Can You Catch Germs From A Public Toilet Seat?

Can You Catch Germs From A Public Toilet Seat?
We’ve all been there, you’re desperate for the loo, and frantically hunting for a toilet, only to find when you get there, that the seat is covered with “droplets” from the previous user.

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit
When I give talks, I am often approached by people who are worried about their memory. Maybe they are studying for an exam and don’t feel that they learn as well as their peers. Maybe they keep forgetting to close the window when they leave the house. Or maybe they struggle to remember an event that happened a few weeks ago but which everyone else can describe in vivid detail.

Common Skin Rashes And What To Do About Them

Common Skin Rashes And What To Do About Them
Everyone has had the unpleasant experience of a rash on the skin – pink, red or purple, flat or bumpy, itchy, scaly, pus-filled, or just plain unsightly. This variety isn’t surprising, because the skin is a complicated organ.

10 Strategies To Lose Weight

10 Strategies To Lose Weight
Everybody knows that to lose weight you should eat less and move more. But, of course, it’s not that simple; the combination of today’s environment and human biology can make it really, really hard to shed pounds. To reduce diseases caused by being overweight or obese, society needs to change, but those changes will be slow to come. We need effective weight-loss strategies now.

Why We May Be Missing Girls Who Have ADHD

Why We May Be Missing Girls Who Have ADHD

Asked what they know about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, many people will likely tell you that it mostly affects children, and mostly boys. However, recent research has shown that neither of these perceptions is entirely true.

Cracking The Sugar Code: Why The Glycome Is The Next Big Thing In Health And Medicine

Cracking The Sugar Code: Why The Glycome Is The Next Big Thing In Health And MedicineWhen you think of sugar, you probably think of the sweet, white, crystalline table sugar that you use to make cookies or sweeten your coffee. But did you know that within our body, simple sugar molecules can be connected together to create powerful structures that have recently been found to be linked to health problems, including cancer, aging and autoimmune diseases.

The Hidden Costs Of A Hangover

The Hidden Costs Of A Hangover

If you drink alcohol, it’s likely you’re familiar with some of the effects of a hangover. Headaches, nausea and fatigue are just some of the unpleasant but common experiences of the morning after the night before. But have you ever wondered how a hangover may influence your thoughts and behaviour?

Stop Peeing In The Pool. Chlorine Doesn't Work Like You Think

Stop Peeing In The Pool. Chlorine Doesn't Work Like You Think
Not everyone will readily admit to peeing in swimming pools, but it does happen. An anonymous survey from 2012 found that 19 percent of adults admitted they had peed in a pool at least once. But when you use a pool as a giant toilet, that yellow trail contains some nasty bacteria and parasites.

Cycle, Walk, Drive Or Train? Weighing Up The Healthiest And Safest Ways To Get Around The City

Cycle, Walk, Drive Or Train? Weighing Up The Healthiest And Safest Ways To Get Around The City

There are many ways to get around a city. You can drive a car or ride a motorcycle. In many cities you have the option of public transport. And of course if you live close enough to where you are heading you can get around in a more active way by riding a bicycle or walking.

Cycling may be dangerous in some ways, but it’s healthy too. But do the health benefits outweigh the risks of potential death? And what about public transport or driving? What is the risk of having an accident, and are there any health benefits at all? There are a number of variables to consider, so the answers to these questions may not be as straightforward as you think.

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others

Surprisingly few of the more than 3,000 mosquito species actually specialise in biting humans. Instead, most are opportunistic feeders – feeding when they are able and from lots of different sources. But Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae are well known for their preference for human blood and their role as vectors which transmit disease in humans. Ae. aegypti has been linked to zika and dengue, while An. gambiae carries the parasite which causes malaria.

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

Do Dogs Really Have Feelings?

If you live with a dog you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even the scientific community, now admits that dogs have emotions – even if scientists can’t directly measure what they are experiencing.

People have had a close bond with domesticated dogs for centuries. In his 1764 Dictionnaire philosophique, Voltaire observed: “It seems that nature has given the dog to man for his defence and for his pleasure. Of all the animals it is the most faithful: it is the best friend man can have.”

