- Published on Saturday, 16 March 2013 12:35
- Written by Robert Lanza, M.D.
Many of us fear death. We believe in death because we have been told we will die. We associate ourselves with the body, and we know that bodies die. But a new scientific theory suggests that death is not the terminal event we think.
- Published on Friday, 14 December 2012 17:11
- Written by BC & Agencies
People who drink three to four cups of coffee each day have a lower risk of developing Type II diabetes, according to a research summary published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC). The report summarizes the key findings of recent research into the connection between coffee consumption and diabetes risk, as presented at a session of the 2012 World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications (WCPD).
- Published on Monday, 05 March 2012 13:00
- Written by BC & Agencies
We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries,today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
- Published on Monday, 09 July 2012 22:32
- Written by PF Louis
Many of us depend on an early morning "Jo" to get us on the go. Some of us need refills as the day progresses.
Still others use coffee to get over depression or anxiety, even though caffeine can create more fight or flight hormones and tax our adrenal glands by pumping us with adrenaline. The adrenaline rushes lead to more retention of cortisol, leading to a vicious cycle of more stress and anxiety.
Many of us may have to look into our coffee drinking habits to determine whether to decrease consumption or quit altogether, even with the threat of withdrawal symptoms.
- Published on Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:36
- Written by Ned E.R.
In case you did not know, the most popular drink in the world, after water, is tea, which people drink in enormous amounts measured in billions of liters. It is not surprising that it is among favorits when its health benefits have been known for ages, and new scientific studies show only now show healthy it actually is.
- Published on Thursday, 05 July 2012 21:16
- Written by J. D. Heyes
Is it possible that breast milk contains the magic potion which kills the virus that causes AIDS? According to new research, that's a distinct possibility.
A recent study published in PLoS Pathogens, which was conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, found that mice did not contract HIV after ingesting virus-tainted breast milk.
Moreover, the researchers found, the breast milk actually killed the virus.
- Published on Thursday, 06 October 2011 08:22
- Written by Claire Bates
Fair-skinned people who burn easily in the sun may need to take vitamin D supplements, according to research.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and people get most of what they need from exposure to sunlight during the summer months.
- Published on Friday, 01 June 2012 17:02
- Written by Dr. Daniel McBride
I am still amazed at the number of patients who are still taking Statin drugs as a primary tool to prevent heart disease and cardiovascular events. Actually most physicians haven't even read the study that they are basing all these prescriptions on so why should the general public.
- Published on Sunday, 18 September 2011 19:05
- Written by Jonathan Owen
Our last line of defence against bacterial infections is fast becoming weakened by a growing number of deadly strains that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, according to new figures given to The Independent on Sunday by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
The disturbing statistics reveal an explosion in cases of super-resistant strains of bacteria such as E.coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, a cause of pneumonia and urinary tract infections, in less than five years.
- Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00
- Written by D Holt
If you feel ill because of food poisoning you may not feel like eating it, but garlic has been proven to be more effective than antibiotics in fighting the effects of food poisoning bugs. The active compound, diallyl sulphide, is able to breach the membranes on many bacteria that make them harder to destroy.
Research published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy claims that not only is garlic more effective than ciprofloxacin and erythromycin, it also takes a fraction of the time to work. The research was based on tests on the common food poisoning bacteria, Campylobacter. Further research in the African Journal of Biotechnology also concluded that raw garlic was effective against Staphylococcus aureus, another common food poisoning bacteria.
- Published on Friday, 09 September 2011 16:35
- Written by Penny Bouloutza
Used through the ages to cure a vast variety of ailments and diseases, pharmaceutics has its roots in the combination of medicinal plants and roots. In fact, Hippocrates’ (ca 460 - ca 370 BC) writings mention at least 250 medicinal plants in his studies, while Galen of Pergamon (AD 129-199), the most accomplished of antiquity’s medical researchers, described in his so-called Galenic Formulations medicines that combine up to 100 different ingredients each.