Your Ideal Body, And Why You Want It

We’d all like to have a different, or at least improved, body. But why do we want the body we want? Mike/Flickr, CC BY-SAA 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight, while 29% of men think about their appearance at least five times a day. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?

Do We Actually Crave The Food That Our Bodies Need?

Japanese people are more likely to crave sushi because it’s what they eat regularly. Kana Hata/Flickr, CC BYFood craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger. Food craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger.

Things To Consider When Pondering Whether We Should Eat Red Meat

Things To Consider When Pondering Whether We Should Eat Red MeatMany types of red meat and red meat products are available, from farmers' markets, to supermarkets, to restaurants. The impacts of their production and consumption on human health, animal welfare and the environment are complex.

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?We all know exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and most will agree kids should be doing more of it. However, a recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.

Does Eating Chocolate Improve Your Brain Function?

Does Eating Chocolate Improve Your Brain Function?Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. This week, the news headlines tell us “eating chocolate improves brain function” and that it “could help protect against normal age-related decline”.

Why We Should Measure Our Own Blood Pressure

Why We Should Measure Our Own Blood PressureMy heavily pregnant wife went to see her GP last week for a routine check-up. During her appointment, the doctor measured her blood pressure and got a high reading. My wife was surprised by this and insisted that she felt fine, so he took a second reading. But that was high, too. The doctor was concerned enough to book her a follow-up

Do Over The Counter Weight-loss Supplements Work?

Acai berries are just berries. Youtube, CC BYThe list of over-the-counter dietary and weight loss supplements is exhaustive, with the majority based on scant supporting evidence from studies conducted in humans to support their claims. Weight-loss products make up one of the largest growing markets in the world.

The Life Changing Moment Of Being Diagnosed With Parkinson's

Learning to cope. Toni Blay, CC BY-NC-NDBilly Connolly picked up a special recognition award at the recent National Television Awards for 50 years in the entertainment industry – but it was the effects of the comedian’s illness that shaped the headlines.

When It Comes To Mental Health, Like Attracts Like

Marital resemblance is the degree to which we marry people who resemble us in some characteristic or another. olga_murillo/Flickr, CC BY

Marital resemblance is the degree to which we marry people who resemble us in some characteristic or another.Is it true that like attracts like? When it comes to mental health, it seems the answer is yes.

People In Their Nineties Reveal The Secrets To Aging Well

People In Their Nineties Reveal The Secrets To Aging WellThere are many reasons why some people live long healthy lives while others don’t, but one of them is undoubtedly genes. That doesn’t mean we should be negative about our chances of ageing in good health. Although our genes are handed down from our parents, the hand that we are dealt seems to be influenced by our lifestyle, too. Food,

New App Helps People With Neurological Conditions Practice Speech

New App Helps People With Neurological Conditions Practice SpeechResearchers at CSIRO and University of Queensland have developed an app called Harlie that is designed to chat with humans. Unlike Siri and Google Now – which are designed to answer specific questions – Harlie is designed for small talk. 

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?Who doesn’t like a ready meal once in a while? People in the UK certainly do: consumption of ready meals and convenience meat products has increased five-fold over the last 40 years, according to the latest National Food Survey on UK food-buying habits. High levels of calories and fat in some of these products can

Just A 5% Weight Loss Can Dramatically Improve Your Health

Just A 5% Weight Loss Can Dramatically Improve Your Health"If you weigh 200 pounds, you will be doing yourself a favor if you can lose 10 pounds and keep it off," Samuel Klein says. "You don't have to lose 50 pounds to get important health benefits."

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with one in three adults using it at some point in their life. It’s legal in some places around the world, and offered medicinally in others. But what does smoking pot do to your mental health?

Exercise May Protect The Liver From Booze

Exercise May Protect The Liver From BoozeOver time, excessive drinking can lead to several chronic conditions, such as fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. But there’s new evidence that aerobic exercise may protect the liver.