This Nerve Stimulation Boosts The Quality Of Life For People With Depression

This Nerve Stimulation Boosts The Quality Of Life For People With Depression

A new study involved nearly 600 patients with depression that taking four or more antidepressants, taken either separately or in combination could not be alleviate. Researchers evaluated vagus nerve stimulators, which send regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. The nerve originates in the brain, passes through the neck and travels down into the chest and abdomen.

What We Know And Don't Know About Asthma

What We Know And Don't Know About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs where the airways become so obstructed the sufferer struggles to breathe. It’s vastly more prevalent in Western societies, and usually develops in childhood. But what do we know about what causes it?

How We Are Designing A Solar Tarp To Generate Power From The Sun

How We Are Designing A Solar Tarp To Generate Power From The SunThe energy-generating potential of solar panels – and a key limitation on their use – is a result of what they’re made of. Panels made of silicon are declining in price such that in some locations they can provide electricity that costs about the same as power from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. But silicon solar panels are also bulky, rigid and brittle, so they can’t be used just anywhere.

How Meditation Can Help Sufferers Of Schizophrenia

How Meditation Can Help Sufferers Of Schizophrenia

“I felt a sense of dissolving, disappearing completely.” “My body and mind melted and merged with the universe.” “I ceased to exist.” These are excerpts of what I occasionally hear from the students who come to my yoga and meditation classes. For most, these “mind-expanding” experiences are very positive and this is precisely what my students are seeking. However, there are always a few who have a difficult time with “ceasing to exist.”

How Could Different Cultures Teach Us Something About Dementia?

How Could Different Cultures Teach Us Something About Dementia?

Picture two different families, each dealing with a diagnosis of dementia in one of its members. In one case, the patient is a retired executive, whose family tries as long as possible to keep the diagnosis secret, relying primarily on professional caregivers and eventually a nursing home. In another case, the patient is a grandmother. As soon as the diagnosis is suspected, her family pulls together, bringing her into their home and surrounding her with affection.

These Quality Diets May Promote Healthy Aging In Women

These Quality Diets May Promote Healthy Aging In WomenEating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in added sugar, sodium, and processed meats could help promote healthy cellular aging in women, according to a new study.

What All That Noise Is Doing to Your Health

What All That Noise Is Doing to Your HealthOur mental and physical well-being suffer from the sonic overload of modern life. Once upon a time, a person could seek out silence and find it. But nowadays, silence has become a rare and elusive thing. Without humans protecting it, quiet appears and disappears like an endangered species. That which used to dominate the earth for miles at a stretch and days on end is on the run.

Would You Eat Cultured Meat From A Lab?

Would You Eat Cultured Meat From A Lab?

It’s been a busy summer for food-based biotech. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines when it approved the plant-based “Impossible Burger,” which relies on an ingredient from genetically modified yeast for its meaty taste. The European Union sparked controversy by extending heavy restrictions on genetically modified organisms by classifying them as gene-edited crops.

Can Science Answer All The Big Questions?

Can Science Answer All The Big Questions?
Science is like Michelangelo. The young Michelangelo demonstrated his skill as a sculptor by carving the ravishing Pietà in the Vatican; the mature Michelangelo, having acquired and demonstrated his skill, broke free of the conventions and created his extraordinary later quasi-abstractions. Science has trod a similar path.

Why Is Anemia Still Affecting Women?

Why Is Anaemia Still Affecting Women?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, affecting both low- and high-income countries. Although it is an easy problem to fix, it remains unfixed. Our bodies need iron to function. Too little leads to anaemia, limiting the body’s ability to carry and deliver oxygen. Well-known symptoms of iron deficiency include poor concentration, fatigue and mood changes.

We Are Guinea Pigs In A Worldwide Experiment On Microplastics

We Are Guinea Pigs In A Worldwide Experiment On Microplastics
One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly – seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags – they stick around for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, much of this plastic ends up as environmental pollution.

