Laughter really is the best medicine

We all laugh. Some may laugh more than others, but it is a unanimous human trait. It feels good and brings people together. Really, laughter needs no introduction, but what is it for?

Laughter really is the best medicineWe laugh at jokes (albeit not all jokes). We can also laugh sarcastically, nervously, when we are stressed, or even for no reason at all. Our laughter may be uncontrollable or maniacal, and it might also be forced, faked, or purposefully prolonged. The laugh is so pervasive that it can hardly be ignored by scientists; […]

Don’t blame the weather for your back pain, they aren’t linked at all

Researchers compared weather at the time patients first noticed pain with weather conditions one week and one month before the onset. They found no association between the two

Don’t blame the weather for your back pain, they aren’t linked at allPeople who claim they suffer aches and pains in damp weather are wrong, scientists say. There is no link between the two – instead cold temperatures just makes people more aware of their discomfort, new research confirms. But this is instantly forgotten when the sun comes out, two new Australian studies suggest. Almost 1,000 people […]

20 minutes of exercise beneficial to combat inflammation

Inflammation is a necessary part of the body's immune response, but too much inflammation can lead to disease

20 minutes of exercise beneficial to combat inflammationThe long-term health benefits of physical exercise are numerous; they include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, improving metabolism and weight control, as well as generally strengthening the heart, muscles, and bones. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a regular dose of physical activity also lowers blood pressure, and reduces […]

Researchers believe that our voice can reveal whether we’re getting ill

Canary Speech developed algorithms after examining speech patterns of patients with Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's. It enabled them to spot a number of tell-tale signs both pre and post-diagnosis

Researchers believe that our voice can reveal whether we’re getting illOur voices are amazing things. We can use them to sing, shout and whisper sweet nothings. We can use them to activate gadgets and prove who we are to banks. And now researchers believe they can also reveal whether we’re getting ill. A US start-up called Canary Speech is developing a way of analysing conversations […]

New 5D tech may help diagnose diseases from cell phone images

Called "Hyper-Spectral Phasor" analysis, it is much faster and far less expensive than current techniques, and may be useful for diagnosing and monitoring diseases by using cell phone images

New 5D tech may help diagnose diseases from cell phone imagesScientists have developed a new 5D technique for analysing images, an advance that may make it easier to quickly find tell-tale signs of diseases from pictures taken using cell phones. Called “Hyper-Spectral Phasor” analysis, or HySP, it is much faster and far less expensive than current techniques, and may be useful for diagnosing and monitoring […]

‘My husband’s kiss can kill me’

Johanna Watkins, suffers from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, a rare disorder of the immune system, which means she is allergic to almost everything, including her husband's scent

‘My husband’s kiss can kill me’Johanna and Scott Watkins’s date nights are very different from other couples. “Scott and I will try to watch a show together. We can’t be in the room together, because I’m allergic to him, but he will be three floors below me in a room on his laptop and I will be on mine and […]

Tragic story of a 16-year-old who went to bed healthy and died from sepsis just hours after waking up

Sepsis affects 150,000 people a year and kills an estimated 44,000, of whom 1,000 are children. It is usually triggered by an infection but escalates rapidly, sparking a vicious immune response in which the body attacks its own vital organs

Tragic story of a 16-year-old who went to bed healthy and died from sepsis just hours after waking upA 16-year-old boy who went to sleep perfectly healthy died from sepsis just hours after waking up the next morning. Adam Tolfree, from Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning after his family became concerned. He had woken up with a rash – a tell-tale sign of the deadly blood infection, throwing up […]

For adults with arthritis even 45 minutes of exercise a week can be beneficial

While physical activity can be challenging for many older adults with arthritis, it can help patients better manage their condition and maintain physical functioning

For adults with arthritis even 45 minutes of exercise a week can be beneficialFirst author Dorothy Dunlop, professor of rheumatology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and colleagues report their findings in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, caused by “wear […]

Kids are eating nearly 200 per cent more fake sugar

Sugar substitutes are getting more popular among adults, too. Forty-four percent of adults and 20% of children in the survey reported consuming low-calorie sweeteners more than once a day

Kids are eating nearly 200 per cent more fake sugarThe number of children who eat or drink artificial sweeteners—like aspartame, sucralose and saccharin—has skyrocketed over the years, with a nearly 200% increase from 1999 to 2012, a new study shows. The survey results, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reveal that in 1999, less than 9% of kids consumed […]

A global health concern – rising blood pressure

According to a new analysis based on more than 8 million people from 154 countries across 844 studies, the problem of elevated blood pressure is worldwide, and it has serious consequences

A global health concern – rising blood pressureOne U.S. adult out of every three has high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. But the number of people with elevated blood pressure, not yet in the high range, is much higher. According to a new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on more […]
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