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What to know about acute respiratory failure

What to know about acute respiratory failure

When a person has acute respiratory failure, the usual exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs does not occur. As a result, enough oxygen cannot reach the heart, brain, or the rest of the body. This can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, a bluish tint in the face and lips, and […]

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17 reasons for always feeling hungry

17 reasons for always feeling hungry

Hunger is the body’s way of telling a person that it needs food. After eating enough food, hunger usually temporarily goes away. Sometimes, however, a person may feel as though they are hungry all the time. They may find that they do not feel full after eating, or that the desire to eat continues throughout […]

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Masturbation and depression: Is there a link?

Masturbation and depression: Is there a link?

Masturbation is a healthful and enjoyable activity that has many possible health benefits. Is there any connection between masturbation and depression? Some people believe that masturbation can cause mental health issues, but this is an outdated idea that researchers have long since disproven. On the other hand, having depression can affect how a person feels […]

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Are eggs good for people with diabetes?

Are eggs good for people with diabetes?

Eggs are a low-carbohydrate food and have a very low glycemic index score. This makes them a good source of protein for people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) state that eggs are a suitable food for people with diabetes. Having a low glycemic index score means that they have less of an effect […]

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What to know about enlarged adenoids

What to know about enlarged adenoids

Enlarged adenoids are common in children. The adenoids can become enlarged due to an infection or may be enlarged from birth. The adenoids are glands that sit behind the nose above the roof of the mouth. When they grow large, they can cause snoring and breathing problems. This article will describe the function of the […]

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How language shapes our brains…and our lives

How language shapes our brains…and our lives

Language and communication are as vital as food and water. We communicate to exchange information, build relationships, and create art. In this Spotlight feature, we look at how language manifests in the brain, and how it shapes our daily lives. In this feature, we will take a look at the importance of language to our […]

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How exercise can counter the effects of jet lag

How exercise can counter the effects of jet lag

New research in The Journal of Physiology suggests that exercising at certain times of the day can alter the circadian rhythms, potentially offering a new therapy for jet lag and shift work. Jet lag can lead to insomnia and fatigue, but exercise may help alleviate such disruptions to a person’s body clock. Circadian rhythms, which […]

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What is an amylase blood test?

What is an amylase blood test?

An amylase blood test measures the amount of amylase in a person’s blood. Abnormal levels of amylase may indicate pancreatitis or another problem with the pancreas. Amylase is a digestive enzyme that helps the body break down carbohydrates. Both the salivary glands and the pancreas produce amylase. Several different medical conditions can affect amylase levels […]

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The unexpected dangers of gum disease

The unexpected dangers of gum disease

Gum disease is common and unpleasant, but, according to a growing body of evidence, it could also play a role in a surprising range of seemingly unrelated health problems. Cleaning your teeth may be even more important than you thought. Plaque — a sticky substance that contains bacteria — builds up on teeth. If it […]