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Cardiovascular deaths on the rise in the US

Cardiovascular deaths on the rise in the US

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly half of all adults in the United States have cardiovascular disease. It caused more deaths in 2016 than previous years, despite rates of cardiovascular deaths having declined worldwide. The amended hypertension guidelines explain the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the U.S., say the AHA. Heart disease […]

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Is there a cure for bipolar disorder?

Is there a cure for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a long-term mood disorder that may affect how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Bipolar is not curable, but there are many treatments and strategies that a person can use to manage their symptoms. Without treatment, bipolar disorder may cause unusual mood episodes. People with the condition may alternate between high periods, […]

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What is a benign esophageal stricture?

What is a benign esophageal stricture?

A benign esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus, or food pipe, which is the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach. Benign means that it is noncancerous. The main symptoms include: difficulty swallowing food coming back up the throat from the stomach unintentional weight loss There are several different treatment options […]

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Nanoparticles in food can alter the behavior of gut bacteria

Nanoparticles in food can alter the behavior of gut bacteria

New research on nanoparticles in food has yielded fresh insights about their impact on gut bacteria. Nanoparticles may influence gut bacteria (which are shown here under the electron microscope). Researchers from the University Medical Center of Mainz in Germany and colleagues from other centers in Germany, Austria, and the United States have discovered that the […]

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Dementia: Could gut bacteria play a role?

Dementia: Could gut bacteria play a role?

As interest in gut bacteria peaks, they are implicated in yet another condition. Researchers recently identified stark differences in levels of specific gut bacteria in people with dementia. A new study links changes in gut bacteria to dementia. Our bodies swarm with microscopic visitors. On our skin, in our mouths, deep in our lungs, and, […]

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Chronic pain relief: Mindfulness may be just as good as CBT

Chronic pain relief: Mindfulness may be just as good as CBT

New research appearing in the BMJ journal Evidence-Based Mental Health suggests that mindfulness could be a promising alternative to cognitive behavioral therapy for relieving some of the psychological and physical symptoms of chronic pain. Mindfulness may be a useful alternative to CBT for easing chronic pain, new research shows. According to the most recent survey […]

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Flu-like illness raises the risk of stroke

Flu-like illness raises the risk of stroke

Two new research studies show that the chance of experiencing a stroke are significantly higher after flu or flu-like illness. Researchers are looking for a link between flu-like illness and the risk of stroke. Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States experience a stroke. The risk factors include weight, smoking status, age, and […]

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Could Gut Bacteria Be Linked to Dementia Risk?

Could Gut Bacteria Be Linked to Dementia Risk?

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People with dementia show a different makeup in the bacteria dwelling in their guts, a preliminary study finds — raising questions about whether the “bugs” play some role in the brain disease. Researchers in Japan found that compared with dementia-free older […]

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Hair Styles That Can Lead to Hair Loss

Hair Styles That Can Lead to Hair Loss

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Skin News FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Hairstyles are a defining feature for many people, but some ‘dos can also damage hair follicles. A Johns Hopkins review of 19 studies has found that many hairstyles can lead to a condition known as traction alopecia. That’s the gradual loss […]

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Blood Donors Needed as Cold Weather Freezes U.S. Supply

Blood Donors Needed as Cold Weather Freezes U.S. Supply

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Prevention & Wellness News THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. blood supply is expected to drop to dangerously low levels as sub-zero weather in many parts of the country forces cancellation of crucial blood drives, American Red Cross officials warn. Severe winter weather has already led to […]