Walking helps keep brain young

29 Jan 2015
Everyone knows that walking limbers the aging body, but did you know it keeps the mind supple as well? Research shows that walking can actually boost the connectivity within brain circuits, which tends to diminish as the grey hairs...

Does an avocado a day lower bad cholesterol?

A man sells avocados outside a food market in Havana September 1, 2010.
28 Jan 2015
  Eating a heart-healthy diet that includes avocados may lower so-called bad cholesterol among otherwise healthy overweight and obese people, according to a new study. The findings don’t mean people should simply add avocados to...

caffeinated mouth strips, energy-boosting cigarette alternative

No-smoking sign
27 Jan 2015
Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. The product,...

Egyptian female cyclists pedal for acceptance

© AFP / by Haitham El-Tabei | Egyptian members of the Go Bike group take part in a bicycle ride in Cairo, on December 27, 2014
26 Jan 2015
Yasmine Mahmoud cuts a defiant figure as she weaves her bicycle through the chaotic streets of Cairo, a place where few women dare to pedal. Every day, like for the past four years, she takes her bicycle from her 10th floor apartment and...

British nurse makes full recovery from Ebola

A worker from St Mary's Lacor hospital disinfects villagers during an earlier Ebola outbreak in Uganda. Seven doctors and 13 health workers at Kampala's Mulago hospital are in quarantine after "at least one or two cases" were taken there, with one later dying from the virus.
25 Jan 2015
  A British nurse who had been critically ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from a London hospital after making a full recovery. Pauline Cafferkey was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in north London...

Sleep apnea tied to memory problems

25 Jan 2015
  The ability to remember locations and directions may suffer when deep sleep is disrupted by breathing difficulties, a new study suggests. People with sleep apnea tended to score worse on spatial memory tests after sleeping without...

Applications on smartphones to encourage losing weight

A group of young people performing stretching exercises after sunset.  
24 Jan 2015
With the ushering in of a new year, many people resolve to lose weight, but unfortunately many of those who embark on a diet do not finish it. People in this case need encouragement and help in order to continue life change.  ...

Shorter sleep may speed brain aging

relaxaion and sleeping
24 Jan 2015
With less sleep, normal aging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightly faster in middle-aged and older people, according to a new brain imaging study. Sleep troubles are more common with age, and shrinkage of certain brain...

A laugh a day keeps the doctor away

22 Jan 2015
Most people know that a good smile comes with a whole assortment of benefits. Our society rewards people who aren't afraid to beam wide grins to those around them, and for good reason: humans love it. Smiling is a universal human...

Meditation, exercise may cut sick days from colds

Meditation while excercising yoga 
21 Jan 2015
  Meditating or exercising could drastically cut the number of days people feel sick and miss work due to respiratory illnesses like colds and the flu, according to new research. The findings are based on a small study and need to be...