Month: September 2019

A recent study investigated whether anakinra for rheumatoid arthritis led to a reduction of joint damage and blood glucose levels in patients with both rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease affecting the joints. The disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the joints by mistake and causes
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Some genetic risk factors for high cholesterol may not apply to non-European populations, study finds. Over the last decade, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have evolved into a powerful tool for genetics research. By scanning whole-genome samples, GWAS can detect genetic variations that contribute to human disease susceptibility. GWAS have been used to identify genetic risk
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Today is World Heart Day, join in the movement and make a promise to take better care of your heart! The World Heart Federation is looking to create a community of ‘Heart Heroes’ – those who will take action to make changes that will ensure that they will live heart-healthy lives, by promising the following:
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Researchers in the UK conducted a comparative study on the outcome of surgery & non-surgical treatment for varicose veins. The study (aptly named CLASS – Comparison of Laser, Surgery and Foam Sclerotherapy) was a large, multi-center randomized trial conducted across 11 centers in the UK. It involved two non-surgical treatments, Foam Sclerotherapy and Laser Ablation,
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Although alcohol has been popular for millennia, and dementia is increasingly prevalent, scientists are yet to understand the relationship between the two. A recent study sets out for answers. A new study looks at the relationship between dementia, alcohol, genes, and cognitive impairment. With dementia predicted to affect 13.9 million adults in the United States
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The safety and long term health effects of using electronic cigarettes or other vaping products are still not well known. In September 2019, federal and state health authorities began investigating an outbreak of a severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and other vaping products. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update our content
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Digital pharmacy GoodRx is now helping patients do more than just price shop for prescription drugs, co-founder and co-CEO Doug Hirsch told CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Friday. It’s going directly into the world of medical services by launching GoodRx Care, which allows people to see a board-certified physician for a number of conditions, starting at
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Alprazolam (Xanax) is a useful medication for certain mental health conditions. Xanax starts to work quickly, and it stays in the body long after the effects of one dose have worn off. Doctors often prescribe Xanax for generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. It is one of the most widely used medications for these conditions,
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Several neurological diseases are treated with brain stem cell transplants. The major hurdle for this therapy is the rejection of the foreign cells by the body’s own immune system. Scientists from Johns Hopkins Medicine have developed an innovative method to overcome this rejection, thus avoiding the anti-immunity drugs for effective brain stem cell transplant. Neurological
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Researchers examined different intervention styles on resilience in parents of children with cancer. Parents of children with cancer can go through an abundance of psychological stress. Whether it is financial concerns, understanding their child’s illness, having a hard time caregiving, or overall distress. Psychological interventions aim to help parents deal with these stresses. The intervention
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The company Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is announcing that they are withdrawing more batches of the common hypertension drug Losartan after discovering that they contained unacceptably high levels of a carcinogen in January of this year. The FDA have published an announcement that a drug company is withdrawing several lots of a common hypertension drug. Losartan
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Taurine is an organic compound known as an amino acid. Amino acids are the protein building blocks of the human body. Some experts believe taurine has health benefits, but researchers need to carry out more studies to confirm these claims. Today, manufacturers add taurine to infant formula, nutritional supplements, and energy drinks. Taurine also occurs
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A chemical imbalance in the brain occurs when a person has either too little or too much of certain neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that pass information between nerve cells. Examples of neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. People sometimes call serotonin and dopamine the “happy hormones” because of the roles that they play
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If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Rashes are one of the most common skin problems for adults, children, and babies. Rashes have a variety of causes, including allergies, infections, and certain other diseases. Infectious rashes may be due to bacteria, fungi, or
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Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, share a mechanism of brain cell damage that could offer a new target for treatment, according to new research in human cells and mice. A newly discovered mechanism of brain cell damage could hold the key to treating several neurodegenerative conditions. A recent Nature Neuroscience study describes how
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Emotional freedom technique (EFT), which people often refer to as EFT tapping, is an alternative therapy for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and some other conditions. According to the developer of EFT, Gary Craig, tapping on different parts of the body helps balance energy and reduce physical and emotional pain. People can see an EFT
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