10 Ways to Avoid Overeating (and Feeling Guilty) this Holiday Season

By Lisa Franchi on December 19, 2013

Let’s face it – this time of the year is often centred on food. There are special dinners and get-togethers everywhere. Potluck parties are irresistible, knowing that each one will be bringing their specialty dish. This is the time of the year when we get to enjoy great food and we have a very good excuse to indulge! But overeating during holida [Read More…]

‘An apple a Day’ could Save 8,500 Lives in the UK Each Year, Experts Say

By Amy Taylor on December 19, 2013

An apple a day could really keep the doctor away. And if everyone would do, there will be 8,500 fewer deaths in the UK yearly, new research suggests. According to the researchers from the University of Oxford researchers, apples benefits heart like medicines do, yet carry none of the side-effects. The Victorian mantra “an apple a day keeps the doctor [Read More…]

Simple New Year’s Resolution Ideas for a Fitter, Healthier 2014

By Sharon Moore on December 18, 2013

A group of American researchers have studied the neurochemical basis of addiction using a newly developed technology that allows them to control the activity of specific populations of brain cells, or neurons, using light. The technology, called optogenetics, helped Wake Forest Baptist Centre researchers address critical questions regarding the role of dopa [Read More…]

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

By Amy Taylor on December 18, 2013

Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries or the large blood vessels as it is pumped throughout the body by the heart. Also known as the “silent killer”, high blood pressure rarely has obvious symptoms, according to the NHS. And if left untreated, it can lead to heart attack, stroke and other cardiovasc [Read More…]

Researchers Use Light to Study Neural Basis of Alcohol Addiction

By Rebecca Lewis on December 18, 2013

A group of American researchers have studied the neurochemical basis of addiction using a newly developed technology that allows them to control the activity of specific populations of brain cells, or neurons, using light. The technology, called optogenetics, helped Wake Forest Baptist Centre researchers address critical questions regarding the role of dopa [Read More…]

A Bit of Exercise Cuts Risk of Painful Kidney Stones in Postmenopausal Women

By Lisa Franchi on December 18, 2013

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Puget Sound Department of Veterans Affairs in the US have found that a little bit of exercise could help lower the risk of developing painful kidney stones in postmenopausal women. Kidney stones are usually formed following a build-up of substance in the body. Such build-up can be of c [Read More…]

Staying Mindful in the Busiest Time of the Year

By Rebecca Lewis on December 17, 2013

Whilst holidays are the most wonderful times of the year, they can be very stressful for many. Well, a lot of things need to be worried about – the gifts, foods, family gatherings, reunions, parties, etc. We all have this desire to meet other people’s expectations, impress them, and make them happy. But all these can make us anxious and stresse [Read More…]

New Research Links Irregular Heartbeat to Depression

By Lisa Franchi on December 17, 2013

Having an irregular heartbeat may slightly increase a person’s risk of developing depression, a new study found. A normal heartbeat should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute when a person is resting. But people with atrial fibrillation have irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate, usually reaching more than 140. The main difference between [Read More…]

When it Comes to Educational Achievement, Nature Beats Nurture – Study Suggests

By Sharon Moore on December 17, 2013

The differences in educational achievement could be attributed more to the students’ genes than to their teachers or their school, researchers from King’s College London revealed. The study, published in the journal Plos One, looked at students’ scores for their GCSE’s (General Certificate of Secondary Education), a UK-wide examinati [Read More…]

7 Foods that Can Ease Your Anxiety

By Amy Taylor on December 17, 2013

If anxiety is taking a toll on your quality of life, now is the time to make some dietary changes. Vast studies have shown that what we eat can have a huge impact on our mental health. The idea that certain foods can ease or worsen anxiety is no myth. These coming holidays, you may want to incorporate the following foods in your party menus. By doing so, you [Read More…]



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