Why Do We Itch?

Why Do We Itch?
We’ve all experienced the unpleasant sensation of being itchy. For many years, scientists suspected that pain and itch were the same thing, only differentiated by their intensity: itch was just light pain, and pain was strong itch.

Why We Need To Overhaul How We Work

Why We Need To Overhaul How We Work

In a popular BuzzFeed article, Anne Helen Petersen describes how millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996) became “the burnout generation”.

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix As Prices Rise

The Food Price Report 2019, released by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph in December, suggested vegetable prices will go up by as much as six per cent this year.

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again.

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet
In simple gardeners’ terms that means we plant pulses one year, a cereal such as wheat or barley the next year and then an oil seed such as canola in the third year.

The Psychology Of Roller Coasters

The Psychology Of Roller Coasters
Roller coasters may seem like a very modern type of entertainment – constantly getting bigger, faster and scarier thanks to advances in technology.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Marijuana Poisoning
When cannabis was legalized in the parts of the United States, there were substantial increases in marijuana-related visits to children’s hospitals and calls to poison control centers. Pets are just as vulnerable — just like our human family members, pets are susceptible to getting sick.

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor
The first study to directly compare the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care finds that Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value healthcare.

Why Have We Become So Bamboozled By Numbers?

Why Have We Become So Bamboozled By Numbers?
Official figures are produced to serve particular ends. Their names are mere labels, with no connection to infallible underlying stable properties. Most of the time, the statistics that politicians and the media quote do not reveal scientific facts.

Being a Vision Keeper: Using Our Authentic Self To Find Our Life Path

Being a Vision Keeper: Using Our Authentic Self To Find Our Life Path
As we allow our authentic selves to guide us, trusting our inner vision, our way emerges in bits and pieces. We find the path we're meant to walk in the same way that we walk over rocks to cross a stream, one step at a time. We have to put effort, often for many years, into finding...

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Ella, who is in her early 20s, has depression. When her sleep started to fall away after a stressful term at school, her smartphone was programmed to note the late-night texts and phone conversations indicating her insomnia. It made suggestions to improve her sleep.

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related issue.

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary).

Breaking Through The Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System

Breaking the Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System
Within each one of us there lies a "healing system" capable of fighting off disease, combating infection and bringing us greater energy, vitality, and well-being. In any medical text we can read about the "digestive system", the "circulatory system", or the "nervous system", but nowhere can we find a chapter on the "healing system".

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Breakfast, we are told, is the most important meal of the day. Over the last 50 years, we have been bombarded with messages extolling the health benefits of processed cereals and porridge oats.

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is delivered to most Australian homes every day through their water pipes. It is, of course, fluoride distributed via the water supply.

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?
Your trousers fit when you put them on in the morning. But come mid-afternoon, they’re uncomfortably tight – and you didn’t even overdo it at lunchtime. Sound familiar?

How Genes And Evolution Shape Gender Identity

How Genes And Evolution Shape Gender Identity

Mismatch between biological sex and gender identity, culminating in its severest form as gender dysphoria, has been ascribed to mental disease, family dysfunction and childhood trauma.

Does Warming, Decanting And Swirling Make Wine Taste Better?

Does Warming, Decanting And Swirling Make Wine Taste Better?
Do you inspect the appearance of a wine before swirling it around the glass (holding the stem, naturally)? Inhale deeply while describing the flamboyant nature of your Shiraz? Do you do that slurpy thing that some love but others loathe?

Is Rain Better Than Tap Water For Plants?

Is Rain Better Than Tap Water For Plants?
You might have noticed how bright green your plants look after rain. Or you may have been watering your garden this summer, over many hot days and weeks. So, which water is best for your plants? The stuff that falls out of the sky or the water that comes out of the tap?

Fermented Foods: The Missing Ingredient to Amazing Health

Fermented Foods: The Missing Ingredient to Amazing Health
You can take everyday foods and transform them into delicious superfoods at home in your kitchen with minimal effort and almost no money! Simply by fer­menting foods, you significantly multiply their health-building properties. Everyday foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are just the beginning of what is possible.

How To Reduce Your Risks Of Dementia

How To Reduce Your Risks Of Dementia
Many people do not want to think about dementia, especially if their lives have not yet been touched by it. But a total of 9.9 million people worldwide are diagnosed with dementia each year. That is one person every 3.2 seconds.

Why Does Some Tap Water Taste Weird?

Why Does Some Tap Water Taste Weird?
Every year Australia’s councils contest the academy awards of the water industry: the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia. Entrants compete on clarity and colour as well as taste and odour.

The Deadly Truth About Loneliness

The Deadly Truth About Loneliness
Almost all of us have experienced loneliness at some point. It is the pain we have felt following a breakup, perhaps the loss of a loved one, or a move away from home. We are vulnerable to feeling lonely at any point in our lives.

Are Microbes Causing Your Milk Allergy?

Are Microbes Causing Your Milk Allergy?
In the past 30 years, food allergies have become increasingly common in the United States. Changes to human genetics can’t explain the sudden rise.

How Families Can Eat Healthier

How Families Can Eat HealthierEvery unhappy family might be unhappy in its own way, but when they sit down together at the table, they’re alike according to one important measure: they eat better.

How To Keep Your Body Feeling Warm

How To Keep Your Body Feeling Warm

Whether waiting for a bus, playing outside or walking the dog – during the colder winter season, everyone is looking for ways to stay warm.

