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

New research has made a surprising finding about the function and effects of foot calluses, leading investigators to question how good orthopaedic shoes really are for foot health

Here’s why orthopaedic shoes may not really be good for our feetHumans – 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 […]

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

Exercise training causes dramatic changes to fat. Additionally, this ‘trained’ fat releases beneficial factors into the bloodstream

Protein released from fat in after exercise plays vital role in improving healthAfter 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 […]

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

Your chances of inheriting genes linked to longevity are highest if you come from a family with many long-lived members, researchers say. And that includes aunts and uncles, not just parents

Will you have a long lifespan? Your family’s genes provide answersThe 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 […]

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

Cancer develops due to mutations in our DNA. However, until now, little has been known about how mutations build up in healthy tissue over time. A new study provides fresh detail

Cancer: Even healthy humans are ‘riddled’ with mutant cells, reveals studyAgeing 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 […]

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

We are exposed to an overwhelming number of human faces every day including regular people in our lives as well as celebrities. But how many such faces can one person remember and recall? Study participants were asked to recall and recognise faces, both from their personal lives as well as popular media

Human memory can recognise 5,000 faces on average, find researchersOn 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 […]

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

Dogs transmit several viral and bacterial diseases to humans. Zoonotic diseases can be transmitted to human by infected saliva, aerosols, contaminated urine or faeces and direct contact with the dog

World Rabies Day: Four infections that your pet dog can pass on to youIt 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 […]

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

Pesticides and animals eating human food may also be driving the disease. Humans are putting animals at risk by making the environment better for them. Like humans, bird hormones are affected by light, driving cancer rates. Researchers plan to compare cancer rates in animals living in different areas. They hope educating children will improve conservation efforts in the future

Humans are causing cancer in animals through plastic waste, reveals studyAnimals 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 […]

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

Research has found that in addition to being self-soothing, shedding emotional tears releases oxytocin and endorphins. These chemicals make people feel good and may also ease both physical and emotional pain. In this way, crying can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being

Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a whileCrying 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, […]