Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial AlliesMost of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head.

You Don't Have To Be S.A.D.! Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

You Don't Have To Be S.A.D.! Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective DisorderAs light is necessary for the growth of plants and trees, animals, insects and bird life, so it is essential for us. We need sunlight to build strong bones and teeth. Without it children can develop rickets and dental decay. Without realizing it we can suffer from light starvation...

Sweep and Clear the Aura for Better Health and Well-Being

Sweep and Clear the AuraIt’s time to clear the aura. Sweeping and clearing remove congested and diseased energy and cleanse, strengthen, and greatly facilitate the healing process. Many simple illnesses can be healed just by sweeping and clearing the aura.

How Magic Mushrooms Ease Cancer Patient Anxiety

How Magic Mushrooms Eases Cancer Patient AnxietyJust one dose of a hallucinogenic drug offers many cancer patients up to six months of relief from disease-related anxiety or depression.

Should We Get As Much Exercise As Hunter Gatherers?

Should We Get As Much Exercise As Hunter Gatherers?In a remote area of Tanzania, Hadza men leave their huts on foot, armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows, to hunt for their next meal. Meanwhile, Hadza women gather tubers, berries, and other fruits.

Why So Many People Regain Weight After Dieting

Why So Many People Regain Weight After DietingAnyone who has tried to lose weight and keep it off knows how difficult the task can be. It seems like it should be simple: Just exercise to burn more calories and reduce your calorie intake.

How The Brain Changes In Alzheimer's Disease

How The Brain Changes In Alzheimer's DiseaseMost people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The disease has no cure and few, but inefficient, treatments.

4 Practices You Need To Know To Protect Your Hair

4 Practices You Need To Know To Protect Your HairSafer styling practices and shampoo and conditioning choices can help remedy a type of hair loss and damage that often afflicts African Americans, researchers say.

Why Men Wake Up With Erections

Why Men Wake Up With ErectionsThe morning penile erection, or as it is medically known, “nocturnal penile tumescence”, is not only an interesting physiological phenomenon, it can also tell us a lot about a patient’s sexual function.

Can Too Much Fatty Food Harm Young Brains?

Can Too Much Fatty Food Harm Young Brains?Eating a very high-fat diet early in life may disrupt development of the prefrontal cortex in young brains, according to new research in mice.

Why Some People Heal and Others Don't...

Why Some People Heal and Others Don't...Healing has always been a great mystery, especially when a cure works for one person but perhaps not for another. Part of the success or failure of any healing modality is how the recipient perceives and accepts the healing. Let’s face it. Some of us...

Smoking Harms Both Your Physical Health And Mental Health

Smoking Harms Both Your Physical Health And Mental HealthA middle-aged cigarette smoker who has smoked for decades is two to three times more likely to die early than someone similar who has never smoked.

How Can Exposure Therapy Treat Social Anxiety?

How Can Exposure Therapy Treat Social Anxiety?Most of us experience a level of social anxiety at some point in our lives. We worry about what people think of us, about being excluded, about being judged or humiliated.

Can Eating Aged Cheese Help You Age Well?

Can Eating Aged Cheese Help You Age Well?Most people are interested in how to slow the ageing process, or at least they get more interested as the years tick by.

Can The Way We Move After Injury Lead To Chronic Pain?

Can The Way We Move After Injury Lead To Chronic Pain?When people suffer musculoskeletal pain – that is, pain arising from muscles, ligaments, bones or joints – they change the way they move. Sometimes these changes include completely avoiding certain movements, and sometimes they are more subtle.

Research Shows That Salmonella Thrives In Salad Bags

salad in bagWhen you hear the term “food poisoning” it usually conjures up images of hurried journeys to the toilet and rueful reviews while there of what was eaten the previous day.

Weight Gain Fears Sway Some Women In Birth Control Choices

Weight Gain Fears Sway Some Women In Birth Control ChoicesConcerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices for women, a new study suggests. Women who are overweight or obese are less likely to use the birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptive methods.

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.

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