Posts by Sara

Too Much Coffee Can Make You Hear Things That Are Not There

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 in Health & Wellness

THROW BACK THURSDAY……. High coffee intake can cause auditory hallucinations – hearing things that are not there – researchers from La Trobe University, Australia report in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, after measuring the effect of caffeine and stress with 92 non-clinical participants. Even five coffees per day can trigger this type of hallucination, they explained. Professor Simon Crowe, from the School of Psychological Sciences, said: “High caffeine levels in association with high levels of stressful life events interacted to produce...

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Night Owls May Pack on More Pounds

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 in Environment, Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) — Night owls are more likely to gain weight than people who get good sleep because they tend to graze the kitchen for junk food in the wee hours of the morning, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that people who were kept up until 4 a.m. in a sleep lab ate more than 550 additional calories during the late-night hours. “People consumed a substantial amount of calories during those late-night hours when they would normally be in bed,” said study author Andrea Spaeth,...

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Perception of stress on health tied to real heart attack risk

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Disease, Environment, Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

It’s the thought that counts for how much stress harms our health, research suggests. Researchers in the U.K. started following 7,268 civil servants when they were 50 years old and tracked new cases of heart disease for 18 years. “We looked to see what the perceived effect of stress was on the health to the individuals in the study,” said Eric Brunner of the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London. “It seems to be a big risk if you feel your health is being messed up by stress and either you do nothing about it or you simply try to...

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New Study Estimates 7.4 Million Smoking-Related Deaths Prevented By 2050

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in Cancer, Chronic Disease, Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

An estimated 7.4 million smoking-associated deaths will have been averted by 2050 thanks to smoking policies all over the world, according to a study published in the July issue of the World Health Organization’s Bulletin. The study was created to determine the effectiveness of WHO’s anti-smoking measures (which they called MPower) implemented in 41 countries and territories between 2007 and 2010. The MPower measures are: Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies, protect people from tobacco smoke, offer help to quit tobacco use, warn about the dangers of tobacco, enforce bans on tobacco...

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Summer sun safety: Contact lenses with UV protection

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 in Environment, Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

By Amanda Woerner With the official arrival of summer, taking protective measures against the sun’s dangerous rays is essential. While many may think they’re prepared with sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, doctors say there’s another must-have to add to the list: UV-blocking contact lenses. Contact lenses with ultraviolet protection help reduce or eliminate the UV rays that would normally strike the naked eye, according to Dr. Karl Citek, professor of optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry, and member of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (FAAO). While it’s...

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