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?
An 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.
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.
People with depression have low blood levels of a substance called acetyl-L-carnitine, according to a new study.
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...
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Could the poop of some cancer patients hold the key to treating certain cancers in all people?
Faulty or unflued gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide, which is potentially fatal in high concentrations
New research identifies the neural link between depression and sleep problems.
Family and friends have an important role to play in detecting suicide risk and supporting the person.
Millions of Americans are sleep-deprived, but stressing over it won’t help.
Sugar improves memory in older adults—and makes them more motivated to perform difficult tasks at full capacity—according to new research.
Alarming stories about the diabetes epidemic that threatens millions of lives – and the NHS itself – have become commonplace, and with good reason.
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.
Glucosamine for osteoarthritis is one of the most commonly used complementary medicines in the western world
The new JAMA study, from researchers at the University of Southern California, investigated the link between digital media use and the development of ADHD-related behaviours among 15- and 16-year-olds.
These days, the health of a woman seems to be less about the absence of illness and more about being someone who works on their body and mind in order to meet modern society’s expectations of looks and abilities.
Countries often propose tariffs not on the most valuable items in their trading relationships – since that would be painful to them as well – but rather products iconic of national character.
New research finds an association between drinking artificially sweetened beverages and a significantly lower risk of colon cancer recurrence and cancer death.
For a new study, researchers interviewed 15 individuals who have facilitated plant medicine ceremonies for thousands of people.
Chemicals used to cure beef jerky, salami, hot dogs, and other processed meat snacks may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria, and insomnia, according to a new study.
The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped its confinement and rampantly spread throughout the continent.
Humans have been aware of their heart rate for thousands of years. But knowing the meaning behind the beats isn’t so simple.
Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can Loneliness is common among children, too.
When temperatures spike in the summer, it’s important to make sure you temper your workouts to stay safe, says Sandeep Mannava, a sports medicine specialist at University of Rochester Medicine.
Today, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently mutates your genes, could initiate cancer and prove fatal.
Almost half of all people will experience hemorrhoids at some point.
The more you diet, the more obsessed with food you become. Unfortunately, depriving ourselves of the foods we enjoy and exercising as a form of punishment is not a sustainable, long-term solution to weight loss.
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.
In ancient tradition (Egypt), the humming sound of the bee was said to stimulate the release of super hormones known as the “Elixirs of Metamorphosis.” Doctors Meredith McCord and Jill Schumacher told us that the humming sounds of the bee resonate and stimulate various structures of the brain, including the pineal gland, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and amygdala.
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the importance of light for our health and well-being has been confirmed by modern science. Today there is a great confluence of discovery and invention.
The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes.
As you pack your bags for the cottage or campground this weekend, don’t forget to bring light clothes with long sleeves — and a truckload or two of insect repellent.
There are two ways of tackling chronic lifestyle diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes: discover new drugs and treatments or persuade people to make positive lifestyle changes to avoid developing them in the first place.
Everything is contagious -- not just germs, but good vibes and bad vibes, too. When a person begins laughing hysterically, watch how others laugh or at least smile. When someone is expressing hatred, notice how those in the vicinity tighten their bodies, develop a defensive posture, and maybe clutch another's hand.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. Perhaps, they stumbled on an effective medical approach.
Since Richard Nixon famously called for an ‘all-out offensive’ on the war on drugs in 1971, the US government has funnelled a trillion dollars into the effort.
People are living longer and healthier lives all over the world, unencumbered by pain and many of the afflictions we have come to associate with aging. These people don’t have to take pain medications, cholesterol medication, high blood pressure medication, or...
There’s only one thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning: a new research paper telling you your daily habit is good for your health. Headlines presented the good news from the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers have identified the electrical activity specific to the start of migraines and demonstrated a way to stop it in animal experiments.
A visit to family in Glasgow for Christmas in 2015 nearly had a tragic ending for me. Two days earlier I had been repairing the lock on my garden gate, when I scratched my hand on a nail. By the time I arrived in Glasgow I was feeling unwell. Twenty-four hours later I was in University Hospital Hairmyres in a coma.
People with autoimmune disorders, a collection of diseases where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, are more likely to have psychosis, according to our latest research.
Unnecessary antibiotics expose individual children to potential side effects, including diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes and allergic reactions.
Knowing what makes up a healthy diet can be really confusing. New fads and fast fixes appear weekly
At a hearing on Capitol Hill earlier this year, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander asked an important question: Why is most of the treatment for opioid addiction more opioids?
What is the best way to help people who have dementia? Many interventions are aimed at enabling them to retain self-defining memories and beliefs.
Updated blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association mean that many more Americans, notably older people, are now diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension.
For some, jumping on the scales is a daily or weekly ritual; while others haven’t seen a set of scales for years.
New research may be among the first to examine how low levels of vitamin D affect physical performance over the long term.
The health risk presented by air pollution depends on how much dirty air we breathe over time. But people’s exposure to pollution can vary greatly between people living on the same street, or even the same house.
Given the state our bodies are in after exercise, and what alcohol does to our system, drinking after sport is a bad idea.
Many people have an appearance of dark circles on the lower eyelids, and they have many different causes.
We know excess weight is linked to many adverse health consequences, but there is now growing understanding that it also affects fertility.
