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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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?

What Causes Autism? What We Know, Don’t Know And Suspect

autism 2 24One of the great and enduring mysteries of autism is what causes the brain to develop so differently. The behavioural differences of many individuals with autism are so apparent that it seems intuitive that the causes would also be obvious.

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has become a byword for unbiased, evidence-based healthcare advice. Its recommendations strongly influence which treatments are made available on the NHS. We wouldn’t expect NICE to make recommendations that are unsupported by evidence or, worse, contain contradictory evidence.

Dependence, Decrepitude And Death: How Long Is Too Long A Life?

Dependence, Decrepitude And Death: How Long Is Too Long A Life?In 2100, I will be 117 years old, and my younger sisters will be 112 and 107. According to the Cambridge academic, Peter Laslett, we can now live to such ages, but those of us who do will be experiencing the fourth age, “an era of final dependence, decrepitude and death”. Not quite the dream

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From Them

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From ThemLast night’s Four Corners focused on party drugs and the policies Australia is implementing to combat their use. Not only is what we’re doing not working, we’re falling behind the rest of the world and what evidence says is best to ensure we have fewer deaths from illicit drugs.

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To Complications

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To ComplicationsA common surgery to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has more problems than benefits, our Cohrane review has found. Women who underwent the operation had high rates of needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, bladder injury and urinary incontinence.

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis affects millions of people worldwide. It’s a neurological disease characterised by inflammatory lesions in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) that cause damage to the myelin sheath – the protective layer around the nerve cells. This causes neurological dysfunction, such as muscle paralysis or loss of sensation.

2 In 5 People With Schizophrenia Attempt Suicide

"Even after taking into account most of the known risk factors for suicide attempts, those with schizophrenia had six times the odds of having attempted suicide in comparison to those without schizophrenia," says Esme Fuller-Thomson. (Credit: Khuroshvili Ilya/Flickr)A new study has uncovered a strong link between schizophrenia and the likelihood of attempting suicide. The risk is particularly high for women, people with substance abuse issues, and those who were abused when they were children.

Urinary Incontinence Can Be A Problem For Women Of All Ages

Urinary Incontinence Can Be A Problem For Women Of All AgesUrinary incontinence is often seen as a degrading condition and women can feel too ashamed to seek help. Urinary incontinence is urine leakage from a loss of bladder control that mainly affects women

Are Pubic Lice Here To Stay?

The pubic or crab louse has adapted to the humid environment of ‘down there’. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CC BYWhat’s the worst thing you could be burdened with this Valentine’s Day? Unrequited love? Unwanted affection? Unpaid invoice from the local florist? How about an itchy dose of pubic lice? Pubic lice, Phthirus pubis, or “crabs” as more commonly...

Got A Hangover? Here's What's Happening In Your Body

Got A Hangover? Here's What's Happening In Your BodyIt’s that time of year when we raise a glass to celebrate Christmas, the beginning of holidays, the new year, or simply to join with our friends. Many of us will pay a price, even if it’s “just” in the form of a hangover.

Why We Should Rethink Chronic Pain Treatment

Why We Should Rethink Chronic Pain TreatmentOver the last few decades, medicine has witnessed a sea change in attitudes toward chronic pain, and particularly toward opioids. While these changes were intended to bring relief to many, they have also fed an epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse.

Is Obesity More Deadly Than The Science Suggests?

Is Obesity More Deadly Than The Science Suggests?"The simple step of incorporating weight history clarifies the risks of obesity and shows that they are much higher than appreciated," says Andrew Stokes.

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At Birth

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At BirthOne in every ten babies in Melbourne develops a food allergy during their first year of life. New research has found children who are born with overly active immune cells are more likely to develop allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and other common foods. This finding could lead to future treatments for babies to prevent childhood food allergies.

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the Heart

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the HeartBefore i was informed that I was “profoundly dyslexic,” I just thought I was stupid and too weird to cultivate friends. In school, I would get an A for creativity over a D for atrocious grammar. I was having considerable difficulty reading anything, much less a map. I had trouble telling my right from my left, I could not comprehend most directions, I was lost much of the time.

Older Moms Feel Depressed When Grown Kids Struggle

Older Moms Feel Depressed When Grown Kids StruggleWhen older parents become frail or disabled, it can place a heavy burden on adult children. But the parent-child relationship appears to be a two-way street—with adult children having a profound effect on their parents’ psychological well-being.

