RateMDs Health Blog https://www.ratemds.com/blog Doctors You Can Trust Thu, 28 May 2015 15:26:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Your Fear of Spiders Could Be Keeping You Healthy https://www.ratemds.com/blog/your-fear-of-spiders-could-be-keeping-you-healthy/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/your-fear-of-spiders-could-be-keeping-you-healthy/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 15:26:21 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=9297

Suffering from a fear of creepy crawlies doesn’t seem like a positive thing, but it could be helping protect you from getting sick, new research suggests.

A person’s behaviors can be linked to their immune system and help fight off illness, according to a study by researchers at British Columbia University.

Recoiling from a fear, such as spiders, is associated with a mechanism called the ‘behavioural immune system.’ This system is stimulated when it senses unwelcome objects through sight, sound, touch and smell, which causes the body to react and avoid contact with them before they reach our bodies.

According to the researchers the behavioral immune system works alongside the body’s infection-fighting immune system to fight off illness and disease. The researchers found that even looking at images of infectious diseases caused an increase in immune system function.

So next time you jump a foot in the air trying to avoid an unwelcome arachnid visitor you’re actually kick-starting a process that helps protect your body and amps up your infection-fighting function.

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What is Your Daily Caffeine Quota? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/what-is-your-daily-caffeine-quota/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/what-is-your-daily-caffeine-quota/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 20:13:36 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=9249

Hold the espresso! For some, a bit of caffeine in the morning is a must to begin the day, but just how many lattes or shots of espresso are okay for your health?

Well, depending on how much of a caffeine lover you are this could be good or bad news for you.  Apparently, it is okay to have up to five shots of espresso a day, according to research by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA.)

In their research they concluded that drinking up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day doesn’t contribute to health risks.  Since a shot of espresso contains around 80 milligrams of caffeine, well, you do the math.

While it’s important to keep an eye on just how much caffeine you consume, there have been previous study’s that outline the health benefits of having caffeine in your diet such as reducing risk of heart disease and even reducing the risk of skin cancer.

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What Your Social Media Status Says About You https://www.ratemds.com/blog/what-your-social-media-status-says-about-you/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/what-your-social-media-status-says-about-you/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:59 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=9209

Whether its summer vacations, a vintage-inspired brunch snap or an engagement announcement, your social media feeds say a lot more about you than you might think, new research suggests.

Certain types of status updates and posts on social media can be linked to different personality traits, according to a study by researchers published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

For the study, researchers assessed data collected from over 500 Facebook users who were asked questions regarding how they use the site, including status updates and their reasons for posting them.

They also looked at data involving the personality traits that the participants had, including the ‘Big Five’ traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) as well as narcissism and self-esteem.

They found that people who had low levels of self-esteem were prone to posting about their romantic lives more often. They also found that those who identified as extroverted were more likely to share overall, especially when it comes to social interactions. Participants deemed narcissists posted the most about their own personal achievements.

So before you hit that ‘post’ button be aware of what you might be saying about your personality in the subtext.




Sources: Personality and Individual Differences
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So this is Why Airplane Food Tastes Bad https://www.ratemds.com/blog/so-this-is-why-airplane-food-tastes-bad/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/so-this-is-why-airplane-food-tastes-bad/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 20:19:09 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=9186

Taking to the skies always means one thing for your appetite – unappealing airplane food.  But the reason why food on an airplane tastes bad is all about sound, new research suggests.

It’s all down to your ears apparently, as the noise inside the plane’s cabin can compromise how certain foods taste, according to a study by researchers at Cornell University.

For the study, researchers tested 48 participants and had them taste test foods that were spiked with the five basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory. They first tested the food in silence and then a second time wearing headphones that played noise mimicking the hum of a plane’s jet engines.

They found that the loud noise had a dulling effect on the sweet taste and intensified the savory taste, but there was no significant effect on the other basic tastes: salty, sour and bitter. This led the researchers to believe that sounds in the environment surrounding a person while they eat can end up altering sensitivity to the food they are eating.

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Is This the Most Depressed Generation? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/is-this-the-most-depressed-generation/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/is-this-the-most-depressed-generation/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 15:28:44 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=9130

Are millennials really the most depressed generation when it comes to work? Apparently so, if new research is it be believed.

In fact, one in five millennials say that they’ve been depressed on the job, according to a recent survey entitled ‘Depression and Work: The Impact of Depression on Different Generations of Employees’ and published by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates.

