Health & Wellness


Silver Rings To Treat Arthritis Symptoms Validated

Research by academics at the University of Southampton in collaboration with occupational therapy clinicians into the effectiveness of wearing a particular type of silver ring to alleviate symptoms of arthritis has found some benefits to their use.

Silver ring splints
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Silver ring splints.

Antibacterial Wipes can Spread Superbugs

Disinfectant wipes routinely used in hospitals may actually spread drug-resistant bacteria rather than kill the dangerous infections, British researchers said on Tuesday.

New hints seen that red wine may slow aging

Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs.

Researcher identifies early cardiac risk in sleep disorder

A research team led by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher Dr. Aviv Goldbart M.D. discovered that Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can manifest similar cardiovascular complications in young children as it does in older children and adults. This study is the first to examine the relationship between systemic inflammation and cardiovascular morbidity in children.

OSA is a common disorder in which a person has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while they are asleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. OSA is the leading cause of daytime sleepiness, and if left untreated can lead to increased risk factors of high blood pressure, heart attack, obesity and diabetes.

New hints seen that red wine and a reduced calorie diet may slow aging

Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs.

The study is based on dosing mice with resveratrol, an ingredient of some red wines. Some scientists are already taking resveratrol in capsule form, but others believe it is far too early to take the drug, especially using wine as its source, until there is better data on its safety and effectiveness.

The report is part of a new wave of interest in drugs that may enhance longevity. On Monday, Sirtris, a startup founded in 2004 to develop drugs with the same effects as resveratrol, completed its sale to GlaxoSmithKline for $720 million.

What does 'Certified Organic' really mean?

Buying organic is becoming more and more popular as some worry about the health and safety of the foods they eat. But what does it mean for a food to be organic?

According to the National Organic Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.

Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewer sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation.

Getting Past the 'Protein Myth'

When I tell people that I'm a vegan, the most popular question, by far, inevitably follows: "But, how do you get enough protein?" There it is again, I think, the meat industry's most potent weapon against vegetarianism--the protein myth. And it is just that--a myth.

In fact, humans need only 10 percent of the calories we consume to be from protein. Athletes and pregnant women need a little more, but if you're eating enough calories from a varied plant based diet, it's close to impossible to not get enough.

Babies at risk from fluoride

Babies having formula made up with fluoridated water are getting a dose that could affect their thyroid. The Safe Food Campaign is presenting material on fluoridation to Wellington City Council on their draft annual plan today at 10.50am.

6 die in China after getting antibody injections

Six people have died in eastern China after being injected with medicine commonly used to treat infections such as hepatitis A and rabies, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

The six died after being injected with immune globulin, and the company that sold the drugs was ordered to stop selling them, said a spokeswoman at the No. 2 Hospital at Nanchang University in Jiangxi province.

The Brain: Caller May Be Out of Sight, but in Mind

A study may shed light on why talking on a cellphone appears to make drivers prone to accidents.

The study looked at how having a conversation with someone who is not present competes with those parts of the brain needed to perform visual tasks.