I hope you learn as much from reading these health articles as I did writing them!



Medicine

8 Filipino Women Slaying It in Science
The world is abuzz over Dr. Katie Bouman, the woman behind the black hole photo. Dr. Bouman’s achievement broke out a spotlight like a supernova on women in science. They exist – and some brilliant minds are at work right here at home! Here are 8 Filipina scientists who are slaying it today.
All Your Questions on Fibromyalgia Answered
The more you know about fibromyalgia, the more empowered you are to make decisions about your health. You’ll be better equipped to handle your symptoms so you can do the things important to you and raise quality of life.

Debugging Superbugs: New Treatments Found for Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
Superbugs that don’t respond to treatment is a life-threatening problem worldwide today. But as determined as bacteria are for their species to survive, so are us humans! Here are some new treatments found for antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Get Your Balance Back: 5 Tips to Restore Equilibrium
While vertigo in itself is not a life-threatening condition, the disorientation puts the person at risk for falls and injury. The discomfort can also significantly impair quality of life. Here are some things you can do at home to ease your vertigo and restore equilibrium.
One Step Closer to Cracking the Mystery of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFS is poorly understood by the medical community, to the point that it’s sometimes invalidated altogether by some health care providers. However, researchers at Griffith University’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases have uncovered new information about the cause and pathophysiology of CFS. With this discovery, new hope for a treatment and better quality of life for people with CFS has been kindled.

Too Much of a Good Thing: Why You Shouldn’t Drink Too Much Water
So, can you drink too much water? The short answer is yes, and this phenomenon is called water intoxication. When you drink too much water, the increase in body fluids causes an imbalance in your electrolyte levels inside the body, specifically sodium. This can have dangerous consequences.




Mental Health

3 Things That Prove the Link Between Gut Bacteria and Mental Health Exists
Galen, an immensely popular 2nd century Greek physician, noted the coincidence of mental disturbances with gut problems like constipation and indigestion. These days, we know the body functions using so much more than three bodily fluids, but the association between gut health and mental state has only become stronger.

8 Things We Really Should Stop Making Jokes About
The thing about jokes about other people is that they are always made at the expense of other people. And no matter how lightly you intended it, there is nothing harmless about insulting someone for a laugh and enabling anyone who’s watching to do the same.
How to Manage and Support a Loved One With Tocophobia
Tocophobia is a mental condition; it has nothing to do with the mother’s physical body, so dismissing her fears because she’s young, healthy, and able isn’t going to make them go away. The first step to supporting a mother with tocophobia is accepting the experience is real and valid.

Pack Your Bags: Travel is Great For You (Here’s Why)
Putting physical distance between you and your stressors allows the brain to sort the problem out in the back of your mind as you focus on other things – namely the relaxing scenery and exciting activities that claim your attention when you travel.




Nutrition

Is Cheese as Addictive as Drugs? Casein point!
You might assume that it’s just because cheese really is that good, but studies show that there’s more to it than that – our bodies are wired to crave cheese to the point of addiction! Casomorphins in cheese bind to the opiate receptors and release a pleasure hormone called dopamine. That rush of feel-good hormones is what keeps you coming back for cheese and other milk products.





Fitness

Lacking Sleep? Here’s What Happens to Your Body, One Sleepless Night at a Time
Studies have compared the state of the body going 24 hours without sleep to having a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent – you can already be considered more than legally intoxicated. So if you’ve ever been so drunk you can’t walk in a straight line, going a full 24 hours without sleep will leave you in a similar predicament.