Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why You Should Get A Weekly Dose Of Nature

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register If Brexit or the current U.S. political climate have you feeling blue or stressed out, then a "dose of nature" may be just the thing you need, according to a new study led by The University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and published in Nature Scientific…

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Your Insomnia May Come From A Troubled Childhood

Sleep plays an essential role in our overall health; it's so vital that some studies have gone so far as to say that getting enough sleep is more important than food. For unknown reasons, however, sleep evades some people more than others. There are a number of factors that can contribute to insomnia, including stress and…

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Whole grains help you live longer: study

Eating whole grains can cut the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer, a recent study found. Harvard University researchers discovered that people who ate 16 grams of whole grains a day had a 7 percent drop in the risk of death from any cause, a 9 percent fall in the risk of cardiovascular disease…

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fighting Food Allergies With Seaweed

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Food allergies are a major global health issue that can be life threatening in some cases. But new research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests a new way to counteract food allergies: red seaweed. In the United States alone, food allergies are estimated to affect approximately 5 percent…

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cigarette smoking among U.S. high school students at an all-time low, but e-cigarette use a concern

New CDC study also finds texting and driving, excessive screen time are still problems ATLANTA, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, but the use of electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, among students poses new challenges…

Friday, June 3, 2016

Marijuana use doesn't affect your physical health, except for one aspect: your gums

A longitudinal study which tracked 1,037 New Zealanders from birth to middle age found marijuana use did not cause physical problems, with one notable exception: periodontal health. The biggest issue with smoking weed, it seems, is you'll get bad gums later in life. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The researchers at Arizona State University assessed over a dozen…

Friday, May 20, 2016

Is Online Therapy As Good As Talking Face-To-Face With A Clinician?

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Currently, only about one-third of people with mental health difficulties obtain help. While there are various reasons for this, practical factors such as availability of health professionals and travel, time and financial restrictions may limit access to mental health care. People may also be…

Saturday, May 14, 2016

How Eating Healthy Can Make You More Sociable

Eating a healthy diet as a child may have an impact on your social development and make you more friendly and socially active, according to a new study out of the University of Pennsylvania. Past research has found a link between malnutrition and lower cognitive ability in childhood years, but the latest researchers wanted to see…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Air pollution: Benefits of cycling and walking outweigh harms - study

The health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution, a study has suggested. Air pollution contributes to 40,000 early deaths each year in the UK and we gulp in more of it when we exercise. On the other hand, regular exercise reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and several…

Monday, May 9, 2016

Body Shape May Predict Time Of Death

It’s not news that obesity has become a worldwide public health crisis; the condition increases risk for heart disease, diabetes, and premature death. But, while scientists have long suspected that adults with high scores on the body mass index (BMI) die earlier than most, little work has been done to determine if there's an association between…

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Is Your Child A Werewolf?

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register The moon and its possible influence over human behavior have been shrouded in mystery since ancestral times. Take for instance the fanciful tales of werewolves, who shapeshift from human to wolf during a full moon. Or perhaps a better modern example would be the myth that there is more violence on nights…

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spanking Can Cause Mental Health Problems In Your Kids, Study Warns

AUSTIN, Texas ­ - The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking by experts at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of…

Friday, May 6, 2016

Workplace stress: It's time to lift it

This World Day for Safety and Health focuses on the toll taken on the health and wellbeing of workers worldwide by stress in their working environment. Target 8 of Goal 8 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for 'safe and secure working environments for all workers' - securing safe workplaces extends beyond the…

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Facts about "Obamacare" to consider as you evaluate candidate positions

There's plenty to dislike about health care in the United States, and just about everyone – including President Obama – wants changes to the Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare." With the two major political parties taking polar opposite sides, voters need to look carefully at what each candidate wants to do. Below are some…

Saturday, February 13, 2016

26 Scientific Facts About Love And Romance

Love is one of the most difficult topics to explain, both philosophically and scientifically. And while scientists have a lot more work to do in understanding the mechanisms behind love — examining the brain chemistry, hormones, and genetics behind initial attraction, deeper emotions, as well as timeless attachment — we do have some interesting facts about…

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Better Memory Is Good For Your Mental Health

Working memory training may reduce anxiety, according to a study published in Biological Psychology. Your working memory is your short-term memory. It holds bits of information you need to complete cognitive tasks, such as learning and comprehension, before erasing it and making room for new information. Prior studies show working memory is a key deficit among…

Monday, January 18, 2016

10 Life Hacks for Your Health Resolutions

Real change is hard. Come January, we aim to start off with a game plan for a healthier year—but rather than starting a new fitness plan that you may lose interest in by February, try some of these life hacks in your everyday life and keep them all year long, if you dare. This article, along…

Saturday, January 9, 2016

U.S. issues new dietary guidelines that will change the way you eat

In the first slate of nutritional recommendations it has issued since 2011, the federal government on Thursday gave health-conscious Americans the go-ahead to eat eggs and others foods rich in cholesterol, to drink as many as five cups of coffee daily, and to enjoy a range of fats long avoided by many. The new dietary guidelines,…

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Name Top 10 Health Alternatives To Sugar

Name Top 10 Health Alternatives To Sugar Sugar has become something that is incredibly difficult to get away from. Whether it comes from spoonfuls of it adde to our daily coffee, the copious amount that is placed in our soft drinks, the high amount in our processed foods, or in our breakfast cereal. The bottom line…

Monday, January 4, 2016

Fix My Drink: Make every drop count

The year 2015 brought with it a few experiences made me think a lot about why we drink and what we hope to get out of it. For example, this fall I taught a series of cocktail classes in Toronto, and chatting with participants taught me about the concerns and aspirations people have when they make…