A new study shows that just looking at a sick person can actually boost your immune system. Researchers in Canada found participants had a stronger immune reaction to photos of people blowing their noses and sneezing than they did to photos of people with guns:
"It seems like it's probably good for the immune system to be responding especially aggressively at times when it looks like you are likely to be coming into contact with something that might make you sick," study author Mark Schaller said in a news release.
The findings appear online April 26 in the journal Psychological Science.
If you're hoping to shed a few pounds, it's time to feel the "burn." Scientists have found that the heat generated by chili peppers can increase your consumption of calories and "oxidise" layers of fat. This pushes the body to use more fat as fuel and increases metabolism:
The heat of pepper evolved to put animals off eating them, but humans have come to like them and they have been a staple of many diets around the world for thousands of years.
Scientists — intrigued by the ability of the fruit to make you sweat — now believe they can help as part of a diet.
Fatigue, mood swings, hot flushes: Doctors are now saying the male menopause is not a myth! Experts believe men can experience a decline in hormones in their middle and later years. It's called testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS):
TDS is caused either when the testicles, which produce testosterone, do not function normally or when the body's overall hormone production is out of balance. Testosterone is not only vital to a man's potency and sex drive, but is also important for maintaining muscle strength, healthy bones, positive mood and energy levels.
Too little can lead to weight gain, loss of facial and body hair, and joint pain. Low testosterone also causes hot flushes, but doctors are unsure why.