Why Over-the-counter Heartburn Cures May Be Hurting Your Gut

Why Over-the-counter Heartburn Cures May Be Hurting Your GutAt the time of Xmas parties many of us may be waking up with regrets, sore heads, fragile stomachs and some heartburn (acid reflux) which in a year can affect over 40% of us and one in five weekly.

Here Is What Young People Say About Their Depression

Here Is What Young People Say About Their DepressionDepression affects over 80,000 young people in the UK every year. It can have a devastating impact on their daily lives, social and academic functioning, and family. As one young person in our research project put it: “I felt like I was missing out on being a teenager”.

How Terror Attacks Influence Mental Health

How Terror Attacks Influence Mental HealthA series of coordinated attacks in Paris left 130 people dead. A week later, armed gunmen stormed a hotel in Mali, seizing hostages while also firing indiscriminately at guests, killing 27 people.

What Do We Mean When We Say A Person's Cancer Has Been Cured?

What Do We Mean When We Say A Person's Cancer Has Been Cured?Until fairly lately, it was unusual to see the words “cancer” and “cured” used in the same sentence. Now, it’s much more common. Reports that toddler Layla Richards had been cured of what was thought to be an incurable form of leukaemia were followed with news that former US president Jimmy Carter was cured of brain cancer – a melanoma that had spread from his liver.

What Is Dopamine And Is It To Blame For Our Addictions?

What Is Dopamine And Is It To Blame For Our Addictions?Most researchers agree that the key difference between human brains and those of other animals is the size and complexity of our cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer of neural tissue. We therefore tend to focus our attention on this area, believing that our unique mental life is due to this masterpiece of evolution.

Feeling SAD? Talk Therapy Gets Better Long-term Results Than Light Boxes

seasonal affective disorderAs the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, sometimes it can seem like we barely get a chance to see the sun. For most people, this can be frustrating; and for others, the slide into winter can actually lead to a subset of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

Which Is It? Mind Or Body When It Comes To Healthy Aging?

Which Is It? Mind Or Body When It Comes To Healthy Aging?European societies are living longer but as the older population increases, are these extra years healthy ones? Research we recently published in The Lancet suggests that the answer to this question crucially depends on what you mean by “healthy”.

Why Poo Transplants Are Nothing To Be Sniffed At

Why Poo Transplants Are Nothing To Be Sniffed AtMost of us will have experienced diarrhoea or Delhi Belly and spent an unpleasant 48 hours in bed or on the toilet, often while travelling. Studies show that if severe, these infections can sometimes change your gut microbes permanently.

 

If Antidepressants Fall Short, Fight Inflammation?

girl with umbrellaAbout one third of people with depression have high levels of inflammation markers in their blood. New research indicates that persistent inflammation affects the brain in ways that are connected with stubborn symptoms of depression, such as anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure.

Sugar Free Drinks And Candy Also Damage Teeth

Sugar Free Drinks And Candy Also Damage Teeth

Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion.

Does Childhood Stress Increase The Risk For Adult Chronic Disease?

Does Childhood Stress  Increase The Risk For Adult Chronic Disease?Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in the United States, with nearly one in four Americans dying from heart-related chronic illnesses each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Magical" Remedies For Your Health Emergency Kit and For Your Life

"Magical" Remedies For Your Health Emergency Kit and For Your LifeThere is clearly a Mind-Body Connection and when you start to feel something coming on always visualize yourself as being healthy, strong, and confident. Imagine yourself feeling good when you suddenly realize that you are being challenged. I always carry an “Emergency Kit” when I travel and...

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids? Why You Should Care

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids? Why You Should CareXLR-11, PB-22, AB-FUBINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, 5F-AMB. These are the cryptic and sometimes unpronounceable names of the most dangerous drugs you’ve never heard of. They are responsible for kidney injury, psychosis, seizures, coma and death.

Managing Bipolar Disorder Without Medication

Managing Bipolar Disorder Without MedicationBipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to people who experience periods of intense low mood but also periods of elation and increased energy which can lead to impaired judgement and risky behaviour. The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that around 1% of the adult population experience bipolar symptoms at some point in their life.

How To Have Less Arthritis Pain After Only 8 Weeks

How To Have Less Arthritis Pain After Only 8 Weeks"Yoga may be especially well-suited to people with arthritis," says Susan J. Bartlett. "It combines physical activity with potent stress management and relaxation techniques, and focuses on respecting limitations that can change from day to day." 

