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Coexisting conditions: New test predicts suicide, cognitive risk

Coexisting conditions: New test predicts suicide, cognitive risk

After studying thousands of people for over a decade, researchers have concluded that living with multiple chronic conditions can seriously affect a person’s brain health and mental well-being, hastening forms of memory loss and increasing the risk of dying by suicide. Having multiple chronic conditions can speed up cognitive decline. Recent research has shown that […]

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Poor sleep may hinder weight loss, study shows

Poor sleep may hinder weight loss, study shows

An unhealthy weight can affect a person’s well-being in various ways. That is why many people make a conscious effort to lose excess body weight. But, it turns out that a hidden factor — sleeping patterns — could easily thwart these efforts. Poor quality, irregular sleep may prevent people from successfully losing unwanted weight, a […]

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Health Tip: Reducing PMS Symptoms

Health Tip: Reducing PMS Symptoms

(HealthDay News) — From crying spells to food cravings, many women feel physical or emotional changes before menstruation. These symptoms can be signs of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Latest Women’s Health News To help reduce PMS symptoms, the ACOG recommends: If your symptoms interfere with work or personal […]

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Health Tip: IUD Fast Facts

Health Tip: IUD Fast Facts

(HealthDay News) — An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device that is placed in the uterus by a doctor. The cervix keeps it in place and, once it is in, you typically cannot feel it. Latest Women’s Health News Why So Many Older Women Develop UTIs Breastfeeding Brings a Heart Bonus for Mom […]

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acyclovir, Zovirax

acyclovir, Zovirax

What is acyclovir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Acyclovir is an antiviral drug, a synthetic nucleoside analogue, that has inhibitory activity (interferes with viral replication) against the herpes viruses, including herpes simplex 1 and 2 (cold sores and genital herpes), varicella-zoster (shingles and chickenpox), and Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis). Viruses take over living […]

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Thyroid Replacement Hormones

Thyroid Replacement Hormones

What are thyroid replacement hormones and how do they work? Thyroid replacement hormones are medications used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition in which the production of thyroid hormone in the body is abnormally low. Thyroid hormones increase cellular metabolism (activity of cells) that is responsible for growth, development of tissues, maintenance of brain function, body […]

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Cancer Risk Rises After Iodine Rx for Overactive Thyroid: Study

Cancer Risk Rises After Iodine Rx for Overactive Thyroid: Study

Latest Thyroid News MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients who receive radioactive iodine treatment for an overactive thyroid have an increased long-term risk of cancer death, new research finds. The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, but “we identified a clear dose-response relationship between this widely used treatment and long-term risk of death from solid […]

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Can Stem Cells Be the Cure for Baldness?

Can Stem Cells Be the Cure for Baldness?

Latest Skin News MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Could wigs, weaves or transplants someday become a thing of the past? Scientists report they were able to grow hair with stem cells in animal studies. So far the technique has only been tried on mice, and results may not be the same in humans. […]

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famciclovir, Famvir

famciclovir, Famvir

What is famciclovir? What are the uses for famciclovir? Famciclovir is an antiviral drug which is active against the Herpes viruses, including herpes simplex 1 and 2 (cold sores and genital herpes) and varicella-zoster (shingles and chickenpox). It belongs to a class of drugs called nucleoside analogs that mimic one of the building blocks of […]