CrowdMed. Health Apps Library. Children are suffering from rise of the 'Gameboy Back' Is there any point giving things up for January? 5 January 2014Last updated at 20:13 ET By Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine The festive season is over.
The time for guilt is nigh. But is foreswearing alcohol, junk food or caffeine for just one month really any good for your health? Newspaper articles saying that we typically eat 7,000 calories on Christmas Day are fresh in the mind. 10 Amazing Ways To Stop Overeating. What if your gluten intolerance is all in your head? Read full article Continue reading page |1|2|3 For many sufferers, gluten intolerance may originate in the mind, not the body.
But that's nothing to be ashamed of, says a philosopher. The science of a long life. 30 January 2013Last updated at 19:54 ET Bombarded with adverts promising a longer, healthier life, BBC News Los Angeles correspondent Peter Bowes goes in search of eternal youth.
If we are lucky, we will grow old. Most of us have grey hair, wrinkles, frailty, loss of memory and degenerative diseases to look forward to - if we do not have them already. It is not all bad news. With ageing, we can acquire wisdom and often become more emotionally stable and at ease with life. How to live beyond 100. 2 July 2012Last updated at 05:51 ET By Lucy Wallis BBC News There are nearly 12,000 centenarians in Britain today, but with more people reaching 100 how do scientific theories about life expectancy compare with the experience of those who have received a telegram from the Queen?
At the age of 102 Nora Hardwick posed naked as Miss November for a charity calendar. "They couldn't get enough ladies for the 12 months… It was very tastefully done. I had a pink tulle scarf to hide the bits and pieces. " Why I consumed my own blood. Human blood is an extraordinary substance that manages simultaneously to nourish, sustain protect and regenerate our bodies, but despite decades of research we are only just beginning to exploit its full potential.
Michael Mosley has been putting his own blood through a series of rigorous tests. In 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula was published, helping fan an interest in blood-drinking human vampires that has never gone away. In the novel, Count Dracula feeds on human blood and transforms himself from a little old man with white hair into a dark-haired super-athlete. Stoker's novel, and others that came before it (such as "Carmilla", a novel about a lesbian vampire) were in turn inspired by centuries of mythology that have surrounded blood, mainly focused on its alleged powers to heal and restore. In later centuries, medical practice focused more often on blood letting than blood consumption, but the belief in the power of blood to restore and rejuvenate persisted.
The health hazards of sitting. Inactivity.png. Massive rise in Asian eye damage. 3 May 2012Last updated at 22:23 ET By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service Lijia Zhang, a writer and social commentator in Beijing, told the BBC that high expectations on children were a factor Up to 90% of school leavers in major Asian cities are suffering from myopia - short-sightedness - a study suggests.
Researchers say the "extraordinary rise" in the problem is being caused by students working very hard in school and missing out on outdoor light. The scientists told the Lancet that up to one in five of these students could experience severe visual impairment and even blindness. In the UK, the average level of myopia is between 20% and 30%. According to Professor Ian Morgan, who led this study and is from the Australian National University, 20-30% was once the average among people in South East Asia as well. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Children suffer from a double whammy in South East Asia” End QuoteProf Ian MorganAustralian National University.
Being bilingual 'boosts brain power' 1 May 2012Last updated at 02:49 ET Differences were seen in the brainstem (coloured orange in this picture) Learning a second language can boost brain power, scientists believe.
Can science explain why I'm a pessimist? 9 July 2013Last updated at 21:02 ET.
Air-conditioning: Why might women feel temperature differently to men? There's been a great deal of coverage of a study this week that suggested that women feel temperature differently in workplaces from men.
Is there an explanation for why men and women might feel comfortable at different room temperatures, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. A study by two Dutch scientists has offered an answer to the longstanding question many office workers ask come summer - why when some men in the office are reaching for the air conditioning, are some women slipping on cardigans?
