New Research Clarifies How Sleep Deprivation Affects Memory

New Research Clarifies How Sleep Deprivation Affects MemoryPreviously, researchers knew that depriving mice of sleep after the mice performed a task resulted in the mice forgetting aspects of that task. But researchers weren’t sure what function of the hippocampus

A New Way To Erase Tattoos That Requires Less Aim

A New Way To Erase Tattoos That Requires Less AimA new system for the removal of birthmarks, port-wine stains, and tattoos transmits laser light into the tissue through direct contact, which could make it more accurate.

How To Help Children Get Enough Exercise

How To Help Children Get Enough ExerciseGetting children off the sofa, away from the TV and outside can be a challenging task for any parent, particularly in the age of increasingly sedentary and screen-focused lives.

Are You Identifying with Your Illnesses and Health Story?

Identifying with Your Illnesses and Your Health StoryTypically, we don’t identify with illnesses unless we develop a pattern of distress and write a story in which we are a “chronic migraine sufferer” or “a person with a weak constitution” or “someone who has always had a weak stomach.” The language we use to describe our experiences is worth considering.

Can A Daily Cup Of Tea Shield Us From Dementia?

Can A Daily Cup Of Tea Shield Us From Dementia?Drinking tea reduces the risk of cognitive impairment by 50 percent—and as much as 86 percent for older adults who have a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A Brain Scan May Predict Best Depression Treatment

 A Brain Scan May Predict Best Depression TreatmentSpecific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether psychotherapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help a patient recover from depression.

Is Fructose A Friend Or Foe?

Is Fructose A Friend Or Foe?Fructose has been getting a bad rap lately. Although consuming too much can be bad for your health, those who exercise seem to be protected against some of fructose’s negative health effects.

Yes, Your Doctor Might Google You

Yes, Your Doctor Might Google YouWhen we think about Google and health, we usually think about patients searching online for health information.

BPA May Nudge Breast Cancer Cells To Grow

BPA May Nudge Breast Cancer Cells To GrowThe chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, appears to aid the survival of inflammatory breast cancer cells, according to research that reveals a potential mechanism for how the disease grows.

What's The Best Source Of Protein For Building Muscle?

What's The Best Source Of Protein For Building Muscle?Do vegan bodybuilders have the edge? A recent study was reported as showing plant-based protein was more effective for building muscle than that from animals. The Conversation

How To Heal Ourselves with Energy and Intention

How To Heal Ourselves with Energy and IntentionHeal­ing comes in all forms. It can be a simple awareness or a huge “aha.” It can be a mental realization, an emotional process, a spiritual catharsis, or a physical progression, but it is never only one of these; it is always a combination of...

Are Microgreens Better For You Than Regular Greens?

Are Microgreens Better For You Than Regular Greens?Microgreens, tiny versions of leafy vegetables and herbs, have been described as healthier than full sized greens. Do microgreens really contain more nutrients? Do they have other benefits? And are they worth the extra price?

Why A Radical Rethink Is Needed To Understand The Human Brain

Why A Radical Rethink Is Needed To Understand The Human BrainUnderstanding the human brain is arguably the greatest challenge of modern science. Recent research increasingly suggests that we may be taking completely the wrong path if we are to ever understand the human mind. The Conversation

Talk It Out To Ease Tough End Of Life Decisions

Talk It Out To Ease Tough End Of Life Decisions

Too few older adults make end-of-life medical decisions ahead of time—and even when they do identify a loved one to make decisions for them, their wishes may remain unclear.

Chronic Stress: Stress That Won't Stop?

Chronic Stress: Stress That Won't Stop?The first person to identify the effects of chronic stress was Hungarian scientist Hans Selye. From Selye’s point of view, stress itself was neither good nor bad—it was simply challenging. He believed that without any stress at all, life would be pretty boring...

Why Normalizing Illness Would Make It Easier To Cope

Why Normalizing Illness Would Make It Easier To CopeWhy are we so shocked when we, or someone we know, becomes ill? Why are many people scared of illness and unable to support their loved ones when illness strikes?

How Problematic Is Sleepwalking And Can It Be Cured?

How Problematic Is Sleepwalking And Can It Be Cured?People have long been fascinated with sleepwalkers — by those who roam during the night without awareness, climbing out of windows, walking down the street, urinating in a cupboard, or moving furniture. The Conversation

Why A Hot Bath Has Benefits Similar To Exercise

Why A Hot Bath Has Benefits Similar To ExerciseMany cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath. But only recently has science began to understand how passive heating (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise) improves health. The Conversation

What Is Delirium And Why Is It Dangerous?

