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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 these d...

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 hai...

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 ag...

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 stat...

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 her findings today a...

Coconut Oil: Should You Use It on Your Skin?

Perhaps you have used coconutoil 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 the price worth it? Cocon...

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 vomitin...

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. re...

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 winecan 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 Piliang MD Dermatologist addresses the myths surrounding skin care refrigerators....

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 and sugar." The Environmental Working Group's bottom line: "Fres...

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 different phenolic substances, a...

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. These...

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 five miles p...

Does Aphrodisiacs Work?

How can spice up your kitchen make it easier to do the same thing in the bedroom? Dark chocolateand oysters have been long regarded as natural aphrodisiacsthat 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 can make a big difference. Julia Zumpano is a registered dietitian and exp...

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 mulleinas well the difficulties in finding high-quality products. Mullein...

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 saltand 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 s...

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...

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, strawberrylegs can actually be treated and prevented. Matthew Janik MD, dermatologist says that these dark spots look similar to seeds on strawberries' pitted surfaces. The good news? They're usually har...

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 developing AFib...

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 pre...

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 microbes and bacteria t...

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"? ...

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 restaurants that receive hundreds of tourists each day. According to one study published in August 2...

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 su...

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. What are people misunderstandings about HIV? And what can be done to stop th...

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. If you feel tig...

Are you Concerned about Candles being Toxic?

It's no surprise candlesare 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 homes, especially when they are scented. Over the last few years however, many art...

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 conclusion. This is what the experts say. Coffee and RA: The Link The stimulant...

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 expl...

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 affe...

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 disorder? REM is a normal time when our b...

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 offe...

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 maintain your overall health. What is the importance of oral heal...

Study: Infertility Treatments No Help

Two common infertilitytreatments 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 explained by any other reason. Siladitya Bhatarya MD, who is also a leading author of...

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 per...

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 have killed...

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 mucuswith 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, Ophthalmologist, discusses why this is a bad habit to have. How can...

Cell Whisperer - Lasers Unlock the Secrets of the Blood

Red bloodcells 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 dr...

Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements For Knee Pain

Fiber helps lower cholesterol, stabilize bloodsugar levels and keep the bowels running smoothly, but a new study suggests it can also reduce kneepain 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 supplement on knee pain. Sponsore...

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. Your ankles absorb much of the force you exert throughout the day. That can be ver...

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 sickness, already well-documented for many ...

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 use for one year. Annovera is a vaginal ring that uses segestero...

Cosmetics Containing Toxic Chemicals

People may be absorbing and ingesting potentially toxicchemicals 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 these products, so it is hard to avoid them. Elsie Sunde...

Does the blood type predict early stroke risk?

A person's bloodtype 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. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this kind of ...

Your Baby can be allergic to your breast milk.

It's no surprise that breastmilk 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 is not always simple, howev...

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 pressure. Michelle Drerup is a sleep...

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

One trip to the grocery store's baby formulaaisle 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 all...

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 earwaxand 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 properti...

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 ducttape 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 works and what types of warts can you use it with. How to Remove a Wart w...

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 a...

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.Loaded with vitamins, minerals.Very low in cholesterol and saturated fat. ...

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 in melanoma among people who drank more than one alcoholic beverage per day, regardless of the type. Thi...

Ask your Doctors: Does Olive Oil Heal Skin Wounds?

Since ancient times, oliveoil 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 lino...

What does it Say about your Health? Breaking a sweat: Why do you sweat and how it affects your health

All people sweat. Some do more than others. The body naturally uses sweat to regulate its temperature and eliminate toxins. You can find clues to your health by how much and how little sweat you produce. Dr. Rachel Ward MD helps us understand why sweating can be a sign of serious medical conditions such as stress or anxiety. All people have sweat glands. It might seem strange, but sweat is the only thing that has an odor. Surprisedly, your sweat is actually quite sweet. It's swe...

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 which already have HPV infections -- this vaccine was far l...

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 epidemic in the U.S.," she confirms. In 2017, the last Zika cases were detected in Texas and Florida. ...

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 Survey. He searched for hormone-disrupting chemicals - known as alk...

Do you Need to Take Daily Aspirin?

You might have believed that a daily low-dose aspirinintake 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. What are The Daily Aspirin Guidelines These guidelines were published by...

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 infertilityare known to include alcohol and smoking. Psychological stress is a common part of modern life. Today's stress can be caused by driving, shopping, managing finances, and work. A Dutch study found th...

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 be and natural remedies. How can Hiccups be caused? Peopl...

Is there a Link between Coffee and Atrial Fibrillation?

