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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 […]

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Energy Drinks May Take a Toll on the Heart

Energy Drinks May Take a Toll on the Heart

Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Here’s more evidence that energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are not risk-free. Researchers find they may boost blood pressure and the odds of electrical problems in the heart. And they say caffeine isn’t the culprit. “Energy drinks are readily accessible and commonly consumed […]

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Cancer Patients Vaping in Growing Numbers

Cancer Patients Vaping in Growing Numbers

Latest Cancer News THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Vaping is gaining a foothold in an unlikely population: New research shows a growing number of cancer patients are using electronic cigarettes. “The gradual but steady increase is quite striking,” said study author Dr. Nina Sanford, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at UT Southwestern […]

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Scientists Develop an Antibiotic Alternative Against ‘Superbugs’

Scientists Develop an Antibiotic Alternative Against ‘Superbugs’

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Infectious Disease News WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — “Superbugs” strike fear in the hearts of scientists who are racing to find new drugs to fight these dangerous infections, but British researchers now report they have developed a compound that could battle these antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an entirely new […]

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Amoxicillin vs. Penicillin

Amoxicillin vs. Penicillin

Amoxicillin vs. penicillin: What’s the difference? Amoxicillin and penicillin are penicillin-type antibiotics used to treat various bacterial infections of the middle ear, sinuses, urinary tract, and respiratory tract. They are also used to treat gonorrhea. Penicillin-type antibiotics are also used to treat blood infections (sepsis), meningitis, endocarditis, and other serious infections. Brand names of amoxicillin […]