What Is Delirium And Why Is It Dangerous?The woman suffered two strokes in succession. The first was minor and her condition improved quickly. The second came on suddenly and was more severe. The Conversation

Why Veterans Need Help Getting Back To Normal After Combat

Why Veterans Need Help Getting Back To Normal After CombatPublic understanding of the needs of military veterans has focused largely post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, suicide rates, and poor conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Antibiotics Do Little To Ease Kids’ Eczema Flare-ups

Antibiotics Do Little To Ease Kids’ Eczema Flare-upsEstimates suggest that patients receive topical antibiotics for 40 percent of eczema flares, but a new study suggests there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for children who are clinically infected with the condition.

Early Diagnoses Of Pancreatic Cancer Would Make It Less Deadly

Early Diagnoses Of Pancreatic Cancer Would Make It Less DeadlyThe current prognosis for pancreatic cancer is so poor that a UK cancer charity has warned more than 11,000 people are expected to die from the cancer by 2026, and that it will overtake breast cancer to become the fourth-biggest cancer killer. The Conversation

Does Gluten Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Does Gluten Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?A recent analysis of a massive study observing the effect of food on the health of nearly 200,000 American health professionals suggested eating more gluten was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The Conversation

Stress Release and Natural Methods of Self-Healing

Stress Release and Natural Methods of Self-HealingThe more toxic we are, the faster we age. "Everyone needs detoxification... because the air that we breathe is polluted, the water that we drink is full of chlorine, the clothing we wear is made of artificial fabrics and chemicals, the lotions and shampoos that we use all contain chemicals."

Why Artificial Turf May Truly Be Bad For Your Kids

The crumbs of artificial turf. Various pigments are used to provide the green color of the blades. These can include lead or titanium for the white lines and still other metals for school logos on the field.

If you want to get a soccer mom’s attention, bring up the subject of artificial turf, the preferred playing surface for children from pre-K to college

Why Do Men Die Younger Than Women?

Why Do Men Die Younger Than Women?

Women experience higher stress, more chronic disease, more depression, more anxiety and are more likely to be victims of violence.

These Two Types Of Tuna Are Carrying More Mercury

These Two Types Of Tuna Are Carrying More MercuryMercury concentrations in Hawaiian-caught bigeye and yellowfin tuna are steadily rising and mirror increases in North Pacific waters that have been linked to atmospheric mercury emissions from Asia.

Smokefree Laws Cut Heart Attacks In Big Way

Smokefree Laws Cut Heart Attacks In Big Way

There is strong and consistent evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke causes heart attacks and that smokefree workplace and public place laws cut heart attacks (and other diseases).

How Often Do We Need To Go To The Gym

How Often Do We Need To Go To The GymIf you started 2017 with a resolution to lose weight or get fit then you may have found that you need some extra help and motivation by now.

Magnesium Could Offer Fresh Hope To Tinnitus Sufferers

Magnesium Could Offer Fresh Hope To Tinnitus SufferersYou may be familiar with the experience of a ringing sensation in your ears after a night out enjoying some good music. But what if you were to wake up in the morning and still have the ringing in your ears? And what if the ringing never stopped? The Conversation

Do Smaller Plates Make You Eat Less?

Do Smaller Plates Make You Eat Less? Dependent on how you spend your Monday evenings you may have caught Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped on TV.

Here's What Happens To Your Brain When You Give Up Sugar

Here's What Happens To Your Brain When You Give Up SugarAnyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of Dementia

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of DementiaAlzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that eventually strips sufferers of their ability to remember, communicate and live independently.

The Best Option For Cancer Fatigue Isn’t A Pill

The Best Option For Cancer Fatigue Isn’t A PillExercise and/or psychological therapy work better than medications to reduce cancer-related fatigue and should be recommended first to patients, say researchers.

Could A Bored Brain Predict Teen Drug Abuse?

bored teenager 02 26There’s no easy way to predict which teenager will become a problem drug user. While certain personality traits—impulsiveness for example—may signal danger, not every adolescent fits the description.

What Happens If You Treat Your Body With Respect?

Your Body Is A Valuable & Irreplaceable ObjectWhen you respect your body, you are in partnership with it. Treat your body as a structure worthy of respect and it will respond in kind. Abuse or ignore it and it will break down...

Can A Dying Patient Be A Healthy Person?

Can A Dying Patient Be A Healthy Person?The news was bad. Mimi, a woman in her early 80s, had been undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Her husband was being treated for bladder cancer.

How Chronic Stress Could Be Making You Fat

How Chronic Stress Could Be Making You FatThe world is getting fatter and it’s making us sicker. But could rising stress levels be playing an important role in our growing waistlines?

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