Is There A Memory Pill In Our Future?

Is There A Memory Pill In Our Future?

During the first weeks of the new year, resolutions are often accompanied by attempts to learn new behaviors that improve health.

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?
Most of us are intimately familiar with anxiety. We experience it as we walk towards the room to where our job interview is held, when we stand up to give a speech at our best friend’s wedding, or when we find ourselves in conversation with someone we want to impress.

Half Of Employers Say They Are Less Inclined To Recruit Obese Candidates

Half Of Employers Say They Are Less Inclined To Recruit Obese Candidates
Obesity is one of the most pressing and controversial public health challenges. It has the distinction of being a crisis about which most people have an opinion – often based on a simple diagnosis – but for which nobody has found a correspondingly neat solution.

How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health

How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health
In this new year, millions of Americans will make resolutions about healthier eating. In 2019, could U.S. government leaders further resolve to improve healthier eating as well, joining public health experts in seeing that food is medicine?

Want To Be Happier, Healthier, And Save Money?

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Research shows people who cook more have healthier eating patterns, spend less money on take away foods and have indicators of better health.

Caring For The Wildlife In Your Garden On Hot Days

Caring For The Wildlife In Your Garden On Hot DaysLast night I was watering the garden with a hose. It is easy to see how stressed the plants are on a 38 degree day, but then I remembered that the animals in my garden need water too.

Does Osteopathy Work?

Does Osteopathy Work?

Studies examining pain are hard to judge, since they’re based on participants’ self-reported pain levels.

What Happens To Your Skin When You Get Sunburnt?

What Happens To Your Skin When You Get Sunburnt?

Most Australians are familiar with the painful red skin, blisters and peeling that follow too much time in the sun. Last summer, 2.4 million Australian adults were getting sunburnt each weekend.

Is Winter Miserable For Wildlife?

Is Winter Miserable For Wildlife?While the weather outside may indeed get frightful this winter, a parka, knit hat, wool socks, insulated boots and maybe a roaring fire make things bearable for people who live in cold climates.

Why We Shouldn't All Be Vegan

Why We Shouldn't All Be VeganAfter decades in which the number of people choosing to cut out meat from their diet has steadily increased, 2019 is set to be the year the world changes the way that it eats.

How To Boost Kids' Skills And Memories With A Weekly Game Night

How To Boost Kids' Skills And Memories With A Weekly Game NightThe winter months are an ideal time to turn your attention inward and think of how you can establish something new for your family to do together indoors. If you can find the right thing, perhaps it will become a family ritual.

Why Coconut Oil Is Best Treated With Caution

Why Coconut Oil Is Best Treated With CautionCoconut oil is under attack. Once hailed as a miraculous superfood, its reputation has been more than a little bruised after a Harvard professor described the substance as “pure poison”.

Why We’re Not As Stupid As We Have Been Led To Believe

Why We’re Not As Stupid As We Have Been Led To BelieveSuppose you toss a coin and get four heads in a row – what do you think will come up on the fifth toss? Many of us have a gut feeling that a tails is due. This feeling is called the Gambler’s Fallacy.

As The Planet Warms, So Do Your Risks Of Breast Cancer

As The Planet Warms, So Do Your Risks Of Breast Cancer

It is encouraging to see greater attention in the media to the issue of climate change and its effects on the life-support systems of the planet. The link between breast cancer and the environment, however, is being overlooked.

Love Meat Too Much To Be Vegetarian? Go Flexitarian

Love Meat Too Much To Be Vegetarian? Go FlexitarianA flexitarian is defined as “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”. The term, first coined in 1998, describes people who mostly, but don’t always eat vegetarian foods.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Flu Season

Here’s What You Need To Know About Flu SeasonThis year’s influenza outbreak is increasing nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports more than 6,400 confirmed cases and 24 states with widespread flu activity through December 29.

High Blood Sugar In Pregnancy Increases Child’s Obesity Risk

High Blood Sugar In Pregnancy Increases Child’s Obesity RiskA pregnant woman’s high blood sugar level is linked to a significantly greater long-term risk of obesity in her child—even more than a decade later, a new study reports. The higher the woman’s blood sugar, the greater the risk of her child being obese.

The Components of an Indestructible Mind-Set and a State of Excellence

The Components of an Indestructible Mind-Set and a State of ExcellenceWhilst there are always seemingly external factors beyond our control, we can always take charge of our own mind and control and we think and what we do, which incidentally will also bring the external under control in-line with our core deep-seated beliefs

How To Best Cope With The Heat

How To Best Cope With The HeatWith the extreme heat it is vital that everyone take appropriate steps to manage the heat, including drinking plenty of fluids.

Fulfilling Your Desires: Asking The Right Questions

Fulfilling Your Desires: Asking The Right Questions
Before you can get what you want, you have to know what you want. This sounds simple, but it really isn't. To know what you want takes a great deal of self-analysis and effort. Often, after striving for a lifetime to get certain things, people find that what they have gotten isn't what they really wanted after all.

How Restaurants Are Wooing Flexitarians

How Restaurants Are Wooing FlexitariansFlexitarians are those who still eat meat, but only on a part-time basis. Restaurants and fast-food chains have them top of mind, with A&W’s version of a veggie burger.

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