This Week In Health News
Every Wednesday, The S-Life Mag will make sure you’re in the know about the latest scientific studies and current events pertaining to health, wellness, nutrition and more. This is the stuff you need to know for your body, mind and soul!
- An increasing number of women are giving birth by cesarean section, whether because of medical reasons or personal choice, and there are numerous implications: longer recovery times, compromised infant microbiomes and, according to new research, human evolution. That’s right: Experts say the uptick in births by c-section may be contributing to evolutionary changes, specifically a gradual reduction in pelvis width.
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- We’ll admit that we’re a little bit obsessed with the microbiome, but it’s with good reason: those trillions of bacteria living inside you are incredibly powerful. The latest discovery in microbiome research finds a link between gut bacteria and the onset of Parkinson’s disease, a development that could lead to new treatments that target the belly instead of the brain.
- You might want to rethink your standing bikini wax appointment. People who groom their hair down there might be at greater risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections.
- The FDA has given the go-ahead for trials of MDMA as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, which means PTSD sufferers may be able to get a prescription for ecstasy in as few as five years.
- On a related note, psilocybin, a hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms (but not, it should be noted, in our Magic Mushroom dressing) has been found to be effective at reducing anxiety and depression in cancer patients.
- Tossing and turning all night long? First, don’t get behind the wheel—a study found you’re significantly more likely to have a car accident when you’re sleep deprived. Second, get yourself some Sakara Sleep Tea and say goodnight to counting sheep for good.
- We’re all for occasional indulgences, but here’s a reminder that cigarettes really shouldn’t be one of them: A study found even social smokers face a greater risk of early death than non-smokers.
- Nuts earn superfood status for their impressive nutrient content: We’re talking omegas, vitamins, minerals and plant-based protein. And according to new research, a handful of nuts per day might very well keep the doctor away. A study found people who ate 20g of nuts daily (any variety!) were less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness and premature death from any cause.