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.

Diabetes Treatment Could Be Revolutionized By Making People Cold

Diabetes Treatment Could Be Revolutionized By Making People ColdFor people in northern countries enjoying summer sun, I hate to put a dampener on things but winter’s coming. The cold months can seem to go on forever, yet scientists are uncovering a new reason to be grateful for them.

What Is Psychoanalysis and It's Uses?

What Is Psychoanalysis and It's Uses?Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a way of treating longstanding psychological problems that is based on the belief behaviours have underlying drivers which may be unrecognised and unconscious.

What Are Those Lumps And Bumps On And Under The Skin?

An inflamed epidermal inclusion cyst. Steven Fruitsmaak/Wikimedia CommonsAs we age, the smooth skin of childhood gives way to all sorts of mysterious lumps and bumps. In a high-UV environment like Australia, we need to be very alert to the possibility of skin cancers. But most of the skin lumps we develop will be benign. Here are some of the most common, and how to tell them apart.

Why Work Leads To More Suicides In This Global Economy

Why Work Leads To More Suicides In A Global EconomyA Paris prosecutor recently called for the former CEO and six senior managers of telecoms provider, France Télécom, to face criminal charges for workplace harassment.

Is Addiction A Disease Or Behavioral Problem?

 If people see their addiction as a learnt behaviour, will it be easier for them to stop? f

We used to think of “addiction”, or what we now call dependence, as a moral failing. This had the result of blaming the person who was addicted – it was a matter of willpower and they just weren’t trying hard enough. So the obvious solution was shaming and scolding until they did.

Green Beans Are The Eco-friendly Option For Feeding And Saving The World

Green Beans Are The Eco-friendly Option For Feeding And Saving The WorldWe all know the score: current trends predict there will be 9.7 billion mouths to feed by 2050. Producing enough food without using more land, exacerbating climate change or putting more pressure on water, soil and energy reserves will be challenging.

Intuitive & Conscious Eating: Listening To Your Body’s Wisdom

Intuitive & Conscious Eating: Listening To Your Body’s WisdomWe can all relate to scarfing down a burrito in the car during rush-hour traffic or gobbling down a snack bar. Nowadays, it is easy to neglect the sacredness of our food. One vital way to tap into intuitive eating is to simply...

How Your Doctors' Job Satisfaction Affects Your Care

How Your Doctors' Job Satisfaction Affects Your CareWhen employees are engaged with their work and organization, they’re more likely to perform well. This is particularly important in the context of health, where engagement improves the efficiency and effectiveness of services, reduces staff absenteeism and turnover, increases patient satisfaction and improves safety.

The A, B, C, D And E Of Hepatitis

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. While we usually think of hepatitis A to E viruses, anything that causes inflammation or damage to the liver can be considered as a form of hepatitis.

Type 2 Diabetes Increasingly Affects The Young And Slim

Type 2 Diabetes Increasingly Affects The Young And SlimIt is well recognised that increasing rates of type 2 diabetes are mainly driven by obesity and lifestyle factors. But that’s not the whole story. Genetics and epigenetics – changes in gene expression – also play an important role.

Is Too Much Good Cholesterol Linked To Early Death?

Is Too Much Good Cholesterol Linked To Early Death?

Commonly touted as “good cholesterol” for helping reduce risk of stroke and heart attack, both high and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may increase a risk of premature death, a new study suggests.

How Your Body Clock Determines Whether You'll Get Ill

How Your Body Clock Determines Whether You'll Get IllFrom vitamin C and echinacea to warm clothes and antibacterial soap, there’s no shortage of ideas about how to prevent and manage colds and flu. Unfortunately, many of these are not based on solid scientific evidence.

Memory And Sense Of Self May Play More Of A Role In Autism

Memory And Sense Of Self May Play More Of A Role In AutismIt’s well-known that those with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome develop difficulties with social communication and show stereotyped patterns of behaviour.

Is This Mind-Body Link Why Yoga Calms Us?

 Is This Mind-Body Link Why Yoga Calms Us?They have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations.

