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How The Tone Of Your Tweets Can Predict Your Diet Success

How The Tone Of Your Tweets Can Predict Your Diet SuccessResearchers predicted dieting success—or failure—with an accuracy rate of 77 percent based on the sentiment of the words and phrases people used on Twitter.

Why We May Need To Rethink The Meaning Of Old Age

Why We May Need To Rethink The Meaning Of Old AgeThe life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years for the first time, scientists have predicted.

What Happens If You Treat Your Body With Respect?

Your Body Is A Valuable & Irreplaceable ObjectWhen you respect your body, you are in partnership with it. Treat your body as a structure worthy of respect and it will respond in kind. Abuse or ignore it and it will break down...

The Pros And Cons Of Taking A Nap

The Pros And Cons Of Taking A NapCatnap, kip, snooze, siesta; whatever you call naps, there is no doubt these once frowned-upon short sleeps are gaining acceptance.

Weight Loss Often Follows Divorce For Older Women

Weight Loss Often Follows Divorce For Older WomenThere have been lots of studies on marriage that focus on younger women, so researchers wanted to take a closer look at the health effects of marriage and divorce on older women.

How Lack Of Health Insurance Encourages Other Social Ills

How Lack Of Health Insurance Encourages Other Social IllsDismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement plan is projected to increase the nation’s uninsured population by 18 million in the first year after repeal and by 32 million in 2026, according to recent estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Some Sane Self-Talk About The Body

Some Sane Self Talk About The BodyThe reality for most of us is that sometimes the body does hurt. We can make it a lot easier for our bodies to do their wonderful job if we could just get ourselves out of the way.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Electronics At Bedtime Rob Kids Of Sleep

Electronics At Bedtime Rob Kids Of SleepChildren who use electronic devices at bedtime have more than double the risk of not getting enough sleep during the night compared to those who don’t use them.

Why Do We Get Dizzy?

Why Do We Get Dizzy?Many people in their lifetime experience a sudden feeling of dizziness, be it head spinning, light-headedness, a floating sensation or a loss of balance, sometimes associated with nausea. In fact, dizziness is a frequent complaint.

Why Your Light Bulbs Could Be Playing Havoc With Your Health

Why Your Light Bulbs Could Be Playing Havoc With Your HealthA recent newspaper article under the headline “High street eye test can provide early indication of dementia” highlighted yet another complex connection between the eye and the brain.

Anxiety Is Linked To Death From Cancer In Men

Anxiety Is Linked To Death From Cancer In MenAbout one in 14 people around the world are affected by anxiety disorders at any given time. Those who suffer from these conditions experience impairment, disability, and are at a high risk for substance abuse and suicide.

Inflammation From High BMI May Damage Brain

 Inflammation From High BMI May Damage BrainHaving a higher body mass index, or BMI, can negatively impact cognitive functioning in older adults, say researchers, who suggest inflammation is to blame.

How The Way You're Born And Fed Affect Your Immune System

How The Way You're Born And Fed Affect Your Immune SystemWe used to think foetuses had no bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract (the gut) until they began to accumulate microbes (bacteria, viruses and other bugs) on their way through their mother’s vagina.

Are We Sleeping Less Than We Used To?

We shall not be moved. Michael PettigrewMany of us might respond to this question with a resounding yes. It is easy to think that we all got better rest in those halcyon days when summers were long and hot, winters were snowy and life was a bit less frenetic.

The Secrets Of A Mentally Healthy Workplace

How To Build A Mentally Healthy WorkplaceMental health has long been the Cinderella of healthcare: left to scrape an existence while the bulk of funding and attention goes elsewhere.

Is It Safe To Wash Your Hands Too Often?

Is It Safe To Wash Your Hands Too Often?A battle is waging about how often and how carefully we should wash our hands. Many allergy experts say it is vital for our future health and that of our children to reduce hand washing and allow friendly microbes back into our mouths.

What Is Normal Vaginal Discharge And What's Not?

What Is Normal Vaginal Discharge And What's Not?V-juice, vovey-goo, vu-dew… there are many ways to describe the natural fluid that comes out of the vagina. It varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.

Your Care Differs If Your Doctor Is A Democrat Or Republican

Your Care Differs If Your Doctor Is A Democrat Or RepublicanResearchers surveyed a sample of primary care physicians in the United States and discovered that on politically sensitive health issues, patients receive substantially different care depending on whether their doctor is a Democrat or Republican.

3 Ways A Happy Spouse Can Keep You Healthy

3 Ways A Happy Spouse Can Keep You HealthyPeople with a happy spouse are much more likely to report better health over time, according to a new study of 1,981 couples. This occurred above and beyond their own happiness.

What's Happening When Your Joints Crack?

What's Happening When Your Joints Crack?We’ve all had the experience of standing up and hearing a loud pop in our back or hip, or trying to tiptoe through the house only to have our foot make a cracking sound each time we take a step. So what’s happening in our joints when this happens, and is it a bad sign?

Early Menopause Is More Than Annoying

Early Menopause Is More Than AnnoyingWomen who experience hot flashes and night sweats earlier in life are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than women with later-onset menopausal symptoms, a new study finds.