Easy Reflexology Pointers for Headaches

Easy Reflexology Pointers for HeadachesIn this excerpt, Ewald Kliegel provides reflexology techniques for one of the most common human ailments – the headache. The head is prone to different problems – from throbbing temples with the sensation of being trapped in a vice, while a jackhammer is busy at work in the background, to having a brain that feels as though it is made of cotton wool.

Is Yoga The Missing Link To Stroke Survivors' Rehabilitation?

Is Yoga The Missing Link To Stroke Survivors' Rehabilitation?One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime. That’s about 51,000 strokes per year, or one every ten minutes. Worldwide, stroke is the second most common cause of premature death, after heart disease, and is the leading cause of disability among adults.

Why Do Patients Want Treatment That Doesn’t Work?

Why Do Patients Want Treatment That Doesn’t Work?A major new initiative called Choosing Wisely has been launched by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. This initiative aims to address a culture of over-medicalisation in health, where treatments are prescribed – not always with much clinical value – when other, better solutions may exist.

Autistic People Are More Creative Than You Might Think

Autistic People Are More Creative Than You Might ThinkAutism is commonly, if mistakenly, associated more with logical thinking than creative expression. But new research suggests we might need to rethink our views on creativity and autism.

Do You Think You Have IBS, Coeliac Disease Or Crohn’s?

Do You Think You Have IBS, Coeliac Disease Or Crohn’s?Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans and many are on the rise. The gastrointestinal tract extends from the mouth to the anus, via the stomach and the bowels, which include the small intestine and the large intestine (colon).

Mindfulness Therapy Is Effective As Part Of The Treatment Of PTSD

Mindfulness Therapy Is Effective In The Short Term As Part Of The Overall Treatment Of PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that causes overwhelming recollections of traumatic events. These can be triggered by sights, sounds or smells that serve as reminders of the incident. Sufferers also report severe nightmares, emotional numbness and withdrawal from social interactions.

Are You Aging Faster Or Slower Than Your Friends?

Are You Aging Faster Or Slower Than Your Friends?

Looking around at a 20th high school reunion, you might notice something puzzling about your classmates. Although they were all born within months of each other, these 38-year-olds appear to be aging at different rates.

8 Strategies to Overcome Addiction and Other Challenges

8 Strategies to Overcome Addiction and Other ChallengesAnyone who battles addiction knows that it's so much more than a bad habit or a moral shortcoming. Addiction is a compulsion so beyond our control, that we may as well be a feather fighting against a gale-force wind. Until...one day the wind subsides.

Is Depression A Physical Illness? Unravelling The Inflammation Hypothesis

Is Depression A Mental Or Physical Illness? Unravelling The Inflammation HypothesisMost people feel down, tired and inactive when they’re injured or ill. This “sickness behaviour” is caused by the activation of the body’s immune response. It’s the brain’s way of conserving energy so the body can heal.

Are Cigarettes Associated With An Increased Risk Of Psychosis?

Not self-medication. Ed Schipul, CC BY-SAWe have known for some time the people suffering from schizophrenia and other psychoses smoke more than the general population. The explanation that is usually offered is the so-called “self-medication hypothesis”

Why 90 Minutes In Nature Really Changes The Brain

Why 90 Minutes In Nature Really Changes The BrainA new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. “These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world,” says coauthor Gretchen Daily, professor in environmental science and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Cancer Cells Play It Dirty To Get What They Want

Cancer Cells Play It Dirty To Get What They WantCancer cells are survival artists with a strong criminal streak. They surround themselves with a protective shield of extra-cellular material and then secure supply lines by attracting new blood vessels.

Postnatal Depression Is A Continuation Of Existing Mental Health Problems

Postnatal Depression Is A Continuation Of Existing Mental Health ProblemsThe effects of postnatal depression on children’s emotional development can be profound. These children have more mental health and behavioural problems as they grow up. And in low-income countries, the effects of maternal depression extend to higher rates of childhood stunting and physical illness.

Older Married Couples Are Linked In Their Sickness

Older Married Couples Are Linked In Their Sickness“When we think about quality of life for older adults, and improving quality of life, it seems like targeting the individual is only part of the story, and our findings suggests that for older adults, a larger part of individual well-being is defined by our partner’s health and cognitive functioning as well,” says David Sbarra, associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona.

