Previously, 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 test for a wide range of micropollutants in waterways has already turned up a nightmarish cocktail of contaminants.
A nasal spray can limit damage to the brain from a seizure disorder called status epilepticus, a study in animals shows.
A 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.
New research shows how brake and tire dust—a cloud of tiny metal particles—could wreak havoc on respiratory health.
The heavy costs of an increasingly obese population are well known.
Getting 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.
Doxycycline is a cheap, widely available antibiotic. It is used to treat everything from acne to urinary tract infections.
Who doesn’t like chocolate? While there may be some who claim to prefer savoury – in my experience, crisps are suggested by these strange people as an equivalent
A recent vicious attack on a 17-year-old asylum seeker in Croydon has drawn widespread condemnation and is being investigated as a hate crime.
It was Apicius, the Roman gourmand, who came up with the line that “the first taste is with the eyes”.
What the hell is that? Scientists ask this question every day when trying to work out how different living things are related to each other.
As a parent, should you be worried if your child needs to have a CT scan?
It’s easy to be confused about how to treat a jellyfish sting. Is it best to use grandfather’s slurry of bicarbonate of soda or a douse of vinegar?
The unmet sleep needs of the elderly elevate their risk of memory loss and a wide range of mental and physical disorders, say researchers.
Typically, 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.
Vibration machines have popped up in gyms alongside traditional equipment, and manufacturers claim ten minutes of vibration a day can be equivalent to an hour spent working out.
A gun is a dangerous weapon for obvious reasons. But there are less obvious risks to those who use them. New research shows people who shoot, for work or leisure, risk lead poisoning.
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
Chain restaurants are not known for serving up healthy kids’ meals. Most entrees on a kids’ menu are either fried, breaded or doused in cheese.
It was once a fringe topic for scientists and a pseudo-religious dream for others.
Specific 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.
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.
Continuing or initiating cigarette use after stopping the use of illicit drugs is linked to an increased likelihood of substance use relapse, research shows.
Caffeine and napping have something in common. Both make you feel alert and can enhance your performance, whether that’s driving, working or studying.
Obsidian asks us not to look upon the broken pieces that lay on the ground; rather, obsidian helps us to see ourselves as the perfection that is revealed from within when the unnecessary parts of ourselves are stripped away.
Gum disease and tooth loss may be associated with a higher risk of death among postmenopausal women, according to a new study.
When we think about Google and health, we usually think about patients searching online for health information.
The 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.
A blood test that helps screen for prostate cancer is still common, but conversations between patients and doctors about the pros and cons of the screening are not.
People who feel lonely are likely to think their cold symptoms are more severe than those who have strong friendships and social networks.
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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.
When you think of someone with autism, what do you think of? It might be someone with a special set of talents or unique skills
Healing 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...
Dietary calcium is necessary to ensure our bones hold on to all the calcium they need to stay strong.
Older adults who have fallen for scams by friends, relatives, or strangers behave just as their peers who have avoided rip-offs do
We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’ to drug laws.
Breast cancer death rates overall have steadily declined since 1989, leading to an increased number of survivors.
Food scarcity and poor oral health are the major causes that lead older adults suffering from malnutrition
One out of every 2,000 people suffers from long QT syndrome, which can lead to heart failure. For these people, too much sugar may be dangerous, research shows.
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?
Research is showing that health care can be an engine for community change.
Today, almost two in every three Australian adults are overweight or obese, as is one in four children.
Understanding 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.
Benzodiazepines (such as Valium and Xanax) are depressant prescription drugs used most commonly for anxiety.
Working on getting a better night’s sleep can lead to optimal physical and mental well-being over time—but quality of sleep is more important than quantity.
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.
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 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?
Flogging fish oil supplements is a lucrative business. In the US alone, 19m people take the pills, spending around US$1.2 billion annually on them.
Scientists say removing ovaries during a hysterectomy could increase a woman’s risk for heart disease, cancer, and premature death.
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.
It is a common belief that herbal medicines are safe and research suggests that they are used by at least a third of people in some countries, such as the UK.
Many 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.
Some neighborhood designs more conducive to exercise and general well-being than others, new research shows.
Healthy cell function relies on well orchestrated gene activity
Older people in nursing homes or aged care facilities are often locked up “for their own safety”
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.
When you think of paranormal experiences it often conjures images of ghosts, aliens or witchcraft.
Public 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.
Only a quarter of UK adults manage to eat the officially recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Estimates 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.
Health care guidelines are produced in ever-increasing numbers.
The 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.
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.
What’s at stake in a world where science is marginalized? Programs like AguaClara, which offer sustainable, low-cost solutions to communities in need.
Exercise is good for you, this we know. It helps build muscle, burn fat and make us all into happier, healthier people.
In the United States, Florida has the sixth highest number of hazardous waste sites known as Superfund sites
“Being whole” is an experience or a state of being in which we are in touch with our deepest inner being. It is a lifelong process with many paths and one of these paths touches on the body and its organs. With what they have to tell us they enrich us...
Who is your preferred source for health advice? Gwyneth Paltrow? Pete Evans? Or qualified medical practitioners – like Dr Oz?
The 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."
Men with longer exposure to the drugs finasteride and dutasteride have a higher risk of persistent erectile dysfunction than do men with less exposure, a new study suggests.
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
Women experience higher stress, more chronic disease, more depression, more anxiety and are more likely to be victims of violence.
Mercury 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.
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).
Just like real doctors and nurses, online health tools with good communication skills can promote healthier lifestyles.
If 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.
A lot of research has been conducted to establish the risks that a high energy diet – high in saturated fat and sugar – poses to our health.
You 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?
This year marks 20 years since Hasbro was fined for false advertising, claiming their Playskool toys laden with the antimicrobial chemical triclosan would keep kids healthier.
Dependent on how you spend your Monday evenings you may have caught Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped on TV.
Anyone 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
What does a staple food such as bread have to do with global warming? Food causes about a third of total greenhouse gas emissions.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that eventually strips sufferers of their ability to remember, communicate and live independently.
Exercise and/or psychological therapy work better than medications to reduce cancer-related fatigue and should be recommended first to patients, say researchers.
Older adults who go to the emergency department for an illness or injury are at increased risk for disability and decline in physical abilities up to six months later, research shows.
Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. There were approximately 14m new cases diagnosed and 8.2m cancer related deaths in 2012.
Researchers predicted dieting success—or failure—with an accuracy rate of 77 percent based on the sentiment of the words and phrases people used on Twitter.
Effective breast cancer treatment options are predictable based on the way certain genes act or express themselves, new research shows.
So, your doctor told you that you need insulin therapy for your Type 2 diabetes.
Fluid is a previously unacknowledged source of the tension we feel when we stretch our muscles, research suggests.
The life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years for the first time, scientists have predicted.
People taking heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors—Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, and Protonix—may not be aware of kidney damage linked to the medications, research suggests.
Would you want to know if you were at a higher risk of getting dementia later in life?
There’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.
When 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...
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.
The world is getting fatter and it’s making us sicker. But could rising stress levels be playing an important role in our growing waistlines?