A new study suggests that inhaling secondhand smoke may raise the chances of severe dementia in people. Passive smoking, also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), is already known to cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, along with coronary heart disease and lung cancer. But then, due to lack of research, it was not known until now if it also increases the risk of dementia, even though certain studies previously have associated ETS and cognitive impairment.
A new study suggests that the diagnosis of the onset of Alzheimer's disease could be just a click away. According to a latest finding by scientists from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland (UQ), the onset of Alzheimer's could be detected using a simple online test. Professor Lizzie Coulson, study coordinator, said that her research team has identified how Alzheimer's disease impairs the cholinergic basal forebrain in undertaking navigational tasks, according to Medical Xpress.
When children are very small, even at the stage of their infancy, parents and babies communicate with each other through smiles, laughs and cooing at each other. However, scientists have questions as to how this kind of communication or interaction helps or effects the development of babies. "Parents tend to put a lot of emotional energy into these interactions," says University of Miami psychology professor Daniel Messinger. "And, the job of the baby is to do whatever they want, and they take that job very seriously."
A new research suggests that red wine could boost the performance levels of athletes and players by increasing the amount of performance-enhancing hormone testosterone in their bodies. The research from London's Kingston University further says that apart from helping them be successful in sports, it could also allow them to beat anti-doping tests. In their study, lead author Professor Declan Naughton from the University's School of Life Sciences and team members found that red wine may also reduce the excretion of testosterone in the body, distorting the findings of drug tests.
A new study suggests that sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, could raise the risk of depression in people, while those drinking coffee are at a slightly lower risk. "Sweetened beverages, coffee and tea are commonly consumed worldwide and have important physical-and may have important mental-health consequences," said study author Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, with the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
The NHS defines binge drinking as drinking heavily in a short period of time in order to get drunk or to feel the effects of alcohol. During binge drinking, people tend to take large amounts of alcohol but the exact amount of alcohol taken in order to define the session as binge drinking is not clearly defined.
In a new study, researchers have revealed that about a fifth of Britons do not change their bed sheets even once a month. The startling results mean that they could be accumulating a whole lot of health problems, ranging from asthma and rhinitis to eczema, warns a leading allergy expert according to MailOnline.
A new study suggests that people who strange mixtures while preparing food like mashed potatoes and Oreo cookies are more likely to be binge eaters. According to the study by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, their findings also reveal that people who create such odd food combinations are more likely to be binge eaters and not just overeaters. The researchers further say that their findings could help in a better understanding of this eating disorder, in which people are ashamed of and hide their behavior.
You have just come back from the long holidays and the work is perhaps making you feel down in the dumps, which is getting you worried. But QUT psychology lecturer Associate Professor Robert Schweitzer says that your reaction is perfectly normal. Holidays are the time when we feel like we are so much in control of our lives and we can do what we want, points out professor Schweitzer, according to Medical Xpress.
In a rather interesting research, scientists have found that verbal aggressiveness, which includes traits like name-calling, ridicule, insults, racial epithets and threats, may have biological causes, and these could be identified by the ratio of the length of a person's ring finger (second digit) to the length of the index finger(fourth digit). The study has been conducted by a team of researchers led by Allison Z. Shaw, PhD, assistant professor of communication at the University at Buffalo, and is the first to use 2D:4D ratio (which is thought of as a measure of prenatal testosterone exposure) as a determinant of verbal expression.
Thumb sucking could be one of the most difficult habits for a child to break. While it is a very common habit, at some point parents may think it is high time to put a stop to the behavior. A report by Mayo Clinic says that in order to stop the habit in children, it is important for parents to understand what they can do to help their child. First of all, the reason why children get this habit is because babies have natural rooting and sucking reflexes, which can make them put their thumbs or fingers into their mouths. For some children, this happens even while they are in their mother's womb.
While currently, doctors asking for the details of number of hours their patient stays active is not a common practice, a movement is stirring to change that. A new national survey has indicated that only one-third of Americans have their doctors asking them about their physical activity or prescribing it.
If you have broken out of too many relationships just within 3 months or so, this may have made you wonder if you have commitment issues. A lot of people do not even realize this pattern that they are stuck in. By the time they start knowing the other person, they would have already created a big row and broken off the relationship. But does that necessarily mean that he/she has commitment issues? Well, maybe or maybe not. Dr. Petra Boynton, a social psychologist and sex researcher working in International Health Care at University College London, writes in The Telegraph that when we meet someone, it takes some time before we get to know them, and at that time we are still deciding if we are right for each other or not. So it could be that you are still just meeting people and haven't really come across anything that suits you or them.
While the winter season is the best time to wrap oneself in cozy comforters and sit along the window with a hot cup of coffee looking outside and admiring the snow fall, dry and itchy skin along with chapped lips can really ruin such a wonderful experience. Skin dryness comes along with winter and experts warn that washing hands too many times a day to prevent the spread of germs can take a toll on the skin, leaving it extremely dry and itchy. Also, experts warn of drinking too much coffee and alcoholic beverages, which can lead to dehydration.
A new study suggests that people who think they are constantly misunderstood could be more sensitive to pain. According to scientists from America, it may be the same region of the brain involved in processing physical and social pain, affecting each other. For the study, researchers from the University of Virginia examined whether feeling misunderstood could cause pain. For this, they asked participants to describe how they saw themselves.