How doctors who deal with germs all day long avoid getting sick

Continuous stress has been shown to suppress the immune system. But that's nothing compared with what these doctors go up against each day

How doctors who deal with germs all day long avoid getting sickDodging a cold can be pretty challenging when you’re working in an office. As soon as one person starts coughing, you can usually be sure it’ll get around the office faster than a bad email chain from Steve in accounting. If that’s not enough, continuous stress has been shown to suppress the immune system. But […]

How to identify the early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Currently, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but proper treatment and moderate exercise may help reduce flares. If it is left untreated, the joints, cartilage, and bones in affected areas can become damaged

How to identify the early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritisThe symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) typically affect the hands, wrists, and feet. Spotting signs of RA early could lead to an early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Early and consistent management of arthritis can prevent joint damage and, ultimately, disability. This article explores the early signs and symptoms of RA, its risk factors, and when […]

Here’s how to get rid of a blocked nose

Although a cold can pass quickly, typically in just five to 10 days, a blocked nose is a major factor that contributes to us feeling under the weather

Here’s how to get rid of a blocked noseA blocked nose is primarily caused by inflamed nasal passages, according to GP Dr Roger Henderson. The body’s immune system – its natural defences – attempts to fight off the cold or flu virus by targeting the inflamed areas. While antibodies attack the virus, blood vessels around the nasal passage begin to swell up, causing […]

Did you know? Diabetes can affect your oral health

Diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired which elevates the level of glucose in blood. People who have diabetes know that this disease can lead to impairment of the eyes, nerves, kidneys and heart. What they don't know is that diabetes can also hamper their oral health

Did you know? Diabetes can affect your oral healthThey say, ‘Every human being is the author of their own life.’ Your lifestyle and your habits contribute a lot towards living a healthy life. A busy lifestyle, long working hours can have a negative impact on your health and it can even affect your immunity. A poor immune system can lead to diabetes as […]

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not well

 Getting no sleep, let alone an hour too little, throws your body’s regular processes for a loop, jostling the delicate balance of hormones out of whack and signalling to your brain that something is definitely wrong. A number of things happen when you pull an all-nighter, and not one of them is good

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not wellWho among us has not pulled an all-nighter, the practise which is generally seen among college students or working professionals, wherein, people will generally be up all night either studying or working very hard to complete a certain given task or assignment before a nearing deadline. All-nighters mark the full surrender to academic demands — […]

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes

Previous research has indicated that low levels of vitamin D may raise the risk of type 1 diabetes. In response to such studies, scientists have been investigating whether or not higher levels of the vitamin could have a preventive effect against type 1 diabetes

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes  Researchers found that children with low blood levels of vitamin D were more likely to experience islet autoimmunity, compared with those who had higher levels of the vitamin. Islet autoimmunity is a process wherein the immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, causing type 1 diabetes. Lead study author Jill Norris, […]

Here’s why hot tub birth can be life-threatening to newborn babies

Doctors said labouring in water may help ease pain and lower the need for anaesthesia for the mother.  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) it may also speed up the first stage of labour before the cervix is fully dilated and the baby is ready to emerge. But as the risks may outweigh its benefits, it is advisable that women should avoid delivering babies in water

Here’s why hot tub birth can be life-threatening to newborn babiesA newborn girl in Canada developed a life-threatening infection after being delivered in a hot tub, according to a case report that some doctors say offers fresh evidence that women should not deliver babies in water. The baby girl was delivered full-term and was healthy at birth. But she was hospitalised at eight days old […]

Proven: Negativity breeds cancer

Negative emotions give rise to a chronic state of anxiety, which produces excess adrenaline and cortisol. These reduce production of natural killer cells that protect you against cancer

Proven: Negativity breeds cancerHave you felt hurt or betrayed? Have you ever been so bitter and upset towards a situation or person that you could not imagine forgiving them? You may have even replayed the event(s) over and over in your head. With each repetition, your feelings intensify and you feel worse about yourself and it. There is […]

Did you know? Your feet are home to nearly 200 types of fungi

The part of the body with the most fungi is the heel with 80 different types of fungi, followed by toenail clippings (60 types) and the toes (40 types). The head contained the fewest types of fungi (only 10)

Did you know? Your feet are home to nearly 200 types of fungiAlthough fungi also inhabit other areas of the body – such as behind our ears – the researchers found that most of them are living between our toes. The study, carried out and published in the journal Nature, is the most extensive analysis of the body’s fungal diversity to date. Although only about half of […]

Why is yoga and meditation beneficial to the human body?

A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reveals that yoga and meditation appear to have a positive effect on the central nervous system as well as the immune system

Why is yoga and meditation beneficial to the human body?Increasingly, yoga practice and meditation have been the focus of research aiming to test their benefits. Recently, Medical News Today have reported on a wealth of studies pointing to many different advantages of yoga and meditation, including countering cognitive decline, acting on genetic factors that predispose individuals to stress, improving lower back pain, and easing […]