Month: August 2019

What is Ajovy? Ajovy is a brand-name prescription medication that’s used to prevent migraine headaches in adults. It comes as a prefilled syringe. You can self-inject Ajovy, or receive Ajovy injections from a healthcare provider in your doctor’s office. Ajovy can be injected monthly or quarterly (once every three months). Ajovy contains the drug fremanezumab,
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What is Aimovig? Aimovig is a brand-name prescription medication that’s used to prevent migraine headaches in adults. It comes in a prefilled autoinjector pen. You use the autoinjector to give yourself an injection at home once per month. Aimovig can be prescribed in one of two doses: 70 mg per month or 140 mg per
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What is Jardiance? Jardiance is a brand-name prescription medication that’s prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes. It’s used to: improve blood sugar levels, in combination with improved diet and exercise reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in people with heart disease in addition to type 2 diabetes Jardiance contains the drug empagliflozin. It belongs
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A recent study investigated the effects of alternate day fasting, finding that participants had reduced total caloric intake and improved markers of cardiovascular health. A recent clinical trial demonstrated that alternate day fasting for a period of four weeks was able to improve markers of overall health, including markers of cardiovascular health, reduced fat mass,
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What is Lantus? Lantus is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s used to improve blood sugar levels in: Lantus contains the drug insulin glargine, which is a long-acting insulin. Lantus is given as an injection just under your skin (subcutaneous injection). The drug comes in the form of a solution (liquid mixture). The solution is in
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FDA warning: Risk of suicidal thoughts in children This medication has a boxed warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the strongest warning that the FDA requires. A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Trintellix can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in
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The ketogenic diet is a popular diet for weight loss and general health. Some supplements can improve the effectiveness of the diet, while others prevent nutrient deficiencies or ease the side effects. The ketogenic diet, which people commonly call the keto diet, focuses on high fat foods and includes few to no carbohydrates. This approach
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Fish oil is available as a supplement that manufacturers produce from fish. However, the benefits of fish oil are not always clear, and it may have unexpected side effects. Certain fish and the oil from them contain healthful fats that health experts recommend people regularly consume in their diets. The omega-3 fatty acids from fatty
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Gluten is not necessarily harmful to people with diabetes, and most people will not need to follow a gluten free diet. However, a gluten free diet may provide benefits for some people with diabetes. While gluten is not harmful, many foods that contain gluten can raise a person’s blood sugar levels. In addition, there are
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Constipation is a relatively common complaint among people living with diabetes. Diabetes can cause constipation either directly or indirectly. Diabetes can lead to persistently high blood sugar levels, which may cause nerve damage that can result in constipation. In some cases, a person’s diet or medication may also cause constipation. The symptoms of constipation can
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Diabetes and stress appear to be linked in several important ways. Namely, stress can both contribute to and be a consequence of diabetes. For example, a person may feel that their stress levels rise when having to plan meals and measure their blood sugar, especially in the early stages of a diabetes diagnosis. However, stress
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Glycosuria is a condition in which a person’s urine contains more sugar, or glucose, than it should. It typically occurs due to high blood sugar levels or kidney damage. Glycosuria is a common symptom of both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Renal glycosuria occurs when a person’s kidneys are damaged. It is a
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Recently, researchers investigated a new reliable multiple platforms’ method that helps to diagnose Lyme disease at an early stage. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial pathogen Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. Due to climate changes and warmer winters, ticks are becoming active earlier in the season
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Millions of people around the world experience symptoms of anxiety in social situations. In this Spotlight feature, we offer some tips and tricks on how to cope with social anxiety to make your life easier and more fulfilling. In this Spotlight feature, we offer some top tips on how to beat social anxiety. The Anxiety
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The runup to the 2020 Democratic primaries is in full swing as the candidates argue over the best way to approach policy. One of the biggest policy divides: the role of private health insurance. Many countries provide government funded universal health care while offering secondary private insurance. One country that’s frequently overlooked: Australia. Watch the
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Scientists have trained an artificial intelligence tool to predict sex and estimate age from electrocardiogram readouts. They suggest that, with further development, the tool could soon be helping doctors to assess the overall health of their patients. One day, an AI-enhanced ECG could estimate a person’s overall health. An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG
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For Altria and Philip Morris International, breakin’ up may have been too hard to do. A decade after going their separate ways, the two tobacco giants announced this week they are considering a merger. The potential merger would end years of speculation on whether the companies would eventually reunite. Marlboro-maker Altria spun off PMI in
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A recent study suggests increased rates of depression, cannabis, and alcohol abuse among former smokers. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was conducted in the year 2018-2019 and is the first national U.S. study to focus on the occurrence of depression and substance abuse over time among ex-smokers. At present, the
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Researchers used a modified CRISPR gene editing technique to target the fat cells of obese, diabetic mice. After 6 weeks, the animals had lost weight, and markers of type 2 diabetes had improved. Should we look to gene editing to manage obesity and diabetes? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, more than
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Some people may worry that supplements containing large amounts of vitamin B-12 could be harmful. However, although some supplements — such as vitamin A or D — can be harmful if a person takes them in excess, vitamin B-12 seems safe in large doses. Vitamin B-12 is vital for human life due to its role
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Diabetes can cause joint pain in various ways, including by damaging the joints or nerves. It also has links with two types of arthritis. Over time, uncontrolled diabetes can affect the muscles and skeleton, leading to joint pain, nerve damage, and other symptoms. Also, according to the Arthritis Foundation, people with diabetes are almost twice
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Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, is moving deeper into the primary care and mental health market, opening a new clinic called Walmart Health in Georgia. The company recently updated its website with a link to Walmart Health, describing its “newest location in Dallas, GA.” It also went online with the site “Walmarthealth.com,” where patients can
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Foot injuries can lead to infections that are painful and make the foot difficult to walk on. There are several types of foot injury that can lead to an infection, including cuts and blisters. Feet are vulnerable to infections, as wearing socks and shoes can create a moist environment for bacteria and fungi to grow
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Diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are common medical conditions. The two are linked, and problems with insulin can characterize both conditions. Approximately 1 in 10 females of childbearing age have PCOS, and around 9.4% of people in the United States have diabetes. People with PCOS are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Keep
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Researchers examine if there is an association between antibiotics and colon cancer. They looked into specific colon regions. The use of antibiotics continues to rise every year, recently estimated at 70 billion individual antibiotic prescriptions in 2010.  While sometimes necessary in treating bacterial infections, antibiotics have been associated with a negative impact on gut health.
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