Five Little-known Diseases That Might Emerge In 2017

Five Little-known Diseases That Might Emerge In 2017The phrase “emerging disease”, to describe an infectious disease that is new to humans or which is suddenly increasing its geographical range or number of cases, dates back to the 1960s.

How The Brain Helps The Body Fight Bacteria

How The Brain Helps The Body Fight BacteriaThe brain may not only control our thoughts and basic physical functions. Recent studies indicate that it also controls the way our body responds to the threat of bacterial infections.

Does Your Brain Really Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream Too Fast?

Does Your Brain Really Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream Too Fast?It’s a long, hot summer’s day and you’re looking forward to an ice cream. But within seconds of your first bite, you feel a headache coming on: a brain freeze. What’s going on?

Health Risks Associated with Early Puberty for Girls

Why Some Girls Grow Breasts Too Early When a girl’s breasts start growing early, it can be a sign she will develop certain diseases later in life. There is evidence of early puberty leading to increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer – particularly breast cancer.

10 Reasons To Cut Back On Alcohol

10 Reasons To Cut Back On AlcoholAt this time of year, alcohol promotions, sales and consumption are prominent. Many of us enjoy celebrating a year ended, work and family gatherings, a holiday and a time to kick back and relax.

Deepwater Spill: How Long Will 125 Hydrocarbons Stay On The Seafloor?

Deepwater Spill: How Long Will 125 Hydrocarbons Stay On The Seafloor?

Scientists have now analyzed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 compounds that settled to the deep ocean floor after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Nausea From Pregnancy Can Be Life Threatening

Can Nausea From Pregnancy Be Life Threatening?Most women experience some type of morning sickness during pregnancy, but some women develop a far more serious condition, hyperemesis gravidarum.

A Brain Implant That Lets Paralyzed Monkeys Walk

 A Brain Implant That Lets Paralyzed Monkeys WalkScientists have used a wireless “brain-spinal interface” to bypass spinal cord injuries in a pair of rhesus macaques, restoring intentional walking movement to a temporarily paralyzed leg.

Exercise Snacking Is The Way Forward To Fitness

Exercise Snacking Is The Way Forward To FitnessOver the festive season, many of us will eat and drink much more than we usually would – it has been estimated that the average person in the UK consumes around 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone.

Is It Possible To Remove The Bad Parts of Wheat?

Is It Possible To Remove The Bad Parts of Wheat?Wheat is everywhere. It’s in bread, pasta, pastries, biscuits, pizza, batter, cereals, soups, sauces, instant drinks, salad dressing, processed meats and sweets, to name but a few. The western diet is so infatuated with wheat that most of us eat a kilo or more a week. So why do we love it?

Herbal Medicine May Make Tuberculosis Easier To Treat

Robert Abramovitch uses a synthetic biosensor that glows green in response to conditions that mimic TB infection, something he developed earlier in his research. (Credit: Michigan State)

A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, may help treat tuberculosis and slow the evolution of drug resistance.

Why Swimming In The Sea Is Good For You

Why Swimming In The Sea Is Good For YouIf you live near the sea, make frequent trips to the beach, or are planning an island holiday this summer, chances are you’re getting more out of it than just enjoyment.

From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food Local

From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food LocalAround 2006, Cherokee leaders approached administrative liaison Pat Gwin about starting a seed bank. They already had launched an initiative to improve health care access and infrastructure at the reservation; now, they wanted to go even deeper by recovering ancestral seeds to preserve their cultural heritage.

How Bacteria In Your Mouth May Trigger Arthritis

How Bacteria In Your Mouth May Trigger ArthritisThe bacteria that cause chronic gum infections may also trigger the autoimmune inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), new evidence suggests.

Your Brain Benefits From Exercise In These 3 Ways

Your Brain Benefits From Exercise In These 3 WaysThree things happen to the brain when we exercise, says Wendy Suzuki, professor of neural science and psychology at New York University. She offers a quick explanation in just 90 seconds.

Will It Damage Your Eyes If You Don't Wear Sunglasses?

Will It Damage Your Eyes If You Don't Wear Sunglasses?The iconic “Slip Slop Slap” campaign was launched in Australia in 1981. Sid the Seagull encouraged people to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat to minimize ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure and reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

How To Unwind Before Going to Sleep

How To Unwind Before Going to Sleep Every night sit comfortably in a chair and rest your head back, like you do at the dentist. You can use a pillow. Don't change your breathing -- let it be natural. By and by your breathing...

5 Things You Need To Know About Fitness Trackers

fitness tracker 12 22Most modern fitness trackers are electronic devices you wear on your wrist to track steps, overall physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep.

13 Ways To Keep Free Radicals Out Of Your Food

13 Ways To Keep Free Radicals Out Of Your FoodThe holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes time for family celebration while gathering around tables full of delicious foods with seasonal spices!

What's Driving The Worldwide Obesity Epidemic?