Is Natural Selection The Answer To The Cancer Riddle?

Is Natural Selection The Answer To The Cancer Riddle?Essential organs tasked with keeping us alive and reproducing – such as the heart, brain or uterus – may have evolved better protection against cancer than larger and paired organs, we have proposed.

If I Develop Alzheimer's, Will My Children Get It Too?

If You Develop Alzheimer's, Will Your Children Get It Too?The most common question I get asked is “Will my child get Alzheimer’s disease?” In my experience, this concern is one of the biggest worries for sufferers, and given the devastating effects of the disease, it is not hard to see why it is a difficult thought to contemplate.

House Dust Reveals How Amish Kids Avoid Asthma

House Dust Reveals How Amish Kids Avoid AsthmaSpecific aspects of the Amish environment are associated with changes to immune cells that appear to protect children from developing asthma, report researchers.

The Keys to Emotional Balance based on Principles of Chinese Medicine

The Keys to Emotional Balance based on Principles of Chinese MedicineMost Eastern styles of medicine pay just as much attention to the patient’s state of mind as to the state of his or her tissues and organs. This insight and acknowledgment of the whole person rather than reducing us to our individual body parts is based on healing methods centuries old that survive because they work.

What A Hominid Fossil Can Teach Us About Cancer

Volume rendered image of the external morphology of the foot bone shows the extent of expansion of the primary bone cancer beyond the surface of the bone. Patrick Randolph-Quinney (UCLAN)In late July, an international team of researchers announced that they had identified evidence of cancer in the fossilized remains of a biological relative of human beings who lived about 1.7 million years ago.

Jogging Can Add Years To Your Life

Jogging Can Add Years To Your LifeThe sight of the determined, lycra-clad jogger has become a familiar feature of urban parks around the world. Jogging – defined as “the activity of running at a steady, gentle pace”

What Happens When You Pull An All-nighter?

What Happens When You Pull An All-nighter?Ever wondered what happens inside your brain when you stay awake for a day, a night and another day, before you finally go to sleep? Well, we just found out.

Is A Solution To Antibiotic Resistance Right Under Our Noses?

Is A Solution To Antibiotic Resistance Right Under Our Noses?Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections. Ever since then we have been searching for new antibiotics to address the myriad of infections humans encounter and the growing risk of resistance to them.

Why Is It So Important To Distinguish Between A Good And A Bad Fat

Why Is It So Important To Distinguish Between A Good And A Bad FatFood, nutrition and human health institutes around the world have been fighting to reduce the risks associated with consuming detrimental fatty acids that are linked to cardiovascular diseases.

How Much Sleep Is Actually Needed?

How Much Sleep Is Actually Needed?The demands of being a presidential candidate take a toll on sleep. And the demands are not likely to lessen for whomever is elected.

Will Burned Food Give You Cancer?

Will Burned Food Give You Cancer?If you’re offered a plate of blackened barbecue food this summer, you might think twice about eating it. It’s commonly thought that food that has been burnt could cause cancer.

Why We Should Pay Doctors To Keep Patients Healthy

Why We Should Pay Doctors To Keep Patients HealthyWhile Australia’s health system compares well internationally, costs are rising. So are chronic diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Everything You Need To Know About Chickenpox

Everything You Need To Know About ChickenpoxRecent calls for the introduction of a vaccine against chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus infection) following a severe case of the disease in Cambridge, England may surprise many parents who consider the disease to be a mild illness that “everyone gets”.

Why You Could Be At Risk For Diabetes

Risk For Diabetes 8 8Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions, with an estimated 29 million people in the U.S. having the disease and another 86 million considered prediabetic. With an estimated cost of US$245 billion, prevention becomes critically important to stem the tide of increasing diabetes prevalence.

What Governments Can Do About The Mental Health Crisis

Mental Health CrisisA recent report by the Mental Health Network, found that 19% of adults had been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, while as many as one in four people experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Why Normal People Experience Road Rage?

