The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines and our daily lives for most of this year. Medical News Today have covered this fast-moving, complex story with live updates on the latest news, interviews with experts, and an ongoing investigation into the deep racial disparities that COVID-19 has helped unmask.
However, this has not stopped us from publishing hundreds of fascinating stories on a myriad of other topics.
This week, our Medical Myths series marked World Alzheimers Day by challenging 11 misconceptions people may have about dementia. We also reported on a long-term study that supports the use of testosterone therapy to reduce obesity in people who might otherwise undergo bariatric surgery.
As part of a series of articles on health issues in the 2020 presidential election, we published a story on how voting and wider participation in politics may bring mental health benefits. Look out for more articles on health and the election in the coming weeks.
We round off this weeks selection with a collection of healthful recipes for weight loss, an inspiring personal story from a sickle cell anemia survivor, and our pick of the best aromatherapy candles to relieve stress safely and fragrantly.
Below are 10 recent stories that people may have missed amid all the COVID-19 fervor.
The latest installment in our Medical Myths series tackles 11 myths about dementia. Tim Newman, MNTs Senior News Editor, wrote this article to mark World Alzheimers Day on September 21.
The feature answers several crucial questions: Are Alzheimers disease and dementia the same thing? Is dementia an inevitable part of the aging process? Does dementia only affect older adults? And do vitamins and supplements have any role to play in preventing it?
Learn more here.
Our most popular news article this week reported on an 11-year study into the effects of testosterone on men with obesity who had clinically low levels of the hormone.
The results were striking, with males who received testosterone losing an average of 23 kilograms (kg), equivalent to 20% of their body weight. Those who did not receive treatment gained an average of 6 kg.
Those receiving treatment were also free of major cardiovascular events and type 2 diabetes, while 28% of those who did not receive testosterone therapy had a heart attack, and 20% developed diabetes.
Learn more here.
In a recent Recovery Room, we featured Medical News Todays investigation into how health influences voting behavior. This week, we look at how voting and civic engagement may benefit mental health and overall well-being.
Both articles are part of Medical News Todays ongoing coverage in the weeks leading up to the presidential vote, including the latest Letter from the Editor on the role that health will play in the 2020 election.
Learn more here.
Our readers spent an average of nearly 6 minutes each reading this article on a new technique for preventing motion sickness. Its an unpleasant condition with symptoms that include nausea and vomiting, while people may also experience sweating, dizziness, hyperventilation, headaches, restlessness, and drowsiness.
Motion sickness can occur in cars, buses, trains, airplanes, boats, and theme park rides. It can also develop while using virtual reality headsets.
Now, a new study suggests that 14 days of simple, pen-and-paper visuospatial training may help reduce motion sickness, broadening transport options in people who would otherwise suffer from it.
Learn more here.
What role does social context play in influencing peoples ability to process language? This was the question researchers in Spain set out to investigate in a recent study, covered in MNT this week.
The research finds that our brains behave differently when we read alone compared with when we read in company. The presence of another may boost creativity, but there are other, more systematic tasks where reading alone may be beneficial.
Learn more here.
A recent study in mice adds to evidence suggesting that, aside from attacking pathogens, the immune system might influence mood and anxiety. One of the immune signaling molecules, or cytokines, that mediates these links is called interleukin-17a (IL-17a).
In the study, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville found that IL-17a causes anxiety-like behavior in mice. The team now plans to investigate whether too much or too little IL-17a could affect anxiety in people.
Learn more here.
Last month, MNT launched a collection of articles on the science of sleep that covered topics such as dreaming, sleep disorders, and how to get a good nights rest.
This week, we reported on a new study investigating how getting enough shut-eye helps people maintain emotional equilibrium and allows them to enjoy the good things in life.
When people experience something positive, such as getting a hug or spending time in nature, they typically feel happier that day. But we found that when a person sleeps less than their usual amount, they dont have as much of a boost in positive emotions from their positive events, says lead author Nancy Sin.
Learn more here.
As well as reporting on the latest medical and science news, and how health intersects with politics and inequality, MNTs editors also produce articles that help with the everyday practice of healthful living.
This new feature presents healthful eating tips and recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to help people kickstart their weight loss journey. We also look at the basic principles of weight loss and how the microbiome plays an important role.
Learn more here.
Through my eyes is a regular MNT feature where we invite contributions from people who have had personal experience with a health condition. Recent articles have shared the stories of those who have survived COVID-19, encephalitis, and misdiagnosed endometriosis.