The rise of obesity around the globe has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to urge countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks, which are blamed for the spread of the epidemic.

Here's Another Reason To Exercise Every Day During The Holidays

Here's Another Reason To Exercise Every Day During The HolidaysYes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. But an equally important reason to exercise every day is...

Why We Need A Vaccine For Periodontitis, The Gum Disease

Why We Need A Vaccine For Periodontitis, The Gum DiseaseScientists from The University of Melbourne have developed a world-first vaccine to treat gum disease. Their research, published in the journal NPJ Vaccines, has so far only tested the vaccine in mice.

Is Your Christmas Turkey Arriving Stuffed With Antibiotics?

Is Your Christmas Turkey Arriving Already Stuffed With Antibiotics?You may consider the turkey to be a traditional part of your Christmas celebrations. But however you cook it, something about this festive bird is changing – it’s getting fatter.

Do Humans Really Need Dairy?

Do Humans Really Need Dairy?A lot of people will have already made up their mind about whether humans need dairy in their diet and will be thinking that the answer is obviously “yes” or obviously “no”. But nutrition is based on science not opinion – so, here’s the latest research on the matter.

Is It Safe For Pregnant Women To Go To The Dentist?

Is It Safe For Pregnant Women To Go To The Dentist?According to research from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in 2011 about two-thirds of pregnant women had their teeth cleaned in the year prior to delivery, but only about one-half had their teeth cleaned during pregnancy.

Why Time Scarcity Is A Slippery Slope To Inactivity

Why Time Scarcity Is A Slippery Slope To InactivityEven though most Australians know we need to exercise more, many of us don’t. Our recent study suggests this is often due to diminishing availability of time.

How Bacteria In Undercooked Chicken Can Cause Paralysis

How Bacteria In Undercooked Chicken Can Cause ParalysisA common bacterium found in improperly cooked chicken can cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome, or GBS, the world’s leading cause of acute neuromuscular paralysis in humans.

How To Prevent Injury From Sport And Exercise

How To Prevent Injury From Sport And ExerciseRegular physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, protecting us from a host of modern ills such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers.

What Makes It So Hard To Quit Drugs?

One in ten people who use alcohol or other drugs are dependent. ashey rose/Flickr, CC BY

Most people who use alcohol and other drugs do so infrequently and never become dependent (or “addicted” as it’s sometimes called). On average about 10% of people who use alcohol or other drugs are dependent.

How You Can Change Your Body Shape With Exercise

How You Can Change Your Body Shape With ExerciseFor most of us, heading into a gym can lead to confusion about what exercises to do. If you want to change the shape of your body, can selecting certain exercises really work?

How To Make Amazing Meringue And Perfect Cappuccino

How To Make Amazing Meringue And Perfect CappuccinoWhether it’s frothing milk for a cappuccino or beating egg whites into meringue for a pavlova or macaroons, you can thank chemistry for the reactions that make them possible.

Brain Scans Dispel Theory About Stimuli And Autism

Brain Scans Dispel Theory About Stimuli And AutismA new study challenges the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of people with autism spectrum disorders do not reliably and consistently respond to external stimuli.

Why Masked Hypertension Is A Silent Killer

Why Masked Hypertension Is A Silent KillerSome people with normal blood pressure have elevated blood pressure when their doctor takes the reading. This phenomenon is known as “white coat hypertension”.

Can You Sneeze Without Closing Your Eyes?

Can You Sneeze Without Closing Your Eyes?Is it possible to sneeze without closing your eyes? You might recall the age-old myth that warned against sneezing with open eyes to mitigate the possibility of eyeballs popping out. Tales swirled for decades speculating that...

How To Be Healed: One Universal Healing Principle

How To Be Healed: One Universal Healing PrincipleIt was not the splinter of wood from the sidewalk that healed him. It was his imagination aroused to an intense degree, plus the confident expectancy of a perfect healing. Imagination was joined to faith or subjective feeling, and the...

Why Iron Is Such An Important Part Of Your Diet

Why Iron Is Such An Important Part Of Your DietAccording to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency – a condition where your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron – is a global public health problem of “epidemic proportions”.

Why Running Could Keep You Awake At Night

Why Running Could Keep You Awake At NightYou’ve probably heard people say they enjoy running because it lets them switch off. Perhaps you feel that way yourself. Brain activity really does decrease when you’re performing a simple, repetitive action...

Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial AlliesMost of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head.

You Don't Have To Be S.A.D.! Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

You Don't Have To Be S.A.D.! Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective DisorderAs light is necessary for the growth of plants and trees, animals, insects and bird life, so it is essential for us. We need sunlight to build strong bones and teeth. Without it children can develop rickets and dental decay. Without realizing it we can suffer from light starvation...

Sweep and Clear the Aura for Better Health and Well-Being

Sweep and Clear the AuraIt’s time to clear the aura. Sweeping and clearing remove congested and diseased energy and cleanse, strengthen, and greatly facilitate the healing process. Many simple illnesses can be healed just by sweeping and clearing the aura.

