Boo! It’s Good For You

Today is Halloween, the holiday full of tricks and treats and all things frightening and fun. But what happens when you trade your sweets for a scare? The result is way healthier than candy.

Decorations like jack-o-lanterns are used to both entertain and spook people on Halloween.

The Positives of Fear

Being frightened can be good for you. Think about your favorite scary book or movie. What happens when something goes bump in the night, or a door creaks or slams, or glass shatters? It often makes us jump. This reaction is provoked by fear.

Fear makes your brain flood with healthy chemical substances that excite your mood and release feelings of euphoria, or great excitement. According to Dr. Margee Kerr, a sociologist who studies fear, this “powerful chemical punch” includes endorphins and dopamine—a natural compound in the body that creates feelings of happiness.

When you’re spooked, your body also produces a chemical called oxytocin. This hormone helps people bond with one another. When people share the experience of being scared, it can make them feel closer. So, if you’re at a haunted house

Bronze Age mummies unearthed in Great Britain

British mummy

Signs that ancient Britons mummified their dead were kept under wraps — until now.

The Bronze Age corpses had been buried at sites throughout Great Britain. Close inspection of their bones indicate the bodies had been intentionally mummified, a new study finds. The remains date to between about 4,200 and 2,750 years ago.

Thomas Booth of the Natural History Museum in London and his colleagues analyzed bones from 34 bodies. Sixteen showed little to no bacterial damage. That suggests mummification had blocked rapid decay of a corpse’s flesh, Booth’s team says. The researchers describe their findings in the October Antiquity.

The hot, dry climates of ancient Egypt and South America’s Andes preserved ancient mummies there. Such arid environments would have deprived gut microbes of the moisture they would have needed to survive long enough to break down tissue. But damp Britain would have offered corpses no such protection against such decay.

The Health Benefits of Water

Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.

Water Protects Your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints

Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body’s temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body moist. You know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.

Water Helps Your Body Remove Waste

Adequate water intake enables your body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination, and

Go On a Driving Diet to Improve Your Health

Ever hear of a driving diet?  It’s one of the least-known, but most effective ways of improving your health, while at the same time saving you money and putting you in much better physical condition.  And all you need to start one is a Groupon promo code that can get you access to a vehicle from Enterprise Car Rentals for a major savings of nearly 20% off.  You can use a Groupon right now to rent a vehicle from Enterprise at special rates for the coming Independence Day holiday.

How can a car rental help you go on a driving diet, you wonder?  Well, it works like this – instead of driving your personal vehicle every day to work, school, shopping, visits, and recreation, you leave your car home and walk to these places on a regular basis.  Now this is how you improve your health because the regular, daily exercise from that walking will greatly improve your conditioning.  And it will improve your financial situation as well.  You won’t be spending as much money for fuel and parking, as well as for vehicle maintenance and upkeep.  The money saved can go into other expenses, or can be used

Common Dentistry Services Offered at Clinics in Dubai

Taking proper care of your teeth and gums is your responsibility. Most people think that brushing their teeth once or twice a day is enough to protect their teeth and gums from decay. However, that’s not true at all. Most dentists will tell you that you should also floss regularly in order to ensure that food items and residue doesn’t get left behind in hard-to-reach places. A flossing thread can be used in order to clean the spaces between your teeth. However, almost every dentist will tell you that regular check-ups are necessary to maintain your oral hygiene. You need to make sure that you set an appointment with your dentist at least once every six months.

Apart from checking your teeth and making sure that your oral health is fine, dentists also offer a variety of other services. When looking for a dentist, Dubai has a lot to offer. Some of the biggest and most reputable dental clinics in the world are situated here. Here are the most common services that dentists in Dubai offer.

Invisalign Braces

One of the new technologies making the rounds these days is Invisalign. Clear aligners are considerably

Experts debunk viral theory linking microcephaly and pesticide

After a story went viral over the weekend linking a pesticide, rather than a virus, to the high rate of the birth defect microcephaly in Brazil, health officials from the United States and Brazil swiftly sought to refute the claim.

The University Network of Environment and Health, a group of doctors and researchers in Argentina, presented the provocative argument February 3. In their report, researchers claimed pyriproxyfen— a pesticide used in drinking water to block mosquito larvae— may be disrupting fetal development when ingested by pregnant women, potentially leading to babies born with microcephaly, The Washington Post reported.

Rates of microcephaly, a birth defect where babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains, have increased in Brazil, with the latest report revealing 4,443 suspected and confirmed cases as the country deals with an outbreak of Zika virus and its suspected link to microcephaly.

