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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Migraine attacks can occur at any time: they can be triggered even by smells. Severe pain, sensitivity to light, and other symptoms are debilitating, so migraine sufferers go to any lengths to relieve them. Some treatments may seem to be quite exotic, but there are patients who claim they are effective. One of such fad treatments is daith piercing.