Cipro Antibiotic: Is It Really That Dangerous?

Cipro is an antibiotic commonly used to treat UTIs and other kinds of infections. While it has long been a doctor’s staple, there have recently been growing safety concerns fueled by more evidence that its side effects can be really scary. But is it a reason to avoid Cipro, like some websites hurried to advice? Image credit: consumerreports.org If you have the habit of reading leaflets that come with the pills you are prescribed, you probably know that the overwhelming majority of drugs have side effects. Fluoro...

Brazilian Peppertree to Help Disarm Bacteria Resistant to Antibiotics

An invasive species, Brazilian peppertree is known to anyone who has been to or lives in Florida. Its seeds are sometimes used as a spice which adds a pepper-like flavor to dishes, but it is notorious for being difficult to control, as it grows quite fast and spreads to other areas easily. However, it appears that it can help humans, and not only by producing oxygen: its berries can fight infections. Image Credit: Emory University The species has been used by traditional healers in the Amazon for ages, and its ...

Kinesiology Taping: A New Approach to Pain Relief

Injuries, arthritis, poor posture, swelling, chronic pain and other health problems can be debilitating, and various treatments advertised as being able to make your pain abate do not have the promised effect: magnets and ultrasound proved to be useless in managing chronic pain. A relatively new method of using special bands, or tapes, can be a good option to many, as it is backed by both scientific and anecdotal evidence. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Adam Gregor Injuries, arthritis, poor posture, swelling...

5 Bedtime Habits Betraying Your Anxiety

What is your bedtime routine? Do you usually spend an hour surfing the net using your smartphone before going to bed? Can you break your bedtime routine without feeling uneasy? It appears that your bedtime habits can reveal whether you have the kind of anxiety known as “high functioning”. Image Credit: nmbreakthroughs.org Anxiety can manifest itself in a number of ways. While some symptoms are obvious and do not call for tricky interpretations, there are habits that are likely to point to your hidden problems. ...

6 Home Remedies to Treat Sunburns

The summer is in full swing, and many of us spend hours outdoors. While sunscreens have been gaining popularity, and more people are buying them, sunburns are still part of our summer routine. Here is what you can do at home to relieve the symptoms and help the skin regenerate faster. Image Credit: shutterstock.com Even if sunscreen is applied regularly, there is still a chance of sunburns, as some spots may be left uncovered, your hat may turn out to be a shield of poor quality, or whatever else may happen. If...

6 Tips On How to Combat Drowsy Driving

If you find yourself dozing off after 30 minutes of driving, be it day or night, welcome to the club: you are a typical driver who strives not to fall asleep as the road goes ever on and on monotonously. A recent research shows you start feeling drowsy after 15 minutes of staying in a moving car. Here is how you can help boost your alertness while behind the wheel. Image Credit: thedrive.com A team of researchers from the RMIT University has recently reported that a driver begins experiencing the first symptoms...

Nausea and Headache: Can Sound Cause Them?

The recent mysteries of American diplomats falling ill in Cuba and China have fueled the hysteria surrounding international relations. Among the possible explanations are ultrasonic weapons, equipment failure, or even something mystical. Most of them reported hearing strange sounds before neurological symptoms developed. But can sound really cause harm? Image Credit: videoblocks.com The mystery behind the cases of American diplomatic staff falling ill remains unsolved. First, it was Americans working at the emba...

New Study Casts Doubt On Marshmallow Test

Considered one of the standard tests in social-science research, the marshmallow test is designed to predict whether a child is likely to succeed in the future and achieve affluence. While it has been touted as indicative of having the willpower to achieve prosperity, new scientific evidence shows that changing the test design leads to a different result, rendering the test unreliable. Image Credit: Adam Fenster / University of Rochester What is the marshmallow test? The first time kids were asked to put their ...

Inflammation May Contribute to Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Our immune system keeps guard over our body, fending off pathogens and doing its best to prevent viruses and bacteria from causing diseases. Since all systems in the body are interconnected and cooperate, it is no wonder that the nervous system can be affected by processes in organs other than the brain. According to scientists, inflammation can contribute to development of Alzheimer’s disease. Image Credit: 123rf.com / Sergey Nivens A bit of science When our body encounters a virus or some other pathogen for ...

Sunscreen Could Increase Risk of Skin Cancer

We are used to hearing that sunscreen is a must if you want to spend time outdoors. The effect UV has on the skin is harmful and can lead to diseases, including cancer, so protecting it against UV rays sounds reasonable. However, it turns out that the use of sunscreen can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, and it’s not always the chemicals contained in it that are to blame. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/ Christian Wheatley We are used to hearing that sunscreen is a must if you want to spend time o...

