Hearing loss has a greater impact on life than cardiac disease, stroke and cancer

Hearing loss leads to isolation, less interactive communication with others and this leads to loneliness, which is known to have a negative health impact equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day

Hearing loss has a greater impact on life than cardiac disease, stroke and cancerFor many years, it was clear that my father was becoming hard of hearing. Normally gregarious and the life of the party, he became increasingly withdrawn because he couldn’t hear well enough to partake in conversations around the table. He began to walk with a shuffling gait. He was declining in front of my eyes. […]

Caution: Ear swabs are doing more harm to your ears than good

Studies say earwax is produced only in the outer one-third of your ear canal, so using cotton swabs or another instrument can push earwax into the deeper part of your ear canal, near the eardrum

Caution: Ear swabs are doing more harm to your ears than goodGuidelines have recently been submitted that support something you probably already knew, that using cotton swabs to clean your ears isn’t a good idea. The latest counsel was published in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, authored by the American Academy (AAO-HNS) advisory panel of the same name. You may remember the mantra that’s been […]

After you lose weight, where does it go?

It turns out all that panting through your workout is actually good for a reason

After you lose weight, where does it go?Wobbly and out of breath, you jab at the button on the treadmill that makes the machine come to a stop. Finally, it’s over. You completed your workout and can now go home to grab a shower and complete the ritual of stepping onto the bathroom scale — your fate, all but sealed in the […]

Frequent sauna use can lower dementia risk in men

Researchers speculate sauna use increases heart rate in a way that is comparable to exercise, which benefits heart health. This same mechanism could also be beneficial for memory

Frequent sauna use can lower dementia risk in menStudy leader Prof. Jari Laukkanen, of the University of Eastern Finland, and team recently published their findings in the journal Age and Ageing. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, there are around 46.8 million people worldwide living with dementia. Unless new prevention and treatment strategies are found, this number is expected to reach 131.5 million by […]

Not just diet, stress is also linked to high acne risk

Along with diet and hormones, stress levels have also been linked to acne risk. Those with "high" or "very high" stress levels faced three times the risk of acne compared to women who were less stressed

Not just diet, stress is also linked to high acne riskAcne is a common nuisance that plagued many of us during our teenage years. By the time we reached our 20s, our skin became clean and clear as pimple breakouts lessened. However, for some adults, specifically women, acne is still a very real problem, and a new study in the Journal of the American Academy […]

7 warning signs of skin cancer you should never ignore

Your doctor should be checking areas of your body where you may not even realize you can get skin cancer, including the scalp, eyelids, between your fingers and toes, and behind the ears. Below are seven warning signs

7 warning signs of skin cancer you should never ignoreSpeaking to Today, Dr Julie Karen, a board certified dermatologist in New York, said, “Everyone should get really familiar with their own moles because that’s what’s going to save your life.” The basic signs of melanoma which doctors urge you to check your moles for are asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolution. The most important […]

Alternate-day fasting aids weight loss, suggests new study

Findings say intermittent or alternate-day fasting requires daily switching between eating little or no food and then feasting on the routine diet. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, it states that there is no significant difference between fasting and other popular weight loss strategy of simply restricting how many daily calories you consume

Alternate-day fasting aids weight loss, suggests new studyA new obesity study suggests that whether you keep a strict watch on what you eat by counting your daily calories or practise intermittent fasting, either way can be effective for weight loss. Findings say intermittent or alternate-day fasting requires daily switching between eating little or no food and then feasting on the routine diet. […]

Simple blood test can help doctors prescribe best drug to treat depression

Due to lack of a biological test, determining which drug will work best in individuals suffering depression is often a game of trial and error. But researchers have developed a simple blood test that can allow physicians to more successfully prescribe initial drug treatments

Simple blood test can help doctors prescribe best drug to treat depressionDue to the lack of a biological test, determining which drug will work best in individuals suffering depression is often a game of trial and error. But the process could become less of a guessing game thanks to researchers at UT Southwestern, who have developed a simple blood test that could allow physicians to more […]

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce health risks from air pollution

In a study from Harvard Medical School, researchers exposed test mice to fine particulate matter before putting some on a special diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids. They found that mice taking the supplement could prevent and reduce inflammation from the toxin

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce health risks from air pollutionAs air pollution continues to rise around the world, number of illnesses associated with low air quality, such as dementia, diabetes and kidney, lung and heart disease, could also rise. However, new research from Harvard Medical School found that omega-3 fatty acids can actually prevent and treat negative effects from air pollution. Every day, we’re […]