Scientists discovered new pain organ in the skin

Researchers have discovered a new sensory organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts

Scientists discovered new pain organ in the skinResearchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a new sensory organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts. The discovery is being published in the journal Science. Pain causes suffering and results in substantial costs for society. Almost one person in every five experiences constant pain and there […]

‘Silent’ strokes common after surgery, reveals study

Canadian researchers have discovered that covert, or ‘silent’ - strokes are common in seniors after they have elective, non-cardiac surgery and double their risk of cognitive decline one year later

‘Silent’ strokes common after surgery, reveals studyWhile an overt stroke causes obvious symptoms, such as weakness in one arm or speech problems that last more than a day, a covert stroke is not obvious except on brain scans, such as MRI. Each year, approximately 0.5 per cent of the 50 million people age 65 years or greater worldwide who have major, […]

Exercise improves anxiety and mood in older adults undergoing chemotherapy

Although we know that exercise improves anxiety and mood problems in younger people with cancer, few studies have looked at the effects of exercise on older adults with cancer

Exercise improves anxiety and mood in older adults undergoing chemotherapySince most new cancer cases occur in adults aged 60 or older, a team of researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center and other institutions designed a study to learn more. Their study appeared in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). Having cancer increases the chances of people […]

Smart health tips to maintain hydration

The body needs to stay properly hydrated to support daily functions and to avoid some health problems

Smart health tips to maintain hydrationIt is important to stay hydrated. Water helps you stay cool, maintains skin health, supports kidney functions and helps energise muscles among other health benefits. However, staying properly hydrated can be difficult for some people. Drinking water may not be a priority for other people because of their demanding and busy life. In some cases, […]

Try these three exercises to prevent lower backache

Back pain could be prevented by watching your diet, or by making a change to your sleep position. You could lower your risk of lower back pain symptoms and backache by doing these exercises and sports

Try these three exercises to prevent lower backacheBack pain is a common condition that usually improves by itself within a few weeks or months. It could be caused by sleeping in an awkward position, having bad posture, or even by a minor injury. Staying active and doing exercise is one of the best ways to reduce back pain. Certain sports are recommended […]

Here’s what you really need to know about detox drinks

To some extent, the present generation is obsessed with losing weight via the ‘removal’ of toxins in the body. This is evidenced by the numerous detox drinks that are advertised during the summer season and the endless choices that are available all year round

Here’s what you really need to know about detox drinksTypically, a person will include these drinks in a detox diet, which they follow along with an exercise regimen. But did you know that there is very little evidence of these drinks being able to really ‘detoxify’ the human body? Of course, the idea of detoxification itself is based on science, although it is normally […]

Plant-based diet may reduce cardiovascular death risk by 32%, finds study

High plant-based food consumers were also 25% less likely to die from any cause and had a 32% lower risk of dying from a cardiovascular condition

Plant-based diet may reduce cardiovascular death risk by 32%, finds studyNew research adds to the mounting body of evidence that eating more plant-based foods and fewer animal ones may contribute to a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. A growing body of evidence is showing that a plant-based diet could benefit cardiovascular health. One such recent study found that eating more plant-based foods slashes the risk […]

Is the radiation from airport body scanners dangerous? Let’s find out

As if waiting in line weren't bad enough, travellers also worry about their radiation exposure

Is the radiation from airport body scanners dangerous? Let’s find outWhat do granite countertops, bananas and airports have in common? They are all emitting low-level radiation – constantly. Yet, according to toxicologists, people aren’t coming into their offices with concerns about their kitchen renovations. Instead, just one of these sources is a cause of disproportionate anxiety: the security scanners in airports. Patient concerns are often […]

Remove false teeth before general anaesthetic, warn doctors

False teeth need to be taken out before a general anaesthetic, doctors warn in the journal BMJ Case Reports after a 72-year-old’s dentures got stuck in his throat during surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, and weren’t discovered for eight days

Remove false teeth before general anaesthetic, warn doctorsAside from experiencing considerable pain, bleeding, and swallowing difficulties, the oversight led to repeated hospital visits, additional invasive tests, blood transfusions, and eventually more surgery for the man. The doctors describe how six days after abdominal surgery, the man turned up at Accident & Emergency complaining of blood in the mouth and swallowing difficulties and […]

Here’s what you can eat to live a longer life

Researchers found that eating foods high in flavonoids could help extend life by reducing the risk of having a heart disease and cancer

Here’s what you can eat to live a longer lifeChanging your diet may help give you a longer life. A new study suggests that adding the foods and beverages that contain the compounds called flavonoids could reduce the risk of dying from a heart disease and cancer. Flavonoids can be found in almost all vegetables and fruits. These compounds are known for being an […]