Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness

Weight loss: ‘Telling someone to improve their diet doesn’t work’

Doctors often advise people who are overweight to lose weight by improving their dietary habits or becoming more physically active. However, the results of a new study suggest that such generic advice does not empower people to succeed in their weight loss efforts. Doctors should give patients specific weight loss advice and demonstrate empathy, say […]

Cancer / Oncology

Hot tea may raise esophageal cancer risk

New research, appearing in the International Journal of Cancer, finds an association between drinking tea at very high temperatures and the risk of developing esophageal cancer. New research recommends letting tea cool down before drinking it. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2019, there will be approximately 17,650 new cases of esophageal cancer and […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Nutrition / Diet

Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal

Caffeine is a stimulant that works to improve alertness, wakefulness, and mood. People who regularly consume caffeine may experience withdrawal symptoms after they suddenly stop drinking it. Natural sources of caffeine include coffee, tea, and cocoa beans. Manufacturers also add synthetic caffeine to many foods, drinks, medicines, and supplements. People who regularly consume caffeine may […]

Anxiety / Stress Neurology / Neuroscience

What are speech disorders?

Speech is the process of producing specific sounds that convey meaning to the listener. A speech disorder refers to any condition that affects a person’s ability to produce sounds that create words. Speech is one of the main ways in which people communicate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas with others. The act of speaking requires […]

Nutrition / Diet

Is popcorn a healthy snack?

Popcorn can either be good or bad for a person’s health, depending on what goes into making it. On its own, without any added sugar or salt, popcorn makes a nutritious, healthful snack. Popcorn is a type of corn kernel that, when people heat it, it pops to become light and fluffy. Popcorn contains plenty […]

Cancer / Oncology

How does tumor acidity help cancer spread?

By probing what happens to cells in acid regions of tumors, scientists have uncovered new information about cancer’s invasiveness and spread. The discovery could lead to better treatments for aggressive tumors. A new study explores how an acidic environment drives tumor spread. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge found that acidic, […]

Ear, Nose and Throat Parkinson's Disease

Do people with Parkinson’s disease smell different?

Using the skills of a “super smeller,” researchers have identified how Parkinson’s disease alters the way a person smells. They hope that the discovery will help aid early diagnosis. A recent study investigated the links between odor and Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative condition. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that around half […]