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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 […]

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Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever

REFERENCES: Ahmad, Nisar, et al. “Dengue Fever Treatment With Carica papaya Leaves Extracts.” Asian Pac J Trop Biomed 1.4 Aug. 2011: 330-333. Anwar, Sarah. “First Dengue Vaccine Approved By WHO After Twenty Years of Clinical Studies.” ContagionLive.com. Apr. 19, 2016. <http://www.contagionlive.com/news/first-dengue-vaccine-is-approved-by-who-after-twenty-years-of-clinical-studies?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Contagion+Live&utm_campaign=Contagion_Live_Trending_2_4-19-16>. Canada. Public Health Agency of Canada. “Dengue Fever: Global Update.” June 3, 2011. <http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/thn-csv/dengue-eng.php>. […]

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Pets Can Double as Asthma Antidote

Pets Can Double as Asthma Antidote

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Asthma News FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The “hygiene hypothesis” holds that early exposure to a variety of microorganisms may decrease the risk for chronic inflammatory diseases, like asthma. Two Swedish studies that tracked 650,000 children found that exposure to farm animals and even dogs can have this […]

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9 healthful substitutes for butter

9 healthful substitutes for butter

Butter is a dairy product that people can make from churned milk or cream. However, for people who cannot or choose not to consume butter, there are many alternatives. The process of churning milk or cream separates the milk fat from the liquid. The remaining fat becomes the butter. However, some people choose to avoid […]

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Tonsillectomy: Procedure and recovery

Tonsillectomy: Procedure and recovery

The tonsils, which form a protective ring around the back of the mouth and nasal cavity, are part of the immune system. A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils, which is sometimes necessary to treat an underlying illness. The tonsils help catch germs, such as viruses and bacteria, and prevent them from […]

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Hot baths reduce inflammation, improve glucose metabolism

Hot baths reduce inflammation, improve glucose metabolism

According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism. The list of health benefits associated with hot baths keeps growing. Over recent years, hot baths, saunas, and other so-called passive heating therapies have received growing […]

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Are almonds beneficial for people with diabetes?

Are almonds beneficial for people with diabetes?

Almonds and almond milk may provide several health benefits for people with diabetes. As these nuts are high in protein, healthful fats, and fiber but low in carbohydrates, they may increase satiety and aid blood sugar regulation and