How Magic Mushrooms Ease Cancer Patient Anxiety

How Magic Mushrooms Eases Cancer Patient AnxietyJust one dose of a hallucinogenic drug offers many cancer patients up to six months of relief from disease-related anxiety or depression.

Should We Get As Much Exercise As Hunter Gatherers?

Should We Get As Much Exercise As Hunter Gatherers?In a remote area of Tanzania, Hadza men leave their huts on foot, armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows, to hunt for their next meal. Meanwhile, Hadza women gather tubers, berries, and other fruits.

Why So Many People Regain Weight After Dieting

Why So Many People Regain Weight After DietingAnyone who has tried to lose weight and keep it off knows how difficult the task can be. It seems like it should be simple: Just exercise to burn more calories and reduce your calorie intake.

How The Brain Changes In Alzheimer's Disease

How The Brain Changes In Alzheimer's DiseaseMost people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The disease has no cure and few, but inefficient, treatments.

4 Practices You Need To Know To Protect Your Hair

4 Practices You Need To Know To Protect Your HairSafer styling practices and shampoo and conditioning choices can help remedy a type of hair loss and damage that often afflicts African Americans, researchers say.

Why Men Wake Up With Erections

Why Men Wake Up With ErectionsThe morning penile erection, or as it is medically known, “nocturnal penile tumescence”, is not only an interesting physiological phenomenon, it can also tell us a lot about a patient’s sexual function.

Can Too Much Fatty Food Harm Young Brains?

Can Too Much Fatty Food Harm Young Brains?Eating a very high-fat diet early in life may disrupt development of the prefrontal cortex in young brains, according to new research in mice.

Why Some People Heal and Others Don't...

Why Some People Heal and Others Don't...Healing has always been a great mystery, especially when a cure works for one person but perhaps not for another. Part of the success or failure of any healing modality is how the recipient perceives and accepts the healing. Let’s face it. Some of us...

Smoking Harms Both Your Physical Health And Mental Health

Smoking Harms Both Your Physical Health And Mental HealthA middle-aged cigarette smoker who has smoked for decades is two to three times more likely to die early than someone similar who has never smoked.

How Can Exposure Therapy Treat Social Anxiety?

How Can Exposure Therapy Treat Social Anxiety?Most of us experience a level of social anxiety at some point in our lives. We worry about what people think of us, about being excluded, about being judged or humiliated.

Can Eating Aged Cheese Help You Age Well?

Can Eating Aged Cheese Help You Age Well?Most people are interested in how to slow the ageing process, or at least they get more interested as the years tick by.

Can The Way We Move After Injury Lead To Chronic Pain?

Can The Way We Move After Injury Lead To Chronic Pain?When people suffer musculoskeletal pain – that is, pain arising from muscles, ligaments, bones or joints – they change the way they move. Sometimes these changes include completely avoiding certain movements, and sometimes they are more subtle.

Research Shows That Salmonella Thrives In Salad Bags

salad in bagWhen you hear the term “food poisoning” it usually conjures up images of hurried journeys to the toilet and rueful reviews while there of what was eaten the previous day.

Weight Gain Fears Sway Some Women In Birth Control Choices

Weight Gain Fears Sway Some Women In Birth Control ChoicesConcerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices for women, a new study suggests. Women who are overweight or obese are less likely to use the birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptive methods.

Why Balance Is So Important To Our Well-being?

Why Balance Is So Important To Our Well-being?Balance is the vital sense that gives much-needed stability to our teetering, upright bodies. Good balance is usually associated with having stable posture, but it also has a lot to do with visual stability.

Can Biofortified Rice Ease Hidden Hunger It Causes?

Can Biofortified Rice Ease Hidden Hunger It Causes?Rice is the staple food of billions of people throughout the developing world. But beyond easing hunger pains and providing carbohydrates for energy, it has little nutritional value.

Is Cheese Good For You?

Is Cheese Good For You?It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided.

This New Drug Helps Radiation Kill Prostate Cancer

 This New Drug Helps Radiation Kill Prostate CancerAn experimental drug appears to pack a one-two punch against some prostate cancers, significantly slowing the increase of cancer cells and making them more vulnerable to radiation.

While Cranberries Are Healthy, They Don't Appear To Cure Urinary Tract Infections

While Cranberries Are Otherwise Healthy, They Don't Appear To Cure Urinary Tract InfectionsCranberries, the little red berries from North America, are not effective for curing urinary tract infections. This piece of information is bound to disappoint the women who have been swallowing cranberry capsules for years in the hope that it was. But, alas, this is what science shows.

Health Literacy Is A Matter Of Life Or Death

tree of life 11 21The basic ability to read is essential in looking after one’s health, especially when managing a chronic illness that requires various treatments and medications.

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