Why Normal People Experience Road Rage?Anger can be very quick, powerful, reactive, and can make us do things we typically wouldn’t do. There is nothing inherently wrong with anger as an emotion, but nowhere is anger less helpful, more common, and potentially more dangerous than when we are behind the wheel of a car.

Are Green Or Sprouting Potatoes Poisonous?

green sprouting potatoesWe’ve all been there, you buy some potatoes, pop them in the cupboard, and then promptly forget about them. Then the next time you open up the cupboard, you discover said potatoes have started sprouting and now resemble an alien lifeform.

How To Make Milk Last For Weeks And Weeks

How To Make Milk Last For Weeks And WeeksA rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria, extending its shelf life by several weeks.

What Science Knows About The Cure For HIV

What Science Knows About The Cure For HIVAntiretroviral therapy has revolutionised the lives of people living with HIV. In many countries, the life expectancy for someone living with the virus is now almost the same as someone who isn’t infected.

Delirium May Raise Risk Of Dying In Nursing Homes

A new analysis of the medical records of more than 5.5 million older adults admitted to nursing homes between 2011 and 2014 shows that those with delirium face an increased risk of death. They’re also more likely to be readmitted to the hospital.

How To Get More Sleep While Raising Children With ADHD

How To Get More Sleep While Raising Children With ADHDRaising a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be difficult. Some days feel long and the respite of a peaceful night, so rejuvenating for many, may not come at all

Myths About Gout Are Hampering Its Treatment

Myths About Gout Are Hampering Its TreatmentThe prevalence of gout is increasing worldwide. It has become the most common cause of inflammatory arthritis in men, and its prevalence in postmenopausal women continues to rise. This increase is due to changes in diet and lifestyle, increased use of certain diuretics and increasing obesity.

6 Things To Consider When Looking For A Home For Dementia Care

6 Things To Consider When Looking For A Home For Dementia CareAdmitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person’s care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services. Dementia has profound consequences for the quality of life for those with the condition, their family and friends.

What Science Can Tell Us About Aging And Strength

What Science Can Tell Us About Aging And StrengthSometimes, older men seem to possess incredible strength for their age. People call it “old man strength”. But is it an actual phenomenon? Do older guys really retain their strength? Or even get stronger?

London's Great Smog Offers Clues To Asthma's Cause

London's Great Smog Offers Clues To Asthma's CauseAsthma is a chronic respiratory condition with no known cure. It impacts people of all ages through episodic constrictions of the airways, which may be even worse than it sounds.

10 Facts About The Chicken And The Egg Down Under

10 Facts About The Chicken And The Egg Down UnderWhen I am asked by friends what I do for living, I tend to raise eyebrows because my job is somewhat odd to many city people. That’s because I’m a poultry nutritionist.

A Salt On The Senses

A Salt On The SensesWhen we say “salt”, we usually mean the stuff we sprinkle on our chips, which is sodium chloride (NaCl). But, technically speaking, this is just one example of a salt.

Simple Hearing Test May Predict Autism Risk

Simple Hearing Test May Predict Autism RiskScientists have identified an inner ear deficiency in children with autism that may affect their ability to recognize speech. The finding suggests that a hearing test could one day be used identify children at risk for the disorder at an early age.

Should We Be Routinely Screened For Melanoma?

Should We Be Routinely Screened For Melanoma?The United States Preventive Services Task Force has released a report saying there isn’t enough evidence to recommend that clinicians perform visual screening for melanomas for patients with no known risk for the skin cancer.

Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and Health

Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and HealthBeginning exerciser to triathlete, we know that exercise does us good. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a fitness program combining cardio and strength training. But what you eat is just as important...

7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital Stay

7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital StayAnyone admitted to a hospital faces stress and anxiety, often in tandem with pain and trauma. Add into this mix a bombardment of information and instructions from a sea of strangers, and it's easy to become overwhelmed. How can patients and their loved ones keep track of everything they need to know?

Can A Stem Cell Gene Called Nanog Reverse Aging?