How Psychology Taught Us To Be Helpless About Domestic Violence

domestic violence 2 25The story of how psychology framed women for their own assaults began, as so many of psychology’s stories do, with some trapped animals. In the late 1960s, psychologist Martin Seligman conducted a series of behavioural experiments with dogs. He electrically shocked them at random and observed their responses. 

What Causes Autism? What We Know, Don’t Know And Suspect

autism 2 24One of the great and enduring mysteries of autism is what causes the brain to develop so differently. The behavioural differences of many individuals with autism are so apparent that it seems intuitive that the causes would also be obvious.

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has become a byword for unbiased, evidence-based healthcare advice. Its recommendations strongly influence which treatments are made available on the NHS. We wouldn’t expect NICE to make recommendations that are unsupported by evidence or, worse, contain contradictory evidence.

Dependence, Decrepitude And Death: How Long Is Too Long A Life?

Dependence, Decrepitude And Death: How Long Is Too Long A Life?In 2100, I will be 117 years old, and my younger sisters will be 112 and 107. According to the Cambridge academic, Peter Laslett, we can now live to such ages, but those of us who do will be experiencing the fourth age, “an era of final dependence, decrepitude and death”. Not quite the dream

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney, is stranded on the red planet with nothing to eat but spuds. Now, a 36-year-old Australian is following the same diet, voluntarily. In an attempt to lose weight and improve his relationship with food, Andrew Taylor has decided to eat nothing but potatoes for a year.

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From Them

We Can't Eradicate Drugs, But We Can Stop People Dying From ThemLast night’s Four Corners focused on party drugs and the policies Australia is implementing to combat their use. Not only is what we’re doing not working, we’re falling behind the rest of the world and what evidence says is best to ensure we have fewer deaths from illicit drugs.

Why Statin Users Should Still Get The Flu Shot

Why Statin Users Should Still Get The Flu ShotEvery year in the United States, about 226,000 people are hospitalized because of the flu, and 23,000 die. And about 80-90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people over 65 years old.

Why Do Women Go Through Menopause?

Why do women go through menopause? Passing on our genes to the next generation is the key process in evolution that happens through natural selection. So why do women suddenly stop having periods when they have at least a third of their lives left

 

Should You Eat Breakfast?

Should You Eat Breakfast?In the middle of the last century, popular nutrition author Adelle Davis advised people to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Her advice stuck. Recent examination of the merits of adults eating breakfast has raised the question of whether we should indeed eat like kings at breakfast or just skip it all together.

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or Abuse

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or AbuseWe all know that cola and lemonade aren’t great for our waistline or our dental health, but our new study on rats has shed light on just how much damage sugary drinks can also do to our brain. The changes we observed to the region of the brain that controls emotional behaviour and cognitive function were more extensive than those

Is It Your Neanderthal DNA That Is Making You Depressed?

s It Your Neanderthal DNA That Is Making You Depressed?"The brain is incredibly complex, so it's reasonable to expect that introducing changes from a different evolutionary path might have negative consequences," says Corinne Simonti.

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To Complications

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To ComplicationsA common surgery to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has more problems than benefits, our Cohrane review has found. Women who underwent the operation had high rates of needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, bladder injury and urinary incontinence.

Six Tips For Losing Weight Without Fad Diets

Six Tips For Losing Weight Without Fad DietsDon’t limit yourself to grapefruit – increasing the amount and variety of fruit and vegetables can help you lose weight. Monday – start diet. Tuesday – break diet! Wednesday – plan to start again next Monday.

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis affects millions of people worldwide. It’s a neurological disease characterised by inflammatory lesions in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) that cause damage to the myelin sheath – the protective layer around the nerve cells. This causes neurological dysfunction, such as muscle paralysis or loss of sensation.

