Is This Food Factory Chemical A Cause Of Obesity?

Is This Food Factory Chemical A Cause Of Obesity?BBP is not used in food preparation, but it is used in the conveyor belts and plastic fittings on machines used to process many prepared foods. Food becomes contaminated when BBP leeches into it from the plastic.

These Over-the-counter Meds Might Shrink Older Brains

These Over-the-counter Meds Might Shrink Older Brains"These findings provide us with a much better understanding of how this class of drugs may act upon the brain in ways that might raise the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia," says Shannon Risacher. "Physicians might want to consider alternatives to anticholinergic medications if available when working with their older patients."

How Video Games Help Successful Aging

How Video Games Help Successful AgingSitting quietly in the corner, we watch a daily family ritual: in the living room awash with soft afternoon light, a six-year-old boy is sitting on the floor, controller in hand, eyes firmly on the television screen. His fingers expertly guide the colorful character in Skylanders, from time to time glancing over his shoulder and grinning at the figure on the sofa, his 68-year-old grandmother.

Can A Lack Of Love Be Deadly?

woman and childI taught myself about orphanages 12 years ago, not actually because of my work as a human biologist but because of my daughter. She was born in 2004 and her first 14 months of life were spent in an orphanage in China.

Hand Washing Stops Infections, So Why Do Health Care Workers Skip It?

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Is Social Media Making People Depressed?

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Should We Worry About Arsenic In Baby Cereal And Drinking Water?

Should We Worry About Arsenic In Baby Cereal And Drinking Water?Even though most people don’t know much about chemicals in general or poisons in particular, virtually everyone knows that arsenic is bad. In the first century, arsenic was already known to be a deadly poison .

Why Lifting Weights Is More Important For Your Health Than You Think

Why Lifting Weights Is More Important For Your Health Than You ThinkRegular participation in muscle strengthening activity such as weight or resistance training has many health benefits. However, this mode of exercise has been largely overlooked in health promotion.

Small Changes May Help Us Avoid Weight Gain

start diet 5 17"Prevention is key for fighting obesity, but until now, we didn't have any concrete evidence for guiding patients on how to prevent that weight gain," says Deborah Tate. "Now, for the first time, we do."

Is Addiction A Brain Disease?

Is Addiction A Brain Disease?The opioid abuse epidemic is a full-fledged item in the 2016 campaign, and with it questions about how to combat the problem and treat people who are addicted.

9 Surprising Relationships Between Food and Mood

9 Surprising Relationships Between Food and MoodEating fast foods like hamburgers, sausages, and pizza, as well as commercial baked goods such as muffins, doughnuts, and croissants has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of depression.

Are Older Adults More Prone To Chronic Pain?

Are Older Adults More Prone To Chronic Pain?"If older adults are more likely to have these pain messages sent through the spinal cord to the brain, and the nervous system is being adapted to go through these changes, they may become more pain prone," says Joseph Riley.

Has Canada Turned The Corner On Childhood Obesity?

Has Canada Turned The Corner On Childhood Obesity?Children in Canada, their parents, health professionals and government ministers will welcome the news that there has been a decline in overweight and obese children over the past ten years. The reduction in the proportion of children in Canada who are overweight or obese is a rare achievement.

Can Chicken Soup Really Cure Body And Soul?

Can Chicken Soup Really Cure Body And Soul?Chicken noodle soup is regarded as a therapeutic dish in several cultures, including Jewish-American and Chinese communities where traditional medicine is practised.

Safer Chemicals Would Benefit Both Consumers And Workers

Safer Chemicals Would Benefit Both Consumers And WorkersAlmost every product we purchase, use in our homes or give to our children contains tens, if not hundreds, of chemicals. The United States chemical industry alone produced US$769.4 billion worth of chemicals in 2012.

How To Get Off The Couch And Into Exercise

Starting an exercise regime from scratch can be daunting. Krissa Corbett Kavouras/Flickr, CC BY-SACurrent guidelines suggest adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation, and around one in six aren’t doing any regular exercise at all.

Heartburn Pills Like Nexium May Damage Kidneys

kidney damaging medication 5 10The drugs are sold under the brand names Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, and Protonix, among others. More than 15 million Americans have prescriptions for PPIs, although the number of people taking PPIs is likely higher because the figure does not include PPIs bought over-the-counter without prescriptions.

How to Change Habits and Addictions

The mind can be changed. I doubt whether anyone would dispute that point although we often feel as if we are stuck with an obstinate mind that refuses to do what we want it to. In addictions this feeling of being stuck can be very powerful. But...

Why Aren't More People Vegetarian?

Why Aren't More People Vegetarian?“I’m vegetarian.” “I’m vegan.” These statements typically will be met with a range of reactions, varying from bafflement to praise. But what makes people adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Cherry Concentrate Can Lower Blood Pressure As Much As Drugs

cherry juice 5 10Drinking cherry concentrate can lower systolic blood pressure for up to three hours, our latest study found. If tart Montmorency cherry concentrate was a drug, it would probably get FDA approval.

