Thursday, December 1, 2016

Are You a Skeptic? You're Probably Healthier Than the Rest of Us

Now more than ever, it's important you know how to advocate for your own health care. Our medical system is complex and costly -- and soon to be changing. No one knows entirely what's in store. Because of that, and to ensure your needs as a patient don't get lost in the shuffle, you should know…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

3 Reasons You Always Get Sick In December

Winter usually comes with perpetual cold — not just outdoor temperatures, but also within our bodies. As soon as the arctic weather sets in, people start coughing and sneezing. It’s not supernatural; there’s a reason you feel endlessly ill in December and the other winter months. It’s cold Unfortunately, it turns out our nagging mothers were…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

You Wouldn't Expect These 6 Things To Cause Hallucinations

Part of what makes hallucinations so scary is the victim's inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality. Another thing that makes them terrifying is their many different causes. The frightening malady was in the news lately when five people in Oregon were hospitalized with hallucinations, the only apparent link between them being direct contact with one…

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Gross Truth About Bath Towels

You may feel clean after just stepping out of the shower, but chances are if you used a bath towel to dry off, you’re anything but. Some scientists have gone so far as to call towels the most germ-infected object in your home, and it’s likely you aren’t washing them nearly enough. Bath towels have the…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Reason Why Women Are More Likely To Suffer From Anxiety

Anxiety disorders – defined by excessive fear, restlessness, and muscle tension – are debilitating, disabling, and can increase the risk for depression and suicide. They are some of the most common mental health conditions around the world, affecting around four out of every 100 people and costing the health care system and job employers over US$42…

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Medical Marijuana May Reduce Opioid Painkillers

Legalization of medical marijuana may reduce the instances of opioid use in adults under 40 years of age, a new study analyzing traffic accidents has suggested. Published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, the study noted a fall in the use of opioid painkillers in states where medical marijuana was legal and easily accessible,…

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fear and Loathing in the Five-Star Rehab: Inside the Controversy Around Ibogaine, the Psychedelic Drug That Just May Cure Addiction

Perched on a rocky cliff above the azure Pacific, in Rosarito, on Mexico's Baja peninsula, sits the Holistic Sanctuary, a super luxe resort-clinic where the rich and tormented retreat to make all of their problems go away. A round white concrete disk with sweeping windows and a perimeter of stout palms, the Holistic Sanctuary looks like…

Monday, August 29, 2016

6 Vitamins And Minerals To Feed Your Brain

The human brain is a complex organ requiring many different nutrients to function properly. Nutritional deficiencies have been shown to contribute to the development of psychiatric disorders, age-related cognitive decline, and developmental disorders. On the other hand, both human and animal studies show that increased intake of brain-supporting nutrients improve various aspects of cognitive functioning such…

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Traffic Jams Are Bad For Your Health, How To Avoid The Risks

Sitting through traffic during your daily commute does more than just give you a major headache. It can also expose you to toxic air pollution, which is listed by the World Health Organisation as one of the top ten health risks faced by humans. As a matter of fact, a new University of Surrey study found…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How Hating Your Job Impacts Your Mental Health

When it comes to careers, the general consensus is that people take grueling and dissatisfying jobs in their 20s and 30s to “pay their dues” so they can get better gigs later in life. But job satisfaction earlier in your career shouldn’t be dismissed too quickly, according to researchers at Ohio State University, as it has…

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Psychology Behind ED

By now you know erectile dysfunction (ED) refer to men with an inability to gain or maintain an erection — but did you know that the problem can run deeper than just the physiological? It’s true that the organic causes of ED are usually related to the blood vessels, meaning blood can’t properly flow to fill…

Friday, August 19, 2016

To Grow More Brain Cells, Try These 4 Hacks

According to the media, nearly anything fun or delicious puts you at jeopardy of losing brain cells, but are there any activities that can help to replenish them? You’re in luck. Research has shown that there are certain activities that can help you grow new brain cells, and they aren’t nearly as excruciating as you may…

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Women Abused As Children Face Worse Outcomes Than Men: Study

As if childhood abuse wasn’t heinous enough, new research published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that it may lead to disastrous health consequences decades down the road, though only for certain groups. Researchers studied data taken from a long-running national survey, ultimately looking at more than 6,000 adults aged 25 to 74 who had first taken…

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Many Men Don’t Want to Talk About Their Health

Physicians often bemoan how challenging it can be to get male patients thinking about the health of their colon, heart and prostate—and then do something to avoid a health crisis later in life. Most young, healthy guys rarely stress out over ED or the Big C, and when it comes to medical issues, especially preventive medicine,…

Monday, August 15, 2016

8 Essentials For A Healthy Workplace

Chances are you spend most of your day at a desk job. While you avoid certain health hazards by not working in manual labor, sitting in front of a computer screen for at least eight hours a day isn't exactly a healthy alternative. Whether you work from home or sit behind a desk, here are ways…

Friday, August 12, 2016

William Lawson: Negative racial attitudes can impact beliefs, perceptions

More than 30 years ago I published a paper that examined violent incidents involving African-American and white patients in an inpatient psychiatric facility. To the surprise of nearly everyone at the time, the study found African-Americans patients were less violent than whites. The study has been replicated multiple times, and the explanation was that African-American patients…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

6 Million Americans Are Drinking Toxic Water

High levels of chemicals shown to cause cancer and other health problems are laced in the drinking water of six million Americans, according to a team of researchers from Harvard’s School of Public Health. Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, reveal those living near industrial sites, military bases, and wastewater treatment…

10 steps to successful breastfeeding

First week of August has been all about mothers and babies - and the breastfeeding that binds them. Breast milk has benefits for babies, especially in the first six months when they need to be exclusively fed on breast milk. But more than five million newborns miss out on the benefits, according to the United Nations…

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…

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Earlier You Exercise, The Better Your Gut Bacteria

The positive effects of exercise have been well documented. Physical activity wards off obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and it ensures a host of other bodily functions work properly. Now, a team from the University of Colorado-Boulder believes we can add the digestive system's microbial community to that list. Their research, published in the journal Immunology and…

Friday, January 1, 2016

POWER OF PRAYER: Where faith meets mental health and happiness

The research indicates those who are more actively involved in a Christian life do experience greater life satisfaction, more happiness, and greater well-being than those who are less actively involved. This is also true for other constructs such as optimism, hope, meaning and purpose, gratefulness, and numerous positive emotions and virtuous traits. That fullness of life…