American and Brazilian health experts quickly responded to the report, reiterating that the evidence of the link— including the presence of Zika in amniotic fluid and the strong geographic and temporal correlation between the cases and infections— is strong and growing, The Washington Post reported.

The University Network

Indonesia is burning

I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing to explain why it was happening or how it might be stopped. Then they would ask their financial correspondents how the disaster affected share prices, before turning to the sport. As you can probably tell, I don’t have an ocean of faith in the industry for which I work. What I did not expect was that they would ignore it.

A great tract of Earth is on fire. It looks as you might imagine hell to be. The air has turned ochre: visibility in some cities has been reduced to 30 metres. Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships; already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate. It is almost certainly the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century – so far.

And the media? It’s talking about the dress the Duchess of

Unmatched results with the innovative and skilled cosmetic surgery by Dr. Christian Drehsen

Nowadays, with the invention of newer techniques, doctors are able to save patients’ lives and give them a new hope. One such field where the aesthetic sense of a doctor works is cosmetic surgery. This is one of the leading fields in medical sciences and has changed lives of patients who have suffered scars or gruesome injury marks due to accidents or in burning cases. But more than that, cosmetic surgery has also proved a boon in many leading facial procedures too and Dr. Christian Drehsen has given it a modernized form.

Cosmetic Surgery – Changing lives of people

Everyone craves for their natural youthful look as they head towards the extreme of adulthood and most of the women for gaining back their natural looks get back to get the cosmetic surgery done. It is one of the modern concepts which has changed the lives of many patients not only the females but males are also using it to get best body results. Dr. Christian Drehsen has performed many modernized surgeries related to facial, breast, body procedures or even related to male body. He is an expert in facial uplift and has got expertise in various fields through which he has

Brain damage seen in potent-marijuana smokers

People who smoke high-potency pot show signs of damage in a key part of their brain. The results of the new study, however, are limited. The brain scanning study was small. And it doesn’t show that marijuana caused the brain abnormality — only that the two go hand-in-hand.

But the finding suggests that potency matters, says Tiago Reis Marques. This coauthor of the study is a psychiatrist at King’s College London, in England. His team published its findings online November 27 in Psychological Medicine.

Just as vodka packs more of a punch than beer, a high-potency toke of cannabis — the name for the marijuana plant — delivers much more of the brain-active substance THC. That’s an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol (TEH-trah-hy-drow-ka-NAB-ih-nol). It’s possible, Reis Marques says, that a bigger dose of THC simply may have stronger effects on the brain.

That’s important because as breeders have been improving their marijuana plants, THC levels have soared. Samples sold in Colorado, for instance, now have about three times as much THC as plants grown 30 years ago, a recent survey found.

The new study asked 43 healthy people

Get the Best Medical Treatment for Your Illness

Are you suffering from a certain kind of illness? Do you want to cure your illness? I believe that everyone will completely say that they want to get the good condition for their own health. When we are healthy, we can do any kinds of things that we want to do easily. Besides, the body will be in the good condition too when we try to maintain our own health.

If you are suffering from a certain kind of illness, why do not you try to choose an alternative healing treatment for your own health? You can try to choose Fort Lauderdale Florida Medical Marijuana. This is such a recommended alternative medical treatment that you can choose if you are living in Florida. They use the marijuana for the curing treatment. Never mind, since Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors has their authority for curing the patients by using the marijuana. They have the authority and license for using the marijuana to heal the sickness. In the other words, the doctors here have what called as Florida Medical Marijuana Cards. If you are interested, try to contact them for getting the further information

A Hospital That Saves Lives…And Trees

An open invitation to the villages calling all loggers for hire for construction on ASRI’s new Community Hospital Training Center (CHTC) is taking sustainable construction to the next level.

Well before ASRI broke ground on the CHTC, the staff had made sure to include a clause stating they will hire 40% of local labor during the duration of construction. The labor was defined as low-skill labor to people without construction training for work under the supervision and direction of the CHTC contractor. The jobs include excavation, block laying, and construction of temporary form work to support concrete.

ASRI has been committed to saving the rain forest by offering more options for illegal loggers to be trained in alternative livelihoods for the last 8 years. A common refrain heard from illegal loggers is, “We are ready to stop logging – but we still have to feed our families. Can you offer us other work?”

So when ASRI’s Hospital Construction Manager Edy Cahyadi was practicing “radical listening” with ASRI’s conservation team to learn how the hospital’s construction could support conservation – the team replied, “Please hire loggers.”

