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Should you fast before a cholesterol test?

Should you fast before a cholesterol test?

A doctor may instruct a person to fast before taking a cholesterol test. This was once standard practice, but new studies are changing this recommendation. A cholesterol test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in a person’s blood. Cholesterol is a fat-like material that is present in all of the body’s cells. The body […]

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How does stress affect the brain?

How does stress affect the brain?

Regular exposure to stress can impact our physical and mental health, but how does it actually affect our brains? One new Harvard Medical School study answers that question. According to new research, high levels of stress hormones can impact how well the brain functions. Stress — especially when we experience it on a regular basis […]

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Lung Cancer Risk Tied to Common Blood Pressure Drug

Lung Cancer Risk Tied to Common Blood Pressure Drug

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest High Blood Pressure News WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans take angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors to lower their blood pressure, but a new study suggests they might also increase their odds of developing lung cancer. Among people taking these drugs for more than five years, the […]

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Price of Cholesterol Drug Repatha Cut by 60 Percent

Price of Cholesterol Drug Repatha Cut by 60 Percent

The price of the cholesterol drug Repatha has been cut by 60 percent, from about $14,000 to $5,850 per year, maker Amgen Inc. said Wednesday. Latest Cholesterol News The price reduction will be especially helpful for Medicare beneficiaries, according to Amgen CEO Robert Bradway. Many now have out-of-pocket costs of $370 per month, but that […]

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Don’t Blame Just Air Pollution for Asthma in Kids

Don’t Blame Just Air Pollution for Asthma in Kids

Latest Asthma News WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with asthma who live in areas with dirty air require emergency medical care more often than those with less exposure to air pollution, a new study finds. The Columbia University study included nearly 200 children with asthma in New York City, ages 7 to […]

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Cancer ribbon colors: A guide

Cancer ribbon colors: A guide

Cancer ribbons are simple loops of ribbon that people wear to show their support for people who have cancer or to spread awareness about the disease. There are many different types of cancer ribbons, each with their own symbolic color. In this article, we list all the cancer ribbon colors and their purposes, as well […]

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Ulcerative colitis stool: A visual guide

Ulcerative colitis stool: A visual guide

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term inflammatory bowel disease that can affect the texture, composition, and frequency of stools. In people with ulcerative colitis (UC), the large intestine, or colon, becomes inflamed and develops small, pus-producing ulcers. These ulcers can also develop in the rectum. The type of stool symptoms people experience will depend on the […]

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Can Crohn’s disease be fatal?

Crohn’s disease is not usually life-threatening, but it can cause severe or even fatal complications. Crohn’s is a long-term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It most commonly affects the ileum, which is the end section of the small intestine, and the first section of the large intestine, or colon. However, Crohn’s can affect any part of […]

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Cannabis withdrawal can be ‘highly disabling’

Cannabis withdrawal can be ‘highly disabling’

Authorities are legalizing cannabis, particularly for medicinal use, in an increasing number of states. Many people stand by its alleged benefits, but new research warns that frequent use may lead to the “disabling” symptoms of cannabis withdrawal syndrome. Frequent users of cannabis may have ‘disabling’ withdrawal symptoms, researchers warn. A recent study — led by […]