Peanut Butter Sniff Test Confirms Alzheimer’s

Peanut Butter Sniff Test Confirms Alzheimer’sA dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste and the University of Florida, came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test for smell sensitivity when she was working with Kenneth Heilman, a professor of neurology at the University of Florida.

What Foods and Herbal Remedies Help Alleviate Acne?

What Foods and Herbal Remedies Help Alleviate Acne?Acne is characterized by skin blemishes or pimples and can occur at any point throughout one's lifetime. Since it is related to hormonal imbalance, acne frequently appears at puberty and in women over forty as they approach menopause. Some foods that help alleviate acne include...

Aging and Cellular Health: Can We Influence Achieving Long Life?

Aging & Cellular Health: Can We Influence Achieving Long Life?Is any process more natural and, at the same time, more fearfully loathed than aging? Witness the booming anti-aging industry, a cornucopia of cosmetics, supplements, and treatments designed more to calm our fears or fuel our fantasies than heal the damage from destructive factors such as...

Head and Heart Work Together for Health and Harmony

Head & Heart Work Together for Health and HarmonyHeart disease is the single leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more lives than the combined next four causes of mortality. Fifty-eight percent of all deaths are directly or indirectly related to cardiovascular disease, as 2,500 people die of heart disease each...

Natural Herbal Supplements for Allergies

Natural Herbal Supplements for AllergiesThere are various herbal medicines on sale that claim to alleviate hay fever and perennial allergic rhinitis. The following ones have been tested: Butterbur (Petasites hybridus); Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica); Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba); Luffa complex (also marketed as Pollinosan); Grape seed extract; Quercetin; Perilla 6000 (contains Perilla frutescens)

Conventional Medicine and the Placebo Effect in Hay Fever Cures

Conventional Medicine and the Placebo Effect in Hay Fever CuresYou will, no doubt, meet people who have "found the cure" for hay fever. There are two things to bear in mind when considering such claims. One is that most people grow out of hay fever as they get older, usually before the age of 30. The second point to consider is the placebo effect, a phenomenon well known to medicine. Belief that the treatment will work is the crucial element...

What Can Beagles Teach Us About Alzheimer’s Disease?

beagle healthEvery 67 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and new estimates suggest that it may be the third leading cause of death of older people. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with losses in memory in older people that become severe enough over time to interfere with normal daily functions.

The Mystery of Breast Cancer: What Is the Cause of the Increased Occurence?

The Mystery of Breast Cancer: What Is the Cause?For most of the common cancers, a major cause has been identified: smoking causes 90% of lung cancer worldwide, hepatitis viruses cause most liver cancer, H pylori bacteria causes stomach cancer, Human papillomavirus causes almost all cases of cervical cancer, colon cancer is largely explained by physical activity, diet and family history.

Preventing Migraine Headaches and Stopping Them in their Tracks

Preventing Migraine Headaches and Stopping Them in their TracksMigraine headaches are usually associated with nausea or vomiting and tend to be preceded by seeing flashes of light, zigzags, blind spots, or stars. Migraines are often triggered by psychological stress, but distinct from tension headaches, migraines tend to begin after a stressed person is finally able to relax...

Unblocking Nasal Congestion with Natural Remedies

Unblocking Nasal Congestion with Natural RemediesThe traditional treatment used for colds—inhaling steam—can be very effective in hay fever. Use a mixing bowl from the kitchen, pour in boiling water, put a towel over your head and shoulders, and sit with your face over the bowl so that you are inhaling the steam. Menthol, eucalyptus, and other essential oils with a decongestant action are sometimes added to the hot water to improve...

Can We Prevent Osteoporosis?

Can We Prevent Osteoporosis?Osteoporosis can begin as early as fifteen years prior to the first signs of menopause -- often around the middle to late thirties. The association of accelerated bone loss with menopause led medical doctors to prescribe estrogen supplements. However, there is ample evidence in the medical literature that the therapy is...

How To Heal an Ulcer Using Natural Remedies

How To Heal an Ulcer Using Natural RemediesNot too long ago, the most common advice for ulcer patients was to eat a bland diet. As it turns out, there is no real evidence that spicy foods cause or exacerbate ulcers. There are, however, certain foods, drinks, and behaviors that can increase gastric acids and thus create a problem...