Can A Stem Cell Gene Called Nanog Reverse Aging?In a series of experiments, an embryonic stem cell gene kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries, and other telltale signs of growing old.

Will Kids Grow Out Of Childhood Asthma?

Will Kids Grow Out Of Childhood Asthma?When a child is diagnosed with asthma, parents usually have a number of questions. How serious is asthma? Will the child grow out of it?

Metastatic Prostate Cancer Is Up 72% In 10 Years

Metastatic Prostate Cancer Is Up 72% In 10 YearsThe number of new cases of metastatic prostate cancer climbed 72 percent from 2004 to 2013, but it’s unclear whether the rise is due to a recent trend of fewer screenings, the disease becoming more aggressive, or both.

Does Drinking Hot Tea In Summer Really Cool You Down?

Does Drinking Hot Tea In Summer Really Cool You Down?I remember as a child, on the rare warm days that we used to get in Britain, my grandmother telling me to “have a cup of black tea … it will help cool you down”. As a seven-year-old, this seemed like a crazy idea, especially when all I wanted was a cold lemonade and another ice cream.

Why Do You Feel Like You're Falling When You Go To Sleep?

Why Do You Feel Like You're Falling When You Go To Sleep?

It should be one of the most relaxing times of the day. You climb into bed, get comfortable and cosy, start to feel your brain slowing down … and then suddenly you experience a shocking falling sensation.

Why Smart Drugs Can Make You Less Clever

Why Smart Drugs Can Make You Less CleverIt is an open secret: while athletes dope their bodies, regular office workers dope their brains. They buy prescription drugs such as Ritalin or Provigil on the internet’s flourishing black market to boost their cognitive performance.

The Allure And Dangers Of Superfoods

The Allure And Dangers Of SuperfoodsSuperfoods are everywhere these days. Once found only in niche health food shops, displays of “exotic” superfoods like açai from the Brazilian Amazon and maca from the Peruvian Andes now appear in supermarket chains, chemists, and convenience stores.

What Your Pee And Poo Color Says About Your Health

What Your Pee And Poo Color Says About Your HealthOut of the blue, I passed bright red pee. I freaked, thinking it was a sign of terminal disease. Then I remembered the roasted beetroot tarts served at the party the night before – so delicious I’d eaten three!

Can Menopause Really Be Reversed?

Can Menopause Really Be Reversed?Scientists in Greece claimed recently to have reversed the menopause. They did this by injecting blood plasma that contains platelets into the ovaries of eight women who had not menstruated for around five months in order to stimulate ovarian regeneration.

How A Varied Diet Can Prevent Diabetes

How A Varied Diet Can Prevent DiabetesIn a study of over 25,000 adults with detailed information about their eating habits, people with a greater diversity of foods in their diet showed a 30% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a ten-year period.

Tapering Off Prescription Opioids: 7 Tips for Success

Tapering Off Prescription Opioids: 7 Tips for SuccessIf you take prescription opioids, you may have experienced withdrawal symptoms at some point—perhaps when you forgot to take a scheduled dose of medication. Opioid withdrawal is highly unpleasant. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, this does not meant that you cannot get off opioids...

The Norovirus Sickens Almost 700 Million People A Year

The Norovirus Sickens Almost 700 Million People A Year"It doesn't matter how old you are or if you're in a wealthy country or a poorer one or if you've had it before—you can get it again," says Sarah M. Bartsch. "And it is really unpleasant. But if we don't focus on norovirus and teach people how to prevent it, little headway will be made to combat it."

Do Women's Periods Really Synch When They Spend Time Together?

Do Women's Periods Really Synch When They Spend Time Together?It is a popular belief that women who live together synchronise their menstrual cycles, and that it’s mediated by their pheromones – the airborne molecules that enable members of the same species to communicate non-verbally.

The Positive Benefits of Sunlight

The Positive Benefits of SunlightEver since I was a child, I chased the sun. I was ecstatic in the summer and miserable in the winter. My parents would have to chase after me to wear a hat and long sleeves because I wouldn’t think about sunburns or skin cancer at all, all I could think about was JOY.