Has The Netherlands Figured Out How To Mainstream Seaweed?

Has The Netherlands Figured Out How To Mainstream Seaweed?

Despite its environmental benefits, using local seaweed for food can be a tough sell. Some think the Dutch have finally cracked the code. “Is seaweed a vegetable?” a wide-eyed child asks a tall man chopping kelp at a “Taste the Nature” market in the Zuiderpark city farm in The Hague. “Well, it has lots of vitamins and minerals,” the cook, Jethro van Luijk, replies.

How A Concussion Stresses The Heart, To Protect The Brain

How A Concussion Stresses The Heart, To Protect The Brain

It is now accepted that sport-related concussion can have a direct and significant effect on the functional status of the brain, but recent research from our laboratory has demonstrated that the heart is also significantly affected. We believe this change is transient and the heart will go back to “normal.”

Can a Strict Vegetable Diet Cure Cancer?

Can a Strict Vegetable Diet Cure Cancer?

Almost 40 percent of Americans can expect a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes. As the number of new cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030 worldwide, people are desperate for answers, turning to alternative therapies that fall outside the typical “slash, burn, poison” treatment model. A review of the documentary “The Food Cure,” which follows patients undergoing an intensive and controversial nutritional therapy.

Why You Get A Headache When You Haven't Had Your Coffee?

Why You Get A Headache When You Haven't Had Your Coffee?

Caffeine is our favourite drug. But if we miss out on our fix, it can be a real headache, in more ways than one. Caffeine is a stimulant. It quickly enters our brain and blocks the (adenosine) receptors that are responsible for dulling brain activity. By blocking the dulling of our brain, we feel a sense of invigoration, focus and subtle euphoria. These feelings can also enhance our performance of certain focused tasks, like driving or staying awake through the whole lecture.

Why Obesity Is A Market Failure And Personal Responsibility Will Not Solve It Alone

Why Obesity Is A Market Failure And Personal Responsibility Will Not Solve It Alone

Obesity levels in Australia and around the world are high and rising. This comes at an enormous economic cost for society and individuals, not only in terms of health care and productivity, but also in lost quality and duration of life. Both behavioural economics research and weight-loss trials show that relying solely on Australians to take personal responsibility is doomed to fail, unless governments step in to create environments that promote healthy food and physical activity.

Music Lifts Well-being For People In Palliative Care

Music Lifts Well-being For People In Palliative CareHospice and palliative care patients who listen to live music in their rooms as part of their treatment report feeling better both emotionally and physically, a new study reports. They also request fewer opioid-based medications, according to the study.

Jury Finds Monsanto Liable In The First Roundup Cancer Trial – Here's What Could Happen Next

Jury Finds Monsanto Liable In The First Roundup Cancer Trial – Here's What Could Happen NextIn the first of many pending lawsuits to go to trial, a jury in San Francisco concluded on Aug. 10 that the plaintiff had developed cancer from exposure to Roundup, Monsanto’s widely used herbicide, and ordered the company to pay US$289 million in damages. The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, had used Roundup in his job as groundskeeper in a California school district. He later developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The jury awarded Johnson $39 million in compensatory damages to cover pain, suffering and medical bills due to negligence by Monsanto, plus an additional $250 million in punitive damages.

The Real Promise Of LSD, MDMA And Mushrooms For Medical Science

The Real Promise Of LSD, MDMA And Mushrooms For Medical Science

Psychedelic science is making a comeback. Scientific publications, therapeutic breakthroughs and cultural endorsements suggest that the historical reputation of psychedelics — such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mescaline (from the peyote cactus) and psilocybin (mushrooms) — as dangerous or inherently risky have unfairly overshadowed a more optimistic interpretation.

Why Wearing An Ill-fitting Bra Is Uncomfortable And Bad For Your Health

Why Wearing An Ill-fitting Bra Is Uncomfortable And Bad For Your Health

Wearing the wrong size bra is not only uncomfortable, it can cause a range of health problems. Research has shown that a lack of breast support often leads to breast pain, which is reported by 50% of women. An ill-fitting bra that doesn’t give the right support can also lead to breast skin damage – usually seen as stretch marks, caused by stretching the skin beyond its recovery point.

