Breathing Exercises May Help Prevent Hypertension when Early Detected

By Lisa Franchi on May 03, 2017

Researchers from University of Melbourne and Macquarie University saw an unusual activity between neurons controlling breathing and blood pressure during the development of essential hypertension – type of blood pressure which has no known cause and affects 30% of the global population.  "Biathletes have to regulate their breathing to slow d [Read More…]

Three Things that Make Up a Positive, Happy Life

By Rebecca Lewis on May 03, 2017

What makes a happy life? There are different things. And really, they vary from one person to another. Some people find happiness in arts and crafts, others in music, literature, science, and many other fields. Some find it from personal and social relationships too.   However, there are three common traits that make up a happy, healthy and positive li [Read More…]

Our Genes May Be Influencing Our Food Choices, Study Finds

By Sharon Moore on May 02, 2017

Do you wonder why you keep eating certain foods even though you know that they are bad for your health? The reason is not simply these foods are your favourite. The reason may actually be deeper, like it’s actually in your genes. That’s the findings of Silvia Berciano, a predoctoral fellow at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, which be presente [Read More…]

Stress Fuels Empathy, Study Finds

By Amy Taylor on May 01, 2017

Stress can be a bad thing, that’s for sure. But there’s another side of the coin and it can be good. According to new research, stress may actually make a person more compassionate to others who are struggling or in pain.  In the study, an international team of researchers measured brain activity of 80 male participants, some of whom were g [Read More…]

Healthy Habits that People of All Ages Can Adopt to

By Lisa Franchi on April 28, 2017

Who says staying fit and healthy is costly? Or who says it takes a lot of effort? If you do the following things, achieving your health and fitness goals will never be that hard. Focus on a hearty, filling breakfast.  Think skipping breakfast can save you from gaining so many calories? Think again! Research after research shows that eating breakfast [Read More…]

Cycling to work Cuts Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer by Half, Study Finds

By Rebecca Lewis on April 27, 2017

Glasgow scientists found that only about 7 per cent of British adults regularly cycle to work and just 4 per cent do it every day. But doing so can actually cut the risk of cancer, heart problems or dying early by almost half, their research revealed. The study, which involved 263,450 adults showed that biking even short distances was far more beneficial th [Read More…]

Eating Avocado Helps Fight Heart Disease

By Sharon Moore on April 26, 2017

Avocado is most chefs’ favourite. It’s creamy and delicious, and makes a perfect addition for sushi, tacos, sandwiches, and many others. And health experts are loving it too. Just recently, a study found that eating avocado may help prevent risks associated with heart disease, including obesity, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. A diet that [Read More…]

Ways Group Therapy Benefit You

By Amy Taylor on April 25, 2017

Confiding to your closest friends can sure give you relief from your emotional stress. But how about confiding to a group of strangers? While it may seem intimidating at first to be opening to a group of people about your personal issues, psychologists swear by its benefits, especially for people who have mental health problems like anxiety and depression.&n [Read More…]

Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy May Increase Child’s Risk of Autism, Study Finds

By Lisa Franchi on April 24, 2017

New research reported in the journal JAMA Paediatrics found that women who took antidepressant drugs during pregnancy have children who are 81 per cent more likely to develop autism. It also found a link to women who take the drugs before becoming pregnant. In particular, children are 77 per cent higher risk of being born with autism spectrum disorders (ASD [Read More…]

Successful New Beginnings

By Sue Walsh on April 24, 2017

With the emergence of spring and Easter around the corner, we naturally start thinking of growth, development and new beginnings. The dullness of winter is gone, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, gardens are in bloom and we are filled again with happiness and hope. But what of our New Year Resolutions and ‘start anew’ by improving our [Read More…]

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