A good night’s sleep restores focus and clarity

Are you tired of struggling with fuzzy thinking and a faltering memory? Tired may be the key word. "Poor sleep has an adverse impact on thinking," says sleep expert Dr. Lawrence Epstein, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. "This is true whether it's due to a lack of sleep or a sleep disorder"

A good night’s sleep restores focus and clarityWhen people don’t get enough sleep, their attention and concentration abilities decline. Their reaction time lengthens, they’re inattentive, and they don’t respond as well to environmental signals. That means they can’t take in new information or react to dangerous situations. This is particularly worrisome if you’re behind the wheel of a car. “For example, going […]

Is microwaving food in plastic dangerous?

When food is wrapped in plastic or placed in a plastic container and microwaved, chemicals in plastic such as bisphenol-A and phthalates may leak into the food. Any migration is likely to be greater with fatty foods such as meats and cheeses than with other foods

Is microwaving food in plastic dangerous?To clear the air on the misinformation that people generally have about plastic containers: The previous studies warned that microwaving plastic released cancer-causing chemicals called dioxins into food. What is wrong with this theory is that plastics don’t contain dioxins. They are formed only when garbage, plastics, metals, wood, and other materials are burned. If […]

Here’s how you can be 50 and still look like your just 20

A good attitude and graceful acceptance of the inevitable changes can go a long way to making you both feel and look younger. You can’t do anything to alter your genetics, but you can look to your relatives for an idea of what your aging trajectory might be

Here’s how you can be 50 and still look like your just 20If you’ve spent any time on the internet, you’re likely aware that a lot of fake content lives there. From fabricated news stories to photo-shopped UFOs, the internet is a rich source of bogus material. Perhaps that’s why it’s no surprise the stories of a 50-year-old man and woman who look like they’re in their […]

Health benefits of cycling

Whether it's to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, or as an environmental choice, taking up bicycle riding could be one of the best decisions you ever make

Health benefits of cyclingPeople who routinely commute via bike or cycle for pleasure have a slightly lower risk of heart disease than nonbikers, two new studies suggest. One study, in the Nov. 1, 2016, Circulation, tracked about 45,000 Danish adults (ages 50 to 65) who biked regularly, either to commute to work or for recreation. Over a 20-year follow-up, […]

Marriage can lower your risk of heart attack, says study

Recently, several studies have looked at the effects of married life on an individual's health. The findings are often encouraging, suggesting that the closeness of married partners can have an important and beneficial psychosocial influence

Marriage can lower your risk of heart attack, says studyA new study suggests that individuals who have experienced a heart attack, or who are at an increased risk of heart disease, have a better likelihood of survival if they are married. This, researchers say, could be due to the availability of a close support network. Likewise, a study presented last weekend at the European Society of Cardiology […]

Science experiment shows the amazing powers of breast milk

A first-year biosciences student’s experiment shows that breast milk's antimicrobial properties may persist beyond age many end breastfeeding

Science experiment shows the amazing powers of breast milkA viral photo of a science project showcases the healing power of breast milk, and it makes a compelling case for breastfeeding well beyond a baby’s first birthday. Vicky Greene, a first-year biosciences student at South Devon College in the U.K., put breast milk from the mother of a 15-month-old and a 3-year-old in Petri […]

Effective calorie burning activities

Fortunately, you can get plenty of effective exercise by engaging in recreational or household activities that work your heart and muscles. "There's a real reward in doing an activity you enjoy, such as swimming or playing with your grandchildren

Effective calorie burning activitiesExercising is supposed to be a regular part of your daily health maintenance. That can be a problem if you don’t have the motivation to get your heart pumping; you raise your risk for weight gain, chronic disease, and an earlier death. You get a workout, but it doesn’t seem like you’re exercising, and you […]

Alert: Know how to prevent drowsy driving

Drowsy driving occurs when a person who is operating a motor vehicle is too tired to remain alert. As a result the driver may have slow reaction times, reduced vigilance and impaired thinking. In the worst case the driver may fall asleep behind the wheel

Alert: Know how to prevent drowsy drivingHere’s another reason to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night: Drowsy driving—getting behind the wheel when you’re very sleepy—is now considered reckless driving in some U.S. states, punishable by fine or even jail. Drowsiness impairs reaction time, attention, and judgment, and a drowsy driver may even doze at the wheel for a few […]

Grieving During the Holidays? Know how to deal with it

Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment

Grieving During the Holidays? Know how to deal with itHolidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for some people they are anything but. Why Is Depression So Common During the Holidays? There are several reasons why you may develop depression during the holidays: Social Isolation: Is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. Some people may […]

Why do we ‘catch’ the yawns of others?

Contagious yawning is a common form of echophenomena - the automatic imitation of someone else's words or actions. Echophenomena is also seen in Tourette's, as well as in other conditions, including epilepsy and autism. The current findings provide further evidence that yawn contagion may be unrelated to empathic processing

Why do we ‘catch’ the yawns of others?A University of Nottingham team found it occurs in a part of the brain responsible for motor function. The primary motor cortex also plays a part in conditions such as Tourette’s syndrome. So the scientists say understanding contagious yawning could also help understand those disorders too. Contagious yawning is a common form of echophenomena – […]