What are Tonsils? Tonsils are collections of lymphoid tissue in the oral cavity. There is a tonsil on each side at the back of the mouth, they are usually visible with the uvula hanging down between them. Being lymphoid tissue they play a role in immune function. There is however a lot of other lymphoid tissue in the head and neck so the immune system does not rely entirely on
A lot of people play doctor when it comes to relatively minor ailments, for example, when chilly and damp weather brings on a cold or the flu. Instead of consulting a medical specialist, they simply reach into their medicine cabinets for a remedy – and its associated risks and side effects. In a recent survey, one in four respondents in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg alone, with a population of
When fitness trackers alone fail to get families moving enough, turning step counts into a competition might help people get more exercise, a small experiment suggests. Researchers gave fitness trackers to 200 adults and asked them to set daily step-count goals to increase their activity levels. All had at least one other family member participating in the experiment, and half of the families were randomly chosen for a team competition
Oolong tea could be used to treat a number of health conditions, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It’s rich in antioxidants, and contains vital vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C, E and K, it’s been reported. It also contains polyphenol chemicals, which contribute to the tea’s anticancer properties, the researchers said. It’s these properties that is making oolong tea more popular around the world, they added.
A new “cancer pen” promises to help surgeons immediately detect and completely remove cancerous tumor tissue, without having to send samples off to a lab for testing while the patient languishes on the table. The MasSpec Pen is a hand-held device that allows doctors to test in real-time whether tissue is cancerous or not, delivering results in about 10 seconds, researchers report. The pen will make it easier to surgically
Our hearing plays an important role in how we interact with the wordls around us. It facilitates the forming of relationships amd opens up a wealth of sensory experiences. Hearing loss is often gradual and subtle, hense usually ignored. Often, it can only be detected through carefully performed hearing tests. Some of these situations will be familiar to a person who is having difficulty hearing : 1) Other people seem