Why Wonky Vegetables And Ugly Fruit Are Making A Comeback

Why Wonky Vegetables And Ugly Fruit Are Making A ComebackDo the same rules that govern human attraction also apply to our choices of fruit and vegetables? Plenty of evidence suggests we do look for similar traits in both people and produce, and our perceptions of food are clearly affected by what

2 In 5 People With Schizophrenia Attempt Suicide

"Even after taking into account most of the known risk factors for suicide attempts, those with schizophrenia had six times the odds of having attempted suicide in comparison to those without schizophrenia," says Esme Fuller-Thomson. (Credit: Khuroshvili Ilya/Flickr)A new study has uncovered a strong link between schizophrenia and the likelihood of attempting suicide. The risk is particularly high for women, people with substance abuse issues, and those who were abused when they were children.

How To Make Flu Vaccine Spray Safe For Little Noses

How To Make Flu Vaccine Spray Safe For Little NosesScientists have discovered a way to make a nasal spray flu vaccine safer for those who are at greatest risk of catching the flu, particularly infants under the age of 2.

Urinary Incontinence Can Be A Problem For Women Of All Ages

Urinary Incontinence Can Be A Problem For Women Of All AgesUrinary incontinence is often seen as a degrading condition and women can feel too ashamed to seek help. Urinary incontinence is urine leakage from a loss of bladder control that mainly affects women

Are Pubic Lice Here To Stay?

The pubic or crab louse has adapted to the humid environment of ‘down there’. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CC BYWhat’s the worst thing you could be burdened with this Valentine’s Day? Unrequited love? Unwanted affection? Unpaid invoice from the local florist? How about an itchy dose of pubic lice? Pubic lice, Phthirus pubis, or “crabs” as more commonly...

Toxic Lead Can Stay In The Body For Years After Exposure

Toxic Lead Can Stay In The Body For Years After ExposureThe ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan has highlighted just how harmful lead contamination is. What you may not realize, however, is that lead exposure is a problem throughout the U.S.

Disease May Wipe Out Bananas And How To Save Them

Disease May Wipe Out Bananas And How To Save Them

Catastrophe is looming for the banana industry. A new strain has emerged of a soil-borne fungus known as “Panama disease” which can wipe out entire plantations – and it is rapidly spreading around the world. Farmers in Australia, Latin America and across Asia and Africa all fear the worst.

Too Fat, Too Thin? What Is Your Ideal Weight?

Too Fat, Too Thin? What Is Your Ideal Weight?Public health authorities are forever telling us how much we should weigh, but one essential element is missing: shape.

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body Moving

Four Crucial Reasons to Keep Your Body MovingNo one says it better than Dick Van Dyke in his new book Keep Moving. The secret to maintaining lasting agility lies in joyful movement. Van Dyke turns a very vibrant 90 years old this year, and he continues to not only hit the gym every day, but to dance every chance he gets -- not for the exercise, but simply because he enjoys it!

When Teenagers And Antidepressants Are Not A Good Mix

teen depressionWe have an absolute moral imperative to alleviate human suffering. Most of all for children. How a society treats its children is a benchmark of humanity. And our success in medical science is astounding.

Carnitine Before Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk

Carnitine Before Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk"For some individuals, this simple nutritional supplement might really help reduce the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder. Any progress on the prevention front would be welcome given the number of people affected," says Zhigang Xie.

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical Folly

Coming To Grips With Our Chemical FollyWhat do you know about your endocrine system? Possibly not as much as you should, seeing as how almost every organ and cell in the body is affected by it. This under-appreciated collection of glands selects and removes materials from the blood, processes them and secretes the finished chemical products, or hormones, back into the bloodstream.

Tend Your Inner Garden To Be Healthier In Old Age

Tend Your Inner Garden To Be Healthier In Old AgeThe world’s oldest man, Yasutaro Koide recently died at the age of 112. Commentators as usual, focused on his reported “secret to longevity”: not smoking, drinking or overdoing it. No surprises there. But speculation on the basis of one individual is not necessarily the most helpful way of addressing this human quest for the Philosopher’s Stone.

