Meditation Affects Brain after Weeks: Improves Stress Response, Increases Empathy

Dedicated meditation affects the brain and emotional response even after we’ve finished meditating, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. “This is the first time that meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state,” says Gaelle Desbordes.

Forget Natural Alternatives, Scientists Now Using Illegal Meth to Treat Flu

Scientists based out of Taiwan have conducted research on the effects of methamphetamine on the flu and are now reporting that it does indeed exhibit flu-fighting properties

New Study: Feel-Good Hormone Dopamine may Boost Memory

A dose of good feelings—or just dopamine—does the memory good, according to a new German study. A team led by neuroscientist Emrah Düzel from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) gave subjects either a precursor of dopamine or a placebo Memory improved in the dopamine group by 20 percent.

Simple Steps to Kick the Sugar Habit – Fast!

Until recently, sugar addiction was considered a willpower issue, but we know that it goes deeper than that. Here are simple steps to kick the sugar habit.

Washington County Bans Growing of GMOs

The concerned citizens of San Juan County were able to pass what is known as Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, which actually bans the growth of genetically modified organisms within the county.

The Deodorant that You Eat – Yum!

That’s right, we now have deodorant that you can eat – Deo Perfume Candy. According to the company, eating their candy—which contains rose oils and an antioxidant called geraniol—guarantees a fresh scent oozing from your pores for the next six hours.

Beans Consumption Helps Reduce Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk

Eating a cup of legumes a day can lower blood pressure in individuals with Type 2 diabetes, thereby reducing their risk of heart disease, according to new research published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. All participants showed improved levels of blood fat, blood glucose, and hemoglobin A1C levels. Those who ate legumes, however, also experienced healthier levels of blood pressure.

7 Ways for Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure is hardly a condition to be brushed off so easily. It puts about 68 million adults at risk of stroke, heart disease, premature brain aging, and more. Luckily, there are numerous ways for lowering blood pressure naturally; that’s right, without any questionable pharmaceutical drugs.

Citrus Fruit and Green Tea Combination Amplifies Cancer Protection, Study Finds

A study carried out in Japan has once again shown the cancer-fighting properties of citrus fruit. The study found that those who were eating the fruit had significantly lower risk of getting a number of cancers, but this was also true of green tea consumers. Interestingly and more importantly, daily citrus consumption provided significant protection when combined with green tea consumption.

Health Benefits of Pumpkins – Weight Loss, Healthy Vision, and More

It’s November, which means pumpkin-flavored everything. That may not be a bad thing, though, since pumpkins are full of beneficial nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, and B, as well as zinc, potassium, and more – making for numerous health benefits of pumpkins. Harness these nutrients with a bit (or two) of pumpkin pie, pastries, soups, or snacks and know that you’re doing good by your body.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Millions with No Risk Assessment

In case you didn’t know, genetically modified mosquitoes have been unleashed numerous times on planet Earth. Thus far, millions mosquitoes were released in various locations; Cayman Islands, Malaysia, and Brazil. Now, the GM mosquito creator Oxitec may release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fields of crops, including olives, citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes, and cotton.

Breaking the Habit: Quit Smoking Tips that Go Beyond the Patch, Pill, or Phone Support

While the physical addiction to nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes can explain much of addiction, there is also another issue at play. Smokers create a variety of habits or rituals that surround and support their smoking addiction. In addition to the addictive nature of cigarettes, these behaviors become part of the smoker’s life and become very difficult to change.

Anti-Stroke Diet: 5 Foods to Lower Stroke Risk

Like heart disease, strokes are largely preventable through proper diet, exercise, and a generally healthy lifestyle. Specifically, there are some foods that may encourage general vascular health and help reduce the risk of a stroke. Here are 5 foods to include in your anti-stroke diet.

Big Pharma Testing Oxycontin on Children as Young as 6 to Keep Patent

You’ve likely heard of OxyContin; it’s that heavy duty narcotic painkiller, the one that has spurred the prescription drug addiction problem to new heights over the past several years. Well, the maker of this wonder-drug, responsible for countless overdose deaths, is so concerned with their patent running out, that they’ve decided to test the drug on children as young as six years old.

7UP being Sued for Antioxidant Claims

Misinformation aggravates us all, and unfortunately the food industry is rife with it. One Californian man, however, is holding a soda manufacturer legally culpable for false claims about its supposedly antioxidant sodas, including diet Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant, and Pomegranate Antioxidant 7UP flavors.

MRSA Found in Water Treatment Plant, Posing Threat to those Exposed

University of Maryland researchers found antibiotic-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at two water treatment plants in the Midwest and two more in the mid-Atlantic area. This brings into question the health and safety of the facilities’ workers as well as individuals exposed to wastewater.

Too Funny to Laugh? Pepsi’s New ‘Weight Loss’ Soda

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a healthy soda that would keep your body from absorbing the fat in a deliciously oil-drenched dinner? Pepsi and Suntory, the sole bottler and distributor of Pepsi goods in Japan, have collaborated to bring just that—a “healthy soda”—to the island country beginning November 13th of this year.