Category: Health / Science

Do spicy foods cause ulcers?

Years ago it was accepted as fact that spicy foods were the culprits behind many peptic ulcers. Doctors’ advice was to avoid curries, salsas, hot peppers, and anything else that “burned,” the theory being that...

5 common tongue problems

Your tongue helps you taste, chew, swallow, talk, and sometimes even show affection or annoyance. It’s made largely of muscle and extends farther back than you may realize. Helping it perform its jobs are...

Honeybees and hexagons

Honeybees are some of nature’s finest mathematicians. Not only can they calculate angles and comprehend the roundness of the earth, these smart insects build and live in one of the most mathematically efficient architectural...

The 3 different ways mammals give birth

All mammals share certain characteristics, like warm blood and backbones. But despite their similarities, these creatures also have many biological differences — and one of the most remarkable differences is how they give birth....

What causes kidney stones?

The biggest kidney stone on record weighed more than a kilogram and was 17 centimeters in diameter. The patient didn’t actually swallow a stone the size of a coconut; kidney stones form inside the...

Can garcinia help you lose weight?

If only weight loss were as easy as popping a dietary supplement that’s natural and safe. Garcinia cambogia has long been touted as that panacea. This tropical fruit, grown in Africa and Asia, contains...

How to increase testosterone naturally

All about testosterone If you had asked a doctor 10 years ago about bumping testosterone into the high-normal range to enhance one’s physique, chances are slim you would have gotten a positive response. “Testosterone...

Pink noise for sleep

Q: I’ve heard that “pink noise” is more effective than white noise for sleep. Is that true? A: They both may help, but it’s not clear whether one type is more effective than the...

How a wound heals itself

Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, with a surface area of about 2 squaremeter in adults. When we are cut or wounded, our skin begins to repair itself through a complex,...