Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine that has long been thought to have great health benefits. For the last 20 years, it has been heavily promoted as the source of the French Paradox – the seemingly conflicting state where the citizens of France have been found to consume diets with a high intake of cheese and animal fats, yet also enjoy better overall health than North Americans with a lower rate of heart disease and stroke. Evidence pointed to the red wine that the French consumed, specifically, a certain compound in it that counteracted the negative effects of a high fat and cholesterol diet. Since those findings several decades ago, marketers have been adding the antioxidant to all manner of foods and dietary supplements, touting them as a natural way to combat aging, fight cancer, heart disease and diabetes. However, a study recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine found no link between it and lower rates of these chronic diseases. Continue reading
A recent report from the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study suggests that their may be a sweet spot we should be aiming for when it comes to how much sleep we get. As many have long suspected, too little sleep can degrade our mental performance, both in the long term as well as the short term. But evidence now supports the theory that too much sleep can have just as harmful consequences as too little.
Often during the course of an antibiotic treatment round, a patient will experience diarrhea as an unpleasant side effect. A recent study published in JAMA shows that the administration of yogurt or probiotics alongside the antibiotics can reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal upset as well as diarrhea . Continue reading
Scientists working at University of Wollongong in Australia, have developed a new condom which they hope will remove any reluctance to use prophylactics. Due to a new material they figure will soon replace latex, this condom feels thinner that anything previously released by condom manufactures and results in an experience more lifelike. Continue reading
You will never achieve your weight loss goals if you continually feel hungry throughout the day. Whether this hunger is caused by a reduction in the quantities of food you eat, or the types of foods you eat due to a particular diet program, that hunger will eventually wear you down. You will not only start overeating, but you will likely start eating all the wrong foods causing you to forfeit any weigh loss gains you had already made. Lets explore some easy ways to circumvent those hunger pains. Continue reading