Even if you’re in the middle of a deep sleep, or quietly reading a book, your body is always active. It never quite “shuts off,” because it’s always storing and consuming energy (from the food you eat) – and building up and breaking down molecules necessary to maintain your health.
Scan your eyes over a few yogurt labels next time you’re at the grocery store and you’ll likely come across the word “probiotics.” Probiotics – live microorganisms (like bacteria) that can improve one’s health when they are ingested – get lots of attention these days, whether it’s from news media stories or scientific publications or online ads. Continue reading
Testosterone deficiency (or hypogonadism) often entails an unsettling list of possible symptoms: you might gain weight more easily, for example – and in the form of fat, not muscle. Or you could find yourself with a lower sex drive than usual. Or, perhaps, you’ll feel as if a constant lethargy is smothering your mind’s ability to focus, make quick-and-accurate decisions, and feel good.
It’s happening somewhere right now: a woman is on her way to the gynecologist for a Pap smear (or Pap test). As you may know, a Pap smear – or a “pap” – screens for cervical cancer. If signs of cervical cancer are detected early enough, there’s a good chance that prompt medical intervention can defeat the cancer (or precancerous cells). However, as anyone who’s gotten a Pap smear knows, this test isn’t exactly the most comfortable of experiences. Still, many women regularly get Pap tests to thwart the risk of cervical cancer. And, until recently, no other screening methods for cervical cancer existed which were as accurate as the pap. Continue reading
In the United States – and elsewhere in the world, too – a long, restful night of sleep is becoming a thing of the past. Maybe that doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, though – what with phone notifications dinging at all hours, the constant wail of sirens in sprawling metros, pressing deadlines in a fast-paced business environment, and the omnipresent glow of digital screens. As one pair of researchers observed: “Ours is a 24-h society with more evening and night-time work and leisure activities.” Continue reading