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.

What's Happening When Your Joints Crack?

What's Happening When Your Joints Crack?We’ve all had the experience of standing up and hearing a loud pop in our back or hip, or trying to tiptoe through the house only to have our foot make a cracking sound each time we take a step. So what’s happening in our joints when this happens, and is it a bad sign?

Early Menopause Is More Than Annoying

Early Menopause Is More Than AnnoyingWomen who experience hot flashes and night sweats earlier in life are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than women with later-onset menopausal symptoms, a new study finds.

What's Wrong with Me? Burnout or Depression?

Burnout or Depression? What's Wrong with Me?I wanted to know precisely why I felt like a zombie. Was I stressed out of my mind, overloaded with information that was jamming my gray matter and making myself so crazy-busy that I was running on empty? Had I become a poster child for Prozac, or was I...

Why You Should Feed A Virus And Starve Bacteria When You're Sick

Why You Should Feed A Virus And Starve Bacteria When You're SickThink back to the last time you came down with a cold and what it felt like to be sick. For most people, the feeling of sickness is a set of psychological and behavioral changes including fatigue, lethargy, changes in appetite, changes in sleep patterns and a desire to be away from others.

5 Imported Vegetables From China You Should Avoid

5 Imported Vegetables From China You Should AvoidDefective imports from China, from pet food that kills pets, to toys containing lead, have grabbed headlines in United States for years. Regulations in China are lax, and the communist regime regularly attempts to cover up domestic food scandals.

What Is Spice And Why Is The Drug So Dangerous?

What Is Spice And Why Is The Drug So Dangerous?Synthetic cannabis, of which Spice is an example, is linked to serious health issues ranging from difficulties breathing to psychotic episodes.

Why To Beware Of Undercooked Chicken Livers

Why To Beware Of Undercooked Chicken LiversAn increasing number of food-poisoning outbreaks in Britain are being caused by undercooked chicken livers.

Is LSD Dangerous, Mystical Or Therapeutic?

Limited research has been conducted into how LSD produces its psychoactive effects. PixabayLysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic chemical made from a substance found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains, called ergot.

45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household Dust

45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household DustResearchers at George Washington University compiled data from household dust samples collected throughout the United States and found 45 potentially toxic chemicals used in many common products, such as vinyl flooring, personal care and cleaning products, building materials, and furniture.

What Are Cataracts and How Are They Treated?

What Are Cataracts and How Are They Treated?Nearly one-third of Australians aged 55 or over (or around 1.5 million people) have an untreated cataract. In 2013-14, there were 229,693 hospital admissions for cataract surgeries, making cataracts one of the most prevalent conditions among Australians.

If You Love Me, Don’t Feed Me Bacon or Soft Drinks

If You Love Me, Don’t Feed Me Bacon or Soft DrinksA friend reckons he has it good. His partner cooks a bacon-hash-brown-fry-up for breakfast every day. “Are you sure?” I said. “Cause that’s exactly what I would feed my partner if I wanted to bump him off!”

5 Fruits From China You Should Avoid

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” says the proverb—but maybe not in China. Due to a lack of regulation and enforcement, farmers in China regularly add dangerous amounts of fertilizers, preservatives, pesticides, and other chemicals

What Is The Clever Chemistry That Can Stop Your Food Rotting

What Is The Clever Chemistry That Can Stop Your Food RottingA hotel in Reykjavík has on display a McDonald’s burger and fries, seemingly undecomposed after 2,512 days – and counting. It was bought on October 30, 2009, the day that the last McDonald’s in Iceland closed.

Narrowing In On The Theory Of Aging

Narrowing In On The Theory Of AgingA new study increases and strengthens the links that have led scientists to propose the “transposon theory of aging.”

Why We Shouldn't Make Health And Well-being A Moral Issue

Why We Shouldn't Make Health And Well-being A Moral IssueApplying a human moral construct to nature by dividing foods and lifestyles into good and bad is misleading. In reality, nothing in nature is either good or bad. For instance, our bodies need cholesterol for a variety of important purposes, while exercise and sports can be dangerous and even capable of ending our lives prematurely.

Why Your Body Makeover Training Program Could Be A Waste Of Time

Why Your Body Makeover Training Program Could Be A Waste Of TimeThanks to social media, it’s hard to escape from hearing about people’s fitness levels. Sites like Facebook and Instagram provide a constant stream of information about user’s gym visits, nutrition plans and race results.

