In oil-rich Azerbaijan people bathe in crude oil believing it improves their health.
Because of the high proportion of 100-year-olds, Ikaria Island off the coast of Greece is called “the island where people forget to die”.
Men are more likely to be overweight than women, but women are more likely to be severely obese than men.
Various studies have shown that coffee prevents cancer, causes cancer, makes you live longer, makes you die younger and reduces your risk of diabetes.
When the number of chlamydia cases in young Swedish people doubled in one year, it was decided that condom ambulances would be on standby three days a week, waiting for calls from those caught in a promising situation, but without protection.
Back in 1911, Imogene Rechtin led a campaign against kissing, as leader of the World’s Health Organization (which, to clarify, had nothing to do with the UN’s World Health Organization, founded in 1948). Her followers wore buttons that read, “Kiss Not.” One newspaper at the time remarked, “Judging by the facial features of the presidentess of the cult appearing in the public prints, she is immune without wearing the button.”
Cytokines, proteins that cause inflammation and tell the body to go into “sickness mode” increase in number during depressive episodes. Researchers are beginning to investigate the link between depression and inflammation/allergic reactions in the body.
Eating instant noodles two or more times a week has been associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, which raises a person’s likelihood of developing heart disease
After an 8-week course in mindfulness meditation, the amygdala, associated with fear and emotion, shrinks, while the pre-frontal cortex, associated with awareness, concentration and decision-making, becomes thicker.
Residents of the city of Glasgow in Scotland have a disproportionately low life expectancy and no one’s sure why.