Lauren Sharkey, Medical News Today

Lauren Sharkey

Medical News Today

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Lauren:

Using the body’s natural cycle to improve shift workers’ health

According to new research, harnessing the power of the sleep-wake cycle may help diminish the disease risks that shift workers face. → Read More

How much food does the average US household waste?

A new study is the first to determine the average household's food waste in the U.S. The findings may also explain why some waste more food than others. → Read More

Alcohol-related death rates are rising in nearly every age group

According to a recent study, the number of people who died from alcohol-related causes in the United States more than doubled between 1999 and 2017. → Read More

It’s 2020 & Sexual Harassment At The Gym Is Still A Major Problem

Only a recent convert to the gym, the issue of sexual harassment in fitness spaces hasn't escaped my attention. I see it almost every time I look around. A personal trainer (PT) approaching young woman after young woman offering advice they don't… → Read More

Why "Blue Monday" Is A More Complicated Concept Than It Might Seem

Blue Monday occurs on the third Monday of January each and every year. Characterised as the most depressing day of the year, it's full of trending hashtags and self-help tips involving watching uplifting films, drinking hot chocolate, and buying a… → Read More

The surprising link between depression and the pursuit of happiness

According to new research, placing too much emphasis on happiness can actually give rise to depressive symptoms, especially in the Western world. → Read More

Marathon running may reverse a risky part of the aging process

The findings of a new study suggest that training for and running a marathon for the first time can 'turn back time' on a person's vascular age. → Read More

Stroke: Smoking both traditional and e-cigarettes may raise risk

A new study suggests young adults who smoke both conventional and e-cigarettes are nearly twice as likely to have a stroke as traditional smokers. → Read More

Only 2 Political Parties Have Pledged To Decriminalise Abortion In England & Wales

Manifestos have been released and election campaigns are well underway. But a closer look at each manifesto has revealed that only two major parties are promising to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales. Although the 1967 Abortion Act permits… → Read More

28 ASMR Triggers for Anxiety Relief, Sleep, and More

If you haven't heard of ASMR, here's what it is — and how it can help you relax. → Read More

Strong link found between chronic headache and back pain

A review of 14 studies found that people with persistent headache or back pain were about twice as likely to also experience the other condition. → Read More

Inside Liam Payne's Trip To New York For The Release Of "Stack It Up" — EXCLUSIVE

Fans have had to wait over a year for Liam Payne's next single drop, but the consensus is that the gap was definitely worth it. "Stack It Up" released on Sep. 18 along with a colourful video shot in a New York arcade. The Ed Sheeran-penned track… → Read More

Do gut bacteria affect bowel cancer development?

A new meta-review of several existing studies has found links between gut microbiome composition and trends in bowel cancer development. → Read More

Does poor oral health impact brain function?

Two new studies suggest that there is an association between stress related tooth problems and cognitive decline among older populations. → Read More

A simple text could help keep diabetes under control

According to new research, receiving motivational texts a few times per week could help people with diabetes manage their condition. → Read More

People with PTSD could benefit from fear reducing medication

According to newly published research, a drug that helps eradicate fear could boost the effectiveness of a common PTSD treatment. → Read More

Blocking key protein could treat chronic pain

New research in mice sheds light on the development of chronic pain, and neuropathic pain, in particular, paving the way for more effective treatments. → Read More

Omega-3 fatty acid medications can boost cardiovascular health

A new review-based advisory has compared the benefits of two prescription omega-3 fatty acid medications for cardiovascular health. → Read More

Alzheimer's in women: Could midlife stress play a role?

New research suggests that experiencing a stressful life event may detrimentally impact older women’s memories and put them at risk of Alzheimer's disease. → Read More

The power of electromagnetic energy on breast cancer cells

Electromagnetic energy could be used to halt the movement of breast cancer cells, reducing metastatic cases. New research explains how. → Read More