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What to know about birth control and alcohol

What to know about birth control and alcohol

Alcohol can directly affect many medications, but birth control is not one of them. A person can drink alcohol without worrying that it may reduce the effectiveness of their birth control pill. However, drinking too much alcohol can indirectly lower the effectiveness of birth control. Alcohol affects judgment, which in turn can lead to risky […]

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Parkinson’s drugs may lead to compulsive behavior

Parkinson’s drugs may lead to compulsive behavior

New research reveals that almost half of people with Parkinson’s disease who take dopamine agonists for their condition go on to develop impulse control disorders. Gambling addiction may be a side effect of Parkinson’s drugs, suggests new research. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a deficiency of a key brain chemical called dopamine. Dopamine plays a […]

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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, […]

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What to know about Freon poisoning

What to know about Freon poisoning

Refrigerant poisoning can occur if a person inhales or consumes the chemicals — also known by the brand name of Freon — from cooling appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Accidental refrigerant poisoning is rare but can occur when a person works directly with cooling chemicals. Poisoning is more common in people who use […]

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What is rhinophyma?

What is rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma is a skin disorder that causes the nose to become enlarged and bulbous. The nose may look red, swollen, and distorted. The condition is a subtype of rosacea, an inflammatory skin disease. Some people with rhinophyma may also experience symptoms of other rosacea subtypes. Other subtypes of rosacea cause redness and small, pus-filled bumps […]

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What is refeeding?

What is refeeding?

Refeeding syndrome can develop when someone who is malnourished begins to eat again. The syndrome occurs because of the reintroduction of glucose, or sugar. As the body digests and metabolizes food again, this can cause sudden shifts in the balance of electrolytes and fluids. These shifts can cause severe complications, and the syndrome can be […]

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Alcohol may prime the brain for Alzheimer’s, but how?

Alcohol may prime the brain for Alzheimer’s, but how?

Some studies have suggested that alcohol consumption could expose people to a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. But the mechanics behind this relationship have been unclear — until now. New research investigates the mechanisms through which alcohol use could render the brain more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease affects a person’s […]