Does Your PC Need An Update To Fight The Foreshadow Vulnerability?

Does Your PC Might Need An Update To Fight The Foreshadow Vulnerability?A newly discovered processor vulnerability could potentially put secure information at risk in any Intel-based PC manufactured since 2008. It could affect users who rely on a digital lockbox feature known as Intel Software Guard Extensions, or SGX, as well as those who use common cloud-based services.

Can Sleeping Too Much Lead To An Early Death?

Can Sleeping Too Much Lead To An Early Death?

A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association has led to headlines that will make you rethink your Saturday morning sleep in.Don’t set the alarm just yet. Yes, the researchers found a link between people who usually slept for longer than eight hours a night and their chances of having heart disease or dying prematurely.

How Big Banks Are Worse For Customers

How Big Banks Are Worse For CustomersYet again this week, the Hayne Royal Commission has brought disturbing news of misconduct toward customers of our largest financial institutions. This time super accounts have been plundered for the benefit of shareholders. Recent research from economists at the United States Federal Reserve suggests this problem is not unique to Australia. If true, this supports the argument that larger financial institutions should be broken up or face more regulatory scrutiny.

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire SmokeWe’re very careful about what our kids eat, but what about the air they breathe?During recent summers, children living on the West Coast of Canada have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record. This is due to seasonal wildfires, which have burned through vast zones of North America and affected even larger areas with their smoke.

10 Habits Of People Who Lose Weight And Keep It Off

10 Habits Of People Who Lose Weight And Keep It Off

Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain it in the following three years. Most people inherently know that keeping a healthy weight boils down to three things: eating healthy, eating less, and being active. But actually doing that can be tough.

How To Pack A Stress-free School Lunch

stress free lunch 8 16With the school year starting again, it’s time to start to think about the routine of packing school lunches. For many time-pressed parents, this is a formidable task. But it doesn’t need to be.

Pop's Superlative Shapeshifter Madonna Turns 60 With Style

Pop's Superlative Shapeshifter Madonna Turns 60 With StyleOne of the first albums I owned was a tape of Madonna’s 1987 remix collection You Can Dance. I’m not sure where I got it from – and I’m not sure I even liked it – but the bright red cover and Madonna’s hard, direct stare are etched in my mind’s eye even now, 30 years later.

Is Beer Good For You?

Is Beer Good For You?

A recent Daily Mail article announced that: “Beer is officially good for you”. The article claimed that beer “reduces heart risk” and “improves brain health”. Even if “heart risk” sounds a bit vague, the news sounds good. But let’s take a closer look at the evidence.

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

If you like independent, art-house films or other specialised movies, you may have heard of the Romanian comedy-drama Sieranevada, which was released in 2016. The film was formally premiered as part of the main competition programme of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently shown at other international film festivals, including Toronto, New York and London.

Is It Possible To Catch Up On Sleep?

Is It Possible To Catch Up On Sleep?

It’s Friday and you’re clocking off, and after a few sleepless nights you want to tuck yourself up early and catch up on all the sleep you’ve lost. But does it really work that way? During sleep our memories from the day are solidified and our brain does a bit of a clean-up sorting through the things we need to hold onto and discard from the day.

Why Do We Get Nose Bleeds?

Why Do We Get Nose Bleeds?
Nose bleeds, or epistaxes, are often a mystery to the 60% of us who have had at least one in our lifetime. Suddenly, and without obvious cause, bright red blood starts streaming from one nostril. Usually they’re not something to worry about, but why we get them is not always clear.

Why Frequent Skin Cancer May Be A Huge Warning Sign

Why Frequent Skin Cancer May Be A Huge Warning SignPeople who develop abnormally frequent cases of a skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma appear to be at significantly increased risk for the development of other cancers, including blood, breast, colon, and prostate cancers, according to a new, preliminary study. “Skin is the best organ to detect genetic problems that could lead to cancers.”

