Schizophrenia: Misconceptions, Facts and Information

Mental disorders are often portrayed in a bad light in media,1 resulting in negative stereotypes that have long been ingrained in American culture. However, just like physical ailments, mental disorders are an illness, and those who suffer from them need help and support. There’s a large lack of understanding and education on how to

Light and the circadian rhythm: The key to a good night’s sleep?

Image copyright Getty Images The cycle of sleep and wakefulness is one of the key human behaviours. We spend about a third of our lives asleep and cannot survive without it. When asleep, our brain memorises and processes information. Our body clears toxins and repairs itself, allowing us to function properly when awake. Even short-term

Markus Birdman talks about his stroke in his comedy routine

When comedian Markus Birdman woke up unable to see properly, he initially thought he had a hangover. But it turned out he had had a minor stroke, at the age of 40. His experience became the basis of an Edinburgh festival stand-up routine and he now works raising awareness about the effects of strokes. Recent

How to Stimulate Vagus Nerve Function

On the podcast, I’ve discussed how the vagus nerve plays a part in nervous system health and can help with sensory disorders. If you aren’t familiar with the vagus nerve and what it does in the body, you’re not alone! More and more evidence in recent years is helping us understand this lesser-known bodily system

What does the menopause do to the body?

Image copyright Getty Images The menopause is when women’s periods stop and they can no longer become pregnant naturally. The menopause is a natural part of ageing which normally happens between the ages of 45 and 55, but can also be brought on by surgery to remove the ovaries or the womb (hysterectomy). In the

Mental health: The radio station helping its listeners

Adam Turner is a presenter at Radio Respect, a station run by volunteers who all have mental health problems. The hip-hop artist from Portsmouth also makes his own music about anxiety and depression. He takes calls and messages from listeners who he says he’s helped out of “very dark places”. The station, based in Bognor

For Women With HIV, Life Can Hurt Fight for Health

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Day-to-day struggles prevent many American women with HIV from taking medicines to suppress the AIDS-causing virus, a new study shows. “Survival is a priority over putting a pill in your mouth for a number of our participants, and that is the public health challenge we must address,”

E-Cig Makers’ Free Stuff Leads More Teens to Vape

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Coupons, samples, branded hats and T-shirts: When teens use or wear promotional items from companies that make alternative tobacco products like electronic cigarettes, they are more likely to try those products, new research shows. The study included 757 California teens, aged 13 to 19, who were followed

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