Scientists in Australia have developed a groundbreaking non-invasive ultrasound technology that removes neurotoxic amyloid plaques from the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. The plaques are characteristic of the disease, indicating memory loss and decline in cognitive function.
Getting your wisdom teeth removed has become a rite of passage, particularly in the United States and Australia. Many dentists routinely recommend removal of the teeth. If they are impacted – in other words, still below the gum line – this can involve surgery and all that entails: general anesthetic, stitches, and a week or more of recovery.
Researchers testing an experimental injected type of male contraception have found it to be highly effective in preventing pregnancy. This hormone shot moves science closer to finally producing a male equivalent to female contraceptives such as the birth control pill and intrauterine devices.
Few maladies are more miserable than a migraine headache. To add insult to injury, migraines are often triggered by the very food and drink people enjoy most, such as wine and chocolate. Now scientists believe they have figured out why this is true. It’s all about intestinal microbes and the way they interact with the chemicals in food.
During the 1980s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began looking for ways to protect air quality in its space stations. The agency conducted research to learn which flora were most effective in detoxifying air. They were looking for plants that would filter toxic substances from the air and convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. The results of the study were published in 1989. NASA presented a definitive list of detoxifying plants.
If you’re a tea lover, you may begin each morning with a cup of your favorite. Green tea is health giving, and it’s particularly tasty flavored with mint. Chai is an warm comforting taste in the afternoon (did you know that “chai” is actually the Indian term for tea?). If you have an upset tummy, ginger tea with honey is the perfect tonic. If you need a pick-me-up, black tea is just the thing. And chamomile tea supports restorative sleep.
As any pregnant woman will tell you, morning sickness is one of the most unpleasant side effects. But recently, scientists proved that morning sickness is actually a sign your pregnancy is going well. A team of government researchers say women who experience nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy are at reduced risk of miscarriage. The researchers followed a group of women who had in the past suffered at least one miscarriage; of those subjects, the ones who had morning sickness were 50 to 75 percent less likely to have another miscarriage.
“Self-care” is a term used by social workers and psychologists, and it usually refers to activities that are pleasurable. Helping professionals often suggest a walk in nature, a yoga class, or a bubble bath. In a recent article on The Mighty, contributor Mawiyah Patten writes about her own experience of depression and the role of self-care.
The ancient ritual of smudging has regained popularity in the modern world. In recent years, people have used plant smoke to “cleanse” a space, clarifying the energy of negativity. The practice involves burning herbs and plant resins for spiritual and medicinal reasons, and it was used by indigenous peoples around he world.
Amanda Leventhal looks like any other college student. She maintains a high grade point average, sings in her campus choir, and hangs out with a group of good friends. It is unlikely anyone would identify her as depressed. When she wrote an essay on her private battle with anxiety and depression, her friends were shocked.