Should You Get The Flu Jab? Why It’s Not Just a ‘Bad Cold’, Who Can Have It and Other Vaccine Myths Debunked

Flu vaccines do a great job of limiting the number of people who end up in hospital with the illness. Last winter, getting vaccinated cut the risk of being hospitalized by 66% in children and 25% in adults over 65. But there are persistent misconceptions about the vaccine that put some people off from getting […]

High Blood Pressure Is the World’s Biggest Killer. Now There’s a Plan to Tackle It

Lucas Ninno/Getty Images Once considered a disease of the affluent, hypertension now affects a third of all adults. The WHO wants nations to get organized to combat it. The World Health Organization (WHO) is taking on the world’s worst killer, laying out its first plan to conquer hypertension—a level of high blood pressure that affects […]

Understanding The Effects of Childhood Trauma

Getty Images Childhood trauma involve aversive, distressing experiences that can affect a child’s ability to function and cope.  Unfortunately, it is all too common. An estimated 46% of children experience trauma at some point in their young lives. While kids are resilient, they’re not made of stone. Adults often say things like, ‘They were so […]

Heat Can Affect Your Brain And Mood Here’s Why

AleksandarGeorgiev/Getty Images If you’re feeling a bit brain-fogged these days, you might not be wrong to blame it on the heat. Several summers back, researchers in Boston studied young adults living in college dorm rooms during a heat wave. Some had central AC and slept at a cool 71 degrees Fahrenheit. Others slept in rooms […]

Sleeping With Any Light Raises Risk of Obesity  Diabetes and More

Even dim light can disrupt sleep, raising the risk of serious health issues in older adults, a new study found. Dogs and cats who share their human’s bed tend to have a “higher trust level and a tighter bond with the humans that are in their lives. It’s a big display of trust on their […]