Got A Hangover? Here's What's Happening In Your Body

Got A Hangover? Here's What's Happening In Your BodyIt’s that time of year when we raise a glass to celebrate Christmas, the beginning of holidays, the new year, or simply to join with our friends. Many of us will pay a price, even if it’s “just” in the form of a hangover.

Why We Should Rethink Chronic Pain Treatment

Why We Should Rethink Chronic Pain TreatmentOver the last few decades, medicine has witnessed a sea change in attitudes toward chronic pain, and particularly toward opioids. While these changes were intended to bring relief to many, they have also fed an epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse.

Is Obesity More Deadly Than The Science Suggests?

Is Obesity More Deadly Than The Science Suggests?"The simple step of incorporating weight history clarifies the risks of obesity and shows that they are much higher than appreciated," says Andrew Stokes.

Are Diet Books Our Manuals For A Better World?

A common thread in all of the diets Adrienne Rose Johnson analyzed is an assumption that "the more modern we become, the sicker we become," she says. (Credit: Malloreigh/Flickr)People don’t read diet books just to lose weight. They serve as both “myths and manuals” for a better world, a new analysis of contemporary diet books suggests.

The Science Behind Why You Love A Weekend Sleep In

The Science Behind Why You Love A Weekend Sleep InSleeping in over the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Yet some of us are much better at it than others. A teenager is much more likely to emerge from their bed at midday than their middle-aged parents – but even within age groups, individual differences exist.

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At Birth

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At BirthOne in every ten babies in Melbourne develops a food allergy during their first year of life. New research has found children who are born with overly active immune cells are more likely to develop allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and other common foods. This finding could lead to future treatments for babies to prevent childhood food allergies.

If You're Going To Drink, Make It Part Of Your Mediterranean Diet

If You're Going To Drink, Make It Part Of Your Mediterranean DietThe British government’s new guidelines advise reducing alcohol consumption to 14 units a week for both men and women and bluntly state that, for some cancers of the mouth, throat and breast, “risk increases with any amount you drink”

Intelligent Machines Do A Better Job Than Humans in Medical Diagnosis

Intelligent Machines Do A Better Job Than Humans in Medical DiagnosisUntil now, medicine has been a prestigious and often extremely lucrative career choice. But in the near future, will we need as many doctors as we have now? Are we going to see significant medical unemployment in the coming decade?

Could Acid In Aspirin Fight Alzheimers?

asprin 1 6Scientists are taking a closer look at the main breakdown product of aspirin, called salicylic acid, and its potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Why Can't Anyone Tell Me How Much That Surgery Will Cost?

Why Can't Anyone Tell Me How Much That Surgery Will Cost?Thanks to rising annual deductibles and a push toward consumer-driven health care, people are increasingly encouraged to shop around for medical care. Many states or state hospital associations have price transparency initiatives, and there are a number of private companies that also purport to help consumers find value for their health care dollar.

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the Heart

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the HeartBefore i was informed that I was “profoundly dyslexic,” I just thought I was stupid and too weird to cultivate friends. In school, I would get an A for creativity over a D for atrocious grammar. I was having considerable difficulty reading anything, much less a map. I had trouble telling my right from my left, I could not comprehend most directions, I was lost much of the time.

What Should We Think When Medical Evidence Doesn't Agree?

What Should We Think When Medical Evidence Doesn't Agree?To understand if a new treatment for an illness is really better than older treatments, doctors and researchers look to the best available evidence. Health professionals want a “last word” in evidence to settle questions about what the best modes of treatment are.

Living From the Heart: Purifying the Mind and the Body

Purifying the Mind and the Body to Live From the HeartWith all the noise of society—busy highways, bustling cities, mass media, and television sets blaring everywhere—our minds can’t help but be highly agitated and polluted. I now avoid all this as much as humanly possible, especially the television. It’s now hard to believe that I was a reporter on television for more than two decades.

