New research reveals a new, menopause-specific indicator of heart disease risk—and suggests possible ways to reduce it.
A highly toxic form of mercury could jump by 300 to 600 percent in zooplankton—tiny animals at the base of the marine food chain—if land runoff increases by 15 to 30 percent, according to a new study.
How do you choose which shampoo to buy? Do you take the advice of your hairdresser or believe the adverts you see in magazines or on television?
Many infectious diseases are one and done—people get sick once and then they are protected from another bout of the same illness.
Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from New Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya – food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavour.
There’s a company that claims its smartphone fertility-tracking app is as good as the pill at preventing pregnancy.
A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time to time is nothing unusual. But for some, this could be an early sign of not getting enough thiamine (also known as vitamin B1).
The nature of work in the gig economy - where workers have to support themselves and take on the risk associated with the job
“Bloating”, the feeling of a full and swollen belly, is one of the most common complaints we hear about in medical practice from patients, with 10 to 30% of people experiencing it.
The benefits of eating vegetables is one of the first lessons we try to teach our often reluctant children. Six million years ago, they wouldn’t have had a choice.
The world’s population is ageing. The number of adults aged 65 and over is increasing, as is the proportion of the population they represent. However, there are a number of myths associated with what happens to our brain and bodies as we age.
Dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement plan is projected to increase the nation’s uninsured population by 18 million in the first year after repeal and by 32 million in 2026, according to recent estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
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.
Most of us worry about our health at some point. You may notice a new symptom or change in your body and become convinced it’s a sign of a horrible illness; a loved one might become ill and you might worry it may also happen to you.
As we reach adulthood, we notice changes in our bodies at every stage of ageing. We might find we need glasses when we hit our thirties, we can’t keep weight off as easily into our forties
Given recent events around the world, you could be forgiven for thinking that people have been acting in a very odd and unpredictable manner.
Most living things appear to be vitalized by the bright reds, oranges, and yellows of daylight -- and calmed and rejuvenated by the blues, indigos, and violets of the night. The origins of healing with color can be traced back to the mythology of Ancient Egypt and Greece.
An implanted device—a bit like a pacemaker—electrically stimulates the vagus nerve, while inhibiting unwanted nerve activity in a targeted way.
It is well known that high blood pressure is a risk factor for dementia, so the results of a new study from the University of California, Irvine, are quite surprising.
In January, many of us strive to be stronger, lighter, faster versions of ourselves. It is also the busiest time of the year for physiotherapists.
Invasive insects called Asian shot hole borers are turning up in new areas of California where they threaten an important crop: avocados.
How can you get a fussy child to eat vegetables? It’s a question that plagues many frustrated parents at countless mealtimes.
Fish oil supplements may seem like a relatively recent health fad but they have actually been produced in the UK on a large scale since 1935
That spicy tuna roll you order at your favorite sushi restaurant may not be tuna at all. Scientists say as much as half of nine types of fish sold in sushi restaurants they sampled may be mislabeled, despite tougher laws and increased media scrutiny in recent years.
An estimated 400,000 Americans are currently living with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune cells attack a fatty substance called myelin in the nerves.
A new study claims to have settled the debate on calorie restriction and longevity, but it is a complex read and far from definitive.
When it comes to exercise, if there was a way to get more health benefits by doing less, then it’s likely a lot of people would be interested. This is probably the reason that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) gets a lot of attention.
When George Michael died last year news reports all over the world announced the cause as heart failure. While they are all related to each other, “heart failure”, “heart attack” and “sudden cardiac arrest” are not synonyms.
These days, many of us are flooded with advice on what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. You may even have heard that you should avoid eating while standing up or lying down.
Everybody knows that to lose weight you need to eat less or exercise more – or ideally do both. But it remains unclear whether there are extra benefits to be gained from increasing the intensity of workouts.
People with schizophrenia tend to die up to 30 years earlier than the general population.
There’s nothing quite like the sound of snoring as the ultimate sleep interrupter.
When Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, arguably the “father of gymnastics” and the inventor of the horizontal and parallel bars, opened his first gym (or Turnplatz) in 1811, he decided to locate it outdoors in Berlin.
