Category Archives: Health

Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?

“Women who take HRT drugs soon after going through menopause are ‘less likely to suffer heart disease’,” the Daily Mail reports. A new study found that early adopters ofhormone replacement therapy (HRT) might slow their progression towardatherosclerosis (hardening and thickening of the arteries) which can increase the risk ofheart disease, heart attacks or strokes. However, the study in question did not follow Read More


Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

“One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025,” The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the “UK’s population to be fattest in Europe” by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major modelling study of global obesity trends. The study used data covering 19.2 million adults in 186 countries, which was then used to Read More


Claims that man flu ‘really exists’ are unsupported

“Man flu really does exist,” reports the Mail Online in a massive leap from the results of a small study that didn’t look at flu at all. The study actually looked at why women are more likely to have autoimmune conditions such as lupus. Autoimmune conditions are when the immune system wrongly starts attacking healthy tissue. So, despite the suggestive headline, the Read More


Mindfulness may be effective for treating lower back pain

“Meditation could ease the agony of back pain, a study suggests,” the Daily Mirror reports. A US study compared a technique called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) with usual care and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for long-term non-specific lower back pain. The term “non-specific” refers to when there are no obvious causes, such as a slipped disc. MBSR is based on yoga Read More


Sugar levels in children’s fruit juices ‘unacceptably high’

“Fruit juices and smoothies contain ‘unacceptably high’ levels of sugar,” reports The Guardian. That was the stark conclusion of a new study looking at the sugar content of fruit juices and smoothies marketed at kids in the UK. Of the 203 kids’ drinks the researchers checked from major supermarket shelves, most (117, 58%) would receive a Food Standards Agency red colour-coded Read More


Can concussion be tested for with a ‘simple’ blood test?

“A new blood test can detect a concussion up to a week after a head injury,” the Daily Mail reports. The test involved checking for biomarkers, which are substances created by a specific biological condition or state. In this case researchers looked at two biomarkers – proteins called glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1). These Read More


The Keys to Unlocking Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

No matter where you are in the world, I’d bet good money that any parent you meet would tell you the same thing: Raising their child is the most important job they’ll ever have. Bringing a human being into the world and guiding him or her safely into adulthood is both an awesome privilege and a weighty responsibility – and Read More


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The 3 Biggest Reasons Your Diet Isn’t Working

If you had a nickel for every time you went on a diet … Or, scratch that, if you actually lost a pound every time you went on a diet, well, you’d have no reason to diet! Unfortunately, for a lot of people, diets tend to cause more frustration than actual weight loss. And the reasons are way simpler than Read More


Will That Product Really Give Me Cancer?

My sister-in-law recently was looking at weightlifting equipment. She was surprised when she found a warning label saying it might cause cancer. She then asked me: Would this product really give her cancer? The short answer: it depends. Back in 1986, California passed a law requiring manufacturers to put a warning label on products that contain carcinogens, or substances that Read More


A Call for Better Awareness and Diagnosis of ADHD in Older Adults

Kathleen Orr, a 68-year-old clinical social worker, complains to her doctor that she struggles to remain focused, becomes easily distracted and has difficulty completing tasks at work and chores at home. After asking a few questions, her physician tells her that this is part of normal aging. Mary says, “But I’ve had this issue on-and-off my whole life.” The physician Read More