Four Common Myths About Exercise And Weight Loss

Four Common Myths About Exercise And Weight LossIt’s that time of year when many are trying, and some are failing, to live up to their New Years' resolution of losing weight. Many of these probably include resolutions to be more physically active in striving for this goal. But first, there are some common misconceptions about exercise and weight loss that need to be addressed.

Mindfulness Can Improve Living With A Disability

Mindfulness Can Improve Living With A DisabilityMindfulness, a meditative practice focusing on attention and awareness training, has been shown to have positive effects on mental and physical wellbeing. A recent review of studies has also shown that mindfulness meditation helps people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder reduce their mental and physical problems.

Is The Sun Going Down On Vitamin D?

The Sun Goes Down On Vitamin DEveryone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to reduce a vast range of conditions from dementia to cancer.

What's The Best Time Of The Day To Exercise?

What's The Best Time Of The Day To Exercise?Most people are aware of the importance of being active and exercising daily. Unfortunately, due to busy schedules, most people are forced to exercise around other numerous commitments. However, the timing of exercise can have profound effects on performance.

What Is The Best Exercise For Losing Weight?

What Is The Best Exercise For Losing Weight?It may come as little surprise that taking exercise is a way to lose weight. However, a debate about the best type of exercise for weight loss is likely to divide opinion.

Older Moms Feel Depressed When Grown Kids Struggle

Older Moms Feel Depressed When Grown Kids StruggleWhen older parents become frail or disabled, it can place a heavy burden on adult children. But the parent-child relationship appears to be a two-way street—with adult children having a profound effect on their parents’ psychological well-being.

Five Edible Insects You Really Should Try

Five Edible Insects You Really Should TryEdible insects are great alternatives to conventional sources of meat as they’re cheap, plentiful and excellent sources of protein and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals.

Why Over-the-counter Heartburn Cures May Be Hurting Your Gut

Why Over-the-counter Heartburn Cures May Be Hurting Your GutAt the time of Xmas parties many of us may be waking up with regrets, sore heads, fragile stomachs and some heartburn (acid reflux) which in a year can affect over 40% of us and one in five weekly.

Five Food Safety Myths Busted

Five Food Safety Myths BustedThis time of year, most fridges are stocked up with food and drinks to share with family and friends. Let’s not make ourselves and our guests sick by getting things wrong when preparing and serving food.

Who Is To Blame For Overeating?

Who Is To Blame For Overeating?People overeat. And people don’t always make the healthiest food choices. That much is clear. But who is to blame for overeating and poor food choices? And can we do anything about it?

Low Vitamin D Linked To Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Low Vitamin D Linked To Irritable Bowel SyndromeResearchers found a significant association between a patient’s vitamin D levels and the severity of their IBS symptoms, particularly the extent to which IBS affects their quality of life.

Your Body Needs You to Create a Life You Want to Show Up For

Your Body Needs You to Create a Life You Want to Show Up ForIn the first year of my illness, one of my all-time favorite healers asked me something along the lines of, “Are you fully expressing your will in your life and your relationships?” A couple of years later, a particularly insightful and opinionated homeopath put it more bluntly: “Are you living a life that you want to show up for?”

Does What A Man Eats Affect His Sperm And Future Generations?

Does What A Man Eats Affect His Sperm And Future Generations?In 1809, the French evolutionist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck put forward the theory that acquired traits could be transmitted to the next generation. His theory implies that our health is determined by the chosen lifestyle of our ancestors, long before our own existence. And our latest research adds to the credibility of this long-neglected theory.

