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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 […]

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How religious experiences may benefit mental health

How religious experiences may benefit mental health

A survey of thousands of people suggests that mystical experiences positively affect a person’s mental health, regardless of whether they are naturally occurring or a result of psychedelic drugs. New research suggests that having deep religious experiences may significantly improve people’s mental health. Religion may have a wide range of health benefits, research suggests. For […]

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Letter from the Editor: Transparency and trust

Letter from the Editor: Transparency and trust

A couple of months ago, while I was getting ready for work one morning, I experienced a sudden, sharp pain in my lower back. It was excruciating, and I could barely move. It’s essential for all of us to have access to online health information we can trust. In the days to follow, I discovered […]

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Is it better to ‘contain’ rather than destroy cancer?

Is it better to ‘contain’ rather than destroy cancer?

A new approach to cancer therapy suggests that doctors may be able to keep cancer in check by placing metastatic cells in a state of dormancy, thus blocking them from giving rise to new tumors. A recent study in mice has found that an existing drug could effectively contain metastatic breast cancer cells. A minimally […]

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How stress eating might prime the body to store fat

How stress eating might prime the body to store fat

Using a mouse model, researchers discovered that insulin controls a molecular pathway in the brain that activates during stress and leads to more weight gain. New research explains why eating high-calorie foods when stressed may lead to more significant weight gain. Researchers have long been aware that stress can lead to addiction and increase the […]

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Snoring Not Just a Male Problem

Snoring Not Just a Male Problem

Latest Sleep News MONDAY, April 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New research shows that snoring is not the sole domain of men. “We found that although no difference in snoring intensity was found between genders, women tend to underreport the fact that they snore and to underestimate the loudness of their snoring,” said lead investigator […]