Trigger Food

You can’t open a health magazine these days without reading story after story about gluten. (Yes, we’re guilty of catering to reader interest when it comes to the controversial grain protein.) But while our collective gluten obsession has probably gone a little overboard, the...

Herbal Tea

Doctors in Italy suspect that a man’s herbal tea habit may have played a role in his psychosis. Specifically, the 25-year-old had been drinking four cups a day of tea made with St. John’s wort, the doctors report in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. His friends brought...

Depression

The number of children and teens being admitted to U.S. hospitals for suicidal thoughts or actions is more than double what it was nearly a decade ago, according to a new study.  And one expert is now warning that the “alarming trends” could persist if more isn’t...

Cycling

Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work, say scientists. The biggest study into the issue linked using two wheels with a halving of the risk of cancer and heart disease. The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters also showed walking...

Alcohol

When it comes to alcohol and heart health, the back and forth between findings can leave you feeling dizzy: One study concludes that drinking is good for your heart, but then another says it’s best to say no. At least part of this back and forth comes from a central problem...

Allergy

Nearly 100 million people suffer from allergies and asthma, with symptoms ranging from the occasional sniffle to debilitating headaches and additional pains. While taking traditional medicines and altering your lifestyle can offer some relief, new alternative treatments like biofeedback,...

Depression

When you think of heart attacks, you might assume the most common causes are smoking, high cholesterol, or obesity. Mental health issues probably don’t spring to mind. But a new study suggests that depression poses just as great a risk to your heart health as those more familiar...

Brain Structure

Our personality traits are linked to differences in the thickness and volume of various parts of our brains, an international study has suggested. Those with thicker and less wrinkled outer layers of the brain tended to have more neurotic tendencies, the study of scans of 500 people...

Heart Disease

A cheap blood test can predict which apparently healthy patients are at high risk of a heart attack. Experts say it could be better than just checking blood pressure and cholesterol to assess heart risk. So far, they have tested it only on men, but the British Heart Foundation-funded...

Boost Heart Risk

Being one of the “worried well” might actually increase heart-disease risk, a study has suggested. Norwegian researchers looked at health anxiety levels in 7,000 people who were followed for at least a decade. The BMJ Open paper suggests that, while general anxiety...