Here’s why orthopaedic shoes may not really be good for our feet

Humans – that is to say, our modern ancestors, Homo sapiens – have been around for at least 195,000 years. Yet, it was only maybe 40,000 years ago that our species invented footwear. Anthropologists understand that, up until that point, humans and their predecessors had no way of protecting their feet, other than naturally formed […]

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Protein released from fat in after exercise plays vital role in improving health

After performing experiments in both humans and mice, the researchers found that exercise training causes dramatic changes to fat. Additionally, they discovered that this ‘trained’ fat releases factors into the bloodstream that can have positive effects on health. The study was published online February 11, 2019, in Nature Metabolism. It’s known that fat cells secrete […]

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Will you have a long lifespan? Your family’s genes provide answers

The study was published online on January 07 in the journal Nature Communications. Using databases at the University of Utah and in the Dutch province of Zeeland, investigators analysed the genealogies of nearly 315,000 people from over 20,000 families dating back to 1740. “We observed, the more long-lived relatives you have, the lower your risk […]

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Cancer: Even healthy humans are ‘riddled’ with mutant cells, reveals study

Ageing causes changes in our bodies and our cells. But a new study finds that the extent of these changes could be a lot greater than we previously thought. Middle-age and elderly people have more mutant cells in their oesophagus than they do normal cells, a group of researchers reported yesterday (Oct. 18) in the […]

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Human memory can recognise 5,000 faces on average, find researchers

On average, possibly somewhere around 5,000, according to researchers from the University of York, England. The findings of their study were published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on October 09 “Our study focused on the number of faces people actually know– we haven’t yet found a limit on how many faces the brain […]

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World Rabies Day: Four infections that your pet dog can pass on to you

It is known that pet dogs can significantly improve health and overall quality of life for many people. But like many animals, they are also linked to certain parasites and zoonotic diseases i.e. diseases which can be transmitted from animals to human beings. Here are a few of them you should know about. Capnocytophaga canimorsus […]

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: Humans are causing cancer in animals through plastic waste, reveals study

Humans are causing cancer in animals through plastic waste, reveals study

Animals are developing cancer due to significant changes in the environment caused by humans, scientists claim. Pollution in oceans, radiation from power plants and pesticides from farms may be causing wild animals to develop tumours, according to experts from Arizona State University. Light pollution and animals eating human food from rubbish may also be driving […]

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Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a while

Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a while

Crying is a natural response humans have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, and frustration. But does crying have any health benefits? This article explores why people cry and what health benefits crying may have. Why do people cry? Humans produce three types of tears: Basal: The tear ducts constantly secrete basal tears, […]

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