Why You Should Feed A Virus And Starve Bacteria When You're Sick

Why You Should Feed A Virus And Starve Bacteria When You're SickThink back to the last time you came down with a cold and what it felt like to be sick. For most people, the feeling of sickness is a set of psychological and behavioral changes including fatigue, lethargy, changes in appetite, changes in sleep patterns and a desire to be away from others.

Narrowing In On The Theory Of Aging

Narrowing In On The Theory Of AgingA new study increases and strengthens the links that have led scientists to propose the “transposon theory of aging.”

Why We Shouldn't Make Health And Well-being A Moral Issue

Why We Shouldn't Make Health And Well-being A Moral IssueApplying a human moral construct to nature by dividing foods and lifestyles into good and bad is misleading. In reality, nothing in nature is either good or bad. For instance, our bodies need cholesterol for a variety of important purposes, while exercise and sports can be dangerous and even capable of ending our lives prematurely.

Why You Should Dispense With Antibacterial Soaps

Why You Should Dispense With Antibacterial SoapsAn FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even have any benefit.

Why The Clumsiness, Food Cravings, And Moodiness When You're Pregnant?

pickles and ice cream 9 12My forgetful friend – the subject of my original article – gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day. She’s a beauty, and I know her mum agrees that the morning sickness, crazy sense of smell and forgetfulness were worth it in the end.

Is It Bad To Regularly Sleep Wearing Earplugs?

Is It Bad To Regularly Sleep Wearing Earplugs?“Never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear” is something we’ve been wisely cautioned against at some stage or another. But more of us are ignoring this advice.

Why The Brain Can't Forget Amputated Limbs

Why The Brain Can't Forget Amputated LimbsAmputees often report the phenomenon of “phantom limbs”, where they can still sense the presence of missing fingers, hands, arms, feet or legs, and even feel pain where the amputated parts once were. So far, science has had no explanation for this phenomenon.

New Pain Relief For Dental Work Goes Up Your Nose

New Pain Relief For Dental Work Goes Up Your NoseA Phase 3 clinical trial has deemed a nasal spray called Kovanaze safe and effective for avoiding pain at the dentist—including the sting of a numbing injection.

Further Studies On Gut Bacteria And Health

Further Studies On Gut Bacteria And HealthA new study, done by pooling data from most of those studies, throws cold water on the idea that extra pounds may stem from an imbalance of the bacteria inside us.

Why Males Are More Likely To Die Than Females

Why Males Are More Likely To Die Than FemalesSexual inequality begins in the womb, but not in the way you might think. In a study of more than 574,000 births in South Australia between 1981 and 2011, we found boys are more likely to be born preterm and the risk is greater for boys the earlier the birth.

Does Social Media Make Older People Healthier?

Does Social Media Make Older People Healthier?Older adults enjoy using Facebook, email, instant messaging, and other forms of social media—and doing so may even reduce loneliness and improve health.

Should Kids Be Given Antibiotics In Their First Year?

Should Kids Be Given Antibiotics In Their First Year?Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old. Antibiotic use is increasing, which directly affects the development of antibiotic resistance. This is now at crisis levels, meaning some infections are becoming untreatable.

What Are Those Lumps And Bumps On And Under The Skin?

An inflamed epidermal inclusion cyst. Steven Fruitsmaak/Wikimedia CommonsAs we age, the smooth skin of childhood gives way to all sorts of mysterious lumps and bumps. In a high-UV environment like Australia, we need to be very alert to the possibility of skin cancers. But most of the skin lumps we develop will be benign. Here are some of the most common, and how to tell them apart.

How Your Doctors' Job Satisfaction Affects Your Care

How Your Doctors' Job Satisfaction Affects Your CareWhen employees are engaged with their work and organization, they’re more likely to perform well. This is particularly important in the context of health, where engagement improves the efficiency and effectiveness of services, reduces staff absenteeism and turnover, increases patient satisfaction and improves safety.

How Your Body Clock Determines Whether You'll Get Ill

How Your Body Clock Determines Whether You'll Get IllFrom vitamin C and echinacea to warm clothes and antibacterial soap, there’s no shortage of ideas about how to prevent and manage colds and flu. Unfortunately, many of these are not based on solid scientific evidence.

What Happens When You Pull An All-nighter?

What Happens When You Pull An All-nighter?Ever wondered what happens inside your brain when you stay awake for a day, a night and another day, before you finally go to sleep? Well, we just found out.

How Much Sleep Is Actually Needed?

How Much Sleep Is Actually Needed?The demands of being a presidential candidate take a toll on sleep. And the demands are not likely to lessen for whomever is elected.

Why We Should Pay Doctors To Keep Patients Healthy

Why We Should Pay Doctors To Keep Patients HealthyWhile Australia’s health system compares well internationally, costs are rising. So are chronic diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital Stay

7 Tips to Relieve Information Overload During a Hospital StayAnyone admitted to a hospital faces stress and anxiety, often in tandem with pain and trauma. Add into this mix a bombardment of information and instructions from a sea of strangers, and it's easy to become overwhelmed. How can patients and their loved ones keep track of everything they need to know?