Allergies Linked to Diet and Six Common Foods

Allergies Linked to Diet and Six Common FoodsThe American menu is actually made of various combinations of the same foods, usually wheat, beef, eggs, potatoes, and milk products. For example, a breakfast of eggs, sausage, white toast, and hash browns is the same as a lunch of a hamburger, white bun, and fries, which is the same as a dinner of steak and potatoes or white pasta.

Numerous Ways of Fighting Gum Disease

Numerous Ways of Fighting Gum DiseaseMore than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, your gums might swell and bleed easily. At its worst, you might lose your teeth. The bottom line? If you want to keep your teeth, you must take care of your gums.

An Olive Oil Compound Kills Certain Cancer In Minutes

An Olive Oil Compound Kills Certain Cancer In MinutesScientists knew that oleocanthal killed some cancer cells, but weren’t really sure how. They thought the compound might be targeting a key protein in cancer cells that triggers a programmed cell death, known as apoptosis, and decided to test their hypothesis.

Whether You Battle Cancer or Experience A Journey Is An Individual Choice

Whether You Battle Cancer Or Experience A Journey Is An Individual ChoiceThe way we talk about illness matters. This is perhaps no more evident than in the many passionate critiques of the metaphor of the “fight” against cancer, which many of us will eventually “lose”. In the 1970s, Susan Sontag famously exposed the negative implications for patients of this “military rhetoric about cancer”.

The Reasons Behind the Modern Pollen Allergy Epidemic

The Reasons Behind the Modern Pollen Allergy EpidemicFifty years ago less than 5 percent of our population suffered from allergies. Today it is estimated that some 38% of the US population now has allergies. As the number of people with pollen-allergies grows, attitudes toward trees themselves are already changing.

Why Some People's Fat Has Nothing To Do With Food

Why Some People's Fat Has Nothing To Do With Food“Our goal is to prevent or reduce obesity and in this paper we’ve shown how to do this in principle,” says Phipps. “We believe that weight gain is not necessarily just a result of eating more and exercising less. Our focus is on the intricate network involved in fat cell development.”

Cancer is a Bully from Our Past but Love Alters Our Internal Chemistry

Cancer is a Bully from Our Past That Appears Later in Our BodyOur body loves us, but it needs to know we love our lives in order for it to do all it can to help us survive. The change in body energy activated by the love alters our internal chemistry and makes a dif­ference. When you are willing to do the work, and live in your heart, magic can happen.

Could Ibuprofen and Aspirin Decrease Skin Cancer Risk?

Common over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, can decrease risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, according to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer. The results mean these drugs may have potential as skin cancer preventative agents, especially for high-risk people.

Blood Test Predicts Risk of Dementia

Scientists say a new biomarker that predicts the risk of developing dementia can be detected with a simple blood test—a test they hope will be applicable in clinical practice.

If Parents Smoked, Child’s Diabetes Risk Rises

If Parents Smoked, Child’s Diabetes Risk RisesWomen whose mothers smoked while pregnant are two to three times as likely to be diabetic as adults. Fathers who smoked while their daughter was in utero also contribute to an increased diabetes risk, but more research is needed to establish the true effect.

Why The Causes of Cancer Are More Than Just Random Bad Luck

Why The Causes Of Cancer Are More Than Just Random Bad LuckWhat causes cancer? This deceptively simple question has a devilishly complex answer. So when US researchers proposed a relatively simple mathematical formula to explain a long-standing conundrum in cancer earlier this year, it was bound to get a lot of attention.

Can Marijuana Treat Depression and PTSD?

Can Marijuana Treat Depression and PTSD?Marijuana appears to ease symptoms of depression caused by chronic stress, new research with animals suggests. The study focused on endocannabinoids, which are brain chemicals similar to substances found in marijuana.

What Is Insomnia and What Can You Do About It?

What Is Insomnia And What Can You Do About It?We all have a poor night’s sleep from time to time: those nights when you lie awake for hours trying desperately to go to sleep but can’t stop worrying about tomorrow. Or when you repeatedly wake up throughout the night, or can’t get back to sleep in the early hours of the morning.

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain Health

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain HealthThe human brain is the most extraordinary and complex object in the known universe. So it’s a little surprising that only recently has the concept of brain health begun to emerge. After all, if the body is a “temple”, then surely the brain must be the “high altar” as it generates all our thoughts, feelings and movements.

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