There Is More Than One Kind Of Alzheimer’s Disease

There Is More Than One Kind Of Alzheimer’s DiseaseRelying on clinical symptoms of memory loss to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease may miss other forms of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s that don’t initially affect memory, a new study suggests.

Why You Should Dispense With Antibacterial Soaps

Why You Should Dispense With Antibacterial SoapsAn FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even have any benefit.

What Is The Quality Of Seafood From China?

What Is The Quality Seafood From China? In a squalid fish farm in Yangjiang, Guangdong, farmers fed tilapia fish with the feces of pigs and geese to lower the cost of production.

The Rise And Fall Of Reality TV Star American Ginseng

The Rise And Fall Of Reality TV Star American GinsengIn one of television’s more bizarre recent offerings, the History Channel show “Appalachian Outlaws” follows a band of West Virginians as they hunt rugged forests for American ginseng, a medicinal root worth hundreds of dollars per pound.

Why The Clumsiness, Food Cravings, And Moodiness When You're Pregnant?

pickles and ice cream 9 12My forgetful friend – the subject of my original article – gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day. She’s a beauty, and I know her mum agrees that the morning sickness, crazy sense of smell and forgetfulness were worth it in the end.

Why It's Good News That King Coal Is Dethroned In The US

Why It's Good News That King Coal Is Dethroned In The US This is the worst year in decades for U.S. coal. During the first six months of 2016, U.S. coal production was down a staggering 28 percent compared to 2015, and down 33 percent compared to 2014.

Can Vitamins Supplement A Poor Diet?

vitamins 9 12Vitamins and minerals are essential for keeping us in good health. While eating a varied diet should give us all the nutrients we need

Can You Trust ‘Organic’ Produce From China?

Can You Trust ‘Organic’ Produce From China?After numerous food scares in China, the Chinese have become disillusioned with the communist regime’s ability to properly regulate the food industry. And the contaminated food does not just stay in China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly refuses shipments from China...

The Five Second Food Drop Rule Isn’t So Simple

The Five Second Food Drop Rule Isn’t So SimpleA new study complicates the “five-second rule,” the widely accepted idea that it’s okay to scoop up fallen food and eat it if you’re quick enough.

Quitting Smoking Pays Off, Even For Those Considered High-risk

Quitting Smoking Pays Off, Even For Those Considered High-riskQuitting smoking improves health and lowers odds of developing lung cancer. And even among smokers with a genetic predisposition to smoking heavily and developing lung cancer at a young age, the benefits of quitting are significant.

Is There A Link Between Car Exhausts And Alzheimer’s?

Is There A Link Between Car Exhausts And Alzheimer’s?Iron is known to be toxic to brain cells, and tiny magnetic iron particles (magnetite) are thought to be involved in the development of neurological disorders.

How We Could Feed Growing Population With Flies

How We Could Feed  Growing Population With FliesScientists have predicted that by 2050 there will be 9.6 billion humans living on Earth. With the rise of the middle class, we are expected to increase our consumption of animal products by up to 70% using the same limited resources that we have today.

Is It Bad To Regularly Sleep Wearing Earplugs?

Is It Bad To Regularly Sleep Wearing Earplugs?“Never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear” is something we’ve been wisely cautioned against at some stage or another. But more of us are ignoring this advice.

What Are The Signs Of Meningococcal Meningitis?

Stories of meningococcal outbreaks tell us it’s that season again. But what is meningococcal meningitis, why does it occur in seasons, and why does it strike fear into the hearts of so many?

How To Know Whether To Forgo Chemo For Early Stage Breast Cancer

How To Know Whether To Forgo Chemo For Early Stage Breast CancerThere has been substantial publicity about the MINDACT trial, which could lead to changes in breast cancer treatment. The study’s results suggest that women with a certain genetic profile would have a good chance of survival and cure regardless of chemotherapy.

Why The Brain Can't Forget Amputated Limbs

Why The Brain Can't Forget Amputated LimbsAmputees often report the phenomenon of “phantom limbs”, where they can still sense the presence of missing fingers, hands, arms, feet or legs, and even feel pain where the amputated parts once were. So far, science has had no explanation for this phenomenon.

Should We Supplement Our Diets With Creatine?

