What part of the body has the highest number of fungi living on it? It’s your feet! According to new research from the National Human Genome Research Institute, while only about half of the 200 or so fungi on your feet are harmful, those that are could cause serious infections.
A report from the Harvard Medical School warns that the lights that brighten smartphones, laptops, tablets and other electronic devices may be preventing you from getting a proper night's sleep. The artificial light used in these devices throws off the body's natural rhythm and can affect chemicals in the brain.
Heartburn can be putting you at risk for more than just discomfort. A recent study at Brown University found that frequent heartburn increases the risk of throat and vocal cord cancers by as much as 78 percent. The researchers also found that antacids can reduce the risk by 41 percent, and that they can be more effective than prescription medications.
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You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, ‘See if you can blow this out.
Calcium has long been hailed as a way for aging women to keep their bones strong, but according to new research from McGill University in Montreal, daily supplements of the mineral could help women live longer. The study found that taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women lower their mortality risk.
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Dental health takes a big leap forward when a Connecticut dentist named Washington Sheffield comes up with the idea of putting toothpaste in a collapsible metal tube. While daily tooth brushing was not common—particularly in the U.S.—those who did often shared a jar of toothpaste into which family members all dipped their brushes. Sheffield had always thought this was both wasteful and unhygienic and had followed up on a suggestion from his son, who, while studying in Paris, had watched artists squeezing paint from tubes.