Physical pain is unpleasant, yet it’s vital for survival because it’s a warning that your body is in danger. It tells you to take your hand off a hot burner or to see a doctor about discomfort in your chest.
It’s true that staying 6 feet from other people can reduce the chance of a coronavirus-laden respiratory droplet landing in your eyes, nose or mouth when someone coughs, but...
For several weeks, Victorians (the state of Victoria is home to four of Australia's 20 largest cities) been required to wear a face covering when they leave home. And while we now have a clearer path out of lockdown, it’s likely masks will be around for a while.
England is about to re-impose nationwide restrictions on gatherings to control the spread of COVID-19. This comes less than two weeks after the end of the government’s half-a-billion-pound scheme to get people to eat out in restaurants
Would knowing the date of your death influence your actions? It did for Tiberius Caesar. Convinced by the court astrologer Thrasyllus that he had many years of life ahead of him, the paranoid old emperor chose to postpone the murder of his heir Caligula.
Living under lockdown and the uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to our lives has been difficult for everyone.
New studies show that treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with inexpensive steroids can cut their risk of dying from the illness by a third.
As the pandemic progresses, we’re growing increasingly aware COVID-19 affects multiple parts of the body beyond the lungs. That includes the skin.
The number of cases of dementia in the U.S. is rising as baby boomers age, raising questions for boomers themselves and also for their families, caregivers and society.
Nearly a year before the novel coronavirus emerged, Dr. Leonardo Trasande published “Sicker, Fatter, Poorer,” a book about connections between environmental pollutants and many of the most common chronic illnesses.
There are dozens of kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, systemic lupus, and bursitis, to name just a few. Each type of arthritis has numerous influences that increase or decrease the chances of getting it.
By now, we are all familiar with guidance on how to reduce your risk of contracting coronavirus: wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance.
America is reeling from an epidemic of ill health that drives people to despair and to doctors. The litany is familiar: cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and digestive disturbances, with the latter two often one and the same.
Masks slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by reducing how much infected people spray the virus into the environment around them when they cough or talk.
The severity of COVID-19 can vary hugely. In some it causes no symptoms at all and in others it’s life threatening, with some people particularly vulnerable to its very severe impacts.
Face masks help reduce coronavirus transmission, which has prompted mandates and expert recommendations for their use where social distancing is difficult.
As fall approaches rapidly, many are wondering if the race for a vaccine will bear fruit as early as January 2021.
Even in the most promising cases, we can’t yet be sure that any vaccine will permanently prevent people from catching COVID-19 and enable the disease to be gradually eradicated or at least contained to limited outbreaks.
An article in Science recently generated a lot of interest by providing a possible explanation of why COVID-19 can be deadly to some yet go virtually unnoticed in others.
During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re constantly being reminded to practise good hygiene by frequently washing our hands and regularly cleaning the spaces where we live and work.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. They don’t discriminate, affecting people of all ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities, ages and backgrounds.
With cases of COVID-19 on the rise, many are asking: what happens if I test positive? With no known cure and no vaccine, what are my treatment options?
The number of adults in the United States who suffer from major depressive episodes at some point in their life is far higher than previously believed, according to a new study.
From interviews of tens of thousands of nearsighted patients, I've been able to catalog patterns of personalities and their potential behaviors that can present clues to direct you into a deeper self-understanding, helping you to know who you are behind the illusionary perceptions and beliefs of your present way of seeing.
Whether or not you agree with a mandate to wear a mask, many of us will do so during our daily business.
Researchers have interrupted a neural pathway responsible for opiate-associated memories in mice.
Random Testing In Indiana Shows Covid-19 Is 6 Times Deadlier Than Flu, And 2.8% Of The State Has Been Infected
Since day one of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has not had enough tests. Short of testing every person in the U.S., the best way to get accurate data on who and how many people have been infected with the coronavirus is to test randomly.
Psychiatric classifications catalogue the many forms of mental ill-health. They define what counts as a disorder and who counts as disordered, drawing the boundary between psychological normality and abnormality.
How long can someone be infected with the virus unknowingly? It’s a question hundreds of thousands of people are asking themselves as they enter official or self-imposed quarantines or take contact tracing upon themselves. And the answer is now more unsettled than it was two weeks ago.
We have all seen the alarming headlines: Coronavirus cases are surging in 40 states, with new cases and hospitalization rates climbing at an alarming rate.
