Posted by
What is the difference between heatstroke and heat exhaustion?

What is the difference between heatstroke and heat exhaustion?

Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are illnesses caused by exposure to extreme heat. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress into heatstroke, which may be life-threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), above-average temperatures or unusually humid weather kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. As temperatures rise, […]

Posted by
When should I use a cold compress?

When should I use a cold compress?

A cold compress is a frozen or chilled material, such as an ice pack or a cool, wet washcloth. When used correctly, they can help to relieve pain and swelling or cool a fever. Cold compresses take a variety of forms, including commercially available products and homemade solutions. A cold compress can aid in treating: […]

Posted by
These five habits will lengthen your lifespan

These five habits will lengthen your lifespan

Exercising regularly, adopting a healthful diet, not smoking, not becoming overweight, and drinking only moderate amounts of alcohol could all lengthen life at age 50 for women by 14 years and for men by 12 years. Regular exercise is one of five things that you can do to lengthen your lifespan. This was the conclusion […]

Posted by
Has your food gone off? This smart patch can tell you

Has your food gone off? This smart patch can tell you

Scientists at McMaster University in Canada have developed a harmless see-through patch that could be used in food packaging to monitor contamination by bacteria without having to unwrap the product. New technology allows us to check food is safe without opening the pack. The patch contains biosensors that send out a signal when they detect […]

Posted by
Essential oils may disrupt normal hormonal activity

Essential oils may disrupt normal hormonal activity

New research suggests that the chemicals contained in essential oils such as lavender oil and tea tree oil may disrupt the normal functioning of hormones, leading to a condition called male gynecomastia in prepubescent boys. The seemingly harmless lavender essential oil may pose health risks to young boys, suggests new research. Male gynecomastia is a […]

Posted by
What causes your lip to twitch?

What causes your lip to twitch?

Someone with a twitching lip will often experience quick movements or trembling sensations in their lip without doing anything. Twitching lips can be annoying and hard to ignore. Lip twitching is the result of a miscommunication between the lip nerve and the muscles it controls. This could be due to everyday things, such as too […]

Posted by
What should you know about hyperthermia?

What should you know about hyperthermia?

Hyperthermia refers to a group of heat-related conditions characterized by an abnormally high body temperature — in other words, the opposite of hypothermia. The condition occurs when the body’s heat-regulation system becomes overwhelmed by outside factors, causing a person’s internal temperature to rise. Hyperthermia is considered separate from conditions where internal body sources, such as […]

Posted by
Want to stay healthy? Reduce sitting time by 21 minutes

Want to stay healthy? Reduce sitting time by 21 minutes

It is a known fact that prolonged sedentary time poses serious threats to our health. But what can we do about it? A new study investigates. It might be worth coming up with creative solutions for reducing sedentary time at work, new research suggests. In our modern daily life, office-based work has become more and […]

Posted by
58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home

58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home

Loud noise exposure is a common environmental hazard in the United States that can lead to hearing loss and other conditions such as sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In a study published in The Laryngoscope, Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers found that substantial noise exposures, with potential long-term hearing effects, commonly occur in occupational […]