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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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?

Why Emotional Abuse In Childhood May Lead To Migraines In Adulthood

Why Emotional Abuse In Childhood May Lead To Migraines In AdulthoodChild abuse and neglect are, sadly, more common than you might think. According to a 2011 study in JAMA Pediatrics, more than five million U.S. children experienced confirmed cases of maltreatment between 2004 and 2011. The effects of abuse can linger beyond childhood – and migraine headaches might be one of them.

The Quest For The World's Hottest Chilli

The Quest For The World's Hottest ChilliIf you’ve ever tasted a really hot chilli you’ll know just how potent the effects can be. The burning heat sensation on the lips, on the tongue – and if you are not careful, on other more sensitive areas, such as the eyes – can be severe and last for a painfully long time.

Is It Ethical To Purchase Human Organs?

Is It Ethical To Purchase Human Organs?Organ transplantation saves lives. People with end-stage kidney disease who receive a transplant tend to live much longer than those who undergo dialysis. A kidney from a living donor will last from 12 to 20 years, on average, compared to eight to 12 years for a kidney from a deceased donor.

Know The Signs For Concussions And Kids

Know The Signs For Concussions And KidsHead trauma is a major public health concern in the United States, with indirect and direct health-care costs approaching nearly US$1 billion annually. Worse, head trauma also can cause short- and long-term health problems and, in children, problems with academics, headaches and behavioral health issues.

Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do?

Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do?When thinking about our health, most of us will only consider our weight and fitness level, but our lives are made up of so much more. When you understand what is actually going on in your life, you may develop clues as to why you eat and live the way you do.

Is It OK To Have A Beer After Exercise?

Is It OK To Have A Beer After Exercise?People take up running, and other types of exercise, mainly to get fit and lose weight. But there’s often a social aspect, too. After a gruelling run, some people like to retire to the pub or club house for an ice cold beer.

Why Lyme Disease Is Such A Danger

Hitting the target. Hannah Garrison/wikimedia, CC BY-SAOn any ranked list of nasty diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas in the Western world, Borrelia burgdorferi, would have to lie near the top. These bacteria cause Lyme disease, which was first recognised in the US in the early 1970s among patients in Lyme, Connecticut.

If Only Your Body Could Speak to Your Mind

ralph nader 6 25For thousands of years humans have defended themselves from harm by others. But many have proceeded to regularly harm themselves. They have actively searched for substances to ingest, inhale, inject and apply which may give them some immediate relief but damage or destroy their lives over time.

Why Do Humans Like To Get High?

Why Do Humans Like To Get High?It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is the appeal of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin that produce altered states of consciousness.

Saturated Fats Make Some Cells Lose Track Of Time

Saturated Fats Make Some Cells Lose Track Of TimeFoods high in fat, especially saturated fat, are bad for you. A high-fat diet is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as well as metabolic disorders like obesity and type 2 diabetes. So why does saturated fat have these effects on the body? What’s going on in your body when you eat a fatty meal?

Moving Beyond Pro/con Debates Over Genetically Engineered Crops

Modern cultivated corn was domesticated from teosinte, an ancient grass, over more than 6,000 years through conventional breeding. Nicole Rager Fuller, National Science FoundationSince the 1980s biologists have used genetic engineering to express novel traits in crop plants. Over the last 20 years, these crops have been grown on more than one billion acres in the United States and globally. Despite their rapid adoption by farmers, genetically engineered (GE) crops remain controversial among many consumers, who have sometimes found it hard to obtain accurate information.

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