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6 uses of Tiger Balm

6 uses of Tiger Balm

Tiger Balm is an over-the-counter product that claims to temporarily relieve minor muscle aches, pains, and strains. It does so by numbing the skin, as an analgesic. Tiger Balm comes in different forms, including: rubs creams ointments liniments adhesive skin patches Regular- and extra-strength preparations of Tiger Balm are available. The formulations, scents, and packaging […]

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Stopping tumor cell movement halts cancer spread

Stopping tumor cell movement halts cancer spread

New insights into how tumor cells move could greatly assist in developing treatments to prevent the spread of cancer. Cancer cells are ‘sneaky,’ but researchers have outsmarted them. Using an experimental model, scientists from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis stopped cancer cells from spreading, even after the cells had altered their mode of movement. […]

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Why does psoriasis increase diabetes risk?

Why does psoriasis increase diabetes risk?

Previous research demonstrated that having psoriasis increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A new study has tried to understand why this occurs. A recent study explored the molecular links between psoriasis and diabetes. Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin condition, affecting an estimated 2.2 percent of people in the United States. For decades, […]

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What is herpes esophagitis?

What is herpes esophagitis?

Esophagitis is inflammation and irritation of the esophagus. The cause of esophagitis is usually acid reflux, but, rarely, it can also result from a herpes infection. The esophagus, or food pipe, is the tube that begins at the back of the throat and is part of the digestive system. It carries food and liquids from […]

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Could managing cholesterol prevent Alzheimer’s?

Could managing cholesterol prevent Alzheimer’s?

The largest genetic study of Alzheimer’s disease to date finds that a “handful of gene variants” increases some people’s risk of both dementia and cardiovascular disease. The findings imply that, in principle, we may be able to repurpose some cardiovascular drugs to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s. The findings of a new study raise the question: […]

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Sweet options for people with diabetes

Sweet options for people with diabetes

One of the most challenging types of food for people with diabetes to find is dessert. Doctors will generally encourage people with diabetes to avoid sugars and carbohydrates. However, by making some simple nutritional changes, it is possible for people with diabetes to enjoy desserts. Desserts can be full of sugar and other simple carbohydrates, […]

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Alzheimer’s vaccine draws closer

Alzheimer’s vaccine draws closer

Building on decades of research, a new paper brings us one step closer to a vaccine that targets the neurological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Prevention may soon be possible. Scientists inch closer to finding a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a degenerative neurological disease. Memory issues […]

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What an exotic fish can do for human heart health

What an exotic fish can do for human heart health

People with heart failure experience heart cell loss that can damage the heart muscle to such an extent that they need a transplant. One species of exotic fish, the tetra fish, has the amazing ability to repair its own heart. Can we apply this mechanism to healing human hearts? The tetra fish can regenerate heart […]

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An overview of insulin

An overview of insulin

Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for allowing glucose in the blood to enter cells, providing them with the energy to function. A lack of effective insulin plays a key role in the development of diabetes. Hormones are chemical messengers that instruct certain cells or tissues to act in a certain way that supports […]