Just Like Mama Used To Make? Not So Fast!

Just Like Mama Used To Make? Not So Fast!Many of us have experienced intense cravings for dishes our moms or dads used to cook. Indeed, it would make sense that our parents' cooking forever shapes our food preferences.

Why The Health Threat From Asbestos Is Not A Thing Of The Past

Why The Health Threat From Asbestos Is Not A Thing Of The Past “Calais Jungle Camp littered with asbestos”; “Buckingham Palace could be vacated to remove asbestos”; “Safety concerns for refugees and workers as Nauru asbestos removal programme kicks off”.

Does Drinking Really Make You Happy?

Does Drinking Really Make You Happy?For those of us that partake, drinking alcohol is often seen as a balancing act that weighs up the pleasures of drinking against the pains. Government regulation is often seen the same way, weighing the benefits of pleasure and freedom of the individual on one hand against the cost of crime and health harms on the other

The Battle For Yoga's Soul

The Battle For Yoga's SoulYoga has offered the Indian state unprecedented opportunities for global, media-savvy political performance. In recent years, the nation has made international headlines by creating a national ministry for yoga.

Asthma Attacks Are Spiking Near Big Fracking Sites

Asthma Attacks Are Spiking Near Big Fracking SitesAsthma patients who live near major Pennsylvania fracking sites are as much as four times more likely to suffer attacks than those farther away, a new study shows.

Is Caffeine Actually Bad For Kids?

Is Caffeine Actually Bad For Kids?A recent article in The Guardian said coffee stunting kids' growth is just a myth promoted by 19th-century manufacturers of a coffee substitute. So does this mean the long-thought wisdom that coffee is bad for kids is a lie?

Which Fruits Are Healthier, And In What Form?

Which Fruits Are Healthier, And In What Form?Most of us know eating fruit daily is a great way to try to stay healthy, with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating encouraging us to eat two serves a day.

What's Behind The Global Rise In Short-sightedness?

What's Behind The Global Rise In Short-sightedness?Over the last century, myopia (short-sightedness) has risen to epidemic proportions. In South-East Asia nearly 90% of school leavers are now affected. In the West the figures are not as dramatic, but it appears to be similarly increasing.

Disease, Heredity, Past-Lives and the Potential for Breakthroughs

Disease, Heredity, and Past-Lives

The concept of hereditary predisposition to disease cannot be limited to the physical definition of heredity. For it encompasses the potential contributory factors of 'past-life' predisposition to a given condition, as well as factors that are karmically based.

Does Tapping A Can Of Fizzy Drink Really Stop It Foaming Over?

Does Tapping A Can Of Fizzy Drink Really Stop It Foaming Over?It is one of the distinct sounds of summer: the noise of people tapping the tops of their cans of fizzy drink before opening them. But does this widespread ritual really stop a can of beer or pop from gushing over?

Are Type 2 Diabetes And Obesity Inherited?

Are Type 2 Diabetes And Obesity Inherited?The most exciting recent development in human genetics research has been the ability to perform large-scale systematic studies of genetic variation in thousands of people.

Alzheimer's Breakthrough? Have We Nearly Cured Dementia?

Alzheimer's Breakthrough? Have We Nearly Cured Dementia?My mother-in-law called me yesterday. She doesn’t quite know what I do for a job but has a vague idea I work with a group seeking to understand and ultimately prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Can Screwy Gut Bacteria Raise Your Diabetes Risk?

Can Screwy Gut Bacteria Raise Your Diabetes Risk?Being overweight and not getting enough exercise are considered major contributors to insulin resistance and, ultimately, type 2 diabetes. But new research suggests specific imbalances in gut bacteria play a role, too

What Our Faces Can Tell About The State Of Our Health

What Our Faces Can Tell About The State Of Our HealthOur facial appearance influences how we feel about ourselves – and other people’s faces influence who we choose to approach or avoid and who we’d like to form romantic relationships with.

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