We tend to associate stress with adult responsibilities, such as work deadlines or raising a family. However, children can feel stressed too, and long-term stress can have negative effects on their health just as it does on that of adults. New research investigates the effect of having a pet on how children experience stress. New … Continue reading Is Your Child Stressed? Get Them A Dog
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) is a shrub that grows up to eight feet tall and has showy flowers and large edible calyces. Flowers, leaves, and seeds of this tropical or subtropical plant have been used in traditional medicine and as a tea, food source, and flavoring. Hibiscus is thought to have been in cultivation for … Continue reading Hibiscus Extracts Contain a Wide Range of Bioactive Compounds and Provide a Myriad of Potential Health Benefits
Hibiscus sabdariffa Family: Malvaceae Introduction Native to parts of North Africa and Southeast Asia, Hibiscus sabdariffa is a shrubby tropical plant that produces light yellow flowers with reddish-purple centers. After the petals drop from the flower, its remaining deep red calyces (the cup-like structures formed by the sepals) grow into seed-containing pods that look like flower … Continue reading Hibiscus
For good reason, there is a great deal of interest in the transmission of diseases from animals to humans. Recently, however, medical researchers have started to ask the opposite question: can we make animals sick? The transmission of diseases from humans to animals is a growing area of concern. Swine and bird flu are two … Continue reading Reverse Zoonosis: Can You Make Your Pet Sick?
Here is some good news for people who may be prone to type II diabetes (also called diabetes mellitus). According to the findings of the latest evaluation, consuming plenty of tea or coffee, even if it is decaffeinated or free from caffeine, is likely to lower the risk of having type II diabetes. Actually, the new … Continue reading Is Coffee, Tea Good For Diabetes?
It's that dreaded time of year - flu season. And we humans aren't the only ones feeling the pain. Dogs can get the flu, too. Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have developed, for the first time, two new vaccines for canine influenza. This research is not only important for … Continue reading Scientists Develop New Flu Vaccines for Man’s Best Friend
Cat scratch fever occurs when a person is bitten, scratched, or licked by a cat infected with the bacteria Bartonella henselae. The infection doesn't usually cause severe complications. However, it's possible that it can in people with weak immune systems. Knowing the causes and symptoms can ensure a person receives swift treatment. Cats can transmit … Continue reading Cat Scratch Fever: Everything You and Your Cat Need to Know
Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the US. You can also catch it from infected people and contaminated surfaces. Now, new research raises the question of whether humans can catch it from dogs. The study raises enough evidence for a further investigation into whether dogs can pass norovirus onto humans. Writing in … Continue reading Could Your Dog Give You Norovirus?
If you made a New Year's resolution to stop smoking and are already struggling to stick to it, a new study may offer a further incentive: quitting the habit can benefit your pet's health as well as your own. Pets in smoking households are at greater risk for weight gain, cell damage, and some cancers, … Continue reading Smoking Is Damaging Your Pet’s Health, Researchers Warn
Aromatherapy can help a person to cope with psychological issues, from depression and anxiety to poor memory. That something as noninvasive as natural fragrances can affect our thoughts is quite exciting. Medical researchers hope someday to treat a number of conditions, including Alzheimer's disease and memory disorders, with fragrance. This idea is not as far … Continue reading Aromatherapy Healing ~ Aromatic Research.