Wryneck occurs when the neck muscles twist beyond their usual capacity, causing the head to tilt. The condition is also known as torticollis or loxia. Wryneck may develop over time. It can also occur after an injury to the area, or because of a reaction to medication. A person with wryneck may find it uncomfortable
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Type 2 diabetes causes a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high. Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of this chronic condition can result in a person getting treatment sooner, which reduces the risk of severe complications. Type 2 diabetes is a common condition. A 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and
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According to a team of Swedish-based researchers, breathing through the nose may help memory storage and consolidation. These findings are published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The way we breathe affects our memory in mysterious ways. Recently, neuroscientists have been scrutinizing the link between smell and memory. Some have suggested that a damaged sense of
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A new, large-scale study finds that even extreme levels of fitness increase lifespan — particularly in older people. A new study finds that exercise, even at extreme levels, prolongs life for seniors. Exercise is widely considered to benefit health, but is there such a thing as too much exercise? Some recent studies suggest so. For
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Diet quality can affect many aspects of one’s physical health and psychological well-being. New research investigates whether or not these factors can also affect the effectiveness of treatments for mood disorders — particularly bipolar. How does diet impact response to treatment in bipolar disorder? A new clinical trial takes a closer look. The moods of
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Cromolyn sodium is an over-the-counter medication for treating nasal allergies. It comes as a nasal solution and works best when a person uses it before they come into contact with the substance that triggers their allergy. Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly responds to harmless substances known as allergens. Allergies that affect
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Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the large intestine. The condition is more likely to affect people between 15 and 30 and over 60 years old, but it can develop at any age, including in childhood. Ulcerative colitis causes swelling, bleeding, diarrhea, and other uncomfortable symptoms. There is
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Cardiac tamponade is the accumulation of fluid around the heart muscle, which places excessive pressure on this organ. In people with cardiac tamponade, also known as pericardial tamponade, fluid or blood builds up between the heart and the sac that surrounds the heart. This sac is called the pericardium. The pericardium consists of two thin
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Although scientists are not clear about what causes type 2 diabetes, people can have certain risk factors that include a family history of diabetes, being overweight, and having prediabetes. Fruit does contain sugar but is unlikely to be harmful to health when it is part of a balanced diet. In this article, we look at
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A random glucose test is one way a doctor can measure how much glucose or sugar a person has circulating in their blood. Doctors use the result of random glucose testing to determine if a person may have diabetes. This article will look at what a random glucose test is, why a doctor may recommend
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Lifestyle changes are key in the management of type 2 diabetes. Scientists believe that intermittent fasting could play an essential role. Lately, intermittent fasting has become incredibly popular. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. The condition affects the body’s ability to produce insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. Diabetes is widespread in both
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Short-lived feelings of stress are a regular part of daily life. When these feelings become chronic, or long-lasting, they can severely impact a person’s health. In this article, we look at what chronic stress is, how to identify it, and the medical consequences it can have. We also describe ways to manage stress, including medical
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Stevia is a sugar substitute that is very low in calories. There is growing interest in the use of stevia to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from a shrub native to North and South America. It is an ingredient in many brands of sweetener,
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A recent clinical trial could change the face of therapy for a very aggressive and stubborn form of breast cancer: triple-negative. A combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy boosts survival rates, the scientists found. A new clinical trial confirms that immunotherapy can help prolong the life of people with triple-negative breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is
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A new study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, challenges the current understanding of what causes diabetes. The findings may lead to new therapies. New research finds that the PKCɛ enzyme affects the health of fat cells, shown here. More than two decades ago, researchers suggested that the action of an enzyme called protein kinase
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Many people with diabetes need to take insulin to stay healthy. However, insulin therapy can cause a range of side effects. In this article, we look at what insulin is and who needs to take it. We also cover the side effects, risks, and myths of insulin therapy and provide tips for taking insulin safely.
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