It is simply taken as fact that swimming after eating will cause you to cramp up. And everyone knows that sitting too close to the TV ruins your eyesight. Superstitious in nature, old wives’ tales like these get passed down through generations of family and friends, sometimes becoming so rooted that nobody questions their validity. These legends, which often concern health and nutrition, vary from completely absurd to somewhat plausible and valid. Here are 8 old wives’ tales and the truths behind them.
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We know the the brain is one of the most amazing and important organs in the human body, yet we surprisingly know very little about it. Even after thousands of years of studying and treating every aspect of the brain, there are still many facets of it that remain mysterious. And because the brain is so complex, we tend to simplify information about how it works in order to make it more understandable. Both our lack of understanding and our tendency to oversimplify the unknown have resulted in the development of many common myths about the brain. Here are 10 of the most common brain myths — and the surprising science to counter them.
The weekend is finally upon us! But after a long and busy workweek, it may be tempting to let your healthy habits slide on the weekend. However, studies show that changes in lifestyle behaviors over the weekend can lead to worse sleep and weight gain. So don’t let the weekend ruin your 2017 health goals and resolutions — here are ten ways to have a healthier weekend.
Terrified of flying? Scared of slithering snakes? Well, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect approximately 10% of American adults. Phobias are distressing emotions initiated by out-of-proportion-fears, both real and imaginary. To the sufferer, a phobia can seem unbearable or even life-threatening, while others might find these strange and bizarre phobias quite fascinating. Phobias are surprisingly common, but what exactly do people fear the most? Are there any phobias that tend to be more common than others? Here are the ten most common phobias, so sit back and be prepared to be equally terrified, amazed, surprised and entertained.
In a year of birth defects from the Zika virus, lead contamination of the water of Flint, Mich., a startling decline in life expectancy and the ever-rising death toll from opioid overdoses, there was, in fact, some good news about health. In keeping with the spirit of the New Year, and in recognition of the vast sums of money devoted to our well-being, please consider some of the bright spots in the health and medical fields from 2016.
We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they’re good for us. For example, take using BMI to tell whether you’re a healthy weight. Is it really the best measure of fitness? What about only eating fruits and veggies to lose weight? Is that really the best way to drop pounds? Or taking a daily multivitamin. Healthy habit or a little bit of nonsense? The answers to these questions might surprise you! Here are 10 “healthy” habits you should give up this year.
The holiday season is an extremely difficult time to stay focused on eating healthfully, exercising regularly and improving wellness. Trust me, I understand. Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season is challenging for everyone. It is indeed a tricky time. But despite the difficulties, with some thought, strategy and determination, it’s possible to survive the holidays with your wellness intact. To help you start 2017 with good health and momentum, rather than a long list of resolutions, here are some strategies for a successful—and healthy— holiday season.
A new poll shows how older Americans fare in terms of their well-being in all 50 states. According to the poll from Gallup-Healthways, older adults living in Hawaii have the best well-being, with an average score of 67 out of 100 on the “Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2015.” Here are the top 20 best states for residents ages 55 and older, ranked according to each state’s well-being score. The rankings of all 50 states are listed at the end.
People seem to come down with a cold or the flu when the seasons change. But these dramatic temperature changes aren’t the direct cause of these illnesses, experts say. Rather, the temperature shifts permit a different group of viruses to flourish, and it’s these viruses that make people sick.
An experimental type of male birth control that involves hormone injections to lower men’s sperm count has been found to be nearly as effective as female contraceptive pills at preventing pregnancy, according to a new trial study published last week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Male participants in the study were given a series of hormone shots that were… View Article
Scientists have found that migraine sufferers tend to have a different mix of bacteria in their mouth and gut compared to non-migraine suffers. This increased level of bacteria potentially makes them more susceptible to the debilitating headaches due to it causing sufferers an increased sensitivity to certain foods. People who suffer from migraines often say that eating certain foods… View Article
Over the past century, the human lifespan has been steadily increasing in large part due to advances in science, medicine and social conditions. In addition to longer average lifespans, the maximum age at death of the longest-living people also rose steadily throughout the 20th century, leaving many to speculate that human longevity may not have an upper limit. However,… View Article