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Suicide: Study finds 4 genes that may raise risk

Suicide: Study finds 4 genes that may raise risk

New research finds four genetic variants that may raise the risk of dying by suicide, regardless of environmental factors. The study also identifies hundreds of other genes that require further analysis and that may also raise the likelihood that a person dies by suicide. Middle-aged men are at a higher risk of dying by suicide. […]

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What are the benefits of flaxseed oil?

What are the benefits of flaxseed oil?

Humans have used flaxseed oil for thousands of years, and it has a variety of health benefits. Manufacturers extract flaxseed oil from flaxseeds. People can use the oil in cooking and baking. In this article, learn about the health benefits of flaxseed oil, including reduced cholesterol, fewer skin problems, and decreased inflammation. We also cover […]

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What does autism look like in the brain?

What does autism look like in the brain?

People on the autism spectrum often dislike exposure to unexpected stimuli, but why is that? New research takes a look at what happens in the brain, and how that relates to a person’s ability to tolerate exposure to various stimuli. What happens in the brains of people with autism? “People with autism do not like […]

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Asthma in Children

Asthma in Children

Asthma Risk – Who & Why? Medical Author: Alan Szeftel, MD, FCCPMedical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR One of the more frequent questions my patients ask me concerns the relative risk of their child developing allergiesor asthma. In previous Doctors’ Views, I have raised issues relating the environment to the development of […]

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What does it mean to have stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

What does it mean to have stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

The pancreas is an organ that helps facilitate digestive function and blood sugar regulation. When cancer spreads from the pancreas to other parts of the body, doctors classify it as stage 4 pancreatic cancer. According to research from 2015, about 53 percent of people with pancreatic cancer receive a diagnosis when the cancer is in […]

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What to know about sperm analysis

What to know about sperm analysis

A sperm analysis involves checking a sample of semen for overall sperm health. The process can help doctors to determine the underlying cause of a person’s inability to conceive, or it may confirm the outcome of a vasectomy. A sperm analysis tests for several markers of sperm health, including: the number of sperm in 1 […]

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Alpha-lipoic acid: Everything you need to know

Alpha-lipoic acid: Everything you need to know

Alpha-lipoic acid is an organic compound in the body that acts as a potent antioxidant. It may have several health benefits. While the body produces alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) naturally, a person can boost their levels by making suitable dietary choices, taking supplements, or both. Supplementing with ALA is becoming increasingly popular, as some people believe […]

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What are the early symptoms of COPD?

What are the early symptoms of COPD?

Early symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, frequent respiratory infections, and wheezing. COPD does not have a cure, but people who recognize the initial symptoms can often get an early diagnosis and make changes to slow its progression. COPD is a group of conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. People may mistake the […]

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Strength training tied to better heart health than aerobic

Strength training tied to better heart health than aerobic

Exercises that build strength can benefit the heart more than aerobic activities, such as walking and cycling, according to recent research. New research suggests that strength training is the best exercise for heart health. A survey of 4,000 adults revealed that static activity, such as strength training, had stronger links to reduced risk of cardiovascular […]