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Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons: How do they compare?

Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons: How do they compare?

Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular, especially in Western countries, primarily thanks to their reusability. But are they as safe as other disposable menstrual products? And how many people globally actually know about them? A new review attempts to offer some answers. A review finds that menstrual cups are safe to use, but […]

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Scientists discover pathway to skin regeneration

Scientists discover pathway to skin regeneration

Doctors use lasers and retinoic acid to treat skin damage. Scientists have now uncovered a common mechanism that links both, paving the way for new treatments. What links laser and retinoic acid treatment for sun damage? Skin damage, in the form of dark spots and wrinkles, naturally occurs as we age. Ultraviolet light from the […]

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vitexagnus castus (Chaste Tree)

vitexagnus castus (Chaste Tree)

What is chaste tree (Vitexagnus castus), and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Chaste tree is shrub. The dried ripe fruit is used as a natural herbal supplement. Although exact mechanism is not known, Chaste tree presumably works by decreasing follicle-stimulating hormone release. Lowering of follicle-stimulating hormones increases progesterone-to-estrogen ratio, giving relief from menstrual […]

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Health Tip: Indoor Tanning

Health Tip: Indoor Tanning

(HealthDay News) — Tanning beds and sun lamps can cause serious long-term skin damage, says the American Cancer Society. Indoor tanning exposes the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays — the cause of most skin cancer. Latest Skin News A tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays. Every time you tan, your risk […]

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Autism Largely Caused by Genetics, Not Environment: Study

Autism Largely Caused by Genetics, Not Environment: Study

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Neurology News WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The largest study of its kind, involving more than 2 million people across five countries, finds that autism spectrum disorders are 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are responsible for just 20% of the risk. The findings […]

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U.S. Drug OD Deaths Fall for First Time in Three Decades

U.S. Drug OD Deaths Fall for First Time in Three Decades

THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For the first time in three decades, drug overdose deaths in the United States fell last year, preliminary federal government data suggests. Latest Mental Health News Provisional numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths in 2018, and the […]

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alfuzosin (Uroxatral)

alfuzosin (Uroxatral)

What is alfuzosin? What are the uses for alfuzosin? Alfuzosin is used in adult men to treat slow urination due to benign prostatic hyperplasia. Most men experience an improvement in urination in 2 to 3 weeks. The symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as urinary frequency, nocturia, weak stream, hesitancy and incomplete emptying […]

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pygeum (Pygeum africanum)

pygeum (Pygeum africanum)

What is pygeum (Pygeum africanum), and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Prunus africanum is a natural herbal supplement. Prunus africanum contains triterpenes, ferulic acid and phytosterols. Ferulic acid lowers prostatic cholesterol levels and phytosterols block prostaglandin synthesis, leading to reduced pain and inflammation. Triterpenes also blocks enzymes responsible for destruction of connective tissues, […]