This was the highest number when compared to other generations including the Baby Boomer generation, with 16 percent saying they were depressed, and the Gen Xers, also with 16 percent.

For the study, millennials were classified as being born between the years 1978 to 1999, baby boomers between 1946 and 1964 and Gen Xers between 1965 and 1977.

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.




Sources: BDA
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Top Wellness Apps to Rest and Re-energize https://www.ratemds.com/blog/top-wellness-apps-to-rest-and-re-energize/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/top-wellness-apps-to-rest-and-re-energize/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 20:29:51 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=9065

Whether you’re someone who is constantly on the go or just need a few minutes to relax and re-group, these apps are like having a wellness coach in your pocket.  From sleep aids to meditation sessions, and even an app that helps you book and organize your wellness calendar – here are a few of our picks for apps to keep you calm, cool and connected.


Relax Melodies

The popular sleep aid app Relax Melodies fills your ears with sleep zen sounds as well as white noise, which can be used for meditation, yoga and even baby relaxation. The free app includes 50 relaxing ambient sounds using binaural & isochronic frequencies with titles such as ‘Birds’ and ‘Winds.’


The Calm app helps you to relax, meditate and focus using meditation sessions that range from 2 to 30 minutes, including a variety nature scenes and background sounds to choose from.  There are 50 guided meditations that can help with focus, creativity, energy, confidence, sleep and more.


Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned meditator, the Omvana app acts as a personal guide for your meditation and mindfulness needs. Included are meditations ranging between 3 to 60 minutes with insight from meditation experts from across the globe.  The app is meant to help with everything from stress and sleep to focus, as well as spiritual growth.

MindBody Connect

The Mind Body Connect app helps to connect you to wellness businesses, from fitness and yoga through to salons and spas, by allowing you to search, book and review all from your phone. You can sign up and pay for appointments/classes and even sync the events to your personal calendar.

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The Positive Side of Commuting https://www.ratemds.com/blog/the-positive-side-of-commuting/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/the-positive-side-of-commuting/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 15:41:42 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=9033

If you dread that daily commute every day, this could be some good news to help you get through it.

People who commute have extra time to themselves that can help them be creative and explore their thoughts in a positive way, according to a study by researchers supported by the Australian Research Council and Australian National University.

As part of the CommutingLife project, researchers aimed to find out how people feel during their commutes.  They surveyed both commuters as well as experts including transportation advocates and traffic reporters.

They found that while commuting is stressful for people, more and more are using the time to “transition between work and home,” with many catching up on their own thoughts or chatting with friends on the phone, or even using a meditation app to help them relax.

So whether you’re snailing along on a rush hour train or catching the bus, the time between work and home is, in fact, time that’s all yours when you think about it.

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What You Need To Know About Bug Bites https://www.ratemds.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-bug-bites/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-bug-bites/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 18:37:41 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=8954

Whether it’s a sneaky mosquito or a swarm of midges, bug bite season is officially upon us.  Knowing how to identify and treat different bug bites and stings can be a big task, but this video made by the American Academy of Dermatology might help:

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People with This Habit Are More Prone Not to Vote https://www.ratemds.com/blog/people-with-this-habit-are-more-prone-not-to-vote/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/people-with-this-habit-are-more-prone-not-to-vote/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:18:05 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=8921

While people have many reasons for not voting, having this particular habit could mean that you’re more prone not to vote, new research suggests.

People who are smokers are much less likely to vote compared to non-smokers, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre and published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

The researchers considered data from a telephone survey that reached 11,626 participants including questions on their smoking behaviors as well as whether they had recently voted in an election.

They found that people who smoke are 60 percent less likely to vote than those who do not smoke (17 percent of the respondents were smokers.)

The study is the first to link behavioral health-risks to electoral participation which researchers noting that a possibility for why smokers may not vote could be due to them viewing “political institutions as oppressors, given widespread enactment of tobacco taxes and clean indoor air laws.”




Sources: NTR
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Being Adventurous Could Be In Your Genes https://www.ratemds.com/blog/being-adventurous-could-be-in-your-genes/ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/being-adventurous-could-be-in-your-genes/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:17:50 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=8857

If you’re constantly dreaming of far off places and hitting the road for world exploration, it could have something to do with your genetic makeup.  This video by DNews looks into the enigma of wanderlust and whether the need to travel is in our DNA.

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