The Hormone Oxytocin Makes Men Monogamous

Those couples wishing to re-spark their romance need only to look to modern chemistry. A recent study strongly suggests the pituitary hormone oxytocin drives feelings of monogamy in men. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…
Common myths about inhalants

Inhalants refer to a broad range of chemicals, either household or industrial, that can be breathed into the mouth or nose in order to produce intoxication. This is in direct contrast to the product’s intended purpose. The inhalation at room…
Mid-Morning Coffee Packs More Punch

New science shows your morning coffee may be more effective depending on when you drink it. A study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine shows coffee hits us hardest in the mid-morning, between 9:30 and 11:30 am. The culprit here…
Five Common Myths about Alcohol

When it comes to understanding issues concerning the use of alcohol in the human body there as much fact as there is fiction! It does not matter how the alcohol entered your body, alcohol is alcohol. Whether it came from…
What Alcohol Does to Your Body?

Alcoholic beverage drinking is a common practice around the world. In fact, every country has its own specialty drink that contains alcohol. The habit and traditions associated with drinking alcohol vary from one place to another. For example, in Munich,…
Patients Wary of Older Doctors

There’s an adage that says with age comes wisdom. Common sense would suggest we’d rather have an older doctor, with a lifetime of experience, care for our illness. New research indicates the opposite is true. A study published in BMJ…
Marriage Helps Cure Cancer

Married couples often vow “in sickness and in health” to one another. New science from the Dana-Farber Cancer institute suggests this vow can indeed help keep married couples healthy. Researchers led by Ayal Aizer culled data from over 700,000 patients…
The Anti-Alzheimer’s Game

The popular picture of video gamers doesn’t often include white hair and walkers. Recent literature suggests, however, that senior populations can benefit most from the gamer lifestyle. We’re not talking cheese puffs and energy drinks, but rather cognitive improvement engendered…
Laugh for a Date

New research in brain science illuminates why Jim Carrey never seems to be without a date. Work by the Stanford University School of Medicine suggests women are hard-wired to be attracted to funny men. Comedians of the world, rejoice. The…
Mercury in the Mouth

Even as a child, we all learned that playing with the little bead of mercury in science class was not a good thing. It was cool to watch it bead around, but we were warned about it toxic dangers. Of…
Coffee: a Lifesaver

We all know coffee helps us through the morning. A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health, though, shows us coffee helps us survive the rest of the day as well. Men and women who drink two cups…
Sex Makes You Smarter

Studies have shown how regular sex can fight depression, boost your immune system and increase overall happiness. Now science tells us that romping in the hay can boost your IQ as well. A team of scientists from South Korea and…
How does Depression Affect the Brain?

What is Depression? Depression can be defined as feelings of severe despondency, dejection, and inadequacy. However, depression is a multi-faceted mental health condition. That is, there are many different types of depressive disorders. The most common ‘type’ of depression is…
5 Myths You Probably Believe About AIDS

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) refers to the symptoms associated with infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV targets cells of the immune system leading to its eventual loss, opening the infected individual up to other infections. Upon initial…
Is it Possible to Read Minds?

Mind reading is often linked with clairvoyants; with ‘spirits’ and connections with the afterlife. There are many people that claim to have the ability to read the minds of other people. However, social neuroscience has recently suggested that all of…
How do flu shots work?

Flu shots, or more properly influenza vaccines protect against the influenza virus. Typically, the vaccine consists of three or four vaccines targeting the predicated, by the World Health Organization (WHO), most common influenza strains for that season. As there is…
How does flu spread?

Flu is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the type of influenza virus, age and general health of the person infected. Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, runny nose,…
What Does Depression Feel Like?

What is Depression? Depression can be defined as feelings of severe despondency, dejection, and inadequacy. However, depression is a multi-faceted mental health condition. That is, there are many different types of depressive disorders. The most common ‘type’ of depression is…
Treatments for Anxiety

What is Anxiety? Anxiety is an emotion characterised by feelings of tension, thoughts of worry, and physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate. Anxiety related disorders are common in both older adults and young people. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)…
How rare are green eyes?

Human eye color is determined by pigmentation of the iris. The iris is a muscular connective tissue that contains a small hole in its center (the pupil) that allows light to enter the eye. The constriction and dilation of the…
Health Benefits Of Eating Fish

Should You Be Eating Fish? Science Says, Yes! All the waters on Earth have been polluted, and sadly, a most vital source of protein, vitamins, and minerals—humans have contaminated the fish. Sharks, swordfish, king mackerel, bigger fish accrue mercury over…
Health Benefits of Drinking Tea

Heart disease, osteoporosis, colon and ovarian and prostate cancers, gum disease and oral infections, anxiety, dementia, obesity—the list of human ailments goes on and on. And although there may not be a catchall solution, science says drinking tea is an…
Why Do Muscles Burn?

Exercise is important for strengthening muscle and bones. As age progresses, there is decline in muscle tone and strength. Repeated exercise helps keep joints and muscle fit and active. Regular workout not only strengthens muscles but protects joints from wear…
Why Do Hives Itch?

What are hives? Hives is a common skin condition which results in itchy, blotchy reddish patches which can occur on any part of the body. They are intensely itchy at their onset. Medically this condition is known as Urticaria, which…
Why Do Gums Bleed When Brushing?

Gums are the soft pinkish tissues that support teeth by covering the roots and the underlying jaw bone. Medically, gums are known as gingiva. Healthy gums are a strong indication of good oral health. Gums form a protective barrier that…
Why Do Fever Blisters Occur?

What are fever blisters? Fever blisters or cold sores are small, painful fluid filled boils that occur mainly around the lips and other parts of the oral cavity like the roof of the mouth and gums. They can also occur…
Why Do Fat People Waddle?

Waddling is a type of swaying gait, where a person walks taking short steps from side to side, very similar to a duck. A healthy individual whose body mass is in proportion to their height does not have the pressure…
WHY DO ATHELETES TAKE STEROIDS?

Due to stiff competition among athletes, the desire to excel has made steroid abuse a very common occurrence. The strong ambition for instant fame and recognition is the key factor for its prevalent use. Steroids are known to increase body…