Personal Precision Weight Loss May Be Possible In 5 Years Or Less

Personal Precision Weight Loss May Be Possible In 5 Years Or LessObviously prevention would be the best approach," says Molly Bray, "but there are literally millions of individuals who are currently obese and are in dire need of more effective strategies for long-term weight loss that will ultimately improve overall health

Fat-burning Fat Might Not Be The Key To Weight Loss

healthy diet 12 24When you think about body fat, it’s probably white fat that comes to mind. That’s where our bodies store excess calories, and it’s the stuff you want to get rid of when you are trying to lose weight.

Here Is What Young People Say About Their Depression

Here Is What Young People Say About Their DepressionDepression affects over 80,000 young people in the UK every year. It can have a devastating impact on their daily lives, social and academic functioning, and family. As one young person in our research project put it: “I felt like I was missing out on being a teenager”.

How Terror Attacks Influence Mental Health

How Terror Attacks Influence Mental HealthA series of coordinated attacks in Paris left 130 people dead. A week later, armed gunmen stormed a hotel in Mali, seizing hostages while also firing indiscriminately at guests, killing 27 people.

What Do We Mean When We Say A Person's Cancer Has Been Cured?

What Do We Mean When We Say A Person's Cancer Has Been Cured?Until fairly lately, it was unusual to see the words “cancer” and “cured” used in the same sentence. Now, it’s much more common. Reports that toddler Layla Richards had been cured of what was thought to be an incurable form of leukaemia were followed with news that former US president Jimmy Carter was cured of brain cancer – a melanoma that had spread from his liver.

Why Do People Choose Expensive Branded Drugs Over Cheap Generics?

Why Do People Choose Expensive Branded Drugs Over Cheap Generics?

The Australian federal court has accused Reckitt Benckiser of misleading consumers. The UK-based company has been marketing products in their Nurofen range for specific types of pain. The truth is, they all contain the same active ingredient: an analgesic drug called ibuprofen. Ibuprofen can’t be targeted at any specific pains.

What Is Dopamine And Is It To Blame For Our Addictions?

What Is Dopamine And Is It To Blame For Our Addictions?Most researchers agree that the key difference between human brains and those of other animals is the size and complexity of our cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer of neural tissue. We therefore tend to focus our attention on this area, believing that our unique mental life is due to this masterpiece of evolution.

Latinos Have A Health Secret, You Can Have It Too

Latinos Have A Health Secret, You Can Have It Too. Here It IsCelia Aguilar wears a long, loosely fitted white dress with touches of red embroidery and red bandanas tied around her head and waist. The 29-year-old Chicana dances alongside men wearing large, feathered headdresses, the seashells on their ankles rattling. Here in El Paso, Texas, they gather in a ritual of Danza Azteca, an Aztec dance preserved in Mexican culture.

What Does The UV Index Mean?

What Does The UV Index Mean?Alongside the day’s high and low temperatures, weather reports generally contain a UV alert for a particular time. But what does it actually mean – and what should you do about it?

Feeling SAD? Talk Therapy Gets Better Long-term Results Than Light Boxes

seasonal affective disorderAs the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, sometimes it can seem like we barely get a chance to see the sun. For most people, this can be frustrating; and for others, the slide into winter can actually lead to a subset of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

Can Intermittent Fasting Diets Help You Lose Weight?

Can Intermittent Fasting Diets Help You Lose Weight?Intermittent fasting diets involve periods of fasting cycled with periods of feeding. Fasting involves a zero or reduced calorie intake from foods and drinks. Feeding can involve food and drink consumption under strict rules – or not – and can be ad libitum (eating based on your hunger and fullness) – or not.

Farmers Would Do Better To Understand The Land Than Grow GM Crops

Farmers Would Do Better To Understand The Land Than Grow GM CropsSuppose your relationship is falling apart and you want to save it. To find the best counsellor, you might search online or ask your friends. It’s no different in agriculture. The rational response to any food or farming dilemma is to test and compare different options to see which is most effective as a solution.

Is Your Holiday Overeating Linked to Nostalgia?

