A year in review: The most popular medical research of 2016

Written by Tim Newman

Published: Wednesday 14 December 2016
As the curtain call for 2016 approaches, we reflect on the year’s medical advances and clinical research. Here, we will revisit the peer-reviewed studies that have garnered the most fascination and debate on Medical News Today. (more…)

Training the brain to boost self-confidence

Written by Honor Whiteman

Eating well, exercising, and being socially active are some factors that can help raise self-esteem. For some people, however, the road to confidence is much more challenging. Now, researchers suggest it may be possible to train the brain to boost confidence. (more…)

New Image recognised by World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA)

Published: 8 November 2016


Hello New Image Members,

To show how well regarded New Image is in the world of Direct Selling, I have been asked to represent New Image by being invited to join the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations(WFDSA), exclusive CEO Council, which comprises only 20 CEOs. This is a great honour for all New Image Members and staff. (more…)

Humans have reached their lifespan limit, researchers say

By Bianca Britton, CNN, Updated 1351 GMT (2151 HKT) October 6, 2016

Australia – The universal health care system in Australia, combined with Australians’ outdoor lifestyle, help people live longer, according to experts “The outdoor lifestyle and health infrastructure are credited with keeping New Zealanders healthy and living longer. (more…)

Antibiotic history of a hospital bed may increase a patient’s risk of infection

Published October 10, 2016

If the previous occupant of a hospital bed received antibiotics, the next patient who uses that bed may be at higher risk for a severe form of infectious diarrhea, according to a new study. (more…)

Fall Asleep In Under 1 Minute

by Alina Gonzalez

Sleepless and Stressed

After day three of lying awake until the wee hours of the night, a friend told me I needed to try the “4-7-8” breathing trick. (more…)

Thailand confirms Asia’s first babies born with Zika-related microcephaly

By Kocha Olarn and Emiko Jozuka, CNN Updated 0044 GMT (0844 HKT) October 1, 2016

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito is photographed on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) on January 25, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. (more…)

Like Fatty Foods? There’s a Gene for That.

By Christopher Wanjek | October 4, 2016 02:58pm ET

Scientists are narrowing in on why many of us find certain foods so irresistible. In a new study, researchers in the United Kingdom found that people with a particular gene mutation have a much stronger preference for fatty foods than those without the mutation. (more…)

Study finds obese Kiwi kids at risk of diabetes, heart disease

By Martin Johnston NZ Herald 5:00 AM Monday Sep 19, 2016

New Zealand researchers are concerned at the prevalence of major health risks they found in children and adolescents whose are obese.

Forty per cent of obese children and adolescents in a New Zealand study have been found to be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes in future. (more…)

The flu and you: the dramatic hidden picture

NZ Herald 5:00 AM Wednesday Sep 21, 2016

Nearly one-in-five New Zealanders were infected with influenza viruses last year.

More than 840,000 Kiwis caught the flu last year, but three quarters of them would never have known they had contracted the highly contagious virus. (more…)

How eating junk food increases cancer risk

Burger lovers could be at a higher risk of cancer than vegetarians because of the damaging impact junk food has on blood cells, say scientists. (more…)

Warning after topical cream fuels skin infections

Swollen and painful red upper eye lid with onset of stye infection due to clogged oil gland and staphylococcal bacteria.

Researchers are calling on GPs to be more responsible in prescribing a common topical cream containing antibiotics that could have contributed to New Zealand’s soaring rate of staphylococcal skin infections. (more…)

You are what you eat: Nutrition has upper hand

Nutrition, not genetic differences, appear to control the appearance of certain physical traits, a US study indicates.

The work points to nutritional influences on distinct genetic pathways that are causing researchers to revise current views on how new traits and their characteristics have evolved over time. (more…)

Singapore has growing Zika epidemic – A strong warning for Asia

In just one week, Zika cases in Singapore have gone from zero to 258, raising concerns about a potential rapid surge in cases across Asia.

A recent study estimates that roughly 2.6 billion people in the region and Africa could be at risk of contracting the virus, which has been linked to the neurological disorder microcephaly in unborn babies. (more…)

New cancer drug ‘could be a blockbuster’

Cancer is the leading killer of New Zealanders, but there is an enormous effort going on here and overseas to find more effective treatments. Herald health reporter Martin Johnston today begins a two-day series looking at some of the drugs being developed at a world-renowned scientific discovery unit, the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. (more…)

Watch out you winter nasties – flu jab hits town

Winter is nipping at our heels and so too is the dreaded flu season.

Last year, nearly 50,000 New Zealanders went to the doctor with flu and figures from the Shivers Project – a five-year monitoring programme in Auckland – showed three Aucklanders died from the virus.

While this year’s flu season is not expected to get under way until next month, a national immunisation campaign is being launched in Wellington today to reduce its spread. (more…)

Scratch nearly kills Tauranga man

By John Borren

Roger McAlley is recovering well from his four-month hospital stay (below) and was permitted to return home on Friday.

