Category Archives: Health & Environment

Understanding the difference in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies.

Ever wondered what Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies mean and how they can be used? Based on the article written by Dr. J.E. Gellis, MD and published in Pain Medicine in 2017. Looking at what has been experimented on and scientifically tested around the world, the author compiled several studies that can provide scientific support to beneficial effects […]

Remember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

Have you got that work/ life balance sorted yet?… What about the sport/ life balance?? Autumn makes me ponder these things as I prepare for a change in the season; I blame it on the subtle crispness in the air and the lovely stillness (apart from the two recent cyclones which caused havoc all around […]

New study raises questions about the birth of new neurons in human adult brain.

A new research published in Nature this month has cast a shadow over a 20-year-old research that showed evidence of neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons) in the adult human hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the human brain that is responsible for processing memory. A second paper published in 2003 by Jonas Frisén and colleagues supported […]

So… fat cells aren’t necessarily bad! Is that it?

According to a research recently published in Developmental Cell, fat cells help with the wound healing process in fruit fly.   When the fly pupae has a wound, immune cells called hemocytes arrive to the site first and fat cells follow. Then, hemocyces are brushed aside by the fat cells, which take over the healing […]

A simple and cheap blood test may determine if you can develop dementia.

Australian and Japanese researchers are on to develop a simple, easy and cheap test that can detect spots of Dementia in the brain. Scientists have been investigating the use of blood tests in the search of a biomarker for dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases for over a decade. However, this may be the first time […]

Happy New Year! by Claire Sykes

I have a very special place, which I can go to, anytime… north western Golden Bay…Here nestled in the beautiful podocarp forest teeming with birds, there sits a little wooden bach with a cosy fire. Staying here provides a very simple lifestyle, as there is no Wi-Fi, limited cell phone reception, gas hot water, rainwater […]

More hope of recovery after a stroke, new studies say.

Victims of cerebral venal thrombosis, or cerebral stroke, require the fastest intervention they can get in order to increase their chances of recovery. Thrombectomy, the surgical removal of a thrombus* from a blood vessel, is the normal procedure that a patient has to undergo within six hours after s/he had a stroke. However, two new studies published […]

NZ Blackcurrant may be beneficial for people who suffer from Type-2 Diabetes, new study says.

A new research done by Dr. Mark Willems, from the University of Chichester, and collaborators has led to the conclusion that regular intake of New Zealand blackcurrant extract can help blood sugar levels to return to normal levels more quickly in type-2 diabetes sufferers. Their conclusion is based on a 7-day trial during which healthy participants […]

Why do we get more forgetful as we age?

A study published by Dr. Helfrich and colleagues suggests that sleep and long-term memory are connected. Our brains don’t rest while we sleep. Instead, the neurons continue working, sending electrical waves to each other. A full night’s rest is, therefore, necessary for the good functioning of the brain waves. When we don’t sleep properly, these brain […]

Weekend…”GODzone” style (by Claire Sykes)

Claire…..”Hey what time do you recon we finish Saturday?” Brent…you mean Sunday?… Claire…”what!…ah Sunday??”…awkward silence…”tell me you’re joking” Brent…nervous laugh… “Umm no…” Claire…”mmm…Crap…” Brent…”come on you’ll be fine! It’ll be of heaps of fun, and… we even gonna have a little bit of sleep!!” This was a conversation a few days before a Godzone style […]

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