Here's A Mental Health Workout That's As Simple As ABC

Here's A Mental Health Workout That's As Simple As ABC

While we take physical workouts very seriously, there is much less said about the “workouts” that help us remain mentally agile and healthy. But just as with physical health, there are simple and practical ways that can help everyone to enjoy good mental health. Our research has led us to a method for promoting mental health and wellbeing within communities, which follows a simple model that can be adopted by anyone.

You May Be Surprised To Learn That It’s Not Just Food That Is Making Us Fat

You May Be Surprised To Learn That It’s Not Just Food That Is Making Us Fat

Today, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults and 21 percent of youth are obese. This trend is on the upswing and the worldwide population is becoming more obese – which is increasing the risk of other conditions like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease whose prevalence has doubled globally in the last 30 years. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s not just food that is making us fat.

Are They Watching You? Bees And Wasps Can Recognize Your Face

Are They Watching You? Bees And Wasps Can Recognize Your FaceRecognizing faces is essential for how we interact in complex societies, and is often thought to be an ability that requires the sophistication of the large human brain. But new evidence we published in Frontiers in Psychology shows that insects such as the honeybee (Apis mellifera) and the European wasp (Vespula vulgaris) use visual processing mechanisms that are similar to humans’, which enables reliable face recognition.

Why Children Should Spend More Time Barefoot

Why Children Should Spend More Time BarefootHumans have gone unshod for millions of years; it is only in the last few centuries that people have started wearing shoes. However, a recent survey shows that shoe wearing among young boys isn’t universal.

How To Improve Farm Safety For Kids

How To Improve Farm Safety For KidsAgriculture is rated among the most dangerous industries by the International Labour Organization, and not just for adults.

What I Learned From Facing Pain

What I Learned From Facing Pain
By facing pain, listening to it, and allowing it the room it was demanding anyway, my body began to relax a bit around the pain. I stopped clenching quite so much, I stopped saying no, no, no, and I began to accept. I learned that constantly saying no to pain locks things in place. Relaxing into acceptance allows the possibility for the body to regenerate.

Can Words Cause Cancer and Can Fear Accelerate Death?

Can Words and Fear Cause Cancer?
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...

How to Manage Stress: One Change at a Time

How to Manage Stress: One Change at a Time
Life doesn't have to be a process of ongoing damage control. There are many things we can do to keep stress from eroding our health and happiness. The fastest way to fix the problems in your life is to remove your stressors. But don't worry; there are alternatives to firing your boss, leaving your home, redesigning your spouse, or trading in your body.

Now We Finally Know How Ancient Greek Music Sounded

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In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words of an unnamed professor of Greek with musical leanings: “Nobody has ever made head or tail of ancient Greek music, and nobody ever will.

Can Food Have Negative Calories?

Can Food Have Negative Calories?

Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss?

The Doorway to a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

The Doorway to Health and a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body
Illness can be the doorway to health. Whether the illness originates in the mind, body, spirit, or environment, we have the choice to allow illness to compel us either toward health and higher learning, or away from health and to eventual destruction.

How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets And Meteors

How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets And Meteors

Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often turned to myth and legend to explain them.

How Safe Is Vaping?

How Safe Is Vaping?

A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew that vape products contain nicotine or that they are addictive, raising the possibility that they could be a gateway to smoking normal cigarettes.

Do Multiple Pregnancies Age Women’s Cells?

Do Multiple Pregnancies Age Women’s Cells?Multiple pregnancies might make women’s cells age more quickly, a new study suggests. The findings could help explain why women with many children tend to show signs of accelerated aging.

Why Stretching Is Important For Weight Loss And Exercise

Why Stretching Is Important For Weight Loss And ExerciseThere seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the value – or lack thereof – of muscle stretching to accelerate recovery after exercise. “Stretching clears out your lactic acid,” and other similar claims abound. Is any of this true?

