How Your Social Life Could Be Affecting Your Health

September 19, 2017

Having a healthy social life is crucial to our overall health and wellbeing. Prolonged periods of loneliness are associated with much higher rates of both mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, and physical ailments. The science we have so far suggests that prolonged periods of depression lead to a weakened immune system and make people more susceptible to disease and infection.

Understanding exactly how our social lives correlate to our health is helpful as there are clearly some kinds of socializing which are not good for our health. We all like to go out and celebrate now and then, for example, but consuming excessive amounts of alcohol will have negative effects on our health in the short-term, and in the long-term if we indulge too regularly. According to one psychologist, when we are out with friends, we tend to try and match one another with food; if one of us eats, the person we are with will also want to. Read more

Scientist says secret to thriving is succeeding at mastering something

September 8, 2017

What it takes to thrive, rather than merely survive, could be as simple as feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something, according to new research.

From a teenager studying for their exams to an employee succeeding at work, thriving can be seen at all ages and across all cultures.

Until now and despite plenty of theories, there has been no agreement on what makes a person thrive or on how people can try and ensure they do.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Looks

July 21, 2017

Sadly, not everyone is blessed with perfect looks and full confidence with their appearance. With the way that looks are so important in today’s world – which has been only enhanced due to the prevalence of social media – this is an issue if you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin.

Thankfully, there are plenty of simple methods you can take advantage of to enhance your appearance. These easy techniques also require very little effort and time investment. So before even thinking of going down the cosmetic surgery route, take on the following 5 tips that will help improve your looks.

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Fermented red clover extract prevents menopausal hot flushes and symptoms

July 14, 2017

The vast majority of women in the menopause are familiar with the status of Red Clover as an herbal medicine that soothes hot flush symptoms and hormonal fluctuations. This holds true, new research shows, if the red clover is taken in a fermented form. Fermented Red Clover extract is demonstrated to decrease significantly both the number and severity of daily hot flushes.
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Generous people live happier lives

July 11, 2017

Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous. People who act solely out of self-interest are less happy. Merely promising to be more generous is enough to trigger a change in our brains that makes us happier. This is what UZH neuroeconomists found in a recent study.

What some have been aware of for a long time, others find hard to believe: Those who are concerned about the well-being of their fellow human beings are happier than those who focus only on their own advancement. Doing something nice for another person gives many people a pleasant feeling that behavioral economists call a warm glow. Read more

Typical insurance plans leave care at U.S. top cancer hospitals out of reach

July 6, 2017

Cancer patients in the United States may be unable to access care at the nation’s top hospitals due to narrow insurance plan coverage – leaving patients to choose between lower premiums or access to higher-quality cancer care. A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows common, so-called “narrow network” insurance plans – lower-premium plans with reduced access to certain providers – are more likely to exclude doctors associated with National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Centers. Researchers published their findings today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and call for greater access for patients and more transparency from insurers.

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Dealing with Depression: Tips for Overcoming Mental Illness

June 26, 2017

Depression is something that affects a large number of people across the world. In the U.S. alone, it has been reported that more than 15 million adults suffer from major depressive disorders.

In one way or another, everyone suffers from a form of depression during their life. Going through a divorce, losing a close family member, struggling to find a job – all of these are natural sources that will typically leave someone dejected and sad. 

However, for those plagued by major depression, the aforementioned feelings are usually a daily occurrence. Its debilitating nature can stop people from functioning in an everyday manner.

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How light directly affects sleeping and waking

June 23, 2017

Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affect sleep indirectly by entraining–modifying the length of–our circadian rhythms and also rapidly and directly due to a phenomenon known as masking. But while a great deal is known about how light affects circadian rhythms, little is known about the direct effects of light on sleep: Why do we tend to wake up if the lights are flipped on in the middle of the night? Why does darkness make us sleepy? Caltech researchers in the laboratory of Professor of Biology David Prober say they have discovered at least part of the answer: a specific protein in the brain that responds to light and darkness to set the correct balance between sleep and wakefulness.

Their work is described in a paper appearing online in the journal Neuron on June 22.

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Gold Standard Treatments for Endometriosis

May 17, 2017

Endometriosis is a common condition where the tissue lining of the womb is found in other parts of the body. This condition affects many women in their thirties onwards, but it can also affect young girls about to enter puberty and teenagers. Endometriosis is a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on your life, and as well as the physical symptoms, it can lead to psychological problems such as depression if it begins to impact your everyday life. It can even lead to infertility. However, there are treatments and coping mechanisms which do not have to be as un-luxurious as the condition itself. The treatments below are both highly recommended and offer a beneficial combination of methods for treating and coping with endometriosis.

 Excision Surgery

The removal of endometriosis is most successful with a deep-excision surgery. This surgery aims to relieve pain and patient symptoms by removing the inflammatory tissue and each visible endometriosis lesion upon laparoscopy. Read more

5 Ways to Deal with Age-Related Varicose Veins

May 2, 2017

As we age, we’re presented with a new set of health challenges. But, whilst some could potentially be serious, many are simply uncomfortable or unsightly, such as varicose veins. Figures suggest that over 40 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from varicose veins; it’s a common occurrence as we age.

Although they’re not a cause for worry, varicose veins can be unsightly at best, and uncomfortable or painful at worst. Thankfully, there’s no need to simply live with them. Here are some of the best ways to reduce or even completely get rid of varicose veins.

#1. Change Your Shoes

If you’re
suffering from varicose veins and tend to wear high heels, then this could be the cause. Varicose and spider veins are commonly caused by poor circulation in the legs, which is made worse by elevating the heels. Switching your heels for shoes that are no higher than around 3cm can make a huge difference.

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