Scratching may feel good, but can it make an itch worse?

Scratching has more to do with the brain signals than you can ever imagine

Scratching may feel good, but can it make an itch worse?Do you know that itchy feeling that grips you with the unstoppable urge to scratch your back? Before you know it, you have to extend your hand to give into the impulse to scratch the itch again. Does this cycle keep repeating itself till you are exhausted? Well, there may be more than one explanation […]

Smoking may limit body’s ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer, reveals study

Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 per cent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a report funded by Cancer Research UK

Smoking may limit body’s ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer, reveals studyThe study of more than 700 melanoma patients mainly from the north of England, and published today in Cancer Research, provides evidence to suggest that smoking may blight the immune response against melanoma and reduce survival. These new findings from researchers at the University of Leeds provide another reason why people should try to give […]

Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia risk

A healthy diet rich in fibre is generally recommended, but new research shows it could be even more important during pregnancy to promote the wellbeing of the mother and child

Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia riskPlant-based fibre is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, the Barwon Infant Study from Deakin University, Monash University, James Cook University and the Australian National University collaborated to investigate the role of these metabolic products of gut bacteria […]

10 superfoods to prevent #breastcancer

While there is no one single food or diet that can prevent or cause breast cancer, diet is an area in which individual choices can make a real difference. October is celebrated as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month globally. Certain lifestyle choices and habits can increase the risk of breast cancer, especially among women

10 superfoods to prevent #breastcancerImage courtesy: Getty Images  No food or diet can prevent one from getting breast cancer; it is not 100% effective. However, nutrition is an important aspect and plays an important role in decreasing the chances of breast cancer. Even if you are diagnosed with it, eating and maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet can make […]

Want to improve your gut health? Here’s what you can eat

Cooled potatoes, bone broth and ginger are just among the top superfoods that could help improve your gut health

Want to improve your gut health? Here’s what you can eatIt is important that you maintain good gut health. The microorganisms present in your digestive tract support numerous functions that help you stay healthy and away from diseases. They help boost the immune system, manage mood and metabolism, promote hormonal balance and maintain your brain function. Properly taking care of your gut microbiota can also […]

Poor sleep slows down wound healing in people with type 2 diabetes

People with Type 2 diabetes who don’t sleep well could need more time to heal their wounds, according to a new study published by researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Poor sleep slows down wound healing in people with type 2 diabetesType 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and it impacts the ability of the body to produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. One serious complication of diabetes are ulcers that can form from wounds. Feet are one of the most common places of injury. Small wounds that develop on […]

Can stress cause cancer? What you need to know

Experts say there has been growing evidence that chronic stress can affect a person’s cancer risk and progression

Can stress cause cancer? What you need to knowChronic stress is known to negatively affect the body. It could trigger the development of inflammation and cardiometabolic disease. Stress can also contribute to the development of cancer. Previous studies showed that it can speed up the progression and worsen outcomes of the disease. But can stress be the main cause of cancer? The National […]

Showering daily – is it necessary?

Do you shower or bathe daily? If you do, you’re not alone. Approximately two-thirds of Americans shower daily. In Australia, it’s over 80%. But in China, about half of people report bathing only twice a week

Showering daily – is it necessary?In many parts of the world, the daily shower tends to start around puberty and becomes lifelong. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? Perhaps your answer is: “because it’s healthier than showering less often.” Think again. For many, perhaps most, the daily shower is more about habit and societal norms than health. […]

Are there any health benefits to a cold shower?

Many people prefer warm showers to cold showers. However, some studies have shown that using cold water may be beneficial to physical and mental health

Are there any health benefits to a cold shower?This article covers some of the scientific evidence supporting the benefits of cold showers for a variety of physical and mental benefits. Increased alertness Taking a cold shower can make a person feel more alert, largely due to its effects on the body. According to a meta-analysis of existing cold water immersion research in the […]

Doctors could use eggshells to heal or regrow people’s bones and teeth, reveals study

Mixing crushed eggshells with a gel helped bone cells to grow and harden. Eggshells are made up of calcium carbonate, which causes the bone to toughen. They could one day repair bones damaged due to ageing, cancer or injuries

Doctors could use eggshells to heal or regrow people’s bones and teeth, reveals studyEggshells could help broken bones heal or regrow, research suggests. A study found a mixture of crushed eggshells and a type of gel could help rats’ bone cells to regrow faster and harder in a lab experiment. The mixture could be used to make a mould into which a human patient’s own bone cells could […]
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