In a study published in Obesity, researchers investigated whether the use of a food log for weight loss is effective although it is time-consuming. There are over one billion overweight adults worldwide. The global weight loss and management market are expected to be worth $278.95 billion by the end of 2023. Weight loss methods cover
St. John’s wort has been used to treat a variety of mental health conditions including depression. Here, we discuss three things to know about using St. John’s wort for depression. St. John’s wort, Hypericum perforatum, is a flowering plant native to Europe that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of mental health
A recent study compared the effects on insulin levels in type 2 diabetes patients after eating plant-based meals and meals containing meat. Currently, in the United States, there are an estimated 114 million people who either have or are at risk of developing diabetes. With this number continuing to rise and the cost of insulin
Researchers compared the differences between e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement treatments in quitting smoking. They compared the one-year effectiveness of both products. E-cigarettes and nicotine replacement treatments have both been used to help individuals quit smoking. In a recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers investigated which method is more effective. For
A recent study investigated the protective effects of a typhoid vaccine against microbes that are not the target of prevention. Typhoid fever is an infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi (S. Typhi). This disease affects several million people every year and spreads by the ingestion of contaminated food and drinks. Typhoid fever can lead
Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience sheds new insights into the benefits of yoga for arthritis patients. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory disease that typically manifests with the swelling of the small joints, particularly in the hands and feet. RA affects both the physical
Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study evaluated the benefits of green tea polyphenols on glucose regulation and skeletal muscle metabolism in mice with elevated blood glucose levels. Green tea is a popular drink in many parts of the world. The well-recognized benefits of green tea include its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and weight loss properties.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study investigated whether menopause symptoms influence the susceptibility of women developing chronic pain conditions. Women are generally more likely to develop chronic pain than men, specifically during midlife. Not only are they more likely to develop the pain, but they tend to also have a higher pain severity and
Reading Time: 4 minutes A recent study sought to investigate if bacteria and immune responses can be used to diagnose the risk of premature birth. We have all taken an antibiotic at some point in our lives. Doctors almost always prescribe or recommend that we take probiotics with our antibiotics, which seems a little
Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study published in JAMA Oncology analyzed data generated from over 28,000 childhood cancer survivors and compared the lifetime cardiotoxicity risk in different chemotherapeutic drugs used for treatment. One out of every five Canadian kids who are diagnosed with childhood cancer will not survive. Childhood or pediatric cancer can affect
Reading Time: 4 minutes Researchers investigated whether taking prenatal DHA, a fish oil fatty acid, was able to prevent high blood pressure in children. Childhood obesity is a growing problem all around the world. Obesity in children is a major health concern as it is often accompanied by various other illnesses such as insulin resistance,
Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers describe a new method to identify tumor-promoting genes and how it was used to discover potential drug targets for breast cancer treatment. Oncogenes are genes whose expression promote tumor development. The discovery of oncogenes associated with breast cancer has led to an increased understanding of the disease and to the
Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers from the University of California performed an evaluation of the FDA reporting database to find out the associations between acid reflux medications and the risk of kidney-related diseases. Acid reflux, also known as heartburn and acid indigestion, is a condition that features a burning pain in the lower chest area.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers in the US compared the healthcare experiences of patients with and without a primary care doctor. In the USA, the healthcare system is mostly organized around specialist doctor care in hospital settings. However, in many other countries, primary care forms the basis of the healthcare system. Individuals visit a generalist
Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers at the University of Iowa investigated the link between muscle strength and the risk of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a serious public health concern, with over 27 million Americans having the condition according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with type 2
Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers recently studied whether type 1 diabetes in children affected their scores on standardized mathematics and reading tests. Type 1 diabetes in children, often known as juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the pancreas stops making insulin. Insulin is the hormone that controls the body’s blood sugar levels.
Reading Time: 2 minutes According to a recent study controls to maintain a normal blood pressure does not lead to any significant improvements in the maintenance of cognitive function with increasing age. With blood pressure changes and other pathological changes within the brain matter of Alzheimer’s patients, researchers postulated whether blood pressure control from an
Reading Time: 2 minutes An outreach program and follow-up survey by Brown University in the United States aims to prevent overdoses in drug users by using fentanyl testing strips. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is cut in with drug purchases (such as cocaine or heroin) to extend the volume of the purchase. However, drugs
Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study carried out in Canada set out to identify and describe back pain groups with various pathways of progression. This new research has been published in Arthritis Care & Research. One of the most commonly reported health problems across the world is back pain. Research has demonstrated that worldwide,
Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent study investigated the relationship between positive and negative body image and mindfulness of the body, or interoceptive awareness. While researchers have long been interested in the way people relate to their bodies, negative attitudes about our bodies remain highly pervasive in Western society. There are many factors contributing to
Reading Time: 2 minutes A new study in Demark explores how children who grow up with green surroundings may have a decreased risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. A group of researchers investigated whether there is an association between exposure to green space during childhood and improved mental health in adulthood. They
Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers have observed increases in early-onset colorectal cancer. In a recent study, they determine its relation to obesity. Obesity is characterized by being overweight and specifically, having a BMI of 30 or greater. According to Obesity Canada, obesity is a chronic illness that resembles diabetes mellitus (type 1 diabetes) and high
Reading Time: 2 minutes The uterus is thought to play no role outside of pregnancy. However, Koebele and colleagues show that a hysterectomy could significantly impact hormonal and cognitive function. A hysterectomy is a common procedure in which the uterus is surgically removed. Usually, this occurs prior to the onset of menopause, and about half
Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study in Journal of Cell Biology revealed a new molecular node that could be pharmacologically targeted to treat BRCA-1 deficient ovarian cancers. Environmental stresses can introduce breaks within our genomic DNA. Such errors are highly deleterious to the cells. Therefore our cells deploy multiple genome repair mechanisms in order
Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine discussed further evidence n the safety of MMR vaccines. Twenty years ago, a study was published – and subsequently retracted – that reported 8 out of 12 children with a developmental delay were diagnosed with autism four weeks after being
Reading Time: 3 minutes A study reviews the perspectives of women on the health effects of smoking marijuana during pregnancy. The most commonly used illicit drug in both the general and pregnant population is cannabis, also known as marijuana. The adverse effects of smoking marijuana during pregnancy are controversial as some studies have shown an
Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent study in The BMJ compared the effectiveness and safety of a new herpes zoster vaccine with its older alternative. The Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is the cause of chickenpox and shingles in humans. Chickenpox most commonly affects children and causes the typical itchy blisters that allow the virus to
Reading Time: 2 minutes The American Heart Association (AHA) recently revealed updated statistics on the incidence of heart disease and stroke in the United States. The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization that concentrates on the health of the brain and heart. The AHA supports medical research related to heart disease and stroke.