It is common for individuals with autism to have a more intense reaction to stress, and some of these patients seem to experience frequent constipation, abdominal pain, or other gastrointestinal issues...
The anxiety many men experience after being diagnosed with prostate cancer may lead them to choose potentially unnecessary treatment options, researchers report.
No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine.
The reality for most of us is that sometimes the body does hurt. We can make it a lot easier for our bodies to do their wonderful job if we could just get ourselves out of the way.
Sound is third-dimensional. When the angels add their energy to sound it becomes a fast-frequency sonic emitted for specific high-vibrational purposes. We may not be able to hear it because it is beyond our auditory range and our understanding of it is limited but it has a powerful effect.
Amid the contention about diets and detoxes, sugar and fats, there is at least general agreement that a Mediterranean diet – fruit, vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish – is a good thing.
Scientists have discovered that a chemical compound—and potential new drug—reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent.
Andrew Taylor has eaten only potatoes for a whole year. Well, almost. He made his diet more nutritious by including sweet potatoes, and adding nut or soya milk to mashed potatoes.
There is no doubt that physical activity is good for you, but the optimal amount remains a topic of debate. The universally accepted recommendation is that we do at least...
Cardiovascular deaths around the world, such as heart attacks and strokes, peak in January. Why this is the case has baffled scientists for some time, but new evidence is starting to unravel the mystery.
One of my students became very disciplined in journaling with her Divine, and one day she said to me, “I’m so surprised. Continually the guidance I am getting is to drink water, take a nap, go for a walk, eat my vegetables, and give myself a big hug! I feel like my Divine is my grandmother!”
Many people with psychiatric problems want to quit smoking, but psychiatrists and caseworkers typically don’t prescribe medications to help them or refer them to services aimed at smoking cessation, researchers find.
A woman’s fertility peaks in her 20s, but the timing of life doesn’t always cooperate with family planning.
To make the most of your energy, look to nature as your guide. For example, for a plant to survive long term, it requires strong roots–ones that pull in nutrients and water from its environment and give it the strength to carry on.
To boost strength and resilience we need to eat more nutrient-dense foods and support blood circulation. The digestive system is an important source of support for the lungs that also tends to express more deficiencies in autumn.
Currently there is not a single test that can reliably and objectively diagnose concussions, but new research suggests measuring the brain’s response to sound could take the guesswork out of the diagnosis.
Expanding the control strategy for intestinal worms to treating adults as well as children could improve the health of millions of people worldwide who are infected or reinfected by these parasites every year.
If the statistics are correct, many millions of new runners have laced up for the first time in the last few days.
Glyphosate is by far the most heavily used chemical weed killer in human history. It’s so pervasive, it’s difficult to avoid ingesting it on a daily basis.
The phrase “emerging disease”, to describe an infectious disease that is new to humans or which is suddenly increasing its geographical range or number of cases, dates back to the 1960s.
People with diabetes are prone to foot disease, which can lead to amputations and even death.
Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market.
Women with breast cancer cite “chemo-brain” as a substantial problem after chemotherapy for as long as six months after treatment, research shows.
The brain may not only control our thoughts and basic physical functions. Recent studies indicate that it also controls the way our body responds to the threat of bacterial infections.
It’s a long, hot summer’s day and you’re looking forward to an ice cream. But within seconds of your first bite, you feel a headache coming on: a brain freeze. What’s going on?
A tool that analyzes the expression patterns of four genes might help doctors predict if prostate cancer will reoccur following surgery.
When a girl’s breasts start growing early, it can be a sign she will develop certain diseases later in life. There is evidence of early puberty leading to increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer – particularly breast cancer.
With the holiday season over, now comes the time for all kinds of food resolutions, mainly focused on dieting.
At this time of year, alcohol promotions, sales and consumption are prominent. Many of us enjoy celebrating a year ended, work and family gatherings, a holiday and a time to kick back and relax.
In the absence of a federal U.S. policy for schools located near potentially dangerous sites, community activists search for safer solutions.
Scientists have now analyzed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 compounds that settled to the deep ocean floor after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Most women experience some type of morning sickness during pregnancy, but some women develop a far more serious condition, hyperemesis gravidarum.
A new study confirms that sense of smell declines sharply in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, which suggests a sniff test might be a helpful diagnostic tool.
