Nov 172015
 
Alcohol Awareness Week: Top 10 Facts About Alcohol

THIS is Alcohol Awareness Week, focusing on “The Impact of Alcohol on Health and Society”. 1. When it first appeared in English in the 1540s “alcohol” was a fine powder produced by grinding. 2. In the 17th century it was a black powder made of antimony sulphide or lead sulphide used as eye make-up. 3. Its meaning changed from powders produced by distillation to the liquids produced by distillation. 4. Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary in 1755 defined alcohol as “An Arabick term used by chymists for […]

Oct 202015
 
High-stress jobs may have an increased risk of stroke: Study

People who have high-stress jobs may have an increased risk of stroke. The researchers found that people who had high-stress jobs were 22 percent more likely to experience a stroke than those who had low-stress jobs. Moreover, those with high-stress jobs were 58 percent more likely to have an ischemic stroke, which is the most common type of stroke, caused by a blockage of blood flow in the brain, compared to people with low-stress jobs. Contributed By Sonia Narula

Sep 112015
 
Poor diet emerges as the biggest contributor to early death around the world: Study

Poor diet has emerged as the biggest contributor to early death around the world, according to new analysis from the leading authorities on the global disease, with red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages among the foods implicated in 21% of global deaths. Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death in the UK, followed by high blood pressure and obesity. But the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) in the US says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few […]

Mar 122015
 
Top 10 facts about kidneys

1.The only occurrence of the world ‘kidney’ in Shakespeare is in Merry Wives of Windsor. 2.At the time, the word ‘kidney’ often referred to someone’s temperament, which is why Falstaff referred to “as man of my kidney”. 3.The word ‘kidneys’ occurs 18 times in the King James Bible, 14 of which are in Leviticus. 4.The average person’s kidneys account for only about half of a percent of their total body weight. 5.Our kidneys receive between 20 and 25 per cent of the blood pumped by […]

7 Reasons You Should Meditate

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Feb 172015
 
7 Reasons You Should Meditate

Sitting in total silence, palms facing upward and eyes closed, mouthing the traditional “Ommmmm” sounds, would seem a practice for monks and other ascetic humans. Turns out, various types of mindful meditation (no Tibetan temple needed) can fit perfectly into the lives of a 9-to-5 business man or woman. And plenty of science suggests the benefits can be great. Here are seven enlightening benefits. Dulls the ouch Though your back or other body part may be feeling the aches, part of that pain may actually […]

7 Most Absolutely Horrible Head Infections

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Jan 122015
 
7 Most Absolutely Horrible Head Infections

Recently, a college student in Korea reportedly went blind after leaving her contact lenses in her eyes around-the-clock for months. Amoebas infected her eyes, ate through her corneas and permanently damaged her retinas. And in recent summers, there have been a few deaths caused by Naegleria fowleri, known as the brain-eating amoeba — an infection picked up by swimming in lakes, rivers or hot springs. These tragic medical cases got us thinking: What are the worst infections to get in your head? Here’s a rundown […]

Here are 7 Ways the Mind and Body Change With Age

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Dec 032014
 
Here are 7 Ways the Mind and Body Change With Age

The poster child of aging seems to be a wrinkly-faced, forgetful, grumpy old man. But science is painting another, more in-depth picture of aging Americans. The elderly tend to become more happy, liberal and in many cases remain pretty darn sharp. Here are 7 ways we change as we get older. Lean liberal As wrinkles set in, so do a person’s rigid beliefs, many people have long assumed. Not true, according to a survey of more than 46,000 Americans between 1972 and 2004. While the […]

Unhappy people speak in a different tone: New Study

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Nov 042014
 
Unhappy people speak in a different tone: New Study

Therapists could pick up signs of depression just be listening to how their patients talk, after a study found that unhappy people speak in a different tone. Researchers discovered that vocal features change as feelings of depression get worse, becoming more gravelly, hoarse, and less fluent. They hope the findings will allow doctors or psychotherapists to spot when people are feeling down, even when they claim that they are happy. And they want to develop an app which records a patient’s voice pattern so that […]

Drinking three or more glasses of milk per day may be harmful to women’s health: Study

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Oct 292014
 
Drinking three or more glasses of milk per day may be harmful to women's health: Study

Drinking three or more glasses of milk per day may be harmful to women’s health, a new study suggests. Women in the study who downed at least three glasses of milk a day were nearly twice as likely to die over the next 20 years compared with their peers who drank less than a glass daily. In addition, the study found that women’s risk of bone fracture climbed steadily as their milk intake increased. That compound might induce oxidative stress and low-grade inflammation, and that […]

9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth

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Oct 242014
 
9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth

Humans have been battling viruses since before our species had even evolved into its modern form. For some viral diseases, vaccines and antiviral drugs have allowed us to keep infections from spreading widely, and have helped sick people recover. For one disease — smallpox — we’ve been able to eradicate it, ridding the world of new cases. But as the Ebola outbreak now devastating West Africa demonstrates, we’re a long way from winning the fight against viruses. The strain that is driving the current epidemic, […]

Fatty foods harm men more than women: Study

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Oct 202014
 
Fatty foods harm men more than women: Study

Men who munch on fatty foods are at increased health risks in comparison to women who consume high-fat meals, a new study has found, reports PTI. Researchers have found that male and female brains respond in remarkably different ways to high-fat meals. The findings may help to explain observed differences in obesity outcomes between women and men and suggest that dietary advice should be made more sex-specific, researchers said. “Our findings, for the first time, suggest that males and females respond to high-fat diets differently,” […]

Sense of invalidation can increase suicide risk in teens: Study

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Oct 062014
 
Sense of invalidation can increase suicide risk in teens: Study

Teenagers are a difficult lot to understand and handle but making them feel unwanted or invalidating their choices can push them towards suicidal tendencies. Suicide risk found that a high perception of family invalidation – or lack of acceptance – predicted future suicide events among boys, and peer invalidation predicted future self harm, such as cutting, among the teens in general. Among the negative feelings that can plague a teen’s psyche is a perception of “invalidation,” or a lack of acceptance. Contributed By Sonia Narula

How to Beef Up Your Brain

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Oct 042014
 
How to Beef Up Your Brain

Forget where you left your keys this morning? Or maybe you left your umbrella in the office before a rainy evening. Don’t worry, it’s probably not a sign of Alzheimer’s — everyone is a little forgetful now and then. But the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, which slowly deteriorate the brain’s capacity to make new memories, retrieve older ones and perform other mental and physical tasks, is on the rise as the baby boomer generation hits retirement age. A 2007 Alzheimer’s Association […]

Men and women may experience depression in different ways: Research

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Sep 302014
 
Men and women may experience depression in different ways: Research

Men and women can experience depression in different ways, and although they also share many common signs and symptoms, a better understanding of the differences may help those with depression, researchers say. “We have known about sex differences for years when it comes to depression, and they are absolutely essential to understanding the illness,” said Jill Goldstein, director of research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In one of the largest depression-related differences between […]