A recent study by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden investigated the effects of flaxseed on obesity and gastrointestinal microbiota. Previous studies have shown that flaxseed, a rich source of fiber, is helpful for managing cholesterol, as well as controlling inflammatory disease. This recent study, published [Read More]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults in the United States are unable to get an adequate night’s sleep. Since numerous diseases are associated and exacerbated by a chronic lack of sleep, this constitutes a major health concern. This is particularly true for the elderly population, where [Read More]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 3 million adults in the United States have some form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Moreover, the percentage of adults with IBD is continuing to grow, though the reason for this remains unclear. Generally speaking, inflammatory bowel disease refers to two conditions: Crohn’s disease [Read More]

More than 100 million adults in the United States are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes. While not as dangerous as diabetes, prediabetes is likely to turn into type 2 diabetes within five years. New research published in Diabetologia, The Journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, reveals that controlling just seven [Read More]

People spend their working lives building up a nest egg for when they get older. But as it turns out, their “social” capital is also important for their physical and emotional well-being. This is especially true when it comes to maintaining cognitive function. “Social capital” refers to the amount of time a person spends doing [Read More]

The American population is aging, with 10,000 people turning 65 every day. And as it ages, scientists are looking for ways to keep those seniors happy and healthy. Here are 4 research-based tips for living into a healthy old age. Go Mediterranean. No, you don’t have to leave home. Just eat as if you had! [Read More]

Each year in the United States more than 60,000 adults are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This progressive, neurodegenerative disease has no cure. In its early stages, the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s are: loss of coordination, difficulty keeping one’s balance, and stiffness. As the disease progresses, trembling of the hands and difficulty speaking become more [Read More]

We all know that a good night’s sleep is important for good health. Insomnia, especially among the elderly, is among the most common complaints that doctors hear. Individuals suffering from severe insomnia often have difficulty performing the tasks required for daily living. For elderly people, in particular, insomnia often causes complete disruption of their normal [Read More]

What Are “Vital Signs”?

Whenever you go to the doctor, you have your vitals checked, whether you’re aware of it or not. The term “vital signs” refers to a checklist of four measurements that give a snapshot of a person’s overall health: body temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure. But what are these measurements, and what makes [Read More]

Hydrogen peroxide is staple in many households. Though it has a wide variety of uses, it is generally used as an antiseptic for cleaning minor cuts and wounds. Among its other beneficial uses are three that are worth noting. 1. Sore throat remedy Sore throats are often caused by bacterial infections. Since hydrogen peroxide kills [Read More]

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