Where Does the Path to Healing Begin?

Where Does the Path to Healing Begin?I find it sad that people have to keep discovering wisdom through their own tragedies. I am saying this in the hope that you will take the time to read on, learn from the wisdom of others, and not require a disaster to become your teacher.

What Will Happen When Antibiotics Stop Working?

What Will Happen When Antibiotics Stop Working?A golden era of antibiotics shifted the leading causes of death away from infection to cancer and cardiovascular disease. At the moment, we can still treat most infections as only a few are resistant to what is currently the last line of antibiotics – the colistins. 

How The British Defeated Napoleon With Citrus Fruit

Blockade of Toulon by Thomas Luny. Wikimedia CommonsEveryone knows that Britain’s conclusive victory over Napoleon was at Waterloo. The story of that day – the squares of infantry repulsing cavalry charges, the Imperial Guard retreating under murderous musket fire delivered by a red line of soliders, the just-in-time arrival of Field Marshal Blücher’s Prussian army – is one of excitement, horror and heroism.

Blame Your Immune System If You Are Mysteriously Itchy

Blame Your Immune System If You Are Mysteriously Itchy"As doctors, we throw things like antihistamines, ointments, and lotions at patients who suffer chronic itching, but if there is something profoundly abnormal about the immune system—as it appears there is—then we can't solve the itching until we address those underlying causes," says Brian S. Kim.

Where Do You Draw The Line On Genetically Modified Food?

Each banana plant is a genetic clone of a previous generation. Ian Ransley, CC BYIn the past week you’ve probably eaten crops that wouldn’t exist in nature, or that have evolved extra genes to reach freakish sizes. You’ve probably eaten “cloned” food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all this without leaving the “organic” section of your local supermarket.

Train Your Brain If You Want To Lose Weight?

Train Your Brain If You Want To Lose Weight?Despite massive government, medical and individual efforts to win the war on obesity, 71 percent of Americans are overweight. The average adult is 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960. Our growing girth adds some US$200 billion per year to our health care expenditure, amounting to a severe health crisis.

How You Argue May Predict Your Future Health Trouble

How You Argue May Predict Your Future Health Trouble"Conflict happens in every marriage, but people deal with it in different ways. Some of us explode with anger; some of us shut down," says Claudia Haase. "Our study shows that these different emotional behaviors can predict the development of different health problems in the long run."

Why There's Fresh Hope For Stroke Patients Who Are Struggling To Communicate

Why There's Fresh Hope For Stroke Patients Who Are Struggling To Communicate“I have something to say. I want to share it with you.” By tapping a few keys in a specific sequence, I have made a code emerge on the screen. When you see these words, the language area of your brain (usually the left side) converts the sequence into meaning. If I have selected well, this meaning will match the message I wanted to convey.

Why The Approach To Tackle This Silent Killer Has Changed

Why The Approach To Tackle This Silent Killer Has ChangedTraditionally, someone who suffered from hypertension – or high blood pressure – would only receive treatment when his or her blood pressure was measured and the reading was found be higher than normal. But this meant that the condition was often picked up only when the person had a stroke or a heart attack – and in many instances this was too late.

How Much Sugar Is It OK To Eat?

how much sugar 5 24Consuming too much energy – whether from fat or carbohydrates, including sugar – will make you gain weight. If left unchecked, this excess weight increases your risk of lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

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.

Is Social Media Making People Depressed?

Is Social Media Making People Depressed?Anyone who regularly uses social media will have had the experience of feeling envious of the fun their friends all seem to be having. This might especially be the case if you’re are sitting at home on a cold wet evening, feeling bored while everyone else is partying or having a glamorous holidays in the sun.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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 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...

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

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