Month: February 2019

A series of clinical trials have tested an experimental treatment for Parkinson’s disease that uses a novel approach: administering the drug straight into the brain via implanted ports. The leading researchers believe this may be a “breakthrough” therapeutic strategy for neurological conditions. Newly trialed therapy could launch a fresh chapter in the treatment of Parkinson’s
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A cold, allergies, a sinus infection, and the flu are common causes of sinus congestion. Some essential oils, including eucalyptus and peppermint oils, may help open the airways and ease congestion. Essential oils are a popular natural treatment. People use them to relieve sinus congestion, unblock a stuffed nose, and promote sinus drainage. Eucalyptus and
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The vast majority of people who develop the rare neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have one feature in common: toxic buildup of faulty TDP-43 protein in the affected nerve cells. One recent study tackled the toxic protein deposits that characterize 97 percent of ALS cases. Postmortem evidence suggests that 97 percent of people with amyotrophic
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The Food and Drug Administration will hold its first public hearings on CBD in April as the agency weighs rules allowing companies to add the popular cannabis-based compound to food, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Wednesday. “We’re deeply focused on this. We have taken on other hard challenges before,” Gottlieb told the House Appropriations Committee on
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Some types of cancer, such as ovarian cancer, tend to remain undetected until they are too advanced for treatment to be effective. Now, an innovative tool may be able to detect cancer easily, quickly, and in minuscule amounts of blood. A newly developed, highly sensitive device can detect cancer in very small clinical samples. In
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Generic drugmaker Mylan on Tuesday reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and forecast 2019 earnings well below Wall Street estimates, as it grapples with significant problems at its Morgantown, West Virginia, plant. Mylan said the lower forecast was due to higher projected sales, marketing and research and development costs, and its shares fell about 10 percent. Mylan
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Nosebleeds are common in children but are usually short-lived and rarely a cause for concern. Persistent, recurring, or very heavy bleeding may, however, require medical attention. Doctors refer to nosebleeds as epistaxis. Approximately 60 percent of people will experience a nosebleed at some point during their life. However, nosebleeds occur most commonly in children aged
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Having conducted a new study in mice, researchers now have a much better understanding of how chronic (long-term, sustained) stress can accelerate the growth of cancer stem cells. They may also have found a way to prevent stress from doing its damage. Researchers now know how chronic stress fuels the growth of cancer. Chronic stress,
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Although anecdotal sources and academic studies show that yoga can boost a person’s well-being, some may need to use caution. A new study suggests that certain yoga poses can lead to bone injuries in people with osteoporosis or osteopenia. Do some yoga poses worsen the symptoms of osteoporosis? In the United States, about 24.5 percent
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McDonough, GA, one of those “easy to forget” and “hard to spot on the map” rural towns. It is also the place I called home. Looking back now, I can see how I exhibited all of the behaviors of an addict from an early age. I was the stereotypical “Georgia Peach.” Living away from the
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New evidence supports the current recommendation for people with type 2 diabetes to eat nuts to prevent cardiovascular issues and premature death. People with diabetes may benefit from eating nuts. Nuts are packed full of essential nutrients that could benefit overall health. They contain high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, folate, and
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New research finds that children living in homes with vinyl flooring or sofas that contain flame retardants have traces of potentially harmful toxins in their urine or blood. New research suggests that sofas and vinyl floors, in particular, contain substances that may harm children’s health. An increasing number of studies are shedding light on the
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Aside from their ability to inject deep flavor into almost any meal, onions and garlic might also protect against cancer, according to a recent study. A recent study adds to the evidence that allium vegetables reduce cancer risk. Garlic, onions, leeks, chives, and shallots are classed as allium vegetables. They are grown throughout much of
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A new study has revealed that a diet rich in protein and low in calories can help older adults with obesity lose more weight while maintaining muscle mass and improving bone density. Losing weight as an older adult presents some challenges. Older adults often lose bone density and muscle mass when they concentrate on shedding
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Samsung announced a new line of wearables this week, including a new smartwatch called Galaxy Active. The device claimed to monitor users’ blood pressure, which some suggested would put it ahead of its key rival, Apple, as the first big tech player to make such an important breakthrough. The company said the new feature would
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Masturbation is a healthful and enjoyable activity that has many possible health benefits. Is there any connection between masturbation and depression? Some people believe that masturbation can cause mental health issues, but this is an outdated idea that researchers have long since disproven. On the other hand, having depression can affect how a person feels
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Enlarged adenoids are common in children. The adenoids can become enlarged due to an infection or may be enlarged from birth. The adenoids are glands that sit behind the nose above the roof of the mouth. When they grow large, they can cause snoring and breathing problems. This article will describe the function of the
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Language and communication are as vital as food and water. We communicate to exchange information, build relationships, and create art. In this Spotlight feature, we look at how language manifests in the brain, and how it shapes our daily lives. In this feature, we will take a look at the importance of language to our
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Switching to Juul e-cigarettes reduces smokers’ risk to cigarette toxins at similar levels to quitting entirely, according to results from a clinical trial presented at a conference Saturday. Researchers found switching entirely to Juul reduced smokers’ exposure to biomarkers, or signals of exposure to cigarette smoking, 99.6 percent as much as abstaining entirely from cigarettes.
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A panic attack is a sudden, intense onset of distress or fear. These feelings heighten for around 10 minutes until starting to fade. Panic attacks can occur at any time of the day or night. People may experience a panic attack without warning. Others may have frequent, unexpected attacks. Those who have frequent panic attacks
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Hunger is the body’s way of telling a person that it needs food. After eating enough food, hunger usually temporarily goes away. Sometimes, however, a person may feel as though they are hungry all the time. They may find that they do not feel full after eating, or that the desire to eat continues throughout
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Eggs are a low-carbohydrate food and have a very low glycemic index score. This makes them a good source of protein for people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) state that eggs are a suitable food for people with diabetes. Having a low glycemic index score means that they have less of an effect
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Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious condition. This infection is most common in infants, but people of all ages can contract it. Whooping cough symptoms tend to be less severe in adults than in children. Unvaccinated infants have the highest risk of developing severe symptoms and complications from whooping cough. In this article,
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