What's Happening Now: This Week's Top Must-Reads In Health + Wellness
Every week, 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!
- Last week, the first baby born using an innovative — and controversial — 3-parent technique made global headlines. The groundbreaking fertility method uses the DNA of three people (two parents and a donor) to create an embryo. In the future, the reproductive procedure could help parents with genes for certain disorders to have healthy babies, but it’s raised ethical concerns.
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Who’s your doctor voting for? While it might seem odd to discuss politics on the examination table, a very timely study finds that physicians’ political views may actually affect the care they give their patients.
- Take rest days…just not too many, or you may fail to reap the brain benefits of exercise.
- ...If you need a little incentive to put your Flyknits back on, some health experts say a chocolate chip cookie is a perfectly appropriate (and effective, even!) pre-workout snack.
- There’s no question that diabetes (and its associated illnesses) is a major health crisis in the U.S.—one in which your diet and lifestyle play a significant role. Yet experts criticize a popular online risk assessment tool for labeling too many people as “high risk” for prediabetes, a precursor to type 2 diabetes and other conditions.
- This year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been granted to Japanese biologist Yoshinori Osumi, whose research examines how cells process waste. His discoveries have implications in the study of neurological and other diseases.
- This is big: Scientists in the UK are close to a cure for HIV.
- A study found that children who see alternative medicine practitioners, such as acupuncturists, are less likely to get an annual flu shot than those who don’t. In related news, the FDA wants parents to know that homeopathic teething tablets and gels are unsafe.
- Got one of those brain training game apps on your phone? While it won’t hurt, it’s unlikely to help much either, according to a new review of existing research.