, Phthirus pubis, or “crabs” as more commonly...

Toxic Lead Can Stay In The Body For Years After Exposure

Toxic Lead Can Stay In The Body For Years After ExposureThe ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan has highlighted just how harmful lead contamination is. What you may not realize, however, is that lead exposure is a problem throughout the U.S.

Disease May Wipe Out Bananas And How To Save Them

Disease May Wipe Out Bananas And How To Save Them

Catastrophe is looming for the banana industry. A new strain has emerged of a soil-borne fungus known as “Panama disease” which can wipe out entire plantations – and it is rapidly spreading around the world. Farmers in Australia, Latin America and across Asia and Africa all fear the worst.

Too Fat, Too Thin? What Is Your Ideal Weight?

Too Fat, Too Thin? What Is Your Ideal Weight?Public health authorities are forever telling us how much we should weigh, but one essential element is missing: shape.

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body Moving

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body MovingNo one says it better than Dick Van Dyke in his new book Keep Moving. The secret to maintaining lasting agility lies in joyful movement. Van Dyke turns a very vibrant 90 years old this year, and he continues to not only hit the gym every day, but to dance every chance he gets -- not for the exercise, but simply because he enjoys it!

When Teenagers And Antidepressants Are Not A Good Mix

teen depressionWe have an absolute moral imperative to alleviate human suffering. Most of all for children. How a society treats its children is a benchmark of humanity. And our success in medical science is astounding.

Carnitine Before Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk

Carnitine Before Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk"For some individuals, this simple nutritional supplement might really help reduce the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder. Any progress on the prevention front would be welcome given the number of people affected," says Zhigang Xie.

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical Folly

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical FollyWhat do you know about your endocrine system? Possibly not as much as you should, seeing as how almost every organ and cell in the body is affected by it. This under-appreciated collection of glands selects and removes materials from the blood, processes them and secretes the finished chemical products, or hormones, back into the bloodstream.

Tend Your Inner Garden To Be Healthier In Old Age

Tend Your Inner Garden To Be Healthier In Old AgeThe world’s oldest man, Yasutaro Koide recently died at the age of 112. Commentators as usual, focused on his reported “secret to longevity”: not smoking, drinking or overdoing it. No surprises there. But speculation on the basis of one individual is not necessarily the most helpful way of addressing this human quest for the Philosopher’s Stone.

Got A Hangover? Here's What's Happening In Your Body

Got A Hangover? Here's What's Happening In Your BodyIt’s that time of year when we raise a glass to celebrate Christmas, the beginning of holidays, the new year, or simply to join with our friends. Many of us will pay a price, even if it’s “just” in the form of a hangover.

Why We Should Rethink Chronic Pain Treatment

Why We Should Rethink Chronic Pain TreatmentOver the last few decades, medicine has witnessed a sea change in attitudes toward chronic pain, and particularly toward opioids. While these changes were intended to bring relief to many, they have also fed an epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse.

Is Obesity More Deadly Than The Science Suggests?

Is Obesity More Deadly Than The Science Suggests?"The simple step of incorporating weight history clarifies the risks of obesity and shows that they are much higher than appreciated," says Andrew Stokes.

Are Diet Books Our Manuals For A Better World?

A common thread in all of the diets Adrienne Rose Johnson analyzed is an assumption that "the more modern we become, the sicker we become," she says. (Credit: Malloreigh/Flickr)People don’t read diet books just to lose weight. They serve as both “myths and manuals” for a better world, a new analysis of contemporary diet books suggests.

The Science Behind Why You Love A Weekend Sleep In

The Science Behind Why You Love A Weekend Sleep InSleeping in over the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Yet some of us are much better at it than others. A teenager is much more likely to emerge from their bed at midday than their middle-aged parents – but even within age groups, individual differences exist.

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At Birth

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At BirthOne in every ten babies in Melbourne develops a food allergy during their first year of life. New research has found children who are born with overly active immune cells are more likely to develop allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and other common foods. This finding could lead to future treatments for babies to prevent childhood food allergies.

If You're Going To Drink, Make It Part Of Your Mediterranean Diet

If You're Going To Drink, Make It Part Of Your Mediterranean DietThe British government’s new guidelines advise reducing alcohol consumption to 14 units a week for both men and women and bluntly state that, for some cancers of the mouth, throat and breast, “risk increases with any amount you drink”

Intelligent Machines Do A Better Job Than Humans in Medical Diagnosis

Intelligent Machines Do A Better Job Than Humans in Medical DiagnosisUntil now, medicine has been a prestigious and often extremely lucrative career choice. But in the near future, will we need as many doctors as we have now? Are we going to see significant medical unemployment in the coming decade?

Could Acid In Aspirin Fight Alzheimers?

asprin 1 6Scientists are taking a closer look at the main breakdown product of aspirin, called salicylic acid, and its potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.