Gym-goers often use creatine, protein and other supplements to maximise their workouts – some with evidence and some without. John Jeddore/Flickr, CC BYNamed after the Greek word kreas, meaning flesh, creatine is an amino acid derivative found in all cells in the body, but is stored primarily in muscle.

New Pain Relief For Dental Work Goes Up Your Nose

New Pain Relief For Dental Work Goes Up Your NoseA Phase 3 clinical trial has deemed a nasal spray called Kovanaze safe and effective for avoiding pain at the dentist—including the sting of a numbing injection.

Why Singing May Help People With Dementia

Why Singing May Help People With DementiaA few years ago, I was in the audience for a live radio show, when the renowned American country singer Glen Campbell took to the stage.

Further Studies On Gut Bacteria And Health

Further Studies On Gut Bacteria And HealthA new study, done by pooling data from most of those studies, throws cold water on the idea that extra pounds may stem from an imbalance of the bacteria inside us.

Why Males Are More Likely To Die Than Females

Why Males Are More Likely To Die Than FemalesSexual inequality begins in the womb, but not in the way you might think. In a study of more than 574,000 births in South Australia between 1981 and 2011, we found boys are more likely to be born preterm and the risk is greater for boys the earlier the birth.

What We Know About Fracking And Health From Pennsylvania

Flaring at a fracked well in northwestern Pennsylvania. One potential cause of health problems, such as asthma, in communities with fracking is higher rates of air pollution. wcn247/flickr, CC BY-NCThe fracking industry has been an energy success story: Natural gas prices have decreased as fracking has skyrocketed, and natural gas now produces more electricity than coal does, which has resulted in improved air quality.

Does Social Media Make Older People Healthier?

Does Social Media Make Older People Healthier?Older adults enjoy using Facebook, email, instant messaging, and other forms of social media—and doing so may even reduce loneliness and improve health.

Concussions In Children Have Implications Beyond What We Thought

Concussions In Children Have Implications Beyond What We ThoughtHead knocks in childhood are by no means uncommon, yet they may have lasting negative effects. New research has found a link between concussion in childhood and adverse medical and social outcomes as an adult.

Some Types Of Herbal Supplements Are Mislabeled

Some Types Of Herbal Supplements Are MislabeledThe use of food supplements and herbal medicinal products by the public, including athletes, is common practice – but it is not well regulated.

Migraines And Fatigue Spike Near Fracking Sites

Migraines And Fatigue Spike Near Fracking SitesNeighbors with the most exposure to natural gas fracking are nearly twice as likely to suffer from some combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, and severe fatigue.

4 Tips for Using Your Brain to Calm Pain

4 Tips for Using Your Brain to Calm PainAbout 100 million Americans—one in three people—suffer from ongoing pain that impacts their daily lives. Chronic pain has fueled a pain treatment crisis resulting in the overprescribing of risky opioids. The tragic deaths of celebrities such as Prince have brought the issue to public awareness in a way that statistics can't.

5 Misconceptions About Lower Back Pain

5 Misconceptions About Lower Back PainLower back pain is the greatest source of global disability, ahead of nearly 300 other conditions, leading to huge levels of healthcare costs and suffering. And the effects go far beyond pain, weakness and stiffness – they also have a huge impact the social and family lives of sufferers.

Should Kids Be Given Antibiotics In Their First Year?

Should Kids Be Given Antibiotics In Their First Year?Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old. Antibiotic use is increasing, which directly affects the development of antibiotic resistance. This is now at crisis levels, meaning some infections are becoming untreatable.

Miserable and Clueless as to Why?

Miserable, and Clueless as to whyIf you’re feeling frustrated, aggravated, or disempowered, and if you catch yourself always blaming other people for your problems or complaining about their performance, you need to connect with what is really going on. You need a real...

Zika Virus Echoes Of US Rubella Outbreak Of 1964-65

The Zika Virus Echoes Of US Rubella Outbreak Of 1964-65Just over 50 years ago, a highly contagious but seemingly harmless virus swept through the United States, infecting as many as 12.5 million people. In both adults and children, the virus presented as a mild illness, but caused birth defects in some babies born to women who were infected while pregnant.

The Benefits of Lavender: Growing, Harvesting and Using This Medicinal Plant

Lavender UsesIt’s easier than you think to experience the beauty and healing properties of lavender by growing and using your own fresh lavender for use in food, body care, bathing, and other purposes. It can easily be done indoors in pots or outside in your garden.

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