Did Ear Infections Kill Off The Neanderthals?

It is one of the great unsolved mysteries of anthropology. What killed off the Neanderthals, and why did Homo sapiens thrive even as Neanderthals withered to extinction? Was it some sort of plague specific only to Neanderthals? Was there some sort of cataclysmic event in their homelands of Eurasia that lead to their disappearance? A… Continue reading Did Ear Infections Kill Off The Neanderthals?

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Want To Screw Up Your Fat Metabolism? Sleep Like An American

In a fascinating study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, sleep restriction was once again shown to have remarkably negative affect on humans. In this case, only a few days of sleep restriction affected how full participants felt after eating, along with altering fat metabolism. A full night of recovery sleep wasn’t enough to reverse… Continue reading Want To Screw Up Your Fat Metabolism? Sleep Like An American

Science Gives Us An Insight Into How Stress Weakens The Body’s System

New research out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School sheds light on how our stress responses, especially the “fight-or-flight” response, may be harming our health over the long term. Specifically, Dr. Mark Alkema, professor of neurobiology, and his crew have been investigating the way in which the dynamic regulation of a stress neurohormone modulates… Continue reading Science Gives Us An Insight Into How Stress Weakens The Body’s System

Get Zinc or Get Sick?

Is there a single vitamin, mineral or element that makes “the” difference between staying healthy and catching every annoying bug that comes along? Probably not. Even so, there are plenty of medical experts, nutritionists and researchers who make a strong argument for zinc being the difference maker for your immune system, among other things. Zinc… Continue reading Get Zinc or Get Sick?

For a Healthier Heart, Get a Dog

Want to improve your heart health? Get a dog! Most dog owners will tell you that having a dog makes them feel better. They’ve got “someone” in their lives that provides unconditional love, is always happy to see them and just makes them feel better. It turns out that there may be something to their… Continue reading For a Healthier Heart, Get a Dog

Can Rats Tell Us How To Make Our Brains Younger?

In research which was published in the journal Nature this week, scientists revealed results which they say have far-reaching implications for the way that we understand how the brain ages and how we may be able to develop therapies for age-related brain diseases. The research deals with the stem cell dysfunctions that occur as a… Continue reading Can Rats Tell Us How To Make Our Brains Younger?

Stress and Anxiety Aren’t Always Bad For You

Stress. Anxiety. Ugh! We’ve been conditioned as human beings to believe that stress and anxiety are bad things, dangerous to mental, emotional and even physical health. But what if stress and anxiety had a brighter, more positive side? What if, at some level, both of these demons of modern life were actually good for us?… Continue reading Stress and Anxiety Aren’t Always Bad For You

Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. That’s a problem in more ways than just nodding off at work or in school. Sleep deficits and deprivation are connected to a myriad of health problems, both minor serious. The serious problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even… Continue reading Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress

Emotional and behavioral problems in 2 year olds may be connected to the emotional difficulties experienced by expectant parents, according to new research. The study suggests that stress and conflict may be a serious contributor to the creation of “difficult” toddlers. The research team, made up of researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, New York,… Continue reading Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress

Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

When we think of concussions, traumatic brain injuries and serious head and brain injuries, we tend to associate them with trauma, collisions and catastrophic incidents. It’s common to hear about concussions from football or other sports collisions, falls and accidents. Stories about children thrown from bikes or horses or who fall from heights being diagnosed… Continue reading Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study