Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acid

Lactic acid build up is not responsible for the muscle soreness felt in the days following strenuous exercise, say researchers

Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acidAs our bodies perform strenuous exercise, we begin to breathe faster as we attempt to shuttle more oxygen to our working muscles. The body prefers to generate most of its energy using aerobic methods, meaning with oxygen. Some circumstances, however, –such as evading the historical saber tooth tiger or lifting heavy weights–require energy production faster […]

Here is a scientific guide to identify serial killers amongst us

Dr Helen Morrison, a Chicago-based forensic psychiatrist, has studied and interviewed 135 serial killers. She has found shocking similarities, and believes a chromosome abnormality is a likely trigger

Here is a scientific guide to identify serial killers amongst usTelevision shows like “Dexter” and “The Following” have given us a terrifying glimpse into the criminal mind of serial killers. We often catch ourselves asking, “Why do they kill?” “How do they pick their victims?” and “Why can’t they control their impulse to kill?” To answer these questions, Best Counselling Degrees has developed “The Brain […]

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repair

A stroke is an event that blocks or interrupts the blood supply to the brain, depriving cells of essential oxygen. Without oxygen, cells die within minutes. There are few effective treatments for stroke and they apply to a low proportion of patients

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repairStroke is the second leading cause of death and disability worldwide. By blocking blood flow in the brain, it destroys brain cells. Now, new research shows a drug already approved to treat other conditions not only limits stroke damage, but it also promotes repair. In rats, it reduced the number of brain cells killed and […]

Here’s what you need to know about psoriasis, its symptoms and treatments

Psoriasis usually occurs on the scalp, joints, hands and feet. However, psoriasis can appear almost anywhere on the body, including the face and eyelids. About 10 percent of people with psoriasis have eyelid involvement

Here’s what you need to know about psoriasis, its symptoms and treatmentsWhat is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a lifelong skin disease. The symptoms may be better at some times and worse at others. The exact prevalence of psoriasis isn’t exactly known, but about 1 to 2 people out of every 100 have the condition. There are several different types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis, which is the type […]

Are mental health apps really helpful?

The app stores currently do little to help to consumers differentiate between apps that are evidence-based and those that are not. Right now, perhaps there's an assumption that if it's in the app store, then it works

Are mental health apps really helpful?We share some of our most intimate data with mental health apps, but there’s surprisingly little proof of what they give us in return. Many medical experts are starting to find problematic the lack of clear science backing up apps that promise to help with everything from low mood to depression. Bruce Bolam, program director […]

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought process

Researchers say shrinking the brain may be worth it because it decreases the dopamine activity that controls reward and pleasure centres of the brain by decreasing hallucinations and psychosis

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought processShrinking brains sound frightening and painful, but it could actually be caused by a mindless activity, drug, or habit that you’re unknowingly doing every single day. Brain shrinkage has been linked to a declining memory, difficulty thinking, or putting together metaphorical puzzle pieces together. By changing a few aspects in your life and adding a […]

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in China

More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year in China, with new cases in the group increasing fourfold since 2010

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in ChinaYoung gay men are the frontline of China’s battle to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, with new cases occurring at one of the fastest rates of any segment of the population. More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year, with new cases in […]

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotaller

Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotallerThe researchers said that, their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. Alcoholics were not included in the research, the study authors said. Participants […]

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccine

The most ambitious HIV vaccine trial is now underway. Will it work? 

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccineThe first HIV vaccine trial in seven years is launching in South Africa. The trial is called HVTN 702, and the goal is to enrol 5,400 sexually active men and women between 18 and 35 throughout South Africa, where more than 1,000 people are infected with HIV each day. It’s the most ambitious HIV vaccine […]

Rashes are a symptom of many medical problems

Rashes are a symptom of many different medical problems and sometimes, they are just simply asymptomatic.  Certain genes can make people more likely to get rashes

Rashes are a symptom of many medical problemsI recently received a call from MC, an old patient of mine, about the appearance of  multiple, non-itchy red spots on her legs extending all the way up to the waistline.  She took a picture, but there was no close up view of the exact appearance of her rash for me to check. And since […]