What is this, brain? The human brain is the center of the human nervous system. It has the same general structure as the brains of other mammals, but is larger than expected on the basis of body size among other primates. The brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in […]
Savoury Taste? The savoury taste that defies the other flavour categories of sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Some elderly people lose the ability to taste umami. As Takashi Sasano and his colleagues at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, discovered several years ago. Now, the team has found that they can boost these people’s […]
This time it’s time to take a look at exercise, body myths, and we enlisted the help of Dr. Brian Parr. Here’s what we learned. Body Myths 1: No Pain, No Gain. While it’s absolutely true that you should push yourself and try to extend the limits of your endurance when you exercise, […]
A new animal study suggests that a genetic mutation could put certain people at higher risk for becoming obese if they eat high-fat diets. At the moment, the practical uses of the research seem to be limited, but physicians could conceivably test people for the mutation and recommend that they avoid certain kinds […]
Drunk… Alcohol is a potent drug and consequently it has a range of side effects, some pleasurable and some less so. The amount consumed and the circumstances under which the alcohol was taken can play a large part in determining the extent of drunkenness. Alcoholism is a sickness that affects the person’s brain.
Healthy summer, valuable tips. The summer season can bring a relaxed feeling to our everyday lives whether we have diabetes or not. School is out for a number of weeks and family vacations become more frequent. We tend to spend more time outdoors and often cook on the grill. We would like to […]
Fake Foods is a danger... whatever you eat, and whenever you eat ...think ! Imitation seafood/crabmeat salad ... This prepared salad is often found in the seafood section of the grocery - it looks and smells like real seafood salad but it may not offer any of the real thing.
Pancreas. It’s a dream of medical science that looks tantalizingly within reach, the artificial pancreas, a potential breakthrough treatment for the scourge of type 1 diabetes. Meant to mimic the function of a real pancreas, the artificial version is a complex device that combines a pager-sized continuous glucose monitor and sensor that tracks […]
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or […]
Advertising... bad to lying... While most people know that banner ads from companies you’ve never heard of that promise to melt away “20 pounds in a week, no exercise required!” should be taken with a grain of salt, some huge and highly respected brands are also guilty of telling their consumers major lies to make sales. You’d have to be pretty dumb to believe some of them.
Chemical cocktails, Pesticides. We are encouraged to eat more fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle but this advice could in fact be damaging our health. With ever more commercial food production, research shows that traces of chemical pesticides used on crops can make their way into our food system and […]
Why am I doing this, obsessively, a bit grimly to lose weight? I’ll spend five minutes warming up on the VersaClimber, a towering machine that requires you to move your arms and legs simultaneously. Then I’ll do 30 minutes on a stair mill. On Wednesday a personal trainer will work me like a […]