Study reveals how diabetes drug promotes healthy aging

Doctors commonly prescribe metformin to help people with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar levels. The drug increases insulin sensitivity through its effects on glucose metabolism. However, although there is clear evidence of metformin’s effectiveness, scientists do not fully understand how it interacts with cells and tissues at the molecular level. Now, a new…

To Boost Mental Health, Spend Time in ‘Blue’ Spaces

Researchers know that spending time in green spaces like parks improves mental health. What about “blue” spaces? Recognizing that integrating nature into cities is an effective public health strategy to improve mental health. Doctors around the world now administer “green prescriptions” — where patients are encouraged to spend time in local nature spaces — based…

Jillian Michaels: 'Obesity is not something that should be glamorized'

The former “Biggest Loser” trainer isn’t holding back. Jilian Michaels is speaking her mind on the touchy subject of health and weight. In a new interview with “Women’s Health U.K.,” the former “Biggest Loser” trainer opens up about why she thinks political correctness is doing more harm than good in the wellness community. “I think…

The Dry January Movement: Is It About Health Or Alcohol?

Experienced independent writer with a background in the wine industry. The approximately seven-year New Year’s Resolution trend that appears to have gained traction, Dry January, is billed as a health trend. In fact, the first line of a recent press release I received was emphatic, “The latest New Year’s trend has nothing to do with…

Depression: 35 extra minutes of exercise daily slashes risk

It is common knowledge that exercise is good for physical health, but a new study shows that it can also help curtail episodes of depression, even in those who have an increased genetic risk. According to the researchers, who are from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the study is the first of its kind….

Mighty Mice Head to Space on Important Health Mission

On Thursday, Dec. 5, researchers from The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), UConn Health, and Connecticut Children’s sent genetically-engineered “Mighty Mice” to the International Space Station to learn about the effect of microgravity on muscle and bone loss. The mice were launched at 12:29 p.m. on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket…

Not just counterfeit: Legal THC vaping products linked to lung illnesses

New evidence shows that legitimate THC vaping products are also making people sick, meaning that illegal, off-brand vapes aren’t the only products to blame for the current outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that at least six patients suspected of having the vaping lung illness purchased THC products at licensed…

Health strike: Hospitals cancel surgery and appointments

The South Eastern Health Trust has said a number of services will be disrupted next week due to ongoing strike action by health workers. On Wednesday, all routine outpatient appointments at the Ulster Hospital have been cancelled apart from Maternity and Children’s Services. On Monday, there will be no catering or transport to and from day…