Why Different Painkillers Are Only Effective For Certain Types Of Pain

Why Different Painkillers Are Only Effective For Certain Types Of PainWhether it’s your head, tooth or back, when you’re in pain, it’s hard to think about anything else. If it’s not too strong, some can ride it out. But in many cases, the pain just gets worse and won’t go away until you take something.

Why We Need A New Approach To Food Allergy Testing

Why We Need A New Approach To Food Allergy TestingAnybody suffering from a food allergy will know what a huge cause of anxiety it can be. From forensically examining information on food packaging to having to repeatedly ask restaurant staff detailed questions about their ingredients, it can take up a lot of time and energy. And, even then, there are still uncertainties to deal with.

Here Is What To Eat And Avoid If You Have Gout

Here Is What To Eat And Avoid If You Have GoutHistorically called the disease of kings, gout was common among wealthy gents who could afford to eat and drink to excess. These days it doesn’t just affect the rich: rates of gout have been increasing globally since the 1960s. It now affects around 70,000 Australians a year and is more common in men aged over 70.

Why Do Women's Eggs Run Out

Unfortunately women only have the eggs they’re born with. Kyle Brown/Flickr, CC BY-SAMost women will have been made aware they have a “biological clock” and that it’s ticking. Most know the older women become the harder it is for them to conceive. But most probably don’t know it’s because women are born with a limited supply of eggs, and eventually they will run out.

What Are Delusions And How Best Can We Treat Them?

What Are Delusions And How Best Can We Treat Them?From believing that clouds are alien spaceships to thinking that MI6 agents are following you in unmarked cars, delusions are the hallmark of severe mental illness.

Hm, Can Eating Chocolate Every Day Protect Your Heart?

Hm, Can Eating Chocolate Every Day Protect Your Heart?People who ate 100 grams of chocolate a day—basically one bar—had reduced insulin resistance and improved liver enzymes. Insulin sensitivity is a well-established risk factor to cardiovascular disease.

Why Men Don't Like To Talk About Their Enlarged Prostate

Why Men Don't Like To Talk About Their Enlarged ProstateConversation about how often you have to get up at night for a piddle is probably not the most scintillating discourse. But there’s a much bigger reason men don’t like to talk about prostate conditions.

Vitamin D Is Linked To Lower Body Fat In Toddlers

Vitamin D Is Linked To Lower Body Fat In ToddlersChildren who had vitamin D stores above the threshold recommended by the Canadian Pediatric Society averaged around 450 grams (or about one pound) less body fat at 3 years of age.

Breast Cancer Seems A Woman's Disease, But Men Get It Too

Breast Cancer Seems A Women's Disease, But Men Get It TooAlthough breast cancer is usually seen as a woman’s disease, around 145 Australian men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and around 25 died from it. A little under 1% of all breast cancers occur in men, so it is more common than most people think.

What’s In Those New Plastic Pipes Delivering Drinking Water?

installing water lines 5 5The calls and e-mails arrive as often as several times a week from people with concerns about drinking water. Some of the callers — who include homeowners, architects and builders — want to know why their water smells like gasoline.

Gene Linked To Youthful Appearance May Help Solve Aging Puzzle

youthful adingHow long you live depends in part on the genes you inherit. For example, those suffering from Werner’s syndrome have inherited two defective copies of a gene coding for an enzyme that is involved in DNA replication and repair.

Is It Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian?

Is It Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian?In case you’ve forgotten the section on the food web from high school biology, here’s a quick refresher. Plants make up the base of every food chain of the food web (also called the food cycle).

Understanding How Drugs Work

Understanding How Do Drugs WorkWhether a drug is prescribed by the doctor, bought over the counter or obtained illegally, we mostly take their mechanism of action for granted and trust they will do what they’re supposed to.

Evidence Of Prehistoric Swiss Cheese Found

Evidence Of Prehistoric Swiss Cheese Found"The principal interest of this piece of work is that it provides direct evidence for early dairying at high altitude in the Alps," says Kevin Walsh.

Older Adults Who Lift Weights Live Longer

Older Adults Who Lift Weights Live LongerOlder adults who strength trained at least twice a week had 46 percent lower odds of death for any reason, 41 percent lower odds of cardiac death, and 19 percent lower odds of dying from cancer.

Does Blue Beat Green For Stress Relief?

Does Blue Beat Green For Stress Relief?Even after taking into account residents' wealth, age, sex, and other neighborhood factors, the study found that having a view of the ocean was associated with improved mental health.

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.

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.

Blame & Self-Blame: Opposing The Miracle of Peacefulness

Blame & Self-Blame: Opposing The Miracle of Peacefulness: The people who consult me are often desperately scared. An illness threatens the length and quality of their lives. They want to be well. They want to be cured. They want a miracle. Unfortunately, miracles cannot be guaranteed or produced on demand...

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.

How to Trigger the Placebo Effect for Self-Healing

How to Trigger the Placebo Effect for Self-HealingMany of us have learned not to put our trust into very many things. Lack of trust coupled with low élan vital is perilous. No treatment can make you well if you are secretly tired of life. So, first, be mindful of your pessimism...

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?

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