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Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment Epidural Cortisone Injections for Sciatica From Herniated Disc…Beneficial? A majority of patients with sciatica from disc herniation have resolution of their pain with various conservative measures, including antiinflammatory and muscle-relaxant medications, exercises, physical therapy, and time. However, some 10%-15% of affected patients require surgical procedures to relieve the pain. Learn more about cortisone […]

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cholestyramine (Questran)

cholestyramine (Questran)

What is cholestyramine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Cholestyramine is an oral medication that reduces the levels of cholesterol in the blood and improves the itching associated with liver disease. Cholesterol that is ingested or manufactured in the body is eliminated primarily by conversion to bile acids in the liver and excretion […]

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colestipol (Colestid)

colestipol (Colestid)

What is colestipol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Colestipol is an oral cholesterol-lowering drug that is not absorbed from the intestine into the body. Rather, it works by binding to bile acids in the intestine and promoting the elimination of bile acids in the stool. Bile acids are formed in the liver […]

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Are black walnuts good for you?

Are black walnuts good for you?

People use black walnuts in cooking because they have great flavor and crunch. Black walnuts are also high in anti-inflammatory compounds, so supplement manufacturers sell the extract as a pill. Black walnuts contain three main components that make them beneficial when consumed – antioxidants, polyunsaturated fats, and phenolic compounds. The walnuts also contain a range […]

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What are the facts of Crohn’s disease?

What are the facts of Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition that causes inflammation and irritation along the digestive tract. Knowing the facts about Crohn’s can help a person better understand and manage their condition. In this article, we explore Crohn’s disease and its causes, risk factors, and prevalence. We also describe the differences between Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and irritable […]

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What are synovial cysts?

What are synovial cysts?

Synovial cysts are small, fluid-filled lumps that tend to form on the lower spine. These cysts are not cancerous and often do not cause any symptoms. However, they can sometimes lead to problems such as sciatica. Treatment options for synovial cysts include taking pain medication and seeking physical therapy. If a cyst is causing severe […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

It may be feasible to treat pancreatic cancer by using one drug to get the cancer cells to depend on a single source of energy, and another drug to take it away from them. Using two types of drugs at once may combat hard-to-treat pancreatic cancer. The approach looks promising after a recent study successfully […]

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How does exercise impact cognitive function in Parkinson’s?

How does exercise impact cognitive function in Parkinson’s?

Experts have already concluded that exercise can help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their motor symptoms, but what is its effect on the cognitive symptoms of this condition? Besides boosting motor function, exercise could improve memory in people with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that usually stands out for the motor symptoms […]

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Can mouthwash raise your blood pressure?

Can mouthwash raise your blood pressure?

New research, published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, shows that an antiseptic compound found in mouthwash destroys “friendly” oral bacteria that help maintain normal blood pressure levels. New research finds that mouthwash could destroy ‘friendly’ oral bacteria, which may have important consequences for a person’s cardiovascular health. Scientists know that the […]