A rose thorn scratch left a fit and healthy Tauranga man with major organ failure and in a four-month battle to save his life.

Tauranga Intermediate School caretaker Roger McAlley has praised family, friends and hospital staff after a successful fight with blood poisoning – caused by the staphylococcus (staph) aureus bacterium – finally saw him return home on Friday.

He shared his story exclusively with the Bay of Plenty Times. (more…)

MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar

By Amanda Froelich

Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and thrive on processed sugar may change that.

Nature Medicine recently confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors. The results were so conclusive, in fact, that future cancer screening may rely on scanning the body for accumulated sugar for signs of the disease. (more…)

Meet the doctor who is convinced he will live to 150

“Medical advancements mean that life expectancy is now far greater than we believe, an ageing expert has claimed”

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 3:47PM BST 25 Apr 2015

An anti-ageing expert is convinced he will live until he is 150 and claims healthy Brits will live far longer than they expect.

Dr Alex Zhavoronkov, director of the UK-based Biogerontology Research Foundation think-tank, argues that medical advancements and the widespread use of antibiotics mean that life expectancy is now much greater than we believe. (more…)

Diesel fumes among biggest cancer risks

From New Zealand Herald

Owners of the country’s 217,000 diesel cars, as well as truck and bus operators, are being urged to ensure regular maintenance after confirmation that their exhausts can cause cancer.

The exhaust from diesel was added to the World Health Organisation’s list of most carcinogenic substances yesterday. It ranks alongside arsenic, asbestos, formaldehyde, mustard gas and plutonium as a major health hazard. (more…)

Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets

By A Paoli A Rubini JS Volek and KA Grimaldi

Very low-carbohydrate diets or ketogenic diets have been in use since the 1920s as a therapy for epilepsy and can, in some cases, completely remove the need for medication. From the 1960s onwards they have become widely known as one of the most common methods for obesity treatment.

Recent work over the last decade or so has provided evidence of the therapeutic potential of ketogenic diets in many pathological conditions, such as diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, acne, neurological diseases, cancer and the amelioration of respiratory and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

The possibility that modifying food intake can be useful for reducing or eliminating pharmaceutical methods of treatment, which are often lifelong with significant side effects, calls for serious investigation.

This review revisits the meaning of physiological ketosis in the light of this evidence and considers possible mechanisms for the therapeutic actions of the ketogenic diet on different diseases. The present review also questions whether there are still some preconceived ideas about ketogenic diets, which may be presenting unnecessary barriers to their use as therapeutic tools in the physician’s hand. (more…)

What’s on your face? Cosmetics uncovered

By Sophie Barclay
10:50AM Wednesday May 21, 2014

Do you know what you are really putting on your face?

Every day women expose themselves to around 168 different chemicals hidden in products like deodorants, shampoos and cosmetics, which are spread with gay abandon over every inch of skin.

These chemicals don’t just stay on our face – the average woman ingests 0.057 mg of lippy daily, around 1.248 kilos of the stuff over sixty years. (more…)

Cancer drug combination ‘shrinks 60% of melanomas’

By James Gallagher – Health editor, BBC News website
1 June 2015
From the section Health

A pair of cancer drugs can shrink tumours in nearly 60% of people with advanced melanoma, a new trial has suggested.

An international trial on 945 patients found treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab stopped the cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases.

UK doctors presented the data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Cancer Research UK said the drugs deliver a “powerful punch” against one of the most aggressive forms of cancer.

Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is the sixth most common cancer in the UK – it kills more than 2,000 people in Britain each year. (more…)

Have we cured cancer?

By James Gallagher – Health editor, BBC News website

You will have been left with that impression if you walked past a newspaper stand this morning. The short answer, if you’re in a hurry, is no.

But something truly exciting is happening – the field of immunotherapy is coming of age. It will not be a universal “cure” but immunotherapy is fast becoming a powerful new weapon alongside chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. (more…)

Are Mental Disorders the Result of Neuroinflammation?

By Case Adams – Naturopath

New research is increasingly finding that not only are many cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia related to inflammation among brain tissues, but classic mental diseases such as schizophrenia and depression may also be connected to brain inflammation.

Recent research from Japan’s Kyushu University Medical School and Saga University have been revealing that many mental disorders are produced by inflammation involving the microglia cells of the brain. (more…)

7 million deaths annually linked to air pollution

In new estimates released, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.


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Retail Profit Goes in Your Pocket

Guest Post by David H. Hooker
In a previous article we talked about “Building Your Dream First”, for without a dream to go after there is generally no point in going on.

Donald Trump once said “It takes the same amount of energy to dream small as it does to dream big, so you might as well dream big.”

We also discussed previously the importance of developing your base of retail customers for that is the only source of guaranteed income that you have with Direct Sales/MLM.

Retail customers are also the best source of leads for more customers as well as potential individuals interested in joining your organisation. (more…)

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