Other than turning you into a person whose brain will focus on various schemes to try to score more cocaine, this highly addictive substance will also make your brain eat itself. This side effect was discovered only recently, giving the world yet another reason to avoid the drug at all costs. More →
Light-activated therapeutic nanoparticles that are 20,000 times smaller than a human hair may one day be used to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study reveals. Called “quantum dots,” the particles resemble semiconductors used in electronics, and they’re able to act directly on the infection without interfering with healthy tissue around it. More →
As gross as it may sound, popping freeze-dried fecal pills might one day cure obesity and you might be instructed to take them to lose weight. In fact, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital will test these freeze-dried fecial pills on 20 obese patients, Quartz reports. Each day, for six weeks, these people will ingest a few grams of someone else’s freeze-dried fecal matter while researchers track their weight. More →
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the smart wearables business is only getting bigger. More and more companies are coming out with new smart bands and watches designed to assist with fitness tracking and health monitoring, with a slew of new products having been unveiled at CES 2016 this week.
These wearables can help you track workouts and many health parameters, but they won’t tell you how many pounds you should lose each week to keep it off. More →
It’s not enough that regular cigarettes pose various health risks, but it looks like e-cigarettes may also raise some significant health concerns, according to a new study.
This time around it’s not the nicotine that’s at issue — instead, Harvard researchers have looked closely at some of the other chemicals found in e-cigarette liquids and have connected one of them to a deadly lung disease. More →
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.