You may be familiar with AFib ( atrialfibrillation), 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 coffeeand getting AFib. One large study of data on hundreds of thousands of people found that drinking coffee was not as...

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 conversations every day. I am privileged to have her as a friend. She drives, lives alone ...

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 contained lead and cadmium. These me...

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 one of the most ...

How to get Rid of Brittle Nails

Strong nailscan 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 can ca...

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 f...

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

It's important to be extra vigilant if you have high bloodpressure. 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. According to a report from Italy, more than 99 percent of those who died due to t...

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...

Dos and Don'ts for Diarrhea Relief in a Hurry

These are the best ways to manage this condition and get better quickly. How to Handle Fluids when you have Diarrhea Drink plenty of fluids. It is a good idea to have at least one cup of fluid for every loose stool. You can choose from water, Pedialyte and fruit juices as well as caffeine-free sodas and salty broths. According to the Cleveland Clinic, salt helps slow down the fluid loss, and sugar will help your body absorb the salt. Drink beverages not at high temperatures....

How to Heal after Giving Birth

It has been almost 40 weeks. It's finally over and you are now holding your bundle of joy. What's next? This question is most likely the largest in your mind. You can do it. Just take a deep breathe... Numerous things are likely to change over the weeks, months and days following delivery. You might have expected exhaustion, nighttime breastfeedings, and constant diaper changes. You might have not anticipated how your body will react and heal after giving birth. Your bo...

Meditation: Can it make us more Nice?

Robert Wright gave a wonderful talk to my school recently about Why Buddhism Is True. Wright argues that Buddhism correctly identified humanity's problems. Our incessant cravings, which are perpetually unsatisfied, make us victims. Meditating can be a treatment. It will help you to let go of your negative emotions and cravings. Wright claims that meditation not only makes you happier but also helps to make us more compassionate, kind, and less selfish...

The Environment and Aging: What is Hot in Aging Research

Los Angeles-based experts and USC discussed how the environmentinfluences aging. The remarkable improvements made in Los Angeles' physical and social environment, as well as the ambitious goals of supporting an aging population at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s annual What’s Hot in Aging Research Symposium on April 19. USC Leonard Davis School Dean Pinchas Cohen welcomed the attendees and said that the event has grown in popularity over time, just like the interest in geront...

Your Feet Smell Like Vinegar

Vinegar has a lot of cool uses. It can be used for cleaning, flavoring food and killing weeds. You can even repel insects with it! Have you ever felt a strong vinegar scent emanating from your feet when using repellant? You have to be very specific about what you are smelling. It's wonderful on potatoes chips but it is not as strong on your skin. Good news! There are many DIY options for sore feet. Joy Rowland DPM, podiatrist says ...

Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs With Fractures

The osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates increase the risk of getting unusual thigh bone fractures, as experts have suspected, according to a new Swedish study. These fractures, however, are very rare. The study also shows that the risks of developing them is low. According to Per Aspenberg (MD, PhD), a researcher in orthopaedics at Linkoping University in Sweden, when prescribed correctly, the total benefit of drugs that prevent all kinds of fractures is greate...

Hair Loss: the Science Of Hair

The complexity of hair is much greater than what it seems on the surface. It is important for both genders to have hair. Hair Origins Week 22 is when a developing fetus will have all of its hair-follicles formed. The body has approximately five million hair follicles. A total of 1 million hair follicles are on your head. One hundred thousand reside on your scalp. Since we don't generate hair follicles at any time during our lifetime, this is the most hair follicles that a ...

Blue Light Glasses - Does It Work?

You are not the only one who has ever noticed your eyes feeling tired and dry after staring at a computer monitor for hours. Wearing blue light glassesmay sound like a good solution, but a recent study determined there was little evidence to support the use of blue-blocking filters in the prevention of digital eye strain. Blue light can disrupt your sleep cycle because it interferes with your circadian rhythm, which is you...

Linking Lifting Weights to Living Longer

Can building our muscles help us live longer? New research has shown that yes. Researchers found that liftingweights is linked to lower death rates from all causes, except cancer. The British Journal of Sports Medicine published their findings online September 27, 2009. Lead author Jessica Gorzelitz (PhD), a researcher at the National Cancer Institute's division of genetics and cancer epidemiology, is describing how older adults who exercised weightlifting had lower rates of mor...

Do you Think that your Farting is Excessive?

Below are some major culprits for gas. Foods high in fiber like legumes, beans, fruits and vegetables are all good options. Carbonated drinks Chewing gum Fast eating or chewing too fast will cause you to swallow more air. You can drink through a straw Artificial sweeteners Celiac disease, food intolerances and chronic intestinal conditions such as celiac are some examples of chronic intestinal diseases. Overgrowth of bacte...