A massive study that incorporated data from more than 200,000 people reveals that drinking regular amounts of coffee is associated with a lower risk of mortality, even if it’s decaf. Drinking from three to five cups of coffee per day lowers the risk of premature death by up to 15% compared to people who do not consume any coffee, researchers from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health concluded. More →
We’re still far from eradicating cancer, but researchers are making progress with all sorts of interesting therapies that could put a stop to abnormal cell growth and cure certain types of cancer. One of the newly approved remedies involves infecting the patient’s body with a variation of the herpes virus that won’t cause herpes as we think of it. Instead, it’ll find and attack tumor cells and kill them. More →
There’s no getting around it: America has a weight problem. Despite widespread efforts from a number of entities to encourage physical activity and promote healthier eating habits, obesity remains a serious and growing problem across the country.
Today, 35% of Americans are considered obese, a jarring figure that prompted the OECD to recently label the United States the most obese country in the world. Compounding the problem is that unhealthy lifestyle habits are imparted onto children at an early age. As a result, the percentage of obese children in the U.S. is greater than in any other country in the world.
Bacon, sausages, and ham are the new entrants on the World Health Organization’s most carcinogenic substances, ranking right next to cigarettes as a major cause of cancer. Cured and processed meats are now included in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco, as the WHO says that new evidence links them to colorectal cancer. More →
Scientists are still trying to figure out how to restore full locomotion to patients who have suffered debilitating accidents that forced into wheelchairs. But until procedures that can reconnect the brain to lower limbs become widely available, other researchers are studying ways to improve life in a wheelchair. One of the obstacles to overcome is obviously stairs, and a team of inspiring students from Switzerland built an amazing electric wheelchair that can climb stairs by itself. More →
America is in the midst of a health crisis when it comes to both obesity and heart disease, two serious conditions which often go hand in hand. Hardly a controversial or surprising statement, the statistics in this regard speak volumes.
As is stands today, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, accounting for approximately 25% of all deaths each year. On average, about 735,000 Americans have heart attacks each year.
Now, a new report from the OECD has labeled the United States as the most obese country in the world. Not only that, but the U.S. also has the ignominious distinction of having the most overweight kids in the world along with the highest percentage of unhealthy teenagers.
We often wonder whether there’s a connection between the dreams we have and what goes on in our lives while we’re awake, particularly if we have recurring dreams. Psychologists will tell you that, yes, dreams are directly connected with our thoughts and feelings, and some professionals happen to interpret dreams on a regular basis.
Giving an iPad, or any other tablet, to kids under two is akin to child abuse because the digital world presented on the screen may distort the way they perceive reality, a psychologist claims. More →
Paralysis is one condition modern medicine has yet to overcome, but many research projects are looking at ways of restoring mobility to accident victims. In fact, such research recently allowed one man who was completely paralyzed from the waist down to walk again with the help of specialized neurostimulation and an exoskeleton.
The interesting part is that the man, a former athlete who lost his sight in 1998 and then broke his spine in 2010, was able to control his muscles using help from the new technology. More →
Cancer is a terrifying disease that researchers around the globe are obsessively working to cure. Now scientists from the USA have made a breakthrough discovery related to how cells replicate in cancer patients, how to put a stop to the process, and even how to reverse a tumor. More →
A 16-year-old inventor came up with a clever way to detect heart disease faster and cheaper than before. The method involves a hacked printer that can quickly perform a test that’ll offer clues about whether a person might have heart disease. More →