Smoking kills. That idea is universally and scientifically accepted. Millions have died from smoking-related illnesses and many more continue to die. But obesity and excess body fat may be giving smoking a run for it’s money, according to new research. They may even be the new biggest killer.
We’ve all heard the old adage “you are what you eat.” But what if you’re also what you ate as a child? Can children’s diets continue to affect them throughout the rest of their lives? Is it possible that excess fat and sugar in a child’s diet can change their microbiome for the worse?
There’s a lot we don’t know about the human gut microbiome. We know this collection of bacteria, viruses and other critters residing in our digestive tract have crucial roles in many areas of our health. For many of these, we’ve barely scratched the surface of research.
Mental health is in the news right now. The isolation, fear and anxiety of COVID-19 shutdowns have spawned a society very much on edge, and not as mentally healthy as it could be. But there are three key things that can help us turn the corner on this problem.
Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is the leading cause of disability in the US. Over 250 million works days are lost each year to CLBP. The cost in lost productivity and wages is over $100 billion dollars a year. Doctors know exercise helps CLBP. Science just can’t decide on why.
It is widely accepted that your sport of choice, surface you play on and even your shoes can contribute to your risk of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But is your risk of rupturing your ACL also influenced by your genetics? A new study answers that question.
The United States CDC says over 42 percent of adults and 18 percent of children are obese. Both numbers continue to rise. This epidemic costs the nation $147 billion (USD) annually. Change is needed to reverse the course of this dangerous trend. Could part of the solution involve restaurant menus?
We often hear about the health benefits of veganism, vegetarianism and other diets low in red and other meat. While those benefits are often legitimate, it seems that some diets may put you at a higher risk for bone fractures. What might cause this bone fracture risk?
There’s been a lot of research and discussion about gut bacteria and their impact on health and fitness. Your gut microbiome has affects on nearly every aspect of your body, your health and even athletic performance. So wouldn’t it be great to know what kind of exercise will make your microbiome stronger?
We have long suspected a link between diet and depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. A study out of Australia reinforces that belief. It also shines a light on the damage highly-processed fast food can do to human mental health.