This week, our contributor is Vanetta Morrison. Vanetta was born with a chronic illness and given a short life expectancy. Now, she helps people live their best lives from the inside out, and this is her story.
Learn more here.
Mind, body, and nose MNT have every aspect of your health and mental well-being covered this week, with this assessment of aromatherapy candles.
Aromatherapy candles contain essential oils, some of which may relieve stress. We look at the potential benefits, safety, and risks of using these products in your home.
Learn more here.
We hope these provide a taste of the stories we cover at MNT. We will be back with a new selection next week.
We publish hundreds of news stories and features every month. Here are some upcoming articles that may pique our readers interest:
- Wellness Wednesday with a sneak peek of Fall-Tastic Showdown - ABC 4 - October 22nd, 2020
- High Testosterone in Premenopausal Women Linked to NASH - Hep Treatment News - October 18th, 2020
- Muscle loss can cause a range of health problems as we age but it can be prevented - The Conversation UK - October 18th, 2020
- Managing the menopause: symptoms, treatments and advice from the experts - harpersbazaar.com - October 18th, 2020
- Help Pennington with soldiers' study (lots of exercise, little sleep and food) and pocket $7,500 - The Advocate - October 13th, 2020
- The Hidden Reason Why You Can't Lose Weight, from an Expert - The Beet - October 13th, 2020
- Testosterone and weight loss: the evidence - October 3rd, 2020
- 5 Celebrities Who Got Really Sick After Going on an All-Meat Diet - One Green Planet - September 20th, 2020
- Low testosterone: 12 signs and symptoms - September 16th, 2020
- The keto weight loss diet could help boost sperm count and quality, according to 2 case reports - Insider - INSIDER - September 11th, 2020
- Missed or irregular periods? Here's how to manage PCOS during the pandemic - PINKVILLA - September 11th, 2020
- The One Thing That's Giving Your Competitor The Edge - SwimSwam - September 10th, 2020
- Best Home Remedies For PCOS: Five Kitchen Ingredients to Help Combat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - India.com - September 8th, 2020
- Whats Really The Best Way To Maintain A Healthy Weight Over 50? - British Vogue - September 6th, 2020
- Bradykinin Hypothesis of COVID-19 Offers Hope for Already-Approved Drugs - BioSpace - September 6th, 2020
- 16 benefits of working out in the morning - Yahoo Lifestyle UK - September 6th, 2020
- COVID-19 treatment and diagnosis research started in unlikely places. As it should have. - NBC News - September 6th, 2020
- 3 Benefits of Testosterone - IMC Grupo - August 15th, 2020
- How long does it take to build muscle? - CNET - August 13th, 2020
- Investigation and management of erythrocytosis - CMAJ - August 12th, 2020
- Maybe its low testosterone? - The Durango Herald - July 30th, 2020
- Prorganiq: A Cure from the Nature - Zee News - July 30th, 2020
- Benefits Of Avocado: Avocado will add energy to the physique of males, this fashion must be consumed - Pledge Times - July 24th, 2020
- Kenergy Scientific, Inc. Announces That It Has Acquired MedSmart Group, Inc. - Yahoo Finance - July 7th, 2020
- How to Fight PCOS with Diet and Nutrition - Scientific American - June 30th, 2020
- Can you still get pregnant if you have PCOS? - The Standard - June 30th, 2020
- Hair loss treatment: Applying this seed-based oil to your scalp may promote hair growth - Express - June 30th, 2020
- No fountain of youth: Just because theres a way to boost testosterone doesnt mean you should, experts warn - Steuben Courier - June 23rd, 2020
- Superstar steroid may fight COVID, but has nothing to do with muscles - The Province - June 23rd, 2020
- No fountain of youth: Just because theres a way to boost testosterone doesnt mean you should, experts warn - Jackson County Newspapers - June 19th, 2020
- The Ultimate Guide to CBD And Seniors for Weight Loss - Creative Loafing Tampa - June 16th, 2020
- The Coming Out of a Transgender Scientist - The MIT Press Reader - June 15th, 2020
- Ashwagandha: 8 Reasons To Include It In Your Diet - NDTV Doctor - June 13th, 2020
- Identical twins compared vegan diet with meat-eating and exercise - Insider - INSIDER - June 8th, 2020
- The weird character change that still bothers NCIS fans - Looper - May 31st, 2020
- Does PCOS affect your ability to conceive? - The Indian Express - May 26th, 2020
- Welcome to the table - The Tech - May 22nd, 2020
- Why do women gain weight during menopause? - The Conversation AU - May 6th, 2020
