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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Vitamin D is beneficial to health, but guidelines on how much to take are not always clear. Some people will be able to get enough vitamin D from sunlight alone, but others may need to make lifestyle changes or take supplements. In this article, we provide more information about getting vitamin D from sunlight, food, […]

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What is causing this rash on my wrist?

What is causing this rash on my wrist?

Rashes are common ailments with many possible causes. The wrist is a common place for rashes because it the skin is sensitive and exposed to the elements. Rashes on the wrist can occur as a result of infection, genetic factors, or contact with something that causes irritation or an allergic reaction. Rashes can develop on […]

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Brain’s ‘support cells’ play active role in memory and learning

Brain’s ‘support cells’ play active role in memory and learning

New research provides further evidence that glial cells do more than support and nourish neurons, which were traditionally said to be the cells responsible for brain functioning. Astrocytes do more than just support neurons (depicted here). It appears that glial cells called astrocytes — so-called because they are shaped similarly to stars — play an […]

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Catatonic depression: What to know

Catatonic depression: What to know

Depression or major depressive disorder is a medical condition that causes a person to experience a very low mood. Sometimes, depression can be accompanied by catatonia, which is when a person does not respond to the world around them. The word catatonia comes from two Greek terms, kata, which means down, and tonas, which means […]

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Is vitamin D deficiency to blame for lung disease?

Is vitamin D deficiency to blame for lung disease?

As the summer advances, make sure you make the most of the sunny days and boost your vitamin D levels; this nutrient is tied to many important aspects of health. Recent research has now even found a link between low vitamin D levels and interstitial lung disease. People with vithamin D deficiency may be unwittingly […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis: How chronic inflammation affects the brain

Rheumatoid arthritis: How chronic inflammation affects the brain

A recent study demonstrates how the chronic inflammation that characterizes rheumatoid arthritis affects the brain. The results may explain the cognitive symptoms described as “brain fog.” Using MRI (shown here), researchers examined how rheumatoid arthritis inflammation changes the brain. More than 1.3 million people in the United States live with rheumatoid arthritis. This is an […]

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What does it mean if you have shaky hands?

What does it mean if you have shaky hands?

Tremors in the hands can occur without a cause or as a symptom of an underlying condition. Shaky hands is not a life-threatening symptom, but it can have an impact on daily activities. Most people have a slight tremor in the hands, and it may be especially noticeable when holding the hands straight out in […]

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What to know about hypohidrosis

What to know about hypohidrosis

Hypohidrosis is a condition that causes a person to sweat less than usual. Sweating helps the body to cool down, and insufficient sweating can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion. Hypohidrosis is a less severe form of anhidrosis, where a person is entirely unable to sweat. It is also possible for a person […]

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How can I tell if I have low magnesium?

How can I tell if I have low magnesium?

Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, tiredness, and weakness. Although many people are not getting enough magnesium, deficiency is rare, and symptoms usually indicate an underlying health condition. In this article, we look at why people need magnesium, what magnesium deficiency means, and what the main symptoms of […]

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Alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk: Is moderation key?

Alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk: Is moderation key?

Alcohol’s relationship with humanity is long — as is the history of research into its benefits and consequences. A new study takes a fresh look at alcohol, mortality, and cancer risk. A new study looks at alcohol’s interaction with longevity and cancer risk. Drinking alcohol has been conclusively linked to many adverse health consequences. However, […]