Most triggers for irregular heartbeat can be easily modified: Alcohol, caffeine, exercise, lack of sleep are most common

A personal survey of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), one of the most important causes of irregular heartbeats, has found that the majority of triggers for the condition are easily modifiable lifestyle choices, including alcohol, caffeine, exercise and lack of sleep. The findings, identified by researchers at UC San Francisco in collaboration with patients and

Study links men’s porn-watching to women’s eating disorders

Women whose male partners watch more porn are at greater risk of eating disorders because they feel ‘sexless and insecure in their bodies,’ study suggests Some 30 million Americans have anorexia, bulemia, anorexia or over-eating  These disorders disproportionately impact women  Risk factors include social pressures and feelings of inadequacy  An Ohio State University survey found that

Leaf of faith: why Hollywood is going vegan

Bye-bye, meat. That's the cry from a growing conga line of celebrities who've become vegetarian or vegan. One of the latest star recruits is English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, named the "most beautiful vegan" of 2018 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He's joined a long list of vegan stars, including Miley Cyrus, Liam

Can being born blind protect people from schizophrenia?

A study carried out by The University of Western Australia has provided compelling evidence that congenital/early cortical blindness – that is when people are blind from birth or shortly after—is protective against schizophrenia. The unusual discovery has fascinated scientists and may lead to a better understanding of what causes schizophrenia – a question that has

Kidney Failure Patients Face Higher Risk of Cancer Death

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 — Patients with kidney failure who are on dialysis or have received a transplant have a sharply higher risk of dying from cancer, Australian researchers report. In fact, compared with people who don’t have kidney failure, they have more than double the odds of cancer death. The odds are particularly high

Sous Vide Cooking Is Not As Hard As It Sounds, Promise

The term “sous vide” was once reserved for Michelin-starred menus. But now it’s cropping up on recipe blogs all over the web and on egg offerings at Starbucks. It sounds fancy AF—but is it actually doable at home? “It’s not hard, it’s just very important to be clean,” says Ari Schor, chef de cuisine at

Science Puzzling Out Differences in Gut Bacteria Around the World

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 — Scientists say nearly 2,000 previously unknown types of bacteria in the human gut have been identified. The human gut hosts many species of microbes, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota. Scientists are working to identify the individual species and understand the roles they play in human health. While investigators

Tick tock: Commitment readiness predicts relationship success

Timing is everything, goes a popular phrase, and this is also true for relationships. As Valentine’s Day approaches, social psychologists from Purdue University offer new research showing that a person’s commitment readiness is a good predictor of relationship success. The results are published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Feeling ready leads to better relational

Coeliac disease can cause irreversible changes to immune cells

Immune cells in the bowel of people who suffer with coeliac disease are permanently replaced by a new subset of cells that promote inflammation, suggests a new study involving researchers at Cardiff University. This permanent ‘immunological scarring’ lays the foundation for the disease to progress and could have long-term implications for gut health in affected

Elements of gameplay are potential new tools in surgical resident education

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have published a study in the peer-reviewed medical journal Laryngoscope exploring the merits of integrating gamification into the graduate medical education curriculum. “With gamification, we take aspects of gaming and put it in a learning software,” said senior author Do-Yeon Cho, M.D., director of Otolaryngology Research in

Weed killer the risk for cancer increase by 41 percent

Glyphosate herbicides cause an increased risk of cancer? Certain means of combating weeds don’t seem to damage only the pesky weeds, but also to human health. Doctors found out now, that so-called glyphosate herbicides, the most commonly used weed killer all over the world, in people with a high exposure to a 41 percent increased

Health Tip: Treating Dry Eye

— Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes do not make enough tears. As adults get older, they are more likely to have medical conditions that trigger dry eye, such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, stroke and thyroid problems, the AARP says. Certain medications also may affect tear glands’ ability to function properly. AARP suggests how

These four complaints indicate prostate cancer

What are the symptoms that indicate a change in the prostate? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Every year, around 60,000 new cases occur. According to information of the German cancer society every fourth Tumor in men develops in the prostate. Approximately 10 percent of the cases end fatally. Thus, the prostate