How To Prepare For The Fainting Days Of Summer

How To Prepare For The Fainting Days Of SummerOver one million Americans faint every year, and countless more do worldwide. Fear, pain, the sight of blood or prolonged standing – think the long lines of summer travel – can trigger fainting. The Conversation

How Your Gut Bacteria Affects Your Cancer Risk

How Our Gut Bacteria Affect Your Cancer RiskThe trillions of bacteria living in our gut (called the gut microbiota) can help determine our risk of cancer, as well as how we might respond to cancer treatment.

Why Energy Drinks And Alcohol Are Psychologically A Risky Mix

Why Energy Drinks And Alcohol Are Psychologically A Risky MixPeople who add energy drinks to alcohol have a higher risk of injury from car accidents and fights, compared to those who drink alcohol straight. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis of 13 studies published in March in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The Conversation

How Does Detox Affect More Than Your Physical Body?

 Whole Detox For Your Whole Self: Psychological and PhysicalThe most scientific approach to healing doesn’t ever focus on just one small part of the human body, let alone ignore the role of thoughts, beliefs, and emotions in our health. You get the best results by addressing the whole person.

Is Enjoying Your Food Important To Your Health and Metabolism?

Photo by Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat, used with permission.Vitamin P—pleasure—is a vital element that makes our meals nutri­tionally complete and makes life worth living. Like all organisms on the planet, we humans are genetically programmed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. A cat chasing a mouse is seeking pleasure; the unfortunate rodent is doing its best to avoid pain.

Does Knowing Junk Food By Name Raise Kids’ Obesity Risk?

junk food 5 6Young children who recognize food name brands, like Lucky Charms, M&M’s, and Cheetos are more likely to make unhealthy choices and be at higher risk of obesity later, say researchers.

How Instagram Could Help Us Stick To Our Diets

How Instagram Could Help Us Stick To Our DietsPeople post millions of food photos on Instagram every day. New research suggests this could be a way to track food intake for weight loss or fitness.

What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?

What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?Doctors request a urine test to help diagnose and treat a range of conditions including kidney disorders, liver problems, diabetes and infections. Testing urine is also used to screen people for illicit drug use and to test if a woman is pregnant. The Conversation

Who Really Chooses What You Eat – You Or Your Gut Microbes?

Who Really Chooses What You Eat – You Or Do Your Gut Microbes?

Most of us believe in free will, particularly when it comes to our eating habits. That’s why most people don’t regard obesity as a disease but rather a moral weakness or lack of willpower. But the free will argument has been taking a bit of a beating lately. The Conversation

What Should Be Considered Before Axing Meals On Wheels Funds

What Should Be Considered Before Axing Meals On Wheels FundsTo justify President Donald Trump’s aim to spend less on social services, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney declared, “We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good.” Who can argue with that? The Conversation

How To Heal Your Life "In Synch" with Your Spiritual Truth

Opportunities to Heal Your Life "In Synch" with Spiritual TruthA health "crisis" whether a physical, mental, emotional, relationship, or financial crisis in our lives — forces us to reflect on, re-evaluate, and change our current routines and thought patterns. Any form of disease is ultimately an opportunity to...

We Are Starting To Uncover The Scientific Basis For Hypnosis

We Are Starting To Uncover Its Scientific Basis Hypnosis Some argue that hypnosis is just a trick. Others, however, see it as bordering on the paranormal – mysteriously transforming people into mindless robots.

This Compound In Aged Cheese Might Spare Our Livers?

This Compound In Aged Cheese Might Spare Our Livers?Spermidine—a compound in foods like aged cheese, mushrooms, soy products, legumes, corn, and whole grains—may prevent liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer.

How To Get The Most Out Of Drinking Tea

How To Get The Most Out Of Drinking Tea

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Tea is personal; everyone has opinions about making the perfect cup. But what does science say about getting the most out of your brew? The Conversation

How 30 Opioid Pills For Surgery Turn Into A Habit

How 30 Opioid Pills For Surgery Turn Into A HabitA small number of people—about 6 percent—who had not been taking opioids before an operation, but got them to ease post-surgery pain, are still taking painkillers three to six months later. That’s long after what is considered normal for surgical recovery.

Are You Vulnerable to Burnout?

Are You Vulnerable to Burnout?Too much of either positive or negative stress can result in stress overload, commonly known as "burnout." Burnout occurs when you blow your circuits and feel physically and emotionally exhausted. If you strive endlessly to meet unrealistic expectations...

This Common Virus May Set Off Celiac Disease

This Common Virus May Set Off Celiac DiseaseThe common but otherwise harmless reovirus can trigger the immune system response to gluten that may lead to celiac disease, new research shows.

Does Caffeine Cause Dehydration?

Does Caffeine Cause Dehydration?For a long time people have been told that caffeine is a diuretic. For some, this translates into advice to avoid or remove caffeinated beverages from the diet of people at risk of dehydration, or during periods of extreme summer heat. The Conversation

Please, Just Tell Me What To Eat

Please, Just Tell Me What To EatThis is the greatest favor I can do for you as a nutritionist: A diet program that doesn’t tell you exactly which foods to eat and in what amounts. Empowering you to be in deeper relation­ship with food and with the genius in your body is the surest road to your most powerful metabolism.

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

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