5 Health Risks of Music Festivals

The summer is in full swing, and music festivals are an essential part of it in many countries. US festivals are numerous and so alluring that the wish to go there can be hard to resist. Loud music, crowds of people, food and alcohol can make you a bit more reckless, and it’s not the only reason why music festivals can be dangerous to health. Image Credit: depositphotos.com Your friends can’t help talking about the upcoming event, your BFF is racking her brains trying to find something groovy to wear, and your ...

How Does Being Hungry Make You Angry?

The famous Snickers ad is now backed by scientific evidence, but only partially: you actually can be you even if hunger has attacked you, but it appears to depend on the environment you are in and your own awareness of your state. Why do we sometimes become angry when hungry – or simply hangry? What arouses negative emotions when our stomach reminds us it’s time to pay attention to it? Image Credit: gossip-radar.com It’s only recently that the OED obtained a new entry that is both curious and funny. The word is ...

Keep Fit to Reduce Risk of Your Spouse Developing Diabetes

No, it’s not nonsense. Researchers report that in families where the wife’s BMI is high, the husband has a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However strange it may sound, there is an association between spouse body weight and the risk of the disease. It’s worthy of note that the opposite effect is not observed: only ladies’ weight affects their husbands, not vice versa. Image Credit: halooglasi.com A team of scientists from Aarhus University and their colleagues from the University of Copenhagen carrie...

Food Poisoning: In Most Cases, It’s Not The Last Thing You Ate

When you find yourself kneeling in front of a toilet and looking at your dinner in reverse, the first thing you want to blame for vomiting is the last meal you ate. There may be some other causes behind the problem, and it turns out the last meal is unlikely to be the culprit, and the actual offender can be traced to a potato salad eaten several days ago. Image Credit: powerofpositivity.com It may come as a surprise, but most cases of food poisoning occur not because of the weird-looking dish you ate a couple o...

Is Googling Your Symptoms Reasonable?

It’s something most of us do these days: if we feel pain somewhere and don’t know what can cause it, we start our journey to diagnosis not with visiting a doctor, but with an Ok Google. Although it may seem to be convenient, googling your symptoms can be dangerous due to two reasons. And here they are. Image Credit: medium.com Consumer Reports have conducted a survey, in which they revealed that around 65% of Americans use Google to look up their symptoms on the Internet. No surprise here – when we are worried ...

Measures to Prevent Tick-Borne Illnesses

The summer is here, and it brings not only sunny days, but also myriads of insects of various kinds, some of which are really dangerous. There are bugs that are poisonous, and others can transmit serious diseases. Tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise, a new study shows, so knowing what prevention measures there are could help you avoid infection and other problems. Image Credit: consumerreports.org According to a new study carried out by CDC specialists, the diseases spread by ticks (and sometimes ...

Why Skipping HPV Vaccination Dangerous

The vaccine against HPV is a breakthrough in the scientific approach to disease prevention. While it is becoming more popular, as more children are being vaccinated, there are still a lot of things we fall short of achieving. A recent research revealed that fewer teenagers complete the shot series, thus making the vaccine less effective. Image Credit: iStockphoto.com Human papillomavirus, which is often abbreviated as HPV, is a major contributor to the risk of developing cervical cancer and some other forms of ...

7 Tips to Reduce Symptoms of Arthrosis

Arthrosis can limit your mobility and reduce quality of life significantly. Even if you have been diagnosed with arthrosis – be it a knee, a hip or some other joint affected – you can follow advice, which can help you alleviate symptoms and reduce pain associated with cartilage deterioration. Here are 7 tips for patients suffering from arthrosis. Image Credit: Cathy Yeulet / fr.123rf.com Since it is putting a lot of stress on joints that is the major contributor to arthrosis development, keeping joints safe and ma...

Does Healthy Lifestyle Affect Life Expectancy?

A major research carried out by Harvard specialists found that developing five lifestyle-challenging habits and changing your lifestyle according to them can bring an adult as much as 12-14 extra years of lifespan. While all these habits have been being promoted for quite a long time, it is the first study of its kind to evaluate the impact of lifestyle choices on life expectancy in US citizens. Image Credit: mangostar / it.123rf.com Most people believe that in order to maintain good health by means of exercising ...

How Much Do I Need To Sleep?

Getting a good night’s sleep is a must; otherwise you run the risk of falling asleep while performing tasks and feeling dizzy and tired all the time. The amount of sleep you need is determined by a wide range of factors, and age is among the most important ones. Read on to find out what the standard range of sleep hours for your or your child’s age is. Image Credit: Anna Grigorjeva /cz.123rf.com If you do not sleep as much as you should, you are more likely to suffer from such conditions, diseases and disorder...