Why stress and anxiety aren’t always bad

People generally think of stress and anxiety as negative concepts, but while both stress and anxiety can reach unhealthy levels, psychologists have long known that both are unavoidable—and that they often play a helpful, not harmful, role in our daily lives, according to a presentation at the annual convention of Continue Reading

Peace be with you… from a distance: Flu epidemic has gotten so bad in Maine that churches are shunning practices involving touching, sharing

Due to the flu season, Catholic churches in Maine have had to “alter their religious practices to reduce the spread of the deadly virus that is ravaging the nation.” Since January, churches have been forbidding worshipers from drinking from the same wine cup during communion and joining hands during prayer. Priests are advised Continue Reading

Noise pollution is bad for your health: Tips for how you can mitigate background noise to protect your neurology

According to a recent study, aside from loud noises, even low rumbles can also cause a heart attack. Various studies have confirmed the connection between “noise pollution from railways, airports, or roads” and cardiovascular diseases like heart failure, high blood pressure, and stroke. The new research, which was published in Continue Reading

Escapism is bad for kids mentally, emotionally, physically: Parents should remove electronics if they want to improve health, behavior, grades

Parents should be aware of another boogeyman in the closet. A team of researchers from the Iowa State University are concluding that placing a TV along with a gaming console in a child’s bedroom could result in developmental and social problems later on. The effect is not a correlation but Continue Reading

Don’t eat alone; it’s bad for your health – especially if you’re a man, according to new research

Eating alone proves to be detrimental to the body’s overall health, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. A team of researchers at the Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, has enrolled 7,725 adults as part of the study. The experts have also noted how often the participants Continue Reading

Some stress is good, but not too much: Mild stress is good for the brain; too much bad for the heart

Mild levels of stress may actually be beneficial to the body’s overall health, recent research has shown. The study published in the journal Cell Reports reveals that mild stress levels may help stave off the effects of aging, mitigate the risk of developing dementia, and even boost overall survival. “Our findings Continue Reading

Good fats found to inhibit growth of bad bacteria in the gut: New research gets closer to understanding how diet can relieve Crohn’s disease

A diet high in beneficial fats may help stem the growth of harmful gut bacteria that trigger the onset of Crohn’s disease, according to a study carried out by a team of researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory Continue Reading

Commuting along polluted highways found to be twice as bad for human health as previously believed

A new study published in Atmospheric Environment revealed that exposure to ambient air pollution during rush hour is more detrimental to the health than previously thought. Currently, most traffic pollution sensors are placed on the ground alongside the road and take continuous samples for for every 24-hour period. However, such sensors fail Continue Reading