The construction team listened. They offered an open invitation

Choosing a Drug Treatment Program

Many people are under the misperception that drug abuse and addiction are problems that they are somehow exempt from or immune to. However, the reality is that anyone, no matter who they are or what their station in life, can develop an addiction to drugs. Oftentimes, a person only realizes this when they (or someone they love) come to the realization that they have addiction to drugs. Once this realization is made, the next step will be to choose a drug treatment program to help them overcome their addiction. There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a drug treatment program. Get to know some of these important factors so that you can better choose your drug addiction counseling and treatment program here in Lynnwood, Washington and get yourself into treatment as soon as possible.


Be Sure They Are Licensed And Accredited

Perhaps the most basic factor to consider when choosing a drug treatment program is whether or not the program is licensed and accredited to provide you with drug addiction treatment services. Accreditation is a state-level determination that indicates whether or not a company meets the state’s standards of care and health

UK gov’t to invest nearly £1bn in mental health services

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the government is to spend nearly £1 billion on improving mental health services across the country. 

More than £400 million is being set aside to help secure round-the-clock treatment for mental health patients in the community, “as a safe and effective alternative to hospital”.

Crisis resolution and home treatment teams have already been rolled throughout England as part of a transformation of the community mental healthcare system, but the extra funds will ensure “more complete coverage around the country,” according to the Department of Health.

Elsewhere, a cash injection of £247 million over the next five years will ensure that mental health services are available in every emergency department and that they are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in at least half of England’s acute hospitals by 2020.

The move should not only boost the care of patients with mental illness in A&E, but also generate important savings for hospitals through

How to Eat a Healthy Diet

If you are what you eat, it follows that you want to stick to a healthy diet that’s well balanced. “You want to eat a variety of foods,” says Stephen Bickston, MD, AGAF, professor of internal medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Center in Richmond. “You don’t want to be overly restrictive of any one food group or eat too much of another.”

Healthy Diet: The Building Blocks
The best source of meal planning for most Americans is the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food Pyramid. The pyramid, updated in 2005, suggests that for a healthy diet each day you should eat:

  • 6 to 8 servings of grains. These include bread, cereal, rice, and pasta, and at least 3 servings should be from whole grains. A serving of bread is one slice while a serving of cereal is 1/2 (cooked) to 1 cup (ready-to-eat). A serving of rice or pasta is 1/2 cup cooked (1 ounce dry). Save fat-laden baked goods such as croissants, muffins, and donuts for an occasional treat.
  • 2 to 4 servings of fruits and 4 to 6 servings of vegetables. Most

How to Choose the Best Doctor for an Assured Medical Treatment?

Over the last few decades, the medical profession has been alluded to multiple polysyllabic names that don’t restrict them to any particular profession, and there are sufficient reasons for this. There’s no doubt that the doctors do work hard, but when compared to what the country doctors did in the past, it’s almost nothing. Although previously there were multiple chores that the doctors did, it was somewhat easy for them to survive, since there wasn’t much competition in the market. But with the medical studies getting within the reach, more and more of students have come up to be the doctors and serve the nation.

With the 21st century slowly progressing, it has also become affordable for the general mass to go through the medical curriculum and that brings in more and more of competition for one in the market. Anyone who delivers anything short of the best, gets to lose his/her market, and with the intrusion of Internet in everyone’s home, finding the best doctor in town has got really easy. While choosing a doctor, make sure you go through the following three considerations for choosing the right doctor.

Convenience! Yes that’s the key word that the famous doctor Christen

Campus Researchers Try New Ways to Close a Gap in Mental-Health Care

As college campuses grapple with mental-health issues, researchers are trying new ways to bring treatment to students from ethnic-minority backgrounds, who experts say often don’t get the care they need and are more likely to have negative consequences due to their illness. Even highly educated minority students tend to seek care for mental-health issues less frequently than whites.

Academic researchers and foundations such as the Steve Fund are trying to improve the quality of mental-health care for ethnic-minority populations and their engagement with it. They want to bring treatment to the patient rather than waiting for a person to come to a traditional health setting, and they are using technology as an alternative to face-to-face treatment.

