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Researchers create augmented reality glasses as a new assistive technology for low vision. Retinitis pigmentosa is an eye condition that reduces vision. When severe, the condition can lead to poor peripheral vision resulting in an inability to interpret relative distance. Impaired vision can lower quality of life and cause difficulty in accomplishing daily tasks. In
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A group of scientists published a commentary on previously studied effects of daylight saving time to answer the question, ‘is daylight saving time bad for your health?’ A group of scientists from Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently published a commentary in JAMA Neurology, on the topic of daylight saving time and whether this practice of
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Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Many different factors contribute to this condition, including certain medications. Doctors refer to alopecia that occurs as a side effect of medication as drug-induced alopecia. Drug-induced alopecia can affect any part of the scalp or body. The extent and duration of hair loss depend on the medication
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Researchers recently studied the brain development of young children to determine whether boys are better at mathematics. A persistent question has bothered parents and school teachers alike for many years. Are boys better at math? Even though women make up 50% of the United States population, the number of women studying math in college has
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A recent study evaluated whether women of reproductive age are being exposed to VOCs in feminine hygiene products. What are volatile organic compounds? We are exposed to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every day. They are found in air fresheners, paints, nail polish, deodorants, automotive fuel, mothballs, and other products. VOCs have been associated with both
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Researchers recently evaluated the impact of prenatal exposure to 26 endocrine disruptors on the IQ scores of seven-year-old children. Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and from Sweden and Finland discovered that prenatal exposure to a mixture of suspected endocrine disruptors (EDCs) is associated with a lower IQ in children.  This
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There are several benefits of breastfeeding. To add to the list, scientists have now investigated whether breasfeeding helps to prevent diabetes and hypertension. Breastfeeding has several health benefits for the mother. It helps reset the physiological changes of pregnancy. While pregnancy elevates total body cholesterol and triglyceride levels, breast milk, being rich in cholesterol, mobilizes
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Exercise during cancer can be a tool for treatment, however, there remain barriers and to implementing exercise as a source of treatment into the healthcare system. Exercise is medicine. It is commonly known that exercise is beneficial for those with cardiovascular diseases and also for healthy individuals. For cancer patients, the treatment options including chemotherapy,
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Codeine is a drug that doctors may prescribe for pain, coughing, and sleeplessness. Short term use under the close supervision of a doctor is generally safe. However, codeine can cause addiction. Codeine belongs to a class of drugs called opioids, which are a leading cause of drug addiction and overdose. People who become addicted to
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A recent meta-analysis study examined evidence of the increased health benefits of optimism versus pessimism. In recent years, researchers have amassed much evidence of a relationship between stress and negative health consequences. To date, countless studies have reported disconcerting findings that associate high levels of stress with such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and even
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A recent study published in Nature describes a novel molecular mechanism describing how the gut microbiome influences brain health. Mammalian organisms are endowed with a flourishing community of microorganisms within their gut. The human gut has an average of 30 trillion bacteria living within it. The scientific community refers to this as the microbiome. These
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Researchers recently studied the brain development of infants fed formula with added complex milk fat, or without. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly sixty percent of infants are not exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives. While the WHO and doctors agree that breastfeeding is best, there are often many reasons
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If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Caffeine pills are a popular method for boosting short term energy and focus, often during work or study. But do they work and are they safe? Like drinking a cup of coffee, taking a caffeine pill
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Angiotensin converting enzyme, or “ACE” inhibitors, are a type of medication that doctors prescribe to treat high blood pressure, or “hypertension,” and other cardiovascular conditions. This article outlines the different ACE inhibitors that are available. We also discuss the effectiveness of ACE inhibitors, along with their potential side effects and risks. Share on PinterestA person
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Calcium channel blockers are a type of medication that people take to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. Doctors may prescribe a calcium channel blocker to treat high blood pressure or a variety of heart conditions. Calcium channel blockers are common medications that have a low risk of complications. In this
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Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death globally. The measurement of aortic stiffness in hypertensive patients helps predict the risk of cardiovascular disease for early management. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death globally. People with hypertension are more prone to cardiovascular diseases.  Aortic stiffness is a cause of hypertension and
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Zinc is an important dietary nutrient that plays crucial roles throughout the entire body. Taking in too much zinc can be harmful, however, and it may cause a range of symptoms, including nausea, diarrhea, and headaches. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), an excessive intake of zinc can cause zinc toxicity. This toxicity
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Researchers used induced pluripotent stem cells to determine a genetic cause of sudden infant death syndrome. Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death, usually during a period of sleep, of a seemingly healthy child. It is the leading cause of infant mortality in developed countries. Three main risk factors can
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Japanese researchers evaluated yoghurt & cheese intake and gastroenteritis rates in infants, to investigate whether probiotics prevent gastroenteritis. Over the last decade, there has been a growing understanding of how “good” microbes in the human body, particularly the gut, are important for our health. If the balance of the gut “microbiome” is disturbed, this can
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Serotonin syndrome occurs when a person takes one or more drugs that cause excess levels of serotonin to accumulate in the body. If someone experiencing serotonin syndrome does not receive treatment, the condition can lead to serious and sometimes life threatening complications. Serious complications include: seizures kidney failure respiratory failure loss of muscle tissue In
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