Breaking the vicious cycles of age-related diseases

Biologist Aleksey Belikov from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has proposed that rapid progression of age-related diseases may result from the formation of so-called vicious cycles. An example of this is when toxic products of a biochemical reaction trigger that same reaction to happen again. The study, published…

Does drinking beer before wine ease the hangover?

Many people — from all around the world — will have heard different myths about drinking and curing hangovers. They range from the “hair of the dog,” the belief that the best cure for a hangover is to have another drink, to the greasy morning-after meal that supposedly “soaks up”…

The reality of watching reality TV

(HealthDay)—When it comes to analyzing the effects of watching reality TV, well, it’s complicated. While some see these shows as a brief escape from daily life, they can have negative effects on some viewers, including impressionable teens. Researchers asked 1,100 girls aged 11 to 17 about their viewing habits. On…

The untold truth of essential oils

Have you tried essential oils? With more and more people turning to alternative medicine, homeopathy has become much less taboo and even widely accepted. And some use essential oils to treat minor aches and pains, whereas in the past they may have just popped an over-the-counter pill at the first…

The influence of endocrine disruptors on the male and female thyroid

Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are a class of chemicals used to produce everyday materials, such as some plastics, tin cans, electrical and household appliances, cosmetics, pesticides, etc. EDs are, however, not without danger. These molecules interfere with the endocrine system, disrupting the physiological production and target effects of hormones. In particular,…