Health Timeline

Working Night Shifts May Increase Likelihood Of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer research

You may casually assume whatever shift you work has an equal impact on your health, but, before you accept the later shift with slightly higher differential pay, consider the research published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine which suggests working night shifts may increase ovarian cancer risk. Standard working hours are broken down into three shifts… Read more »

Alzheimer’s Drug Approval Process Should Be Easier, Says FDA

alzheimer's drugs need faster approval, says FDA

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) represents a large and growing public health crisis that demands a fast-tracked response to developing new drugs. Two doctors from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a statement this week in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that made the federal agency’s case for relaxing some of the requirements needed… Read more »

‘Earthing’ Advocates Claim Walking Barefoot Outside Helps Depression

Earthing: Can Walking Outside Barefoot Help With Depression and Health?

A couple weeks ago, I saw something online about a new trend called “earthing,” a.k.a. “grounding.” Proponents say the earth is covered with electrical fields, and bringing our feet into contact with the ground makes us healthier by “synchronizing of biorhythms.” I have a hippy heart, and I honestly believe with all my heart that… Read more »

Mean Babies Study Reveals Early Bias In Infants

mean babies study

Anyone who has been roused for a diaper change after a blissful 12 and a half minutes of sleep can tell you mean babies certainly exist, but a new study proves what new parents have secretly felt all along — babies are jerks and out to get us. Okay, perhaps the last part is an… Read more »

Smart Drugs Not For Healthy Kids, Doctors Say

smart drugs are not for healthy kids, doctors say

Smart drugs, also known as neuroenhancers, could be the dirty little secret of some high-achieving students. Today, a group of doctors from the Yale School of Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published a position paper in AAN’s journal Neurology calling upon doctors who treat children and teenagers to stop prescribing the performance-enhancing… Read more »

Exercise Preserves Memory And Brain Function, New Study

exercise helps memory and brain function, says new study

If you have participated in lifelong intensive exercise from the time you were a child, you will have a better memory and overall cognitive power when you reach age 50, according to a new UK study published today in Psychological Medicine. A team of researchers based at King’s College London took data from the UK… Read more »

Ozone Pollution Levels Linked To Cardiac Arrest

Air Pollution

Rice University researchers in Houston, Texas have uncovered a correlation between cardiac arrest and ozone pollution. Ozone is found naturally in small concentrations in the stratosphere, a layer of Earth’s upper atmosphere. Stratospheric ozone is referred to as “good” ozone because it protects the Earth’s surface from dangerous ultraviolet light. Ozone can also be found… Read more »

Bitter Melon Juice Fights Pancreatic Cancer

bitter melon juice may fight pancreatic cancer

Bitter melon juice stops pancreatic cancer cells from feeding on glucose and eventually starves them. That’s the startling conclusion of a new study from the University of Colorado (UC) that was just published in the journal Carcinogenesis. According to Rajesh Agarwal, one of the study’s co-authors, he got the idea because bitter melon, a proven… Read more »

Car Crashes Top Killer Of Unborn Babies, Says Study

car crashes unnoticed killer of unborn babies

Car crashes are an overlooked top killer of unborn babies, according to a New Zealand study performed by the University of Otago’s Injury Prevention Research Unit (IPRU). The team looked at pregnant mothers who were hurt badly enough to lose their babies in accidents between 1997 and 2008. Of the 41 deaths they examined, 21… Read more »

Helmets And Mouthguards May Not Ward Off Concussions

Brain damage, concussion

Although helmets and mouthguards help ward off serious head and craniofacial injuries, there is not enough adequate evidence to support they prevent concussions. Paradoxically, an overly confident trust in safety equipment encourages athletes (players) to take more audacious risks, based on the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, published in the Prevention and Health Protection… Read more »

New Anti-Clotting Drug Much Better Than Plavix

new anti-clotting drug may work better than plavix

A new anti-clotting drug called Cangrelor is 22 percent more likely to reduce the serious complications from stent surgery, including life-threatening blood clots, than the popular billion-dollar anti-clotting agent Plavix. That’s the conclusion reached by a team of American researchers who published their results Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Plavix is… Read more »

Zombie Fad More Popular When People Are Unhappy

Zombies

Researchers believe the popularity of the zombie fad means people are more than a little unhappy at the moment. Clemson University professor Sarah Lauro believes that zombies become more popular when citizens are dissatisfied with some aspect of society. Cultural and economic shifts tend to cause a rise in how obsessed people are with the… Read more »

Playing Video Games Improves Happiness And Wellness In Children And Seniors

Playing Video Games and Health

North Carolina State University research found that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being. University researchers, in a correlation study, asked 140 people aged 63 and older how often they played video games. Sixty-one percent of study participants reported that they played video games occasionally. Nearly 35 percent of participants… Read more »

Mummies Had Heart Disease Without Cigarettes Or Junk Food

mummies had clogged arteries but didn't have cigarettes or junk foods in Egypt

Mummies offer new evidence that heart disease is a natural result of aging and that hardening of the arteries would occur even if everyone gave up cigarettes and junk food. Researchers have scanned 137 mummies — not just from ancient Egypt but also from Peru, the American southwest, and Alaska’s Aleutian islands — with ages… Read more »