Can A Stem Cell Gene Called Nanog Reverse Aging?

Can A Stem Cell Gene Called Nanog Reverse Aging?In a series of experiments, an embryonic stem cell gene kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries, and other telltale signs of growing old.

Does Drinking Hot Tea In Summer Really Cool You Down?

Does Drinking Hot Tea In Summer Really Cool You Down?I remember as a child, on the rare warm days that we used to get in Britain, my grandmother telling me to “have a cup of black tea … it will help cool you down”. As a seven-year-old, this seemed like a crazy idea, especially when all I wanted was a cold lemonade and another ice cream.

Why Do You Feel Like You're Falling When You Go To Sleep?

Why Do You Feel Like You're Falling When You Go To Sleep?

It should be one of the most relaxing times of the day. You climb into bed, get comfortable and cosy, start to feel your brain slowing down … and then suddenly you experience a shocking falling sensation.

What Your Pee And Poo Color Says About Your Health

What Your Pee And Poo Color Says About Your HealthOut of the blue, I passed bright red pee. I freaked, thinking it was a sign of terminal disease. Then I remembered the roasted beetroot tarts served at the party the night before – so delicious I’d eaten three!

Can Menopause Really Be Reversed?

Can Menopause Really Be Reversed?Scientists in Greece claimed recently to have reversed the menopause. They did this by injecting blood plasma that contains platelets into the ovaries of eight women who had not menstruated for around five months in order to stimulate ovarian regeneration.

What Our Faces Can Tell About The State Of Our Health

What Our Faces Can Tell About The State Of Our HealthOur facial appearance influences how we feel about ourselves – and other people’s faces influence who we choose to approach or avoid and who we’d like to form romantic relationships with.

Why Emotional Abuse In Childhood May Lead To Migraines In Adulthood

Why Emotional Abuse In Childhood May Lead To Migraines In AdulthoodChild abuse and neglect are, sadly, more common than you might think. According to a 2011 study in JAMA Pediatrics, more than five million U.S. children experienced confirmed cases of maltreatment between 2004 and 2011. The effects of abuse can linger beyond childhood – and migraine headaches might be one of them.

2 Bedtime Habits For Babies To Fight Obesity

2 Bedtime Habits For Babies To Fight ObesityExperts say there are two bedtime habits that may help babies get more sleep and avoid gaining weight too quickly: earlier bedtimes and self-soothing.

The Founder Father Who Could Have Been Our Founding Physician

The Founder Father Who Could Have Been Our Founding PhysicianWhen Benjamin Franklin deferred to Thomas Jefferson in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, he did so for multiple reasons. He wished to avoid the annoyance of being edited by the committee of the whole Continental Congress, as Jefferson was, to Jefferson’s great distress.

Why We Regain Weight After Drastic Dieting

Why We Regain Weight After Drastic DietingA few years ago I proudly lost almost 15% of my weight. However last week I stared with disbelief at my scale as I realised all my efforts were in vain and I had regained all of the previously lost weight.

Why Stress Is More Likely To Cause Depression In Men

Why Stress Is More Likely To Cause Depression In MenAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), more women are affected by depression than men. This pattern is seen in countries around the world, including the United States.

How To Pick The Good From The Bad Smartphone Health Apps

How To Pick The Good From The Bad Smartphone Health AppsWith an estimated 100,000 health and fitness apps available on the two leading smartphone platforms, iOS and Android, it seems there is an app for everything – from tracking your bowel movements, to practising your pimple-popping technique.

Where Does the Path to Healing Begin?

Where Does the Path to Healing Begin?I find it sad that people have to keep discovering wisdom through their own tragedies. I am saying this in the hope that you will take the time to read on, learn from the wisdom of others, and not require a disaster to become your teacher.

If We Know So Much About Disease, Where Are All The Cures?

If We Know So Much About Disease, Where Are All The Cures?We know so much about the genes that cause disease, so why are we not approaching an age of Star-Trek-like medicine in which a doctor can wave a handheld device over a patient, claim to have sequenced the genes of the offending pathogen, then move rapidly to a cure?

How You Argue May Predict Your Future Health Trouble

How You Argue May Predict Your Future Health Trouble"Conflict happens in every marriage, but people deal with it in different ways. Some of us explode with anger; some of us shut down," says Claudia Haase. "Our study shows that these different emotional behaviors can predict the development of different health problems in the long run."

Exposure To Bright Light May Alter Blood Sugar

The study shows that blue-enriched light exposure acutely altered metabolic function in both the morning and the evening compared to dim light. (Credit: bptakoma/Flickr)

The study shows that blue-enriched light exposure acutely altered metabolic function in both the morning and the evening compared to dim light

Why We Can't Tickle Ourselves

feather 5 21Some of us are more ticklish than others, but nearly everyone is unable to tickle themselves. The answer is tied to how we see and how we perceive movement.

How Video Games Help Successful Aging

How Video Games Help Successful AgingSitting quietly in the corner, we watch a daily family ritual: in the living room awash with soft afternoon light, a six-year-old boy is sitting on the floor, controller in hand, eyes firmly on the television screen. His fingers expertly guide the colorful character in Skylanders, from time to time glancing over his shoulder and grinning at the figure on the sofa, his 68-year-old grandmother.

Can A Lack Of Love Be Deadly?

woman and childI taught myself about orphanages 12 years ago, not actually because of my work as a human biologist but because of my daughter. She was born in 2004 and her first 14 months of life were spent in an orphanage in China.

Is Social Media Making People Depressed?

Is Social Media Making People Depressed?Anyone who regularly uses social media will have had the experience of feeling envious of the fun their friends all seem to be having. This might especially be the case if you’re are sitting at home on a cold wet evening, feeling bored while everyone else is partying or having a glamorous holidays in the sun.

Small Changes May Help Us Avoid Weight Gain

start diet 5 17"Prevention is key for fighting obesity, but until now, we didn't have any concrete evidence for guiding patients on how to prevent that weight gain," says Deborah Tate. "Now, for the first time, we do."

Why Do Women's Eggs Run Out

Unfortunately women only have the eggs they’re born with. Kyle Brown/Flickr, CC BY-SAMost women will have been made aware they have a “biological clock” and that it’s ticking. Most know the older women become the harder it is for them to conceive. But most probably don’t know it’s because women are born with a limited supply of eggs, and eventually they will run out.

Understanding How Drugs Work

Understanding How Do Drugs WorkWhether a drug is prescribed by the doctor, bought over the counter or obtained illegally, we mostly take their mechanism of action for granted and trust they will do what they’re supposed to.

Do Cancer Cells Prefer Fat To Sugar?

(Credit: National Institutes of Health)"The idea that increased glucose uptake is a metabolic hallmark of cancer cells is deeply embedded in our thinking. It's the basis for how we diagnose cancer and manage its treatment in the clinic," says Gary Patti. Above: HeLa cells in culture.

Are We Feeding Our Toddlers A Risky Diet?

overweight toddler 4 22The food and drink young children in the UK are consuming could be putting their health at risk. In a new study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, we report that toddlers are consuming too much protein and too many calories for their age, putting them at risk of obesity in later life. We also found that

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

restless legs 4 12Restless leg syndrome is a common affliction characterised by uncomfortable feelings in the legs accompanied by an irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the sensations. People with restless leg syndrome often keep their legs moving by pacing or constantly moving their legs while sitting. The sensations commonly occur at

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?

Why The High Cost Of Publicly Funded Cancer Drugs?Patients with prostate cancer in England and Wales will now have early access to abiraterone, a drug which can delay the need for chemotherapy. The drug previously cost £3,000 a month, and was not considered “cost-effective” for the NHS until cancers were more advanced – even though patients in Scotland had access to it.

Why Discrimination Is Bad For Your Health And Your Kids

Why Discrimination Is Bad For Your Health And Your KidsThink about the last time you left the house. Did strangers on the street acknowledge your presence with a smile or avert their glance? Chances are that the answer depended on your age, gender and, of course, your race.

Seeing Private Medical Specialists Often Costs More Than You Expected

medical costs 4 5Around half of Australians have private health insurance. Most of us know that if we need to see a private specialist, we may face some out-of-pocket fees between what the doctor charges and the rebate we receive from Medicare and, if we’re having a procedure or operation, our private health fund.

How Your Local Train Station Can Predict Health And Death

Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities. AAP/Tracey NearmyThe association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations has been demonstrated in many different locations around the world. These include London and Glasgow in the UK and across the US including California.

A Beginner's Guide To Sex Differences In The Brain

A Beginner's Guide To Sex Differences In The BrainAsking whether there are sex differences in the human brain is a bit like asking whether coffee is good for you – scientists can’t seem to make up their minds about the answer. In 2013, for example, news stories proclaimed differences in the brain so dramatic that men and women “might almost be separate species.” Then in 2015, headlines announced that there...

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

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain Health

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain HealthThe human brain is the most extraordinary and complex object in the known universe. So it’s a little surprising that only recently has the concept of brain health begun to emerge. After all, if the body is a “temple”, then surely the brain must be the “high altar” as it generates all our thoughts, feelings and movements.

Facing A Physician Shortage, Can We Leave Medical School Grads On The Sidelines?

Facing A Physician Shortage, Can We Leave Medical School Grads On The Sidelines?Dr. Heidi Schmidt cannot practice medicine. The problem is not that she lost her license or was named in too many malpractice lawsuits. To the contrary, she has never held a license to practice medicine.

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest Killers

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest KillersThe World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers, lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Will Robots In Health Care Could Lead To A Doctorless Hospital?

Will Robots In Health Care Could Lead To A Doctorless Hospital?Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice. Do you take the traditional path with human medical staff, including doctors and nurses, where long-term trials have shown a 90% chance that.. 

How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Boost US Job Growth

How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Boost US Job GrowthAfter President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night, today’s discussion has largely focused on his tax proposals. While these are important measures, two other areas he addressed raise issues that will have at least as many consequences.

Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Fraudulent Prescriptions

Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Fraudlent Doctors

Ten years after Medicare's vaunted prescription drug program was signed into law, the Obama administration and Congress are re-evaluating whether it does enough to stop inappropriate prescribing and fraud by physicians.

Balancing Between Conservative Personal Responsibility and Liberal Nanny State

Balancing Between Conservative Personal Responsibility and Liberal Nanny StateFood does not get eaten unless you put it in your mouth, exercise doesn’t happen if you stay on the sofa and cigarettes have to be bought, unwrapped and lit in order to be smoked. At the end of the day, people behave in unhealthy ways because at some level they choose to.

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest Killers

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest KillersThe World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers, lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It focuses on how to reach the internationally agreed overarching target of a 25% reduction of premature mortality from these four major non-communicable diseases by 2025.

Wormy Pills Might Fend Off Autoimmune Diseases

Wormy Pills Might Fend Off Autoimmune Diseases

Scientists have identified peptides from parasitic hookworms that can calm the body’s immune response and perhaps pave the way to treat autoimmune diseases.

Step Out of the Rush and Relax

Step Out of the Rush and Relax

by Guy Finley. The more clearly we can see that it’s impossible to reach a place of rest by rushing to get there, the sooner we’ll arrive at the true solutions that allow us to relax, slow down, and realize the relaxed pace of an inwardly liberated life.

Medicare's Failure to Track Doctors Wastes Billions on Name-Brand Drugs

Medicare's Failure to Track Doctors Wastes Billions on Name-Brand Drugs

Medicare is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by failing to rein in doctors who routinely give patients pricey name-brand drugs when cheaper generic alternatives are available. ProPublica analyzed the prescribing habits of 1.6 million practitioners nationwide and found that a tiny fraction of them are having an outsized impact on spending in Medicare's massive drug program.

Infection Makes Mosquitoes Immune to Malaria Parasites

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Researchers established a bacterial infection in mosquitoes that helps fight the parasites that cause malaria. These infected insects could be a significant tool for malaria control....

How To Be Good to Yourself

by Marcelle Pick. The way you treat yourself can make an enormous difference in how your body, mind, and spirit respond. Changing your internal conversation is one key way to turn down the stress and turn up the relaxation. I’ve struggled with these issues, too, and I know how hard it can be to create a new conversation. The key is.........

Classification Of Endometrial Tumors Could Guide Treatment

Classification Of Endometrial Tumors Could Guide Treatment

Cancer of the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, is the fourth most common cancer among women in the United States. Experts predict that close to 50,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease in 2013, with more than 8,000 deaths.

Microscopic Star Shaped Tools To Take Biopsies

Researchers designed star-shaped microtools that close in response to body heat to grasp tissue samples. The microgrippers could be used to retrieve tissue samples in many hard-to-reach places.

Yawning is Contagious... but is it Good For You?

Yawning is Contagious... but is it Good For You?

by Donald McCown and Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D. Yawning may be better than meditation! Despite the fact that we yawn spontaneously five to ten times a day, and that it is a highly pleasurable event, comparatively little effort has gone into understanding why we yawn. But much of what

The Gifts That Cancer Diagnosis May Bring

The Gifts That Cancer Diagnosis May Bring

by BJ Gallagher. "The truth is, we don’t know that the cancer just might come bearing gifts ... and that this last year of her life might very well be the best..." Life changes after diagnosis...

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

Why Do Some People Heal and Others Don't?

by Meg Blackburn Losey, Ph.D. 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...

Responding to the News About a Health Challenge

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by Dr. Lee Jampolsky. Like most people, I was underprepared for a severe health challenge. I initially approached the news of my condi­tion in the same way I approached most things in life — with an "I can handle this" attitude. I attempted to push my more vulnerable feelings and

Arrestin Developments

Arrestin Developments

Researchers visualized a key step in how signals from outside the cell are muted within. The finding gives insight into the complex system that controls how all the cells in our bodies behave. This knowledge could have implications in the design of many drugs.

Neck Pain Nemesis: Six Travel Precautions to Avoid a Pain in the Neck

Neck Pain Nemesis: Six Travel Precautions to Avoid A Pain in the Neck

by Dr. Jay Lipoff. The neck is the forgotten area of the spine, especially during travel. And although many people have accepted neck soreness as normal, it’s not. If you ignore the pain, you may be setting yourself up for headaches, radiating pain, disc pain, shoulder tightness and arthritis.

Surviving Breast Cancer Creating Wellness

Sur­viving Breast Cancer & Creating Wellness

by Greg Anderson. Sur­viving breast cancer is not simply about treating illness. It is primar­ily about creating wellness. I have come to this deeply held belief based on extensive surveys and interviews with more than sixteen thousand cancer survivors...

Dimethylamylamine Potentially Dangerous to Health, FDA Warns

Dimethylamylamine Potentially Dangerous

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using all available tools at its disposal to ensure that dietary supplements containing a stimulant called dimethylamylamine (DMAA) are no longer distributed and available for sale to consumers in the marketplace.

About Cannabis: Its Role in Herbal Medicine

About Cannabis: Its Role in Herbal Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture

by Julie Holland, M.D. The very basic idea of plant-as-medicine dates back to before recorded history. Cannabis has been a medicine since at least 2800 BCE, and until the 1940s, it was listed in America’s pharmacopeia. In the past few decades, we have seen a return to herbal remedies and

Cholesterol as Target for Age-Related Vision Loss

Research in mice suggests that targeting cholesterol metabolism in the eye may help prevent progression of a severe form of age-related macular degeneration....

Gut Microbes Affect Weight After Gastric Bypass

Gut Microbe

A study in mice suggests that gastric bypass surgery may result in weight loss in part by altering microbes in the gut. The finding may lead to a better understanding of how microbes influence energy balance.

Chelation Therapy May Help Reduce Cardiovascular Events

Chelation therapy—an unproven alternative treatment for heart disease—modestly reduced cardiovascular events in adults who’d suffered a prior heart attack. findings weren’t conclusive but will help guide future research....

Technique Directs Immune Cells to Target Leukemia

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A type of targeted immunotherapy induced remission in adults with an aggressive form of leukemia that had relapsed in 5 patients. The early results of this ongoing trial show the potential of the approach....

How Resveratrol May Fight Aging

How Resveratrol May Fight Aging

A new study gives insight into how resveratrol—found in grapes, red wine and nuts—may ward off certain age-related diseases. e findings could help in the development of new treatments....

Immune Cells Regulate Brain Development

Nerve and Brain Cells

Scientists discovered a new role for immune cells called microglia in the developing brain. The finding may reveal insights into neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and schizophrenia....

It's Not My Fault I'm Fat?

Genes, Junk Food, And Weight

Why do some people gain weight more easily than others? A study of mice eating the mouse equivalent of a fast-food diet gives insight into how genetics can influence obesity....

The Great Deception: Finding Your True Heart

The Great Deception: Finding Your True Heart

by Tony Burroughs. It always seems strange to me that when I go to a sporting event in a large stadium and they play the national anthem, almost everyone in the crowd stands up and supposedly holds their hand over their heart, off to the side of their chest. But

A Big Killer: Cancer Feeds on Sugar

A Big Killer: Sugar Feeds Cancer

by Connie Bennett. While we often hear that cancer may be linked to smoking, asbestos, pollution, pesticides, sun exposure, or red meat, one of the best-kept secrets is that sugar fuels the growth of cancer. Don’t believe me? Consider a few studies...

Water Cleanse for Vitality and Health

Water Cleanse for Vitality and Health

by Tami Quinn, Beth Heller. Water is essential in supporting proper functioning in the body. Water helps with the transportation of hormones, nutrients, oxygen, and antibodies throughout the bloodstream and lymphatic system. Water can also benefit our physical appearance by helping hydrate cells, making the skin look plumper and less

Stress!!! How to Manage Its Impact on You Your Life

Stress Kills! How to Manage Its Impact on You

by Chuck Fata & Suzette Hodnett. Our bodies have forgotten how relaxation feels. We have come to accept our fast-paced, over-loaded, and increasingly impersonal lives as normal. As self-help author and motivational speaker Richard Carlson stated, "

Genes Affect Sex Differences in Behavior

Men and women can seem like they’re from different planets sometimes. Hormones help drive those differences. A new study shows how genes pass on the message. Hormones are the body's signaling molecules. They affect many aspects of development and biology. Researchers have long known that the sex

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New Method Builds Bone

Researchers have developed a way to direct the body's own stem cells to the outer bone to build new, strong bone tissue. The method, developed in mice, may lead to new treatments for osteoporosis and other bone diseases that affect millions of people....

Scientists Find Target for Resveratrol

Resveratrol, a compound found most famously in grapes and red wine, seems to ward off several age-related diseases. However, its mechanism of action has been elusive. Researchers have now found a direct molecular target for the compound. The finding may lead to drugs that can prevent...

Ancient Roots of Social Networks

Modern social networks, from small networks of friends and family to entire countries, are based on cooperation. A new study suggests that our early ancestors may have had social networks strikingly similar to those of modern societies.....

Restricted Diet Affects Surgery Risk

surgery lSeveral days on a restricted diet may help the body better cope with the stress of surgery. New findings from a mouse study point the way toward potential strategies for reducing surgical risks in people....

Fending Off Cardiovascular Disease

debate1 cropA new study confirms that controlling traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, substantially lowers the chance of major events like heart attack or stroke over the course of a lifetime....

Looking Inside Viruses

Looking Inside VirusesSince the discovery of the microscope, scientists have tried to visualize smaller and smaller details of cells and microbes. Now, researchers have developed a new way to see tiny structures within viruses....

Manganese May Prevent Toxin Damage

A new study suggests that manganese, an essential nutrient, may prevent the deadly effects of Shiga toxin. E. infections, which currently affect millions worldwide.

Foodborne illness is often caused by bacteria...

How Often Should Women Have Bone Tests?

bone lExperts recommend that older women have regular bone density tests to screen for osteoporosis. But it's been unclear how often to repeat the tests. A study of nearly 5,000 women now reports that patients with healthy bone density on their first test might safely wait 15 years...

Body Produces “Industrial” Lubricant for Metal Hip Implants

Graphic of hip showing metal-on-metal implant.

A lubricating layer made of graphitic carbon naturally forms in the joints of metal-on-metal hip implants, a new study shows. This solid layer, produced within the body, is more like an industrial lubricant than joint fluid. The finding may help researchers design longer-lasting metal-on-metal hips for...

New Insights Into Old Anti-Fungal Drug

For more than 50 years, doctors have used the drug Amphotericin B (AmB) to treat systemic fungal infections. In a new study, researchers revealed a novel mode of action for the drug. Their findings could lead to safer and more effective anti-fungal medications....

Researchers Find Cause of Rare Immune Disease

Immune lNIH scientists have identified a genetic mutation that causes cold temperatures to trigger allergic reactions—a condition called cold urticaria. In addition to pointing the way toward a potential cure, this finding will help shed light on how the immune system functions....

Most Stillbirths Caused by Placental, Pregnancy Conditions

stillbirths lHalf of all stillbirths result from pregnancy disorders and conditions that affect the placenta, according to a new report. Risk factors already known at the start of pregnancy—such as previous pregnancy loss or obesity—accounted for only a small proportion of the overall risk of stillbirth....

Gene Therapy Helps Patients with Hemophilia

A single dose of an experimental gene therapy boosted production of a missing blood-clotting factor in people with hemophilia, a new study shows. The therapy might give patients a long-term solution for preventing dangerous bleeding episodes....

Rats Show Empathy, Too

A new study shows that empathy may drive rats to help each other. The finding gives insight into the biological roots of our urge to assist others in need. The model the researchers developed will also provide an opportunity for further study....

Less Medication Effective for Wheezing Preschoolers

wheezing lChildren with recurrent wheezing who are in danger of developing asthma fared no better taking daily low doses of inhaled corticosteroid than taking higher doses only as needed. The children given treatment only as needed received far less total medication during the yearlong study....

Prenatal Steroids Reduce Brain Injury in Preemies

preemies lSome of the tiniest premature babies are more likely to survive and have less brain injury if their mothers receive prenatal steroids. The finding provides the first strong evidence that steroids can benefit preemies born as early as the 23rd week of pregnancy....

Antibodies Protect Against HIV in Mice

Researchers have devised a gene transfer technique in mice that, with a single injection, protects the immune cells that HIV targets. With further development, the approach may prove effective at helping to prevent HIV infection in people....

Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You

Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier YouAre you stressed-out, overweight, overworked, uninspired, or plagued by negative emotions? Don't worry — anyone can achieve greater health and happiness by trying out some new behaviors and attitudes, and working at it step-by-step. Here are nine proven ways to get there.

Do Faith and Prayer Strengthen Your Immune System?

Do Faith and Prayer Strengthen Your Immune System?Healing can include dramatic, sudden physical cures, but is not confined to the 'miraculous' or the spectacular. Perhaps for most people, the healing power of faith involves a healing of the mind and emotions, the intangible spirit, and of relationships with others.

Practical Reasons and Methods to Access Higher Consciousness

Practical Reasons and Methods to Access Higher ConsciousnessHave 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.

How To Use Sonic Sounds for Healing Yourself and the Planet

How To Use Sonic Sounds for Healing Yourself and the PlanetSound is third-dimensional. When the angels add their energy to sound it becomes a fast-frequency sonic emitted for specific high-vibrational purposes. We may not be able to hear it because it is beyond our auditory range and our understanding of it is limited but it has a powerful effect.

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.

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 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.

Protecting Your Energy and Your Aura

 Protecting Your Energy and Your AuraA strong mind can cope with a weak body, while even a strong body is no use if you have a weak mind. Remember that your aura is simply an extension of you. When strong, it acts as a protective shield. When fragile or damaged, it can leave you drained, unwell, and feeling disconnected from yourself.

What Is Psychoanalysis and It's Uses?

What Is Psychoanalysis and It's Uses?Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a way of treating longstanding psychological problems that is based on the belief behaviours have underlying drivers which may be unrecognised and unconscious.

The Positive Benefits of Sunlight

The Positive Benefits of SunlightEver since I was a child, I chased the sun. I was ecstatic in the summer and miserable in the winter. My parents would have to chase after me to wear a hat and long sleeves because I wouldn’t think about sunburns or skin cancer at all, all I could think about was JOY.

Two Forms of Nature Medicine: Sunlight and Forest Bathing

Two Forms of Nature Medicine: Sunlight and Forest BathingIn this modern age, we tend to run from the sun due to what I believe to be understandable but overblown concerns about skin cancer. Since the time of the Greeks, heliotherapy (sun therapy) has been a valuable way to heal the body and balance the mind.

Working with Water: Sacred Rituals

Working with Water: Sacred RitualsA few years ago, I gave conferences in Montreal regarding the healing properties of natural spring water. I was fascinated by the reports of people drinking natural spring water and stating that many of their illnesses vanished or greatly improved just by drinking such water.

Why Hypnosis Is Less Far Fetched And Far More Important

A new TV show would have us believe a powerful hypnotist can make us do whatever he says while we are powerless to resist or even realise. Evan/Flickr, CC BYA new TV show would have us believe a powerful hypnotist can make us do whatever he says while we are powerless to resist or even realise. Channel Nine’s new game show You’re Back in the Room debuted to high ratings on Sunday night.

Is recycled blood safer than a transfusion?

Patients whose own red blood cells are recycled and returned during heart surgery get more oxygen where it’s most needed compared to patients who get transfusions from a blood bank.

Healing with Color: Lupus, Liver, and Life

Healing with Color: Lupus, Liver, and LifeIn 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.

The Amazing Power of Music Therapy: A Fusion of Art and Science

The Amazing Power of Music Therapy: A Fusion of Art and ScienceIn my practice as a speech language pathologist and music therapist, I’m able to use music to serve a variety of patients with an array of needs. Children with autism tend to be more attentive to musical sounds than speech sounds. For cancer patients, I’ll use songs of hope and resilience. I’ve helped patients preparing for surgery...

Building Bone Density Safely and Naturally

Building Bone Density Safely and NaturallyWBV (whole body vibration) is famous for promoting bone growth. Extensive research over the last forty years has shown that WBV safely promotes and increases bone density, more so than conventional exercise, which has long been understood to be important for healthy bone development.

The Healing Power of Breath: Do You Know How To Breathe?

The Healing Power of Breath: Do You Know How To Breathe?A healthy routine of ample, complete breathing replete with prana, which nourishes every cell, can revitalize your life. The yogis of India believe that proper breathing can annihilate all disease from this planet. In addition, the power of prana in breath can increase mental capacity, happiness, self-confidence...

Instantaneous Healing using Psychoshamanism

Instantaneous Healing using PsychoshamanismJust as a disease can announce itself suddenly, healing can also arrive in an instant. A sudden illness is called unfortunate, while a sudden healing is called a miracle. However, both take part in the same essence: they are forms of the language of the subconscious.

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking Members

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking MembersHealth insurance for freelancers can be expensive. When employed by a company, health insurance is generally covered, but strike out on your own and you find yourself paying several hundred dollars or more per month for minimal coverage. As freelancers are expected to make up fifty percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, one can’t help but think there has to be a better way—and there is.

Importance Of Choosing Medical Tests And Treatments Wisely

Importance Of Choosing Medical Tests And Treatments WiselyPicture this scenario: Seven days ago you had a really bad attack of back pain. You can hardly get out of bed, and getting dressed and in and out of the car is slow and painful. It’s making life seem miserable. You’re middle-aged but, other than this pain, are well.

How Sound Balancing Came to Be: My Journey of Discovering the Biofield

How Sound Balancing Came to Be: My Journey of Discovering the BiofieldI began experimenting with the tuning forks with a few of my massage therapy clients. I found that if a client was complaining of pain in a particular area, the fork would produce either a loud, sharp tone or a tone full of static and “noise.” After holding the fork over the area, I found that after a few moments the tone would become clear...

What Western Medicine Doesn’t Know: West vs. East

What Western Medicine Doesn’t Know: West vs. East

In our Western culture, doctors attain mystical status. As our holy men and women, they hold the power of life and death in their hands, and whatever they say is gospel. Few brave souls ever question their doctors. Whatever prescriptions given, especially to vulnerable, elderly patients, are taken without objection or inquiry...

Healing Yourself by Creating Art: The Muse That Heals

Healing Yourself by Creating Art: The Muse That Heals

When art is expressed from the deepest levels of our being, profound healing occurs. Just as you may not consider yourself an artist, you may not think of yourself as a healer, either. You may have never used this powerful inner part of yourself consciously...

Energy Medicine: An Emerging Paradigm

Energy Medicine: An Emerging Paradigm

The prevailing industrial age view of the human body as a machine whose parts occasionally break down, requiring repair only to that part without regard to the whole human being and the sources of the problem, is a health model that will increasingly be replaced by a more unified theory of what a human being truly is.

Why Are Some Generic Drugs Getting So Expensive?

Why Are Some Generic Drugs Getting So Expensive?More than eight out of every 10 prescriptions dispensed in the US is generic. This growth is due to a large number of top-selling drugs going off patent over the past decade, as well as innovations in the retail sector, such as Walmart’s US$4 generic program. Over this period, generic drug prices declined or held steady, saving American consumers tens of billions of dollars annually.

Making Acupuncture, Yoga, and Massage Affordable For All

Making Acupuncture, Yoga, and Massage Is Affordable For All

Fewer high school students smoked cigarettes in 2013 than in previous years, while more adults are delaying health care because they can't afford it. These are among the insights of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest annual report, released in May.

Energy Medicine and Intuition: Skills Based in Self-Esteem

Energy Medicine and Intuition

by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. I firmly believe that intuitive or symbolic sight is not a gift but a skill -- a skill based in self-esteem. Developing this skill -- and a healthy sense of self -- becomes easier when you can think in the words, concepts, and principles of energy medicine...

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