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Psoriasis on black skin: What to know

Psoriasis on black skin: What to know

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes some areas of skin to develop lesions. The appearance of psoriasis varies across different skin tones, and it can be more challenging to diagnose on black skin. Psoriasis lesions tend to be thick and crusty, and they often form on the scalp, elbows, knees, and back. In this […]

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Can ‘forest bathing’ reduce stress levels?

Can ‘forest bathing’ reduce stress levels?

In recent years, particularly in Japan, spending time in forests has become the wellness trend du jour. A recent meta-analysis investigates whether so-called forest bathing really can significantly reduce levels of stress. The authors of a recent meta-analysis ask whether forest bathing can reduce stress levels. Forest bathing — a translation of the Japanese term […]

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What is lymphangitis?

What is lymphangitis?

Lymphangitis is an infection of the lymph vessels that carry lymphatic fluid throughout the body. Lymphangitis usually requires antibiotic treatment. Skin infections are the most common cause of lymphangitis. The body’s lymph fluid and the lymphatic system help a person to fight infections. Usually, lymph fluid travels to an infection site to deliver lymphocytes to […]

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What to know about potassium deficiency symptoms

What to know about potassium deficiency symptoms

Potassium deficiency can occur if a person does not get enough potassium from their diet or loses too much potassium through prolonged diarrhea or vomiting. The symptoms depend on the severity of the deficiency but can include high blood pressure, constipation, kidney problems, muscle weakness, fatigue, and heart issues. Potassium is an essential nutrient that […]

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Eczema on black skin: What to know

Eczema on black skin: What to know

Eczema is a group of conditions that make the skin dry, itchy, and inflamed. It is very common and can appear anywhere on the body. Eczema can look different on different skin tones. In this article, learn about what eczema looks like on black skin, as well as how to diagnose and treat it. What […]

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How long does the flu last?

How long does the flu last?

Many sources discuss the common cold and flu as though they are interchangeable, but the flu is usually worse than the common cold. Although most people with the flu feel better after about a week, the illness can last longer if a person develops complications. The flu can leave a person unable to work, perform […]

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What to know about vitamin K-2

What to know about vitamin K-2

Vitamin K is an essential vitamin that supports blood clotting and healthy bones. It occurs in two forms, K-1 and K-2.Vitamin K-1 is the primary form, and it mainly comes from leafy green vegetables. Vitamin K-2 occurs in animal proteins and fermented foods. The bacteria in the human gut also produce small quantities of K-2. […]

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What to know about urethral syndrome

What to know about urethral syndrome

Urethral syndrome describes a group of symptoms that occur when the urethra becomes irritated. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. In this article, we discuss what urethral syndrome is along with its risk factors and symptoms. We also cover diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. What […]

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What causes watery semen, and does it affect fertility?

What causes watery semen, and does it affect fertility?

Semen is typically a thick, white fluid, but it can vary in color and consistency. Watery semen can occur due to low sperm count, lifestyle factors, and nutritional deficiencies. In this article, we explore some of the possible causes of watery or clear semen. We also discuss whether watery semen can affect fertility, the meaning […]

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Why does insomnia worsen distress of unpleasant memories?

Why does insomnia worsen distress of unpleasant memories?

For people with insomnia, sleep does not reduce the shame of an embarrassing experience. For them, the distress does not fade; in fact, it can get worse with recall. Why does insomnia make it hard to move past distressing experiences? This was one of the findings of a new study from the Netherlands Institute for […]