Let’s take a moment to discuss several misconceptions about menopause, aka “the change of life.” In Angeles Arrien’s book The Second Half of Life, she states, “Unfortunately, our culture’s current perspective is that the second half of life offers only decline, disease, despair, and death.”
Disease surveillance is the process by which we try to understand the incidence and prevalence of diseases across the country, often with the particular goal of looking for increases in disease incidence.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant sudden changes to our daily lives, with restrictions on free movement, imposed lockdowns and social distancing. Many of these measures will have taken a toll on people’s mental health.
Eastern medicine is no stranger to plagues. Epidemics have been a major contributing factor to the evolution of traditional medicines for at least the last two thousand years. There are numerous treatises on the nature of pathogens, how they invade and travel through the body, and how to treat the body so it can push them back out.
Many people in the community are wearing face masks and gloves in an attempt to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
Cluster headache is more than just a headache. It is a severe neurological condition, sometimes known as a “suicide headache” because many patients have suicidal thoughts during attacks.
The 1889 outbreak of influenza was first reported in the Russian city of Petropavlovsk in September of that year.
Do you expect an increase in health issues due to the effects of climate change?
All of us who have chronic pain know that it tends to change our personality. Over time, the continued struggle with pain tends to zap your energy and strength. Life is harder and more stressful when persistent pain is a central part of it. Fortunately, now there are...
Dietary practices have a major impact on arthritis. In fact, if you eat the typical American diet, it could be making your arthritis worse. The right foods can keep you free of stiff joints, swelling, and fatigue. Changing the way you eat will change the way you feel. Among the offenders are...
Since World War II, rates of depression have doubled in the U.S., and depression is now the second most disabling illness in the Western world after heart disease. I have organized a holistic program for the prevention and treatment of depression into five areas — physical self-care, mental/emotional self-care, spiritual self-care, people support, and lifestyle habits.
The UK Paediatric Intensive Care Society sent out an alert on April 27 about an increase in cases of severe COVID-19-related illness in children.
A great deal of research has been done in an effort to understand the structures and processes that are necessary for vision. What is obvious is that each eye feeds specific information through the visual pathways to the two sides of the brain.
Recent headlines have suggested COVID-19 can spread up to four metres, drawing into question the current advice to maintain 1.5 metres between people to prevent the spread of the virus.
In some respects cancer is to industrialized countries today what tuberculosis was to the 18th and 19th century: a major cause of death and misery which defeats the best efforts of conventional medicine. Then, as now, all of the emphasis was on removing the manifestation of the disease and not on enhancing the patient's ability to overcome it.
My first thoughts were that I was going crazy. I was sure of it. After all, what else could possibly be causing the sudden and unexpected onset of memory lapses, anxiety, depression, night sweats, and phobia attacks that had completely turned my life upside down? My initial visits with my internist had turned up nothing, further convincing me that I was losing my mind...
With streets deserted, hospitals full and morgues struggling to cope with the number of bodies, it isn’t surprising that some people are making comparisons with the apocalypse.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, it has become clear that people need to understand basic facts about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to make informed health care and public policy decisions.
Following the emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19, several countries have succeeded in bringing local outbreaks under control.
The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed one million in early April, nearly doubling in a week.
We Know How Long Coronavirus Survives On Surfaces. Here's What It Means For Handling Money, Food And More
Like the other 200 or so respiratory viruses we know of, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the new coronavirus, infects the cells of our airways.
Doctors from around the world are reporting cases of COVID-19 patients who have lost their sense of smell, known as anosmia, or taste, known as ageusia.
One of the key factors in tackling the spread of COVID-19 across the globe is testing. In South Korea, for example, mass testing has been used to try and quickly identify and isolate those with the disease.
A recent study from China, which has not been peer reviewed yet, suggests a link between having blood group A and a higher risk of getting COVID-19, compared with people who have blood group O. But is this really the case?
Public health officials consistently promote hand-washing as a way for people to protect themselves from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Before vaccines were developed, infectious diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and meningitis were the leading cause of death and illness in the world.
Vitamin C is a common remedy that some people believe will cure the common cold and flu.
Diagnosing autism is expensive and time consuming, so a screening tool is used to filter out those people who are unlikely to be diagnosed as autistic.
The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic”.
The UK has become the latest country to close schools in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Families everywhere are adjusting to a new way of life due to social distancing measures like closed schools, workplaces, and more.
Consider these expert tips for cleaning your home to kill the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (and the pathogens behind other deadly diseases).
