health

Five surprising ways the clocks changing can effect your health

A good night’s sleep is exactly what the doctor ordered. It helps to form new pathways in the brain so we can retain more information, it’s essential for physical repair and healing, and it makes us feel more productive. There is no greater feeling than waking up refreshed, arms stretched, in silk pyjamas, like a perfectly poised coffee advert. And yet, twice a year, every year, we’re jerked out of our

Type 2 diabetes: Value of home blood sugar monitoring unclear

It’s a central tenet of diabetes treatment: monitor the blood sugar closely, then adjust your diet, exercise, and medications to keep it in a good range. And that makes sense. Poorly controlled blood sugar is a major risk factor for diabetic complications, including kidney disease, vision loss, and nerve damage. While efforts to carefully monitor and control the blood sugar in diabetes are worthwhile, “tight control” is not always helpful

What can your period tell you about the state of your health?

Bodyform has broken convention: the feminine hygiene brand’s latest sanitary towel advert is the first to use red liquid. The fact that showing liquid that looks like blood to denote real blood counts as taboo-breaking is as ridiculous as the blue liquid inflicted on our fragile sensibilities for years. As Bodyform’s slogan declares: “Periods are normal. Showing them should be too.” This is about more than advertising. Making periods visible

The best shoes for healthy feet

Wearing a pair of ill-fitting shoes can make walking across the room uncomfortable. Mayo Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Dr Glenn Shi says shoes that are too tight, too small or don’t give enough support can cause pain and other issues. Poorly fitting footwear can cause foot pain, injuries, and even deformities. “Oftentimes, people wear shoes that are not fitted for them,” he says. Dr Shi says opting for style over a

5 Precautions to take if you have elderly at home

The elderly are weak and have no less strength even to stand on their own. Therefore they need the full-time assistance of either their loved ones which can be their children, friends or relatives or any caregiver. Having elderly at home brings lots of responsibility on you. To perform their daily tasks, they need help. It is important for them to have a responsible person around them who can take

Treating insomnia can ease depression and paranoia, study finds

LONDON: Treating young people who suffer from insomnia by using online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could reduce debilitating mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, scientists said on Wednesday. In a large trial published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, researchers at Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute also found that successfully treating sleep disruption eased psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and paranoia. “Sleep problems are very common in