Is Your Holiday Overeating Linked to Nostalgia?The holidays bring with them an abundance of festivities centered around eating and drinking. And, not to play Scrooge, but much of our favorite holiday fare sits atop the list of those opiate-like "trigger foods." These foods fall in the "naughty" category because they set off chemicals in the brain that make us want to gorge ourselves...

Why We Still Don't Have Personalised Medicine?

Why We Still Don't Have Personalised Medicine?The completion of the first draft of the human genome sequence was announced to rapturous applause in June 2000 to an audience of journalists gathered in the White House and Downing Street.

Will You Gain Weight This Christmas?

Will You Gain Weight This Christmas?For most of us, Christmas and its festivities revolve around consuming tasty food and drinks with colleagues, friends and family. Between work Christmas parties, Christmas lunch or dinner, edible presents and New Year’s Eve, it can be an effort not to gain weight.

Which Is It? Mind Or Body When It Comes To Healthy Aging?

Which Is It? Mind Or Body When It Comes To Healthy Aging?European societies are living longer but as the older population increases, are these extra years healthy ones? Research we recently published in The Lancet suggests that the answer to this question crucially depends on what you mean by “healthy”.

Staying Joyful during the Cold Seasons

Staying Joyful during the Cold SeasonsI once did a survey amongst my close friends and out of 18 friends, 15 admitted that they suffered from seasonal depression. Most of them replied that they would prefer to live anywhere else but in a cold country during winter and...

When Is An Aspirin A Day To Prevent Heart Attacks Too Risky?

When Is An Aspirin A Day To Prevent Heart Attacks Too Risky?We’ve known for a long time that aspirin can help prevent damage from a heart attack or a stroke if taken during one of those events. In fact, you might have seen ads about how aspirin can be lifesaving during a heart attack.

Why Is It So Hard To Lose Weight?

Why Is It So Hard To Lose Weight?We are designed to seek food – our drive to do so is essential to our survival and we have a complex system to control this. Recent research shows that following weight loss, levels of circulating hormones which affect our appetite tend to promote over-eating and weight regain.

Why Food Production Must Change

Why Food Production Must ChangeThe grand political narratives around the COP21 conference in Paris will barely touch on one crucial aspect – food. The Paris talks are of vital importance, not just for climate change itself but for framing what kind of food economy follows. And why does food matter for climate change? Well, it’s a major factor driving it yet barely gets a mention.

Why Healthy Diets Need A Broad Approach

Why Healthy Diets Need A Broad ApproachThere seems to be a shortening gap between studies about diet, nutrition and health. And each starts another conversation about trans vs saturated vs polyunsaturated fats, or this diet vs that, or, as is today’s case, fats vs carbohydrates.

Why Poo Transplants Are Nothing To Be Sniffed At

Why Poo Transplants Are Nothing To Be Sniffed AtMost of us will have experienced diarrhoea or Delhi Belly and spent an unpleasant 48 hours in bed or on the toilet, often while travelling. Studies show that if severe, these infections can sometimes change your gut microbes permanently.

 

If Antidepressants Fall Short, Fight Inflammation?

girl with umbrellaAbout one third of people with depression have high levels of inflammation markers in their blood. New research indicates that persistent inflammation affects the brain in ways that are connected with stubborn symptoms of depression, such as anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure.

The Low-down On Trans Fats

The Low-down On Trans FatsWhen you buy commercially baked goods such as pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits, there’s a good likelihood they’ll contain one of the nastier types of fatty acids: trans fats. These unsaturated fats have been chemically altered to give them a longer shelf life and withstand repeated re-heating.

Can A Broccoli Sprout Pill Fight Cancer?

Can A Broccoli Sprout Pill Fight Cancer?Sulforaphane is found in vegetables such as kale, cauliflower, and cabbage—and in particularly high concentrations in young broccoli sprouts. Sulforaphane also is available as a dietary supplement called BSE.

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