Most dangerous places to travel in 2023 revealed

Thinking of traveling abroad next year? You might want to steer clear of Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, which rank among the world’s most dangerous destinations for business and pleasure travelers. That’s according to this year’s “Travel Risk Map,” compiled by global security and medical specialists from the risk assessment firm International SOS. The … Read more

‘Green’ Mediterranean diet burns fat even faster: study

Following the “green” Mediterranean diet helps burn fat three times faster than typical healthy eating, a new study shows. Research published in the BMC Medicine journal found that eating a plant-based Mediterranean diet allowed the body to burn a dangerous type of body fat at triple the rate compared to those on a generally “healthy” … Read more

Sleepyheads need these 3 habits to get rid of grogginess: study

Always wake up feeling groggy? There’s a solution to that. Scientists believe they found a foolproof three-step formula to turn sluggishness into a refreshed morning feeling. Although it’s only three factors, some might find it a little difficult, considering it involves exercise and avoiding sugar. Researchers at the University of California believe the key to … Read more

Why eating potatoes could help you ‘lose weight with little effort’: study

Carb lovers rejoice! This delectable starch, long a guilty pleasure, just might be a secret weapon when trying to “lose weight with little effort.” Researchers have discovered the surprising health benefit of potatoes — as it turns out, these spuds are incredibly nutrient-dense and could be a crucial “part of a healthy diet,” according to … Read more

Smoking marijuana more deadly in cigarette smokers: study

Smoking marijuana in combination with cigarettes may do more damage to lungs than cigarettes alone, a new study suggests. A study published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Radiology showed that marijuana use may be linked to an increased risk of emphysema versus smoking only tobacco. The trend is made more worrisome by the fact that … Read more

Scientists may have developed fentanyl vaccine

Scientists believe they’ve developed a vaccine that will block fentanyl from entering the brain and stop users from getting high — a breakthrough being hailed as a “game changer” in the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic. In testing on rats, the vaccine “produced significant amounts” of anti-fentanyl antibodies that clung to the deadly addictive … Read more

How picking your nose could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s

Don’t go digging for gold in your golden years. New research suggests that picking your nose could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Bacteria can travel through the nasal cavity’s olfactory nerve — streamlined through a pick — reach the brain and create markers that are “a tell-tale sign of Alzheimer’s … Read more

Eating dinner at 5 pm may be healthier, study says

The early bird gets the worm. A new study by Harvard Medical School researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that eating earlier in the day might be better for us — and eating all meals within a 10-hour window could also be healthier. The research, published in Cell Metabolism, found that the time … Read more

Vegetarians are twice as likely to be depressed: study

Could a burger a day keep the depression away? A new study published by the Journal of Affective Disorders found that beef was the only food linked to a lower risk of depression. Researchers wanted to look into the association between vegetarianism and depression among adults. They asked 14,216 people in Brazil between the ages … Read more

Obesity should be reclassified as a brain disorder: doctors

A new study has prompted some doctors to reconsider how obesity is classified. Currently, it is treated as a behavioral disease, but doctors are now suggesting that it be considered a brain-development disorder such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (also known as ADHD), autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The study, which was published on Science.org, was … Read more