General Health

WALKING FOR GOOD HEALTH

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.”  So said Hippocrates more than 2400 years ago and it is just as true today, as the health benefits of walking have been proven repeatedly by modern scientific studies.  Any physical activity is a boon to overall heath and...

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SEROTONIN (5 – hydroxy tryptamine)

Serotonin is a small molecule that functions both as a neurotransmitter in the CNS (Central Nervous System) and as a hormone in the periphery. Serotonin is generally known as the “feel good” hormone, as low levels are associated with depression.  Apart from the...

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COVID-19 POSSIBLE LINKS TO BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS

Severe cases of COVID-19 are generally associated with older people and people with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.  However, it was unclear why so many young and seemingly healthy people were also hospitalized with severe...

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SENESCENT CELLS

It is not easy to admit that you are getting on in years and the dreaded three-letter word “old” is far worse to hear than some four-letter words!  Rather use the fancy description that you have “senescence” and that your condition is caused by zombie cells in...

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BRAIN PLASTICITY

The brain is not only an extraordinary system, but also immensely flexible and adaptable.  The way in which cells in the brain and other parts of the nervous system can adapt to change serves important functions in the brain, such as learning, the forming and...

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ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

As natural sugar is high in calories and a high intake can lead to weight gain, many people switch to artificial sweeteners, which are made from synthetic chemicals that give a sweet taste without the calories.  As artificial sweeteners are 200 times or more...

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DIVERTICULAR DISEASE OF THE COLON

A healthy colon is a smooth tube-like structure that is internally lined by a layer of epithelial (surface) cells.  The walls of the colon contain muscles, along with many small penetrating arteries that pass through the muscular wall of the colon to carry blood...

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BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT

While high blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the latest research findings also highlight the negative effects of high blood pressure on cognitive function in the brain, as well as the importance of accurate blood pressure measurements....

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ARTERIAL PLAQUE

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally.   The World Health Organization lists ischaemic heart disease as the number one cause of death in the world, followed by stroke in a distant second place.  Ischaemic heart disease, also...

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SALT AND YOUR HEALTH

Salt, just like sugar, is an inexpensive way to make food taste good.  One often observes people sprinkling salt over their food before tasting it, and some researchers suggest that the high consumption of salt is a habit, or even an addiction, learnt in...

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