Scientists are studying a small group of older adults with excellent memories called “supernormals” to determine their risk for Alzheimer’s.
Scientists have used a wireless “brain-spinal interface” to bypass spinal cord injuries in a pair of rhesus macaques, restoring intentional walking movement to a temporarily paralyzed leg.
Over the festive season, many of us will eat and drink much more than we usually would – it has been estimated that the average person in the UK consumes around 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone.
The holiday season has become a jet-fueled boost of over-indulgence on an already excessive culture of over-consumption.
Wheat is everywhere. It’s in bread, pasta, pastries, biscuits, pizza, batter, cereals, soups, sauces, instant drinks, salad dressing, processed meats and sweets, to name but a few. The western diet is so infatuated with wheat that most of us eat a kilo or more a week. So why do we love it?
A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, may help treat tuberculosis and slow the evolution of drug resistance.
If you live near the sea, make frequent trips to the beach, or are planning an island holiday this summer, chances are you’re getting more out of it than just enjoyment.
Older adults are less inclined to take risks, but this behavior may be linked to changes in brain anatomy rather than age, new research shows.
Around 2006, Cherokee leaders approached administrative liaison Pat Gwin about starting a seed bank. They already had launched an initiative to improve health care access and infrastructure at the reservation; now, they wanted to go even deeper by recovering ancestral seeds to preserve their cultural heritage.
The bacteria that cause chronic gum infections may also trigger the autoimmune inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), new evidence suggests.
Three things happen to the brain when we exercise, says Wendy Suzuki, professor of neural science and psychology at New York University. She offers a quick explanation in just 90 seconds.
People in noisy situations should face slightly away from the person they’re listening to and turn one ear towards the speech.
The iconic “Slip Slop Slap” campaign was launched in Australia in 1981. Sid the Seagull encouraged people to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat to minimize ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure and reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
Every night sit comfortably in a chair and rest your head back, like you do at the dentist. You can use a pillow. Don't change your breathing -- let it be natural. By and by your breathing...
New voices, sounds, sights, feelings, tastes, and smells all trigger a brain response called rapid neural adaptation. It is so effortless that we are rarely even aware it’s happening.
How is it that we are able to remember some events in great detail whereas other memories seem to fade away over time?
Most modern fitness trackers are electronic devices you wear on your wrist to track steps, overall physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep.
The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes time for family celebration while gathering around tables full of delicious foods with seasonal spices!
The rise of obesity around the globe has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to urge countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks, which are blamed for the spread of the epidemic.
In an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures, a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients needed was a farm and advice about food.
Yes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. But an equally important reason to exercise every day is...
Scientists from The University of Melbourne have developed a world-first vaccine to treat gum disease. Their research, published in the journal NPJ Vaccines, has so far only tested the vaccine in mice.
Most people consume way too much salt. Edelweiss Wentzel-Viljoen and Alta Schutte explain why it is important to watch your intake.
You may consider the turkey to be a traditional part of your Christmas celebrations. But however you cook it, something about this festive bird is changing – it’s getting fatter.
For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer – and, often, alcohol.
A lot of people will have already made up their mind about whether humans need dairy in their diet and will be thinking that the answer is obviously “yes” or obviously “no”. But nutrition is based on science not opinion – so, here’s the latest research on the matter.
White Americans live on average3.6 years longer than black Americans. If you look only at men, the difference becomes 4.4 years.
Psychotherapy is just as effective as medications in reducing the severity of symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, past research shows.
According to research from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in 2011 about two-thirds of pregnant women had their teeth cleaned in the year prior to delivery, but only about one-half had their teeth cleaned during pregnancy.
Pregnant women face a number of choices. Most are pretty noncontroversial: Don’t smoke or use drugs; avoid raw fish and eggs; get lots of rest.
Even though most Australians know we need to exercise more, many of us don’t. Our recent study suggests this is often due to diminishing availability of time.
A common bacterium found in improperly cooked chicken can cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome, or GBS, the world’s leading cause of acute neuromuscular paralysis in humans.
Taking a low-dose aspirin every day to reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer may be worth the increased risk of stomach bleeding, an analysis shows.
Regular physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, protecting us from a host of modern ills such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers.