Six Top Benefits Of Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a popular new trend in skin care, as you may have seen it on TikTok videos. This multifunctional nutrient is available in moisturizers and cleansers, which can improve your skin's health in many ways. Alok Vij MD, dermatologist, says that Niacinamide can be found in skin care products. It is used to treat eczema and other skin conditions such as eczema. Although Niacinamide is the "it" product right now, it has...

The Do's and Don’ts of Weaning Your Baby From Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding (chestfeeding) is a time when you spend more hours in the morning, lunch, and evenings than usual. Your little one will love you more than you know. This is a great thing. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you breastfeed your baby exclusively during the first six months. After that, it's recommended to gradually introduce solid food. AAP recommends that breastfeeding be continued for at least two years. Breastfeeding is ...

How To Treat Treatment Resistant Depression

Depression can make it difficult for people to begin treatment. However, what happens if even though you take the first step toward treatment your depression lingers? A psychiatrist might diagnose you with "treatment-resistant" depression. This is a form of depressive disorder that resists all the commonly prescribed medications and therapies. This type of depression is not uncommon. About a third of depression sufferers experien...

Is it possible to let your baby know you are pregnant as soon as possible?

Are you late for your period? You are curious to know if the bread is in fact baking? Some people find it difficult to get pregnant. Others just get pregnant. You may wonder how long you will be able to tell if you are pregnant if you have had unprotected sexual relations in the past. These tests are 99% accurate. But with something so important like whether or not you will have a child, how can you rely on plastic from the grocery store's health a...

What is the Average length of Time Alcohol Stays in your System?

After a few drinks, it's natural to wonder how long the alcohol stays in your body. If a person is drinking in excess, they can detect alcohol in urine from 12 to 130 hours. The biomarker phosphatidylethanol, which measures alcohol intake and can be found in urine for up to 14 days, is Phosphatidylethanol. The breath can also be tested for alcohol, and it is detectable in saliva as well. Alcohol can also be found in hair at the root....

How can you Tell if your Baby is Ready for Formula Withdrawal?

Follow the recipe. Give it to your little one. Wash, rinse, repeat. Parents of formula-fed babies will know that this routine has been repeated many times per day for almost a decade. Is the end in sight? Is it time for babies to stop drinking formula? Breast milk and formula should be consumed until a baby is one year old. Radhai Prabhakaran MD, pediatrician says formulas have vitamins and iron for them. From the age of nine months, to one year old, babies need at lea...

How can Lucid Dreams be Achieved?

Our lives have been marked by dreams. Although they can appear fantastical, brain-driven hallucinations may feel very real and cause all kinds of emotions including sadness or fear. The concept of lucid dreams takes things to another level. Lucid dreaming is the process of realizing within a dream that it is not reality. Some people also have the capability to alter the plot of their dream as it develops. What percentage of the truth is it true? And how many of the...

Does Aphrodisiacs Work?

How can spice up your kitchen make it easier to do the same thing in the bedroom? Dark chocolate and oysters have been long regarded as natural aphrodisiacs that can increase your sex drive. They work, but are they really effective? The answer is yes, and the other. The majority of research shows that aphrodisiacs are largely in our heads. But, the placebo effect...

Exercise and Schizophrenia - What is the Link?

You are more susceptible to developing physical and mental health issues that can impact your life expectancy. Because of this, experts continue to study treatment and lifestyle options that may improveyour overall well-being. Research has shown that exercising can prevent schizophrenia from developing. How does exerciserelateto schizophrenia? Schizophrenia can cause weight gain. It could be due to a poor diet or lack exercise. Certain medications can ...

Is there a Difference between OCD and Perfectionism?

Are you meticulous about organizing your clothes by color in your closet? You might also keep a detailed calendar with blocks of time for eats, sleep, and commutes. Perhaps you've wondered if your routines aren't enough. OCD, which is an acronym for obsessive compulsive disorder, is often used in jokes and conversations to refer to a light-hearted condition. Sometimes it's tempting to give these small perfectionist quirks a label. However, these are ...

Do Antidepressants Work?

Answer: Yes! Answer: Yes! Answer: Yes! Antidepressants do not work. This is not to be Clintonian, but the definition of "work" will determine whether or not antidepressants actually work. The controversial Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that concluded antidepressants were no better than placebos in treating most patients with depression . Jay Fournier...

Ask your Doctors: How Common are Allergies to BHT (a Food Preservative)?

The preservative BHT in many foods really can do a disservice to me. BHT is a preservative in many food products. I have experienced severe headaches, nausea, stomach upset, fever, and other symptoms after eating one serving. These allergies are quite common. How do I prevent them from happening? BHA, or butylated, hydroxyanisole, is an antioxidant used in preserving a variety of foods...

The Best and Worst Oils For Your Health

1. Olive Oil The famously healthy Mediterranean diet includes olive oil as a key ingredient. It is great for drizzled on pastas and salads. Palumbo states that extra-virgin olive oils are her favourite oil. Virgin olive oils are those in which the oil has been extracted without using chemicals, and extra virgin is the highest grade, according to Berkeley Wellness at the University of California. Palumbo says that "Extra-virgin Olive Oil" contains over 30 differ...

Studies Suggest Better Approaches To Staying Clot-Free

Research suggests that doctors could be guided better by genetic testing. People with abnormal heartbeats are often prescribed bloodthinners to protect against stroke and heart attacks. The researchers found that Warfarin is an extremely popular drug, however, it can also be difficult to take. According to the American Heart Association, patients who take too much Warfarin can experience unusual bleeding and possibly vomiting. But doctors who used genetic t...

Coconut Oil: Should You Use It on Your Skin?

Perhaps you have used coconut oil in your baking, or even blended it with coffee . Coconut oil may be a common ingredient in your pantry. Is it possible that this oil made from coconut palm trees could also be in your skin care refrigerator? For a long time, coconut oil has been an excellent choice as a natural option for skin care. The oil has natural properties, a smooth texture, and a wonderful scent. But is th...

When it Comes to Jogging, Easy Does It: Study

Research suggests that some jogging can help improve your health. But, not enough could be harmful. "In this study, the dose of running that was most favorable for reducing mortality was jogging 1 to 2.4 hours per week, with no more than three running days per week," said study researcher Jacob Marott of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to Marott, the slowest pace (or average) was about...

Long-term Sitting is Linked to Breast and Colon Cancers

According to recent estimates, 173,000 cancer cases are caused by sitting. Christine Friedenreich (an epidemiologist from Alberta Health Services-Cancer Care in Canada) said that physical inactivity can be linked to up to 49,000 breast cancer cases and 43,000 colon cancer cases per year in the United States. According to our research, breast and colon cancers are the most affected by exercise. Friedenreich presented he...

How Mullein Benefits your Lungs

Everybody has their own favorite remedies for the common cold and other respiratory ailments: vitamin C for immunity, zinc for sore throats and chicken soup. Mullein can now be added to this list. Mullein has been used for centuries to treat respiratory conditions. Is it possible to make it work? Sobia Khan MD, functional medicine specialist shares her thoughts on mullein as well the difficulties in finding h...

Fruit Leathers Have Detectable Pesticides: Report

Many brands of fruit leathers, a popular children's snack, have detectable levels of pesticides, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization aiming to improve human health and the environment. Pesticides can also be detected in dried fruit snacks. It released the results today in a report, "Fruit leather: A snack sometimes chock full of pesticides ...

What do you need to have a refrigerator for skin care?

Yes, your refrigerator is in your kitchen. Perhaps you have even a mini refrigerator, where beer and wine can be stored or snacks kept cold. What about one refrigerator that is dedicated to skin care products only? The recent popularity of skin care refrigerators among social media users would lead you to believe you must have one. How important is it to store your skin care products on ice. Melissa Pilian...

How it Helps Relieve Pain

Is your body constantly feeling tight? Do you feel tightness in your body? Are your shoulders, neck and back aching? Myofascial release may be the solution to the pain you are experiencing. What is Myo? ? It's 100% legit, we promise. We're going to start by explaining the basics if this is something you have never heard of. "Myo" is the abbreviation for muscular tissue. Chad Adams DC, chiropractor states that Fa...

Is City Living a Threat to Your Mental Health?

Living in a city is often stressful. Living in cities can be more stressful than living in rural areas due to higher levels of crime, poverty, isolation, and other environmental stresses. For years studies have consistently linked the risk of developing schizophrenia to urban environments-but researchers are only beginning to understand why this association exists. Addressing the link is increasingly urgent: According to a recent U.N. report, the proportion...

The Hidden Supporter Of Cancer: Your Fat

Fat has more energy per pound than any other nutritional substance. It's not surprising, then that some cancer cells have a preference to grow in fat tissues. According to a new study by researchers at the Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI) at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), melanomas prefer to grow near adipose (fat) tissue. Richard White (a surgeon-scientist from the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, SKI), led the team. He found that melanomas will actively consume l...

Canned Tuna May Contain Excessive Mercury

Canned albacore tuna purchased by U.S. schools contains more mercury than what government officials have reported, raising the risks for some tuna-loving kids, according to a new study from a coalition of advocacy groups. Children who eat two medium servings of albacore, or white, tuna per week could be exposed to as much as six times the dose that federal guidelines consider safe, according to the report prep...

Study: Fluoride Crucial To Prevent Cavities

If your toothpaste is fluoride -free, brushing and flossing alone aren't enough to keep cavities away, according to a recent study. Philippe Hujoel (a leading researcher and professor of oral hygiene sciences at the University of Washington) says that fluoride can help you prevent cavities. It's more than just keeping your teeth clean. Over the years dental specialists have debated whether the clean tooth' or'sound tooth' hypothesis is...

Argan Oil: 5 Benefits for Hair And Skin

Argan oil is a product that you have likely seen while shopping in the beauty aisle of a drug store. It's not surprising that argan oil is so popular. This honey-colored oil comes from a Morocco plant and seems to have all the right properties - such as keeping your skin moisturised and silky-smooth. You may be familiar with what social media influencers have said about it, but what's the actual science behind and health benefits of using this so-called "liquid gold"? Shilpi Khe...

Studies on Antiperspirants And Underarm Bacteria

That antiperspirant may keep you dry, but it might also disrupt the bacterial "community" that resides in your armpits, a new, small study suggests. Researchers say it is not known if disruptions have any adverse effects or if they could be advantageous. These findings, which were published online in Peer J on Feb. 2, raise concerns about modern life's potential impact on the human "microbiome." This term is used to describe the billions of microb...

How to Avoid Germs while Traveling, according To Experts

It is not a good idea to be sick after a vacation. Traveling can pose a risk to your immune system, as we have seen with the Pandemic. Traveling can lead to stress, disrupted sleeping and eating habits, as well as long hours in an airplane or car. But, perhaps most importantly, it exposes you to many new and unfamiliar pathogens. Germ magnets can include places like hotels, airports and restaura...

New Study Finds no Connection between Salt And Heart Disease

A controversial new study is questioning the oft-repeated connection between the consumption of too much salt and the development of cardiovascular disease. The meta-analysis, published online today in the American Journal of Hypertension1, examined the results of seven clinical studies and found no solid proof that reducing salt consumption prevents heart conditions. While the World Health Organization sug...

Diabetes and AFib: How do they Relate?

AFib is more common in people with diabetes. Although it is not known if diabetes directly causes AFib, there are significant risk factors. Both can have a negative impact on your health. Studies have found that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes likely raise your risk of developing AFib, though the link seems to be greater if you have type 2. At least one study found that men with type 1 diabetes have a slightly higher than average risk of d...

Here are 5 Ways to Rid yourself of Strawberry Legs

Do you have dark patches on the legs that appear in clusters after shaving? It's not uncommon. This is a common sign of skin conditions, which are often called Strawberry Legs. Although it may be annoying or embarrassing, strawberry legs can actually be treated and prevented. Matthew Janik MD, dermatologist says that these dark spots look similar to seeds on strawberrie...

The link between coffee and RA

Do you love coffee ? Are you able to savor two to three cups of coffee per day? This is not a common problem. Americans consume an average of three cups per day. Are you suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Studies show mixed messages. While some research shows that drinking coffee can make your RA worse than it does for others, other studies don't support this co...

Aloe Vera Sunburn Treatment: Is It Effective?

Sunburn is something we all feel. You feel your skin turn pinker and warmer to the touch. Even changing clothes can make you cry. You have many options for sunburnrelief, but aloe vera gel is one of the most popular. Sunburns can be treated with the gel that is naturally made from aloe vera plant. Although aloe Vera is known for its soothing properties, it's not sufficient to completely treat sunburned skin. Paul Benedetto MD, a dermatologist, explains wh...

Do You Need To Try Hair Oiling?

Your hair goes through many things, from shampoos to heat styling. We are all always on the lookout for new ways to pamper our hair. Could it be your hair is in dire need of an oil change Hair oiling, an ancient technique used to nourish and moisturize the hair, is believed to be an essential step towards ensuring that your hair has a healthy balance of vitamins. Is oiling your hair the right thing for you? Shilpi Khatarpal MD is a dermatologist who explains...

Are Hip-Opening Exercises Effective For Relaxing Tight Hips?

Although the earth's weight rests on your shoulders and hips, it is your hips that carry you around the day. You can squat, walk and climb stairs with their support. The hip joints allow you to turn from left-to-right and go forward, backward and sidesways. The power of your hips allows you to accomplish amazing feats. However, if you sit a lot or wear the wrong shoes, your hips can become weaker and cause tightness. ...

What your Oral Health has on your overall Health

It's obvious that you should brush your teeth every day. But it isn't just about keeping your smile white and preventing decay. Your overall well-being and health depend on your oral hygiene. Dental health can be linked to overall health. If your gums and teeth aren't healthy, it could cause other problems like stroke or heart disease. Sasha Ross DMD, MS is a periodontist who explains how good oral hygiene can help you maint...

Studies Show that Endometriosis May Increase Stroke Risk.

One in 10 women has endometriosis . This is when endometrial tissue, which looks like endometrium, grows on the outside of their uterus and affects other organs. Endometriosis occurs when women reach childbearing years. Although it can often cause pain and fertility issues, the condition has been long treated as a health issue. But a new study highlights the importance of understanding how endometriosis may affect other parts of ...

Reminiscence of your Dreams: REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

"It was the most bizarre dream I've ever had!" Many of us have a lot to laugh at the bizarre situations we face while drifting through REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep. Those dreams , however, are not for those with REM sleeping disorder (RBD), or their spouses. Marri Horvat MD, MS is a sleep specialist and neurologist who discusses RBD, its effects on your sleep, and the treatment options. What's Rem sleep behavior ...

Common Myths Regarding HIV And AIDS

About 1.2 Million Americans are infected with the human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 34,000 new HIV cases will develop in 2019 according to the CDC. This number is actually 8% lower than 2015's figure of 37,800. HIV has long been stigmatized and misinformation have been used to cover it up. Pandemics have shown that fear is a major factor in all this. Wh...

Are you Concerned about Candles being Toxic?

It's no surprise candles are used in mindfulness and religious traditions all over the world. We respond to fire as a foundation for human existence. A 2014 study in Evolutionary Psychology found that even looking at a recording of a hearth or campfire can induce physical and mental relaxation. So it's not surprising that many people love to light candles in their h...

What Tumors Can Do to Resist Chemotherapy

Taxol (paclitaxel), a powerful chemotherapy drug, causes cancer cells to self-destruct. However, some tumors continue to survive. Two studies have now independently pinpointed a gene that lies behind at least part of this resistance. This discovery may help oncologists to predict the likelihood of patients responding to Taxol or drugs that have similar effects. The discovery could al...

How Teens Should Be Taking Supplements and Diets

Your teencontinues to explore the world and learn more about themselves. They will naturally start to inquire about their body, including weight, diet, and how they build muscle. Ellen Rome MD MPH is an adolescent medicine specialist. She says, "Weight loss and weight gain are frequently at the top of their list of questions when they come to me." Many teens are confused about whether weight loss is healthy or unhealthy. Dr. Rome offers som...

Does Metformin Cause Weight Loss?

Metformin, a type 2 diabetes medication, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used in treating high blood sugar or hyperglycemia. Minisha, MD, an endocrinologist certified in New York City, says that Metformin is considered to be a first-line drug in treating type 2 diabetes. It also aids a hormone called insulin in working better, by helping the muscles to use glucose more efficiently. A person'...

Earwax Removal 101 is the Best and most Effective Way to Clear Clogged Ears

Have trouble hearing? Did you try to push the cotton swab too far this time? Earwax buildup can cause a clogged ear, which is annoying at best and in the worst case, may lead to hearing loss. Cerumen is also called earwax and it's normal. Anh Nguyen Huynh MD, an ear and nose specialist, said that while people think earwax should be removed, it has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. It protects the ears ag...

Cosmetics Containing Toxic Chemicals

People may be absorbing and ingesting potentially toxic chemicals from their cosmetic products, a new study suggests. Researchers found that foundations, waterproof mascara, lipsticks, and liquid lipsticks had high levels of fluorine. It was possible these chemicals could be PFAS (per- or polyfluoroalkyl substance). It was difficult for consumers not to be aware of the presence of many chemicals on th...

Study: Infertility Treatments No Help

Two common infertility treatments do not improve fertility, according to a study conducted in the U.K. Researchers looked at drug therapy to induce fertility and no treatment. In addition, they compared intrauterine injections (in which the sperm enter the uterus in order to fertilize) with no treatment. The researchers only looked at couples who were experiencing infertility that was not ...

How do I Choose the Right Baby Formula for my Newborn?

One trip to the grocery store's baby formula aisle is enough for any parent to be overwhelmed. Why is there so many choices? It was hard enough to pick a name for your baby. You don't need to panic about picking baby's formula. Matthew Badgett MD is a pediatrician and an internal medicine doctor. He explains how to select the best formula for you baby. How do I choose my baby's formula? The FDA approves all infant formula. It contains a...

Studies: no Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone therapy doesn't seem to increase a man's risk of heart attack or stroke, a pair of new studies suggests. Dr. Pawan Ptel, who led the study and is an academic doctor at Regions Hospital St. Paul in Minnesota, said that "Testosterone therapy, in any form, whether pills, injections or gels," does not seem to have detrimental cardiovascular effects. These studies will be presented at next week's American Coll...

Are Intense exercises a cause of ALS?

Lou Gehrig was an outstanding baseball player and led the New York Yankees into six World Series victories. He was only in his thirties when he was diagnosed in 1939 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease that causes motor neurons to deteriorate. It eventually results in the loss of muscle movement, eating, speaking, breathing, and other functions. Gehrig's sick...

Does the blood type predict early stroke risk?

A person's blood type may be linked to how likely they are to have an early stroke, according to a new meta-analysis of more than 600,000 patients in 48 studies. Published in Neurology August 31, the findings included all the data that was available from genetic studies regarding ischemic strokes. These are a form of brain damage caused by blockage or blood supply. Accordi...

Is Duct Tape Able to Remove Warts?

You hear of a bizarre home remedy every once in awhile. Why? Why? Because no one would think otherwise. It's one of these times. You should consider applying duct tape to a wart on your child or yourself. Seriously. This home remedy is not only effective, it's affordable. Are you skeptical? You won't believe us. You might find it a little strange. Melissa Piliang MD is a dermatologist. She explains why it...

Milk Contains a new MRSA Strain

A new superbug strain has been discovered by researchers in milk. The previously undiscovered strain also causes human infections. The bacterium, a strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), appears to be relatively rare. The bacterium is found in approximately 1% of MRSA cultures from human subjects in the U.K. It is not a threat to those who consume milk products or dairy products such as cheese. Pasteurization and digestion h...

Do Sleeping Pills make you Sick?

About 30% of adults suffer from symptoms of insomnia. Insomnia is when you are unable to fall asleep or stay asleep. Around 10% have symptoms that severely affect their everyday lives. If this is the case, it might be a sign of insomnia. Short-term insomnia can lead to excessive sleepiness and trouble paying attention. Insomnia can eventually lead to serious health problems such as diabetes and high blood pr...

Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements For Knee Pain

Fiber helps lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and keep the bowels running smoothly, but a new study suggests it can also reduce knee pain from arthritis. Research has shown that fiber intake can reduce osteoarthritis pain in the knees by as much as 60%. However, Xrays showed no difference between those who ate the most fiber and those who had less. Another study examined the impact of chondroitin dietary supp...

Birth Control: The Latest Research

Science continues to advance the field of pregnancy prevention. These are the top contraceptives that scientists have discovered. These contraceptives may prove to be more efficient, safer and easier than existing birth control options. The Latest Contraceptives In recent years, the FDA approved four new methods of birth control: Long-acting vaginal ring. It is the first vaginal contraceptive ring you are able to...

Cell Whisperer - Lasers Unlock the Secrets of the Blood

Red blood cells that are healthy look a lot like lifesavers. However, they have more dimples than holes in their middle. Red blood cells can become bloated if they are damaged or sick. The ability to detect an irregularity in the shape of red blood cells can help speed up diagnosis of certain types of cancer, blood diseases and blood bank alerts. This is done without ever having to touch any skin or drop any blood. ...

Your Baby can be allergic to your breast milk.

It's no surprise that breast milk is often the best choice for baby food. Breast milk is a superfood according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It "provides all of the nutrients, calories, and fluids required for your baby’s health." Jackie Bjelac MD pediatric allergist says, "We know breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition to babies and many other benefits for parents as well," It...

Learn More About Mucus Fishing Syndrome

TikTok's and Instagram's latest viral trend is another. This one's just as difficult to ignore as it is to see. Users are shown fishing in their eye for mucus with cotton swabs and their fingers. Only to realize that mucus is returning in huge amounts in the videos. The mucus-fishing syndrome is a cyclical phenomenon that can cause eye irritation and is often considered a health risk. Rony Sayegh MD...

How To Strengthen Your Ankles

Is it possible to twist your ankle or take a fall? As you get older, are you experiencing foot problems such as balance issues and poor mobility? You could have weak ankles. Sprains occur more often in those with weak ankles. A sprain could leave you disabled for several weeks. Literally, every year, thousands injure their ankles by simply stepping on curbs or slipping on high heels. Yo...

Great Lakes Have Hormone-Mimicking Drugs

Larry Barber has spent 10 years studying water quality and fish health in the Great Lakes Region. He wasn't interested in the contaminants that everyone knows about. These contaminants are still a problem: PCBs, Mercury... There is a less-known group of contaminants that can have serious and worrying health effects on aquatic animals. Barber was a researcher geologist at the U.S. Geological Su...

HPV Vaccine: Good News, Bad News

Gardasil is highly effective at protecting women from precancerous lesion caused by HPVs (human papillomavirus) which cause most cervical cancers as well as most cases of genital warfare. Two large, multi-country clinical trials have revealed this to be the positive news. However, the not-so good news is that among 15 to 26 year-old females who have been sexually exposed for at least one year -- many of ...

Ask the Doctors if Stress could be Contributing to Infertility for my Husband or Me?

Let's first look at a few statistics that are specific to women. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.1 percent (or 44%) of married women are infertile. 12.3% of those women aged 18-44 have difficulties getting pregnant. The causes of infertility are known to include alcohol and smoking. Psychological stress is a common part ...

Does Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Work?

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA), celebrating its 76th anniversary this year, counts two million members who participate in some 115,000 groups worldwide, about half of them in the U.S. How well does it work? William Madsen was an anthropologist who worked at University of California Santa Barbara in 1974. He claimed it had a "nearly miracle" success rate. Others, however, are skeptical. After reviewing the literature, we found that AA may help some people ...

How to Get Rid Of Hiccups

Many people know the irritating, often very loud condition called hiccups . What causes them? But more important, how can they be eliminated? Hiccup remedies are as mysterious and difficult to find as they seem. Although there's not much scientific research to tell us exactly how to stop them there are natural remedies that might help. Daniel Allan MD, family medicine physician, discusses what hiccups can ...

As you Age, Good Friends might Prove to be your Best Brain Booster

Edith Smith is a proud, 103-year old woman who will talk about her friends. Johnetta, 101 years old, is her best friend and has Alzheimer's. Smith explained, "I call her every single day and just say, 'Hi, How are you doing?" She doesn't know, but she does tell me hi, which I love to tease." Smith, at 93, met Katie during her long tenure as an educator with Chicago Public Schools. We have good...

Black Children Are Increasingly Obese To Chemicals

Research published today shows that black children who have high levels hormone-altering chemicals in their shampoos or lotions are more likely than white kids to become obese. The study by New York University scientists is the second to link phthalates to obesity in children but the first to use a large sample of children and look for racial disparities. Black children experience higher levels of chemicals than their peers of other r...

Chemical Exposure and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), In Children

According to Thursday's study, children who are exposed to fragrances or cosmetic chemicals during pregnancy are at greater risk of developing behavioral issues similar to those in attention deficit disorder children. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers found that children of mothers with high levels of phthalates were more likely than their parents to be exposed. They had lower s...

Abnormal Sperm: DDT Link

A new study has shown that men who were exposed to banned chemicals, even long-lasting ones as teens are more likely later on to develop defective sperm. Researchers report today that organochlorine chemicals-specifically DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)-may affect how testicles mature and function. This is the first time that a study has been done to determine if men are exposed to organochlorine chemicals in their teena...

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Are Indoor Risk

Concentrations of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) -- found in many everyday products and of concern due to potential health hazards -- are higher indoors than outdoors, according to a new study. However, they were equally prevalent in both an urban low-income community and a coastal community with a lot of industry. "The higher your exposure to consumer products, the higher your exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals," researcher Ruthann Rudel, director...

Preterm Birth and Chemicals In Personal Products

Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, a group of hormone-mimicking chemicals found in personal care products and processed foods, may have an increased risk of preterm delivery, a new study suggests. This study involved 130 Boston women who gave birth before 37 weeks and 352 who were full-term. The women had their urine tested for common phthalates like DEHP up to three times throughout their pregnancy. Researche...

The Skin's Defense Against Pollution Failure

People often use face masks in the cities of Asia to prevent breathing harmful pollutants. Jean Krutmann, a dermatologist began questioning whether these pollutants might also be affecting the skin. His colleagues and he began studying people in Europe and Asia exposed to car exhaust gases such as particulate matter or nitrogen dioxide, and tracked changes over time. Krutmann’s results at first were shocking. The results of Krutmann's...

Scientists Fear Hormones From Common Solvents

Four chemicals present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released today. Chemicals such as benzene (toluene), ethylbenzene, and xylene are everywhere: they can be found in the environment and many items inside our homes and businesses. There have been links to heart and reproductive problems. The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Boulder (TEDX)...

Complementary and Alternative Therapies For Epilepsy

Some people with epilepsy turn to complementary therapies like acupuncture, vitamins, and supplements, and stress-relief techniques to help manage seizures. Many of these therapies don't work, and there is not much research. To make sure that you are safe, you should consult with your doctor before considering trying any of these treatments. These should not be considered a permanent treatment. Acupuncture ...

The Buzz On Energy Drinks

Caffeine is consumed by approximately 90% of adults every day. It's the most popular stimulant in the entire world. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks or "energy shots," and over-the-counter supplements are widely available sources of caffeine. Global energy drinks sales reached $57 billion by 2020. Energy drinks are the second most popular dietary supplement among U.S. teens and young adults behind multivitamins. Most energy dri...

Causes Of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a general term for the tendency to have seizures. Epilepsy is usually diagnosed only after a person has had more than one seizure. Epilepsy is usually caused by brain injury. The causes of epilepsy are not known by most people. What Are Seizures? Seizures are caused by an excessive amount of electrical impulses reaching the brain that exceeds their no...

Frontal Lobe Seizures - Diagnosis And Treatment - Mayo Clinic

Frontal lobe epilepsy can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can be mistaken for psychiatric problems or sleep disorders, such as night terrors. It's also possible that some seizure effects found in the frontal lobe might be the result of seizures that begin in other parts of the brain. The doctor will examine your medical history, review your symptoms, and perform a physical examination. You might als...

How to find The Right Epilepsy Medication

The goal in treating epilepsy is to control your seizures so you can focus on life again. The number of treatments available has increased over the past 20 years. Today your doctor has access to more than 20 drugs. Your doctor will take into account a number of factors in order to find the best drug. The type of seizures you have Additional medical conditions that you may have Additional drugs that you may be tak...

Anti-seizure Medications: Relief From Nerve Pain

Anti-seizure drugs often are used to help control the type of pain caused by damaged nerves. Anti-seizure medications (anticonvulsants) were originally designed to treat people with epilepsy. Some of these drugs can calm the shooting, burning or stabbing pains often caused nerve damage. Why is it so painful? Many things can cause nerve damage, such as injury, illness, or even exposure to toxic subs...

Temporal Lobe Seizure - Symptoms And Causes

Overview Temporal lobe seizures begin in the temporal lobes of your brain, which process emotions and are important for short-term memory. These functions may cause symptoms such as fear, euphoria and deja vu. Sometimes, focal seizures with impaired consciousness are called temporal lobe seizures. Some people can still be aware of the situation, while others might not. In more severe seizu...

What are the Treatments For Epilepsy?

After you're diagnosed with epilepsy, you have several ways to get treatment. You may feel more well with medication, special diets, surgery, or an implant to treat your brain and nerves. Seizure Medication It is likely that your doctor will recommend you try it first. This works in about seven out of ten epileptics. Epilepsy medications, sometimes called anti-seizure or anticonvulsant medications, change th...

What Causes Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholism)?

What is the root cause of alcohol addiction? There's no simple answer. However, certain risk factors may increase your chances. Like other addictions, alcoholism-also called alcohol use disorder (AUD)-appeals to the pleasure centers of the brain. When you drink alcohol regularly, your brain begins to associate the drinks with sensations like euphoria, relaxation, and loss of inhibitions. This can cause cravings and dependence, a...

6 Health Benefits Of Drinking Black Tea

People have been drinking tea for 5,000 years - it's the second most-consumed beverage in the world after water. Experts agree that every type of tea has health benefits. However, researchers continue to uncover the true power of black tea. These are the facts: Why is black tea so special? Worldwide, black tea is the most preferred type of tea. This tea is just one of four teas made with the leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Other teas in...

Do you Need to Take Daily Aspirin?

You might have believed that a daily low-dose aspirin intake was an effective way to avoid strokes, heart attacks and protect your heart health for many years. Over time, however, multiple studies showed that this habit could cause serious complications, including an increased internal bleeding risk. The risks of daily use of aspirin are being recognized in the new guidelines. ...

Is there a Link between Coffee and Atrial Fibrillation?

You may be familiar with AFib ( atrial fibrillation), which is also called AFib. Research shows that caffeine does not cause AFib or abnormal heart rhythms. Are Coffee and AFib inextricably linked? Many studies have been done, and it does not seem that there's a link between drinking coffee and getting AFib. One large study of data on hundreds of thousands of people found...

Study Finds High Levels of Heavy Metals In Dark Chocolate

Consumer Reports' new research suggests that even dark chocolate , which was once considered to be healthy, could contain harmful levels of heavy metals. Consumer Reports' researchers measured 28 different heavy metals in dark chocolate bars. These included brands such as Dove, Hershey's and Trader Joe's as well as smaller ones like Mast or Alter Eco. The researchers discovered that every single bar of chocolate c...

Cancer Outcome Affected by Mutation Order Of Tumor Genes

Researchers have shown that cancer gene mutations in the right order can affect the outcome of the malignancy and the response to treatment. This is the first such study. Although the findings are specific to a particular group of preleukemic disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms, they suggest that scientists studying other types of tumors should start taking into account the timing of the ...

How to get Rid of Brittle Nails

Strong nails can be used for many purposes, including painting, plucking guitars, and picking up small items. There could be several reasons your nails have not been growing in the last few weeks. There are many things you can do to make your nails stronger than they are to weaken them. How can you make your nails brittle? You can hand wash. Hand washing is a good way to protect yourself from infection and keep you healthy. However, it c...

Coronavirus and High Blood Pressure: what's the Link?

It's important to be extra vigilant if you have high blood pressure. High blood pressure could increase your risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. High blood pressure is a risk Early data in both China and America shows that high bloodpressure is the most prevalent preexisting condition. It affects anywhere from 30% to 50%. Lung disease, cancer and diabetes are all other health issues. A...

These 5 Healthy Habits can Prevent Chronic Disease

Everyone has a opinion about what the best lifestyle habits are, from social media celebrities to Bess, great aunt Bess and everyone in between. But whether you've gone all-in on apple cider vinegar or think the latest health fads are all hype, the choices you make can have long-term health consequences. Lifestyle medicine specialist Mladen Glubic, MD and PhD, says that healthy lifestyle habits can reduce or re...

Epstein-Barr Virus & MS: What's The Link?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and inflammatory condition that can affect your central nervous system. It affects your spinal cord and brain. MS can cause your immune system to attack the nerve cells' protective layers. Sometimes, these cells may die. MS is not curable, however scientists have made progress in understanding the causes. There is strong evidence that virus can cause MS, particularly Epstein-Barr virus. These findings may lead scientists to...

Worker's Exposure to Common Pesticides could be a Risk.

An insecticide used on corn and other U.S. crops poses health risks to workers who mix and apply it and also can contaminate drinking water, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released this week. The report is an update, based on new research, to a 2011 assessment of the health impacts of the pesticide chlorpyrifos (pronounced KLOR - pie -ra - phos), which remains ...

Sweet Drinks: What's Best For Kids?

Numerous studies have linked sweetened drinks to children's weight problems. Fruit juices, sodas, sweetened drinks, etc., can pack a calorie punch. What is the right amount? And what place should sugar-sweetened beverages play in a child’s diet? Two new studies analyzed dietary intake information from nationally represented surveys about children's drinking habits. One study shows that children and adolescen...

Ask your Doctors: Is there a Link between Wine and Melanoma Risk?

It is possible for alcohol to metabolize into the chemical Acetaldehyde. These can result in DNA mutations which could lead to cancer. Alcohol has been linked to an increase in the risk of developing cancers in the pancreas, breast , colon and liver. A 2014 analysis of many different studies published in the British Journal of Dermatology found an 18 percent increase ...

Are you able to safely have a vegetarian pregnancy?

Many benefits can be derived from plant-based nutrition. Is it possible to eat meat-free when there's a whole-grain bread in the oven? Julia Zumpano (RD), registered dietitian, gives her top tips on how to be a good mom while also being pro-plants. Vegetarianism and Pregnancy: The Weakest Link Vegetarian diets have the potential to be nutritional powerhouses. Fiber content is very high. ...

Fentanyl Addiction: here are The Facts

Fentanyl, a prescription opioid that is used to treat severe pain, can be purchased over the counter. Fentanyl can also be misused as it is a stimulant that produces euphoria. It can cause serious and even fatal side effects if it is misused over a long period of time. Read on for vital information about this potentially addictive drug. Does Fentanyl Have Addictive Properties? Fentanyl, a strong synthetic opioid, is almost 50 times stronge...

Rehab's Role In Treating Addiction

Rehab clinics are explained by experts -- both for celebrities as well for the common man. It seems like there is a new celebrity actor or singer every week who visits a rehab center for a substance abuse or addiction problem. Celebrities often go to rehabilitation in exclusive facilities with ocean views and marble baths. It's enough to give addiction treatment a bad name. A 30-day stay in a rehab clinic used to be a common treatment for addicts. It...

Addiction: what to Expect From Recovery Groups

There are many recovery groups that can help you reach your goals. Perhaps you have just finished treatment for your substance abuse and are looking to get clean again. Or you could just want to cut back on problem drinking. You're sure to find the right group. You can also choose where you want to meet, since more groups are meeting online. Before you decide on a group to join, here are some things that you should know and the expectations you will have when you g...

Ask your Doctors: Does Olive Oil Heal Skin Wounds?

Since ancient times, olive oil was used to heal skin and as a cosmetic. It was used by the ancient Egyptians as an anti-wrinkle remedy. The Romans applied it after bathing to moisturize their skin. Olive oil continues to be widely used across many countries today for multiple skin conditions. Let's take a look at some of the facts. Its composition of fatty acids, primarily oleic, but also palmitic, linoleic, and l...

Prevent Binge Drinking: a Talk May do The Trick

Many parents feel frustrated that they have no control over their teens' college plans while away from home. But one researcher says that proactive communication between a parent and teenager before leaving the nest could prevent a very dangerous and prevalent behavior: binge drinking. Last year, a survey by Harvard University reported that 44% of college students binge drink. Bingeing is defined as ...

Still Worried About Zika

While it might have been years since there were warnings about it in the news, many people around the world still face this risk, particularly those pregnant or aspiring to be pregnant. Ob/Gyn Oluwatosin GOje, MD, a specialist on infectious diseases says it is not something that you should worry about. According to her, Zika in the U.S. is not an epidemic. "Zika transmission is not an...