A UV scanner shows the sun damage in stark detail. Using a sunbed just once a month increases risk of skin cancer by 50%
Originally used as a blood pressure medication, Prozac has been prescribed for depression for 25 years. The Jekyll and Hyde happy pill: It's brought relief to millions but is linked to suicide, low libido and birth defects, and we still don't know how Prozac works.
It may be the artificial sweeteners. Diet carbonated drinks make you 60% MORE likely to get diabetes than regular, 'full fat' version
Findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Diet mixers also make you drunker. Sugary mixers slow the passage of alcohol into the bloodstream
Study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Swapping the butter for margarine 'may be bad for your health'. U.S. scientists claim polyunsaturated fat 'doubles heart risk'
Study reanalyzed data from the 60s and 70s in Sydney Australia and published in the British Medical Journal.
Taking vitamin C every day DOUBLES the risk of painful kidney stones
The findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal medicine.
Watching TV for too long 'cuts male fertility by half'. Laziness leads to a drop in sperm quality
Study from the Harvard School of Public Health.
In the near future
A gold and silk tattoo that calls for help when you fall ill
The tech-savvy tats come embedded with antennae that would wirelessly alert nearby computers to your malady and help you receive prompt help.
Dr. Eric Topol is the chief academic officer of Scripps Health, a prominent cardiologist and the foremost figure in the field of wireless medicine. He believes the future of health lies in our own hands, namely in our smart phones and other portable electronic devices. According to Topol, “the smart phone will be the hub of the future of medicine. And it will be your health-medical dashboard.” “These days, I’m prescribing a lot more apps than I am medications,” he continued.Posted by Jill Fallon at February 10, 2013 4:23 PM | Permalink
Topol points to a growing number of apps and devices, none of which he is paid for using or endorsing, that are capable of measuring vital signs and then transmitting that data to smartphones. Whether it’s your blood sugar levels, your heart rate or your sleep habits, Topol believes we should track our own conditions through our phones and use that data to see patterns and warning signs of illness.