- Tips for men to boost their fertility naturally - Telangana Today - May 4th, 2020
- John Tesh Is Staying Healthy With Exercise and Diet Post-Cancer - Closer Weekly - May 4th, 2020
- Weight Loss Review - A Review of the Acai Berry and Steph Curry's Weight Loss Product - Coin Digital Standard - April 24th, 2020
- Given Alex Rodriguez's history with doping scandals, should he be allowed to own New York Mets? - MEAWW - April 24th, 2020
- Hormonal Imbalance: The Growing Concern Amongst Teenagers - India.com - March 31st, 2020
- What Are the Differences in Addiction Between Men and Women? - South Florida Caribbean News - March 28th, 2020
- ACR Recommendations for Managing Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases - Rheumatology Advisor - March 26th, 2020
- How long can you go without food? Survival, effects, and more - Medical News Today - March 23rd, 2020
- A Former Editor of 'Cosmopolitan' On Her Secret to (Almost) Infinite Energy - The Advocate - March 23rd, 2020
- Middle-aged women are turning to bodybuilding and they've got the edge on their younger rivals - ABC News - March 23rd, 2020
- Coconut Oil and Testosterone: Is There a Connection? - Healthline - March 9th, 2020
- Hair loss treatment: The essential oil proven to help hair growth with less scalp itching - Express - March 9th, 2020
- In-Vitro Fertilization Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Instrument, By Procedure Type, By End Use, By Region And Segment Forecasts,... - March 6th, 2020
- Everything you need to know about losing your hair as you get older - goodhousekeeping.com - March 6th, 2020
- How high testosterone levels have different health outcomes for men and women - Health24 - March 1st, 2020
- The 10 tips to keep your penis healthy from more sex to exercising it - The Sun - March 1st, 2020
- Doc, why does my brother keep having convulsions? - nation.co.ke - February 26th, 2020
- Mo Farah, Alberto Salazar and L-carnitine Q&A: everything we know - Telegraph.co.uk - February 25th, 2020
- Eggs for Breakfast: Why It Is Important to Eat This Protein-Rich Food in the Morning Meal for Weight Loss - LatestLY - February 25th, 2020
- This Is What Eating a Dozen Eggs a Day Does to Your Body - msnNOW - February 24th, 2020
- Here's What Eating 12 Eggs a Day Did to This Guy's Body - menshealth.com - February 24th, 2020
- What is PCOS? Symptoms and treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome - Insider - INSIDER - February 24th, 2020
- Sasapost (Egypt): you go to gym? These supplements are not as important and useful as you think - The KXAN 36 News - February 24th, 2020
- What is prostate cancer? Signs and symptoms of Bill Turnbulls condition - The Sun - February 24th, 2020
- Cut Mass, Not Muscle: The Basics of a Cutting Diet - Greatist - February 10th, 2020
- What I learned talking to 120 women about their sex lives and desires - The Guardian - February 10th, 2020
- Wh(e)y Protein? - The Indian Express - February 4th, 2020
- PERFECT HAIR-OLOGY - The News International - February 4th, 2020
- Is weight loss possible with PCOS? Foods to avoid and proven to help - Insider - INSIDER - February 4th, 2020
- After the Game Is Over - Harvard Medical School - February 2nd, 2020
- David Freeze: Robin and Isaac, on the way to better health - Salisbury Post - Salisbury Post - February 1st, 2020
- Bodybuilder dies of liver damage due to excessive intake of steroids, was preparing for competition in T - Mumbai Mirror - February 1st, 2020
- 11 ways hormonal imbalances affect your health - The Standard - February 1st, 2020
- Can Testosterone Help You Lose Weight? - Men's Journal - January 20th, 2020
- Testosterone deficiency in men with Type 2 diabetes: pathophysiology and treatment. - UroToday - January 20th, 2020
- What women should know about their reproductive system as they age - ABC News - January 20th, 2020
- In case you are shedding your sexual want, it can be as a result of those causes - Health Writeups - January 20th, 2020
- 7 Things That Happen to Our Skin, Bodies and Hair During Menopause - NewBeauty Magazine - January 15th, 2020
- Fasting and Breakfast - Is Eating in the Morning Good - Men's Health - January 15th, 2020
- How your height can predict your risk of cancer and heart disease - The Irish News - January 10th, 2020
- The best workout to do depending on what time of day it is - cosmopolitan.com - January 10th, 2020
- 9 Exercise Myths That Have Been Debunked by Science - Interesting Engineering - January 9th, 2020