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A simple type of daily meditation may alter the course of Alzheimer’s

A simple type of daily meditation may alter the course of Alzheimer’s

Recent research has found that short daily practice of mind-body therapy may help alleviate some of the signs and symptoms that often precede dementia. Practicing an easy type of meditation daily may relieve some dementia symptoms. The researchers behind the new study assessed a group of older adults experiencing memory difficulties who practiced 12 minutes […]

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What to know about ferritin blood tests for anemia

What to know about ferritin blood tests for anemia

Ferritin is a protein in blood cells that stores iron. A doctor may order a ferritin blood test, sometimes alongside other tests, to check a person’s iron levels. In this article, we discuss the ferritin blood test procedure and how to interpret the results. We also explain how people can raise or lower their blood […]

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Can people with COPD get better?

Can people with COPD get better?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease makes it increasingly difficult for a person to breathe. It is not currently possible to cure or reverse the condition completely, but a person can reduce its impact by making some treatment and lifestyle changes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects […]

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What to know about lung cancer

What to know about lung cancer

Lung cancer is a condition that causes cells to divide in the lungs uncontrollably. This causes the growth of tumors that reduce a person’s ability to breathe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 218,527 people in the United States received a lung cancer diagnosis in 2015. Early diagnosis can help a person seek treatment, […]

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What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis?

What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis?

The signs and symptoms of psoriasis vary among individuals. The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, with its hallmark raised, red skin lesions. However, other types can cause different lesions, and symptoms do not affect only the skin. For most people, symptoms are cyclical. They appear for a few weeks during a flare […]

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What to know about hyperglycemia

What to know about hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia refers to high levels of sugar, or glucose, in the blood. It occurs when the body does not produce or use enough insulin, which is a hormone that absorbs glucose into cells for use as energy. High blood sugar is a leading indicator of diabetes. If a person with diabetes does not manage the […]

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What are the possible complications of psoriasis?

What are the possible complications of psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a life-long, autoimmune inflammatory disease. It often appears as a skin condition, but it is a systemic condition that can affect many parts of the body. Not only are there are different types of psoriasis, but it is also a complex condition. As scientists learn more about inflammatory conditions and how they affect […]

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What are the treatments for obesity?

What are the treatments for obesity?

Obesity can happen for a number of reasons, including diet, a sedentary lifestyle, genetic factors, a health condition, or the use of certain medications. A number of treatment options can help people to achieve and maintain a suitable weight. Carrying excess weight can increase the risk of a number of health problems. Losing weight can […]

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What is lupus?

What is lupus?

Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs. Due to its complex nature, people sometimes call lupus the “disease of 1,000 faces.” In the United States, people report around […]

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Hemophilia, coagulation, and blood clotting

Hemophilia, coagulation, and blood clotting

Coagulation is the process of making blood clot. This is an important and complex process that enables the blood to plug and heal a wound. This is how the body stops any unwanted bleeding. Coagulation involves the action of cells and coagulation (clotting) factors. The cells are platelets, and the coagulation factors are proteins. These […]