Facts you should know about Parkinson’s disease

Facts you should know about Parkinson’s diseaseParkinson’s disease can seem rather mysterious. For starters, it’s hard to diagnose, since the only way to be certain someone had it is to physically examine her brain after death. And even once you’re told that you have it, your prognosis will probably be murky, because it impacts everyone differently. Meanwhile, friends and loved ones may […]

10 fascinating ways in which your circadian rhythm functions

The natural rhythm in the body is a pretty amazing process that happens every day and has been chronicled for thousands of years – the first accounts date back to the fourth century BC

10 fascinating ways in which your circadian rhythm functionsOn November 6 at 2am, we’ll be setting the clocks back an hour. While this small shift leave us with a blissful extra hour of sleep – and who can complain about that – the shorter days and longer periods of darkness (grumble) can leave some people feeling blue and groggy. Even turning the clock […]

Overweight? 8 types of cancer you’re more likely to have

The good news in this rather bleak picture, the researchers write, is that weight gain is largely preventable.

Overweight? 8 types of cancer you’re more likely to haveBeing overweight or obese carries even more cancer risk than previously thought, according to a new review. The researchers—a working group convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer—examined more than 1,000 studies and found that obesity increased risk for 13 types of cancer, 8 more than had been previously linked to weight. In […]

Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself

It is well known that smoking is bad for health, but we demonstrate in this study just how bad it is

Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself  Smoking is so deadly that it may be more likely to kill HIV patients than the virus, researchers reported Thursday. A second study helps explain why — it causes dozens of cancer-causing DNA mutations. New cocktails of HIV drugs can keep patients healthy, even though they don’t cure the infection. And they work so […]

Here is how you can learn in your sleep

The three types of memories we consolidate in sleep are declarative (fact-based information), emotional, and operational, which includes skills like learning to ride a bike or play a song.

Here is how you can learn in your sleepIt has long been known that sleep is essential to the learning process. While our bodies are tuned down for eight hours of rest, our mind is hard at work, taking the information we’ve learned throughout the day and storing it within our mind’s brimming bank of knowledge and memories. Just what mechanisms are involved […]

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefits

The report concludes that there is a need for both small, local green spaces situated very close to where people live and spend their day

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefitsA new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat. The […]

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 per cent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memoryAustralian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid […]

Memory decline not always serious

You can blame multitasking for overloading your mind. Stress and lack of sleep can also impact memory lapse

Memory decline not always seriousHave you called your daughter by your wife’s name or your son by his brother’s name? Have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten where you parked at the mall? If you worry these might be signs of significant memory loss or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a slow deterioration in memory […]

How sleep deprivation make us eat more

Lack of sleep linked to weight gain, a new study suggests in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

How sleep deprivation make us eat moreUK scientists analysed 11 earlier studies looking at the effects of sleep deprivation on calorie intake. Several of the studies involved comparing people who willingly got 3.5 to 5.5 hours of sleep a night to those who slept anywhere from 7 to 12 hours. Despite being awake longer, these fitful sleepers didn’t expend significantly more […]

Women, new study shows your brain grows during menstruation

According to the study, the estrogen and hippocampus (grey matter and while matter) levels increase during menstrual cycle.

Women, new study shows your brain grows during menstruationEvery month during our menstrual cycle, hormone fluctuations influence our mood, emotions, and behaviour. Prior to menstruation, specifically ovulation, some of us experience symptoms including a change in basal body temperature, higher sex drive, or a heightened sense of smell, taste, or vision. Now, a recent study in Scientific Reports has revealed there’s a silent […]