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Aug 16, 2019
Although most people think that virtual reality is only used in video games, it turns out that it can be used in medical treatments as well. Researchers wondered if patients suffering from chronic pain would feel relief with technology, so they gave them virtual reality devices to see if it helped. Amongst the patients, there were pregnant women and burn victims that were given VR devices to help them with childbirth pain and the pain of having their bandages changed. Afterward, patients assured that they felt like the VR devices helped reduce the severe pain they experienced during these procedures. Now, scientists have confirmed that VR might be a safe, effective, drug-free solution to ease certain types of pain.
Aug 16, 2019
People have become more and more conscious regarding the climate crisis, and even fast food places are trying to help by selling "environmental-friendly bowls." However, researchers have recently discovered that dangerous chemicals known as PFAS are being used in these bowls, which could lead to health and environmental problems. Researchers found that after testing the eco-friendly bowls, the containers had been treated with enough PFAS compounds to the point that it accounted for up to 0.2% of its total material. One of the most important consequences is that PFAS doesn't biodegrade at all, because once they're made, they cannot be destroyed.
Aug 16, 2019
Since 70% of the human body is made of water, drinking enough of this liquid is vital for our health. Because of this, here we are listing four ways in which people can start drinking more water. The first step is to set a daily goal since it could be motivating and the second one is to keep a reusable water bottle with us everywhere we go. Moreover, other helpful tips are setting reminders in our phones that would tell us when to drink water, and having a glass of water before and after we eat our daily meals.
Aug 16, 2019
According to new research, at least half of patients feel unable to talk about their mental health with their doctors. A team of researchers from different universities across the U.S came together to analyze data from 4,500 people in two national surveys from 2015. Every participant was asked to review medical information about depression, suicide, sexual and domestic abuse, and whether they talked about these problems with a doctor. The results showed that 47.5% of participants didn't tell their doctors and experienced at least one of the four issues. The study also determined that if the patient was young or a woman, they were more likely to keep quiet about their problems.
Aug 16, 2019
Tuberculosis is the cause of death of 1.6 million people around the world, and around 500,000 suffer from drug-resistant strains of the disease. Fortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new medication to treat the deadliest-type of tuberculosis. The new medicine is an antibiotic called pretomanid that was developed by a nonprofit group called TB Alliance at a time when companies were paying nonprofit organizations to create the next generation of antibiotics. TB Alliance is hoping that the recent FDA approval will allow other countries like China, South Africa, and India to accept the drug and make it available in their territories.
Aug 16, 2019
Bubble tea is an East Asian drink that contains grains of tapioca and is often blended with sweetener and flavorings, shaken to a froth and usually served cold with a straw. Experts assure that this drink can make us gain weight since one cup of bubble tea contains 20 teaspoons of sugar, while the recommended intake for an adult is eight teaspoons of sugar a day; experts also said that bubble tea has no nutritional value. Bubble tea is not recommended for kids nor older adults since it can make kids hyperactive, and make the elderly suffer from indigestion.
Aug 16, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people not to purchase any medicine or medicinal beverage online that promises it cures or treats cancer, HIV, autism, or other conditions. Those products are commonly known as Miracle, or Master Mineral Solution, Master Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide Protocol, Water Purification Solution, among other names. The FDA also warned that people who have taken these products have experienced diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or low blood pressure caused by dehydration. Experts assure that these products become chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleaching agent when it's mixed, and if people drink it, it could burn their insides, causing a life-threatening injury.
Aug 16, 2019
Although people use famous phrases like "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" to encourage themselves and others to eat fruits, doctors warn that only eating apples is not enough. Recently, a doctor named Michael Greger published a book in which he talked about the 12 fruits and vegetables that people should include in their diets every day. Between the fruits that will help us the most to stay healthy, we have strawberries, blueberries, kiwis and bananas. Moreover, amongst the vegetables that provide the best nutrients, we have cruciferous vegetables which include broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
Aug 16, 2019
Since the Keto diet is becoming more and more popular in the fitness community, many feel the urge to try it and avoid carbs at all costs. Nonetheless, at the end we're humans, and sometimes we crave for that little sugary ice cream we think we need. To fix that, Enlightened has just launched a keto-friendly ice cream with different flavors that satisfies our sweet tooth. The Keto-friendly ice cream is currently the product with the lowest net-carb in the market, making ketogenic people enjoy the taste without being concerned about the carbs they are consuming. Some of the flavors are glazed chocolate donut, chocolate peanut butter, mint chocolate chunk, red velvet, butter pecan, and coffee and cream.
Aug 16, 2019
Smog is a type of severe air pollution made of coal combustion emissions, vehicular emissions, industrial emissions, forest and agricultural fires, and photochemical reactions of these emissions. One of the main ingredients of smog is ozone gas, which is the least controlled pollutant in the United States and causes severe health effects in humans. Scientists even warned that civilians who lived in areas with higher levels of ozone could develop lung damage since breathing smog is worse than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
Aug 15, 2019
Although trainers assure that people can lose weight just by following a healthy diet and exercising, research has proven that adding three supplements makes it easier. The first supplement is Whey protein, which is a mixture of proteins separated from the casein in milk that contains all nine essential amino acids. The second supplement is apple cider vinegar, which is a liquid to add in drinks and a supplement form; it has been found to help lose weight and appetite, making people feel fuller for longer. The third supplement is green tea extract as several studies have affirmed that it can help aid weight loss because of the antioxidants that can be found in it.
Aug 15, 2019
When we feel depressed and visit our psychiatrist, the first option the expert give us is to start a drug treatment and therapy sessions with more frequency, but a new study has revealed that exercising can be helpful as well. According to anecdotal and scientific evidence, regular physical activity can help battle depression or even avoid it; the evidence grows fast every day that passes and proves that exercise an effective treatment against all mental illness. When scientists decided to investigate the effects of exercising against depression, they found a huge antidepressant effect in people that lower the risks by 17%.
Aug 15, 2019
Having healthy sleep habits is something we all should care about since sleep deprivation makes us five times more likely to develop depression compared to people with good sleeping habits. Some tips to get a good night's sleep are to limit our caffeine intake after midday or two in the afternoon since the caffeine could still affect us by 10 p.m. When is almost time to go to bed, it's better if we avoid large meals or doing exercises as they alert our body to stay awake. Before trying to sleep, a good tip is to switch off every electronic device inside the room and turn off as many lights as possible.
Aug 15, 2019
Experts already know that men and postmenopausal women are more at risk of getting Parkinson's, but a new study in mice determined that estrogen may help them. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that affects older adults with tremors, slowed movements, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance, speech and writing changes, and loss of automatic movements. For this study, scientists used mice to test their theory that a chemical called DHED helped boost estrogen levels in the brain. Although the results showed that female mice had less severe symptoms than the male ones, all of them still showed improvements, confirming their theory that estrogen protects the brain from Parkinson's.
Aug 15, 2019
When going to the grocery store, most people prefer to buy frozen or prepackaged foods that take way less time to cook. However, when it comes to the health of our kids, people need to focus on buying foods that provide enough nutrients and vitamins, that they can take to school and that gives them enough energy for the day. One easy idea for breakfasts could be to chop several fruits and make a powerful smoothie. Moreover, a healthy and delicious plan for lunchtime could be calzones that parents can easily prepare with already made pizza dough and their kid's favorite ingredients.
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