As the nation adjusts to the threat of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, it’s only natural to worry whether a cough or aches and pains could be signs you have become infected by the virus.
As concern about coronavirus grows, hand sanitizer is in high demand. Biologist Jeffrey Gardner explains why alcohol is a key ingredient in hand sanitizer, and why he doesn’t recommend making your own supply at home.
When people are sick with a respiratory disease like COVID-19, they cough or sneeze particles into the air.
Public health officials in California’s state capital region announced this week they have stopped tracing the contacts of patients diagnosed with the novel
The U.S. government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Testing is central to these efforts.
The coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has created enormous anxiety, uncertainty, and disruption to our lives.
If you saw the 2011 movie “Contagion,” about a worldwide pandemic of a new virus, then you’ve heard the term “R0.”
Safety measures make risky activities less risky: seat belts for car occupants, bailouts for financial institutions. Masks and disinfectants might feel like they do the same for anyone afraid of coronavirus.
Now officially a pandemic, the virus has proven adept at crossing borders, with confirmed cases reported in over 100 countries (for the latest numbers, refer to our coronavirus mapping tool).
As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise, some have suggested that the approaching warmer spring weather in the northern hemisphere may slow or even stop the spread of the disease.
The risks of psychiatric disorders and suicide attempts are substantially higher for young people from 15 to 25 years old with type 1 diabetes, a new study shows.
In June 2019, a paper by prominent US academics found that people who used e-cigarettes were at greater risk of a heart attack.
The ways in which we currently age have been programmed into us, and we have accepted this idea as a reality. We believe that we all will get old, sick, senile, frail, and die -- in that order. This does not have to be the truth for us any longer.
When certain patients “teach back” a doctor’s instructions, they’re more likely to stay out of the hospital, according to a new study.
Variable blood pressure readings could be an overlooked early warning sign of heart disease, researchers report.
Sleep paralysis is a type of REM parasomnia or abnormal behavior that takes place during the REM sleep cycle.
Life expectancy is built up out of many small pieces, one for each age, and demographers can pick those pieces apart.
We tend to notice mucus only when it’s abnormal and the sticky fluid is expelled from orifices.
Americans still choose to give birth bed-bound, on their backs, with their knees up, legs spread, feet in the air.
A recent UK study showed no significant difference in survival between men who had a single prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
Born after just 23 of the normal 40 weeks of pregnancy, the extremely preterm baby is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and weighs just one and a quarter pounds.
Most people know that the flu can kill. Indeed, the so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million people in 1918 – more than were killed in the first world war.
In the run-up to Christmas we find our to-do lists bloated with added chores: present shopping, card writing, preparing to travel or receive guests. We are bombarded with adverts telling us what to buy and where. We tackle the shopping crowds searching for the perfect gift
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments.
A sort of physiological clock—levels of 373 proteins in your blood—can predict your age, according to a new study.
About a quarter of children in the United States are born two to three weeks before their due date, which qualifies them as “early term.”
The antibiotic resistance threat is real. In the years to come, we will no longer be able to treat and cure many infections we once could.
America is aging rapidly. In the next 40 years, the number of people age 65 and older is expected to nearly double.
Hot flashes or night sweats — called vasomotor symptoms or VMS — might be more than just a nuisance for menopausal women.
Current estimates suggest that addictions affect one-third of the population in the United States. Of course, when most of us hear the word addict, we think crack, or cocaine, or heroin... Certainly we don't think about, say, sugar -- and yet sugar is the most prevalent addictive substance in the world!
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 Australians living with the disease.
Getting five or fewer hours of sleep a night is associated with low bone mineral density and higher odds of osteoporosis, researchers report.
Monique is 77 years old. I met her when she came to the eye clinic at the University of Montréal, where I am a professor.
Humanity’s defences against infection are wearing thinner by the day, and the microbes responsible are getting stronger.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting one in 350 Australians.
Is it possible that people who are diagnosed with cancer die of a sophisticated form of voodoo? Does the victim's belief in the power of vicious cells, like belief in the power of a hex, lead to his death? 'Cancer' is a demon word -- the destructiveness of cancer begins as soon as the diagnosis is uttered. The word strikes terror to the heart...
For generations, the members of a family in Colombia have gotten early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. How one woman has resisted it could lead to future therapies, researchers say.
Whether you need to take a drug at a specific time of day depends on the medication and the condition you are treating.