Consumer Smartphone Apps Not Accurate for Melanoma Detection

Several popular smartphone apps designed to evaluate photographs of skin lesions and provide feedback to non-clinician users about the likelihood of malignancy are not accurate, according to a Jan. 16 article in JAMA Dermatology.

A study found the performance of these apps in assessing melanoma risk to be “highly variable,” Continue reading

Boost Low White Blood Cell Count and Immune Function Naturally

Low white blood cell counts are indicative of a suppressed immune system and can have many causes. Emotional state and stress, an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and nutritional intake can all cause lower immune system response and low white blood cell counts. Low immunity can also be caused by a number of health conditions, by surgical or medical treatments and by the natural aging process. Whatever the cause, Continue reading

Green Tea, Red Wine Stop Alzheimer’s in its Tracks

Chemicals naturally occurring in green tea and red wine can actually put a stop to the process that leads to brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Leeds and published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

“This is an important step in increasing our understanding of Continue reading

Do You Know About the “Love Hormone?”

If the table’s all set for your Valentine’s Day dinner, then you’ve prescribed yourself one of the best treatments to help reduce your stress and even improve your physical health: love.

Oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone,” is a neuropeptide that is released by the pituitary gland. Continue reading

What You See in the Toilet Can Give You Valuable Insights into Your Health

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  • What’s normal and what’s not when you look into the toilet after using it? You can learn a great deal about your overall health by taking a look at your stool and noting its color, size, shape, consistency, odor and other features
  • Your toileting habits, such as your frequency of elimination and the ease with which you move your bowels, can provide additional clues to your health status
  • If you know what to look for, you may be able to detect health problems early enough to stop them in their tracks, including serious diseases like celiac disease, Continue reading