The vast majority of people with a diagnosable mental-health disorder don’t seek help, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Members of ethnic-minority groups, such as African-Americans, and immigrant populations are even less likely than whites to get care, especially high-quality services, experts say.
Dr. Margarita Alegria, chief of the disparities research unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where interventions and studies aim to help ethnic-minority patients feel more supported by clinicians and improve communication. ENLARGE
Dr. Margarita Alegria, chief of the disparities research unit

Letter from the Founder Has It Really Been 10 Years

Wow! It’s been ten years since Health In Harmony started. I still find that very hard to believe. Ten years ago in February, Cam Webb (currently ASRI’s Conservation Advisor) and I were in Aceh helping after the tsunami and we were horrified to see not only the trauma, but how few of the non-profits were listening to communities.

I came back and called a good friend, Julia Riseman, in despair, “How could I ever work for any of these organizations? Not only do they not listen to the communities, but none of them see that human health and environmental health are totally intertwined. They just do one or the other.”

And Julia, said, “Kinari, we are going to start our own and it will be founded on the principle that the best solutions will always come from the communities that are experiencing a problem.”

Thank goodness I listened to her and thank goodness people came out of the woodwork to support us with time, money, great ideas, and love. Thank you all! Together we have seen a remarkable ten years and I am so grateful to all the people who have come together all over the planet to make it possible.

Today I spoke

Choosing the Right Short-Term Rehab Facility for Seniors

Short-term rehabilitation facilities exist to help seniors overcome medical setbacks in a safe, professional and caring environment.  Senior rehabilitation centers are not the nursing homes of past eras. Modern facilities provide intensive focus on healing and therapy that allows seniors to maximize their abilities after treatment. Finding the right one for your elder’s needs should include a number of different aspects of care:

Medical Care

Ensuring that patients have appropriate medical care during the rehabilitation period is critical to their recovery. Generally, seniors enter short-term rehab facilities after surgery for period of weeks or months. A rehab facility should provide the necessary level of medical care for seniors’ needs. This may include wound care, IV therapy, injected medications and other necessary procedures.

Physical Therapy

In many cases, the senior may be in the rehabilitation facility as a result of a problem that affects their mobility or daily physical function. The facility should be able to provide regular physical therapy on the premises to allow these patients to receive the appropriate follow-up care they need for full recovery.

Recreational Therapy

A good short-term facility will also provide a variety of recreational activities to

Global Health Forecast For 2016: Which Diseases Will Rise … Or Fall?

No one predicted the Ebola epidemic before it burst forth in 2014 and continued to claim lives throughout 2015. And so, as 2016 begins, readers might well wonder what biological culprits — parasites, bacteria and viruses — are lurking out there, ready to unleash another outbreak of something terrible on an unsuspecting world.

We put the question to four infectious disease experts: What are your best educated guesses about the big global health stories in 2016?

Before making any predictions, Dr. Dyann Wirth, chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, wanted to take an optimistic look back. Three researchers shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in discovering treatments for malaria, river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. “We’re at a very interesting time in global health,” says Wirth. “That these diseases were recognized by the

A Health In Harmony Volunteer Goes to COP21

Over 40,000 civil society observers, government delegation members, heads of state (from over 190 countries), lawyers, negotiators, policymakers, healthcare professionals, scientists, students (the list goes on…) gathered in Paris the last two weeks to come to a global agreement about where we stand, where we are headed, and more specifically, what needs to be done about rapid climate change and its impact on people and planet. That’s no small order.

This was my second time attending the UN Climate Negotiations. I have had the opportunity to work with both civil society organizations (last year at COP20 in Lima, Peru) and government delegations (this year, with the country of Seychelles and other small island developing states). On this global, UN level, I work to advocate for a fair, equitable, and legally binding global agreement, especially in terms of gender justice and human and indigenous rights.

This year, with better planning and more time, I was also able to incorporate the work that I like to be involved with on-the-ground – tropical forests and health care. After spending my summer in Sukadana, I wanted to understand how a program like ASRI fits into the global climate agenda.

How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

When Jack O’Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.

“This will fix me,” O’Connor thought as he went to boot camp. “It better fix me or I’m screwed.”

After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, O’Connor completed basic training, but he started using again immediately.

“Same thing,” he says. “Percocet, like, off the street. Pills.”

Percocet is the brand name for acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is a powerful opioid. It’s one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers, and is a key factor in one of the country’s most pressing public health problems — an opioid addiction epidemic. It is a crisis that started, in part, from the overprescription of painkillers like Percocet, and then shifted to heroin as people addicted to prescription drugs looked for a cheaper high.

O’Connor is one of an estimated 2.5 million Americans addicted to opioids and heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Over three years, he detoxed from prescription painkillers — and heroin — more than 20 times. Each time, he started using again.