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Tips for staying up all night

Tips for staying up all night

Getting enough sleep is essential for people’s mental and physical wellbeing. However, there are times when a person needs to stay up all night for homework, studying, or work. Staying up very late disrupts the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, which can affect a person’s mental functioning and energy levels the next day. Frequently staying up […]

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How to get back on track after binge eating

How to get back on track after binge eating

Many people find it challenging not to overeat sometimes. It can feel frustrating to fall off track, particularly if people are trying to lose weight or stick to a healthful diet. After binge eating, the best thing a person can do is stay positive and return to healthful habits. It can be useful to remember […]

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What are the side effects and risks of Ritalin?

What are the side effects and risks of Ritalin?

Doctors often prescribe Ritalin for the treatment of ADHD and sometimes for narcolepsy. Ritalin can cause various side effects and also has the potential for misuse and addiction. Ritalin is the brand name for methylphenidate, a medication that stimulates the production of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Experts believe that these two chemicals play […]

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Is leukemia hereditary?

Is leukemia hereditary?

Leukemia does not usually run in families, so in most cases, it is not hereditary. However, people can inherit genetic abnormalities that increase their risk of developing this form of cancer. In other cases, environmental and lifestyle factors can increase a person’s risk of leukemia. Such factors include exposure to toxic chemicals and smoking. In […]

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What to know about neuralgia

What to know about neuralgia

Neuralgia refers to severe, shooting pain that occurs due to a damaged or irritated nerve. Neuralgia can affect any part of the body, causing mild to severe pain. Certain medications and surgical procedures can effectively treat neuralgia. Severe neuralgia can interfere with a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and may impact their quality of […]

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What to know about muscle atrophy

What to know about muscle atrophy

The term muscle atrophy refers to the loss of muscle tissue. Atrophied muscles appear smaller than normal. Lack of physical activity due to an injury or illness, poor nutrition, genetics, and certain medical conditions can all contribute to muscle atrophy. Muscle atrophy can occur after long periods of inactivity. If a muscle does not get […]

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Synthetic CBD may be a safe treatment for seizures

Synthetic CBD may be a safe treatment for seizures

A nonintoxicating form of cannabidiol that chemists can make from inexpensive noncannabis ingredients can treat seizures just as effectively as herbal cannabidiol, according to recent research in rats. A synthetic version of the CBD that cannabis contains has the potential to become a safe treatment for seizures, new research reports. The chemical structure of the […]

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Early-onset Alzheimer’s: Is ‘bad cholesterol’ a factor?

Early-onset Alzheimer’s: Is ‘bad cholesterol’ a factor?

Millions of people live with Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects memory and thinking skills. While most people develop it later in life, some have early-onset Alzheimer’s, which sets in before the age of 65 years. Its causes and risk factors are unclear, but scientists wonder if “bad cholesterol” plays a role. ‘Bad’ cholesterol may […]

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Clinical trial shows why energy drinks are bad for the heart

Clinical trial shows why energy drinks are bad for the heart

Energy drinks are popular, especially among teenagers and young adults. But a clinical trial reports that energy drinks caused disturbances to the volunteers’ heart rhythms and blood pressure. How do energy drinks affect the heart? Energy drinks are the second most popular dietary supplement of choice for teenagers and young adults in the United States, […]

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Rat Lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis)

Rat Lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis)

Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) facts *Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) facts written by Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) is a parasite that infects rats with the adult parasitic form found only in rodents. The infected rats pass larvae in their feces to reach slugs and snails. The parasitic life cycle continues in […]