According to the paper, women feel the cold more readily - one small sample test the researchers carried out suggests that women are comfortable at a temperature 2.5C warmer than men - between 24-25C. According to Prof Paul Thornalley, of Warwick Medical School, variation in average metabolic rate and body heat production between men and women "may explain why there is a difference in environmental temperature required for comfort between males and females".
Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs. Diet. Vitamins. Grapefruit and pills mix warning. 26 November 2012Last updated at 12:21 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Doctors have warned of a "lack of knowledge" about the dangers of mixing some medications with grapefruit.
The fruit can cause overdoses of some drugs by stopping the medicines being broken down in the intestines and the liver. The researchers who first identified the link said the number of drugs that became dangerous with grapefruit was increasing rapidly. They were writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The team at the Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada said the number of drugs which had serious side effects with grapefruit had gone from 17 in 2008 to 43 in 2012. They include some drugs for a range of conditions including blood pressure, cancer and cholesterol-lowering statins and those taken to suppress the immune system after an organ transplant.
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Body clock 'alters' immune system. 17 February 2012Last updated at 01:43 By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Will the time affect medicine? The time of the day could be an important factor in the risk of getting an infection, according to researchers in the US. Can meditation help prevent the effects of ageing? Can meditation really slow down the effects of age? One Nobel Prize-winner is finding the scientific in the spiritual, writes Jo Marchant. It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California.
The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. In the distance, white villas of wealthy Los Angeles residents dot the Hollywood hills. Such spiritual practices may seem a world away from biomedical research, with its focus on molecular processes and repeatable results. Meditation boosts genes that promote good health - health - 02 May 2013. Feeling run-down? Try a little chanting, or meditation – seriously. Such relaxation techniques can boost the activity of genes involved in several processes beneficial to health, and they only take a few minutes each day to show results. Previous studies have reported changes to the brain while people practise these activities, but a new study shows for the first time that gene activity changes too. This could explain the reported beneficial effects of meditation, yoga and prayer.
Depression: A revolution in treatment? By James Gallagher, Rachael Buchanan & Andrew Luck-Baker The Inflamed Mind, BBC Radio 4 Image copyright Hayley Mason It's not very often we get to talk about a revolution in understanding and treating depression and yet now doctors are talking about "one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry for the last 20 years". It is based around the idea that some people are being betrayed by their fiercest protector. That their immune system is altering their brain.
Picture perfect? How Instagram can reveal your depression. Coffee addiction: Do people consume too much caffeine? How to optimize your caffeine intake. Two doctors at Penn State University have developed Caffeine Zone, a free iOS app that tells you the perfect time to take a coffee break to maintain an optimal amount of caffeine in your blood — and, perhaps more importantly, it also tells you when to stop drinking tea and coffee, so that caffeine doesn’t interrupt your sleep. Coffee v smoothies: Which is better for you? This Is Your Brain on Coffee. Illustration by Ben Wiseman This column appears in the June 9 issue of The New York Times Magazine. For hundreds of years, coffee has been one of the two or three most popular beverages on earth.
But it’s only recently that scientists are figuring out that the drink has notable health benefits. In one large-scale epidemiological study from last year, researchers primarily at the National Cancer Institute parsed health information from more than 400,000 volunteers, ages 50 to 71, who were free of major diseases at the study’s start in 1995. Caffeine energy drinks 'intensify heart contractions'
2 December 2013Last updated at 00:59 ET Energy drinks packed with caffeine can change the way the heart beats, researchers warn. BBC Food - How healthy is your coffee? 19 April 2013Last updated at 10:09 By Anna-Louise Taylor BBC Food Greek coffee could be good for the heart, one recent research study suggests. Birthweight link to lifelong health. Children with older fathers and grandfathers 'live longer' Older dads linked to rise in mental illness. Making babies happy, healthy - and green. Can singing a lullaby ease a child's pain?
Infants' brains attuned to baby talk and nursery rhymes. Antibiotics can make young children heavier, says study. The amazing significance of what a mother-to-be eats.