Could fasting boost your brainpower? A stomach hormone that stimulates appetite seems to promote the growth of new brain cells and protect them from the effects of ageing – and may explain why some people say that fasting makes them feel mentally sharper. When ghrelin was first discovered, it became known as the hunger hormone. … More Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells
Feeling the need to go on a health kick can be a daunting prospect. But its the small, sustainable lifestyle adjustments, rather than the radical changes that have the longer lasting effects on your health. Check out these Seven things you can do right now to put yourself on a path to better health.
Figures show that mental health issues for girls and women are on the rise, with young women being three times as likely to experience a common mental health problem as young men. Statistics from the NSPCC have shown a 35% rise in ChildLine counselling sessions about anxiety in the last year. Mental Health Foundation considers … More Rise in Anxiety Amongst Girls and Young Women
The media has reported that scientists have found antibiotics illegally available on 45% of websites they tested. Researchers looked at whether the online pharmacy was properly registered – and therefore legal – as well as whether they required a prescription before selling the antibiotics and if safety information was provided. The findings are worrying due … More Reckless Distribution of Antibiotics by Online Pharmacies
Doctors have started using virtual reality to help children overcome their fear of MRI scanners is hospitals. Although not dangerous, the scanners are very loud and some people don’t like being in very small spaces. Doctos at King’s College Hospital in London have been using VR to reassure patients facing MRI scans before they experience … More Doctors Use Virtual Reality to Prepare Children for Scans
If everyone took vitamin D supplements, more than 3 million fewer people in the UK would have respiratory infections like cold or flu every year. That’s according to new analysis of data from nearly 11,000 people. Whilst vitamin D is known to be important for bone and muscle health, recent clinical trials conclude that supplements … More Vitamin D Prevents Coughs and Colds
Mental-health charity Place2Be has found that amongst 700 children aged 10 and 11, two-thirds worry “all the time”. Concerns about family and friends and fear of failing at school are the top causes of anxiety. The charities chief executive says that whilst it’s perfectly normal to worry from time to time, if these worries become more … More High Levels of Anxiety in Children
You may have been buttering a warm a slice of it this morning when headlines were appearing saying overly browned toast is a potential cancer risk. Add to this a similar warning in those same headline for the quintessential Sunday side dish – the crispy roast potato – and Monday probably seemed a bit bleak. … More Cancer – Do You Believe Everything You Read?
The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes in the UK may have resulted in successful attempts to quit smoking, according to UK researchers. The British Medical Journal work looked at trends in quit rates and support in England from 2006 to 2015. Experts suggest that e-cigarettes were a major contributor to the reduction of smokers in … More E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit
The government’s childhood obesity plan has been attack by health experts, campaigners, MPs and the boss of one of Britain’s biggest supermarkets. The British Medical Association said the government had “rowed back” on promises, and the CEO of Sainsbury’s said the plan did not go far enough. Read more at the BBC