On The Virtues Of Sleeping Like A Sloth

On The Virtues Of Sleeping Like A Sloth
In the sixth century, Pope Gregory I compiled an infamous list of seven deadly sins. Of these seven, sloth is the only sin that shares its name in English with an animal. But are these curious animals truly guilty of vice?

The Rise Of The Conscious Carnivore

The Rise Of The Conscious CarnivoreAn increasing number of Canadians, especially those under 35, are cutting out meat from their diets – a trend that should be causing serious alarm for meat producers.

How Clean Is Your Desk? The Unwelcome Reality Of Office Hygiene

How Clean Is Your Desk? The Unwelcome Reality Of Office Hygiene

If you work in an office, the chances are there are some colleagues you would rather sit next to than others. But we’re not just talking personality likes or dislikes here – what can also be a factor is how clean they keep their desk.

Does Thinking You Look Fat Affect How Much Money You Earn?

look fat effects income 8 5Two things people often think about are money and their appearance. Past research has shown that there is a correlation between the two: People subjectively considered attractive earn more.

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant, a diuretic, and a disinfectant. These generally aren’t pleasant attributes, but people have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years...

Why Some Women Prefer Intentional Invisibility At Work

Why Some Women Prefer Intentional Invisibility At Work
Professional women have strong reasons to ignore recommendations that urge them to have a more visible presence at work, according to a new study. While research has shown that visibility in the workplace is critical for professional advancement, the reality is that for some women, it’s easier said than done.

How To Keep Your Power When Making Big Decisions

Keeping Your Power When Making Big Decisions
Keeping your power in every decision is necessary for your growth and for making better, clearer choices. Trusting yourself when you’re stressed out can feel overwhelming and scary.

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet
Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons.

Did Orwell Know We Would Be Willing To Buy The Screens That Are Used Against Us

 

Did Orwell Know We Would Be Willing To Buy The Screens That Are Used Against Us
Sales of George Orwell’s utopian novel 1984 (1949) have spiked twice recently, both times in response to political events. In early 2017, the idea of ‘alternative facts’ called to mind Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist and, as a clerk in the Ministry of Truth, a professional alternator of facts.

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet”, has reportedly been endorsed by celebrities and even athletes are giving it a go.

Why Does Our Phone Battery Die So Fast?

Why Does Our Phone Battery Die So Fast?
Why do batteries die? And, why can they only be recharged so many times before they won’t hold a useful amount of charge? This same question has probably crossed the mind of every cellphone user trying to send one last text before the screen blinks off.

How The Everyday Commute Is Changing Who We Are

How The Everyday Commute Is Changing Who We Are
Few activities that bead our everyday lives have earned such dubious notoriety as commuting. That the words “hell” and “nightmare” are sometimes invoked to describe journeys to and from work indicates just how disparaged this part of our lives often is. Commuting has become such a routine part of our daily lives that we don’t stop to think about what it may offer us.

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?
Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are are linked to heart and brain health. But while a small quantity of lean meat may be good for us, too much red or processed meat can increase our risk of some cancers.

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar Spikes

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar SpikesThe level of sugar in an individual’s blood—especially in individuals who are considered healthy—fluctuates more than traditional means of monitoring, like the one-and-done finger-prick method, would have us believe, according to a new study.

The Meaning of Monday: The Artificial Walling Off of Time

The Meaning of Monday: The Artificial Walling Off of Time
Research shows that you are more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke on Monday morning than any other time of the week. Of course, it's not Monday that kills us but the meaning we attach to this artificial walling off of the time of our life.

Our Stories Allow Us To Make Sense Of Our Lives

Our Stories Allows Us To Make Sense Of Our Lives
Our brains hold the magic that allows us to find our stories and to make and remake our meaning. When split-brain research began in the 1960s, the findings expanded horizons on how our storytelling minds work.

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?

Are You Walking Your Dog Enough?But it seems that 40% of dogs in Australia are not walked enough and that a similar percentage of dogs are overweight or obese.

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?Although ice-cold drinks and ice cream can cause sharp, shooting mouth pain and the occasional “brain freeze,” the two reactions are completely unrelated, says neurologist Roderick Spears.

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