There is broad, scientific consensus that antibiotic use in animal agriculture is increasing the risk of the development of resistant bacteria. It’s less clear what, if any, role this plays in human health.
We’d all dearly like to see a cure for the common cold, but it never quite seems to arrive. So what’s the hold up
A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of milks, yogurts, pills, powders and specialty foods promoting their “probiotic” prowess.
Studies have found consumption of chillies is inversely related to the risk of being overweight or obese.
Adopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, as long as the meat is lean and unprocessed, according to a new study.
Everyone knows we should exercise more, drink less, and stop scoffing junk food. Even committed smokers know that smoking is bad for them – but change isn’t easy.
Your hair can say a lot about you. It doesn’t just give people clues about your personality or your taste in music.
Restaurants are playing an increasingly important role in the food culture of North Americans.
I sat quietly, listening to her pain-filled words. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was in my office for preoperative cardiac evaluation. She began to sob softly. Why had good health eluded her even though she did everything right?
Fighting to protect salmon habitat, however, is more than just upholding tribal rights.
Stress affects most of us to one degree or another, and that even includes animals. Pigs, whose GI tracts are extremely similar to those of humans, may be one of the clearest windows we have into researching stress, disease, and new therapies and preventatives – both in livestock and people.
You’re ready to blow your top – but how much is due to your internal hunger and how much to external annoyances?
How can you tell whether an agency has been captured?
It’s recently been reported that scientists have managed to create a test to measure how much urine is in a swimming pool.
AI system that can smell human breath and learn how to identify a range of illness-revealing substances that we might breathe out.
Eating habits develop in early childhood. Research shows eating patterns can continue into adolescence and then through to adulthood.
We’re increasingly aware of how plastic is polluting our environment. Much recent attention has focused on how microplastics – tiny pieces ranging from 5 millimetres down to 100 nanometres in diameter – are filling the seas and working their way into the creatures that live in them
Over the course of three decades on public broadcasting, he brought to millions of children what his faith’s General Assembly referred to as “unconditional love.”
An ingredient in toothpaste and other personal care products may be harming the microbes in our gut and leaving us vulnerable to disease. The antimicrobial chemical triclosan is in thousands of products that we use daily: hand soaps, toothpastes, body wash, kitchenware and even some toys.
Some of us like to stroll along and smell the roses, while others march to their destination as quickly as their feet will carry them. A new study out today has found those who report faster walking have lower risk of premature death.
Ever since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin growing naturally on a petri dish, we have been aware of the power of chemicals produced by microbes.
Roseanne Barr has claimed that she was under the influence of the drug Ambien when she posted her already infamous racist tweet (since removed). But what do we know about Ambien and its side effects?
Around 200,000 people in Australia suffer from a debilitating illness often branded with the unfortunate name of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I say “unfortunate” because this implies patients are simply tired, run-down, burnt-out or overly stressed.
With all the different types of yogurt on offer, making a decision on which one to buy can be difficult. How do you know which one is healthiest?
Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better.
Our past lives are intended to be in the background. We are not intended to be aware of them. If we are, they are likely unhealed, meaning that there is something about that lifetime that is creating restriction in your current body and life.
Omega-3 fats can be found in many food sources, including salmon, flax seeds and walnuts as well as over-the-counter supplements.
Swapping your car for more physically active forms of travel may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death, our latest research shows.
There is a widespread belief that sugar is the sole cause of diabetes. After all, the disease is characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood.
Have you ever wondered what Jesus Christ really meant when he said that heaven is within you? Dante's epic The Divine Comedy also suggests levels of heaven and hell that could be explored in a state of higher consciousness. It is not a physical journey, but a journey of spirit.
For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes.
Pretty much everyone knows that taking exercise helps people stay in good health. It staves off chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes and heart disease and – maybe – helps us live longer.
In my late twenties, I developed both forms of the autoimmune deficiency disease Lupus. My doctors advised me that, given the severity of both forms of Lupus, I would only live another six to eight years. After three years of suffering, yet functioning with my Lupus, I had an experience that changed my perception.
When we are in pain, it takes over our identity and clouds our perception until it is relieved. Some of this is a natural physiological response—pain is unpleasant and universally unwanted. Quite often, chronic pain becomes the story of our lives, where all our interactions with the world are colored by it.
Liz is a typical 50-something woman, fit, 70 kg, 30% body fat. She goes to the gym every day, and runs for 35 minutes on the treadmill at 10km/h. But, as she tells me rather often, she can’t lose weight. So what’s going on here: is it Liz, or is it the universe conspiring against her?
Research shows that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the risks of depression as well as boost cognition and memory.
Mercury pollution is a problem usually associated with fish consumption. But some people in China, the world’s largest mercury emitter, are exposed to more methylmercury from rice than they are from fish.
Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes.
The wisdom and knowledge that the martial arts offer is something that should be preserved in modern society. The practitioner who views his training as merely a means of self-defense will eventually realize that his efforts are unrewarding. The martial Way is nothing less than self-cultivation and the promotion of virtuous conduct.
Helping people with pain, whether it be physical or emotional, could limit the need for opioids. Data indicate that opioid abuse is primarily a male problem, concentrated in working class and low-income white communities, and rapidly expanding to Hispanic communities.
Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our latest research shows that organs, other than the brain, also change at the onset of the disease.
Playing youth tackle football may lead to earlier onset of cognitive, behavior, and mood symptoms in later life, according to a new study.