Garlic… It doesn’t just ward off vampires!

Garlic, like olive oil, is one of the key components of a “Mediterranean diet” often associated with health and longevity. This article is about the potentially beneficial effects of Allicin- the active ingredient in garlic. This compound was first isolated and studied during the second world war and is notable for a distinctively pungent smell.…

A “fast” way to lose weight? Fasting methods under the microscope

Interest in the practice of fasting has grown considerably over the last two years. It has been touted as a way to improve health, lower cancer risk, and lose weight but is it really advisable? In the last week a major documentary from the BBC series “Horizon” – viewable to UK residents – examined these…

Aspirin Risks: Is A Regular Dose Of Aspirin Healthy?

Aspirin Risks: Is A Regular Dose Of Aspirin Healthy?

Aspirin risks? Nearly a third of middle-aged adults regularly take a dose of aspirin in the hope of lowering their risk of suffering a heart attack, a stroke, or even cancer. However the newest research shows that this practice may not be in everyone’s best interests. Dr Alison Bailey, who directs the cardiac rehab programme…

Oral HPV Virus

Have You Got The Oral HPV Virus?

Around one in 15 adults is infected with oral human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that can in some cases cause throat cancers. New research shows that the disease, which is associated with oral sex, is especially common among men. Other risk factors include smoking and the ageing process itself. The study, published in the…

Hearing Loss

The New Link Between Hearing Loss, Dementia And Socialising

Social isolation has been linked to depression and an increased risk of coronary heart disease in the ageing population. It has been founds that social isolation may be caused in some cases by hearing problems which leave many feeling like they cannot engage with others. This process accelerates the development of dementia by reducing mental…

The Mind Gym

The Mind Gym: Halting The Ageing Of The Brain

Some decline in mental functioning as we approach the autumn of life seems inevitable but is there a way we can slow down or even reverse this process? A key contributor to mental fitness has already been identified. According to Margie Lachman, a psychologist at Brandeis University in the United States who specializes in aging:…

Are sunbed sessions addictive?

Are Sunbed Sessions Addictive?

Research published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviour has shown what scientists suspected for some time, that regular exposure to ultra-violet light on sunbeds activates parts of our brain that are involved with addiction. The study, which utilised brain scanning techniques, found that the UV-light triggered brain centres which are typically activated when we feel…

Hormones in Milk

Hormones in milk, amongst other things…

Going organic is looking even more compelling, as scientists report that a single glass of milk can contain a cocktail of up to 20 painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones.  This article published in April 2011 reports that a Spanish-Moroccan team of scientists used a very sensitive test called Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and discovered more than…

radiation from cell phones

Radiation From Cell Phones: Update On Recent Cancer Scare

I am very concerned about the recently reported health risks that radiation from cell phones may cause: "They might raise the risk of brain cancer" according to the World Health Organisation.  I'm even more concerned that people have met this warning with a seemingly flippant attitude according to a report by Peter Svensson at EMF…

Radiation and Cell Phones: Cancer Risk?

Radiation and Cell Phones In this report on ABC on the 31st May 2011, scientists from the World Health Organisation (WHO) - the health arm of the United Nations - are reviewing their previous opinons on the safety of cell phones.  This is a big reversal - they had previously insisted that there was no…

Dangers of a Microwave

Dangers of a Microwave

Dangers of a Microwave That compact appliance sitting on your kitchen counter is not as innocent as it looks; if the paper published by Hans Hertel - a Lausanne University professor - way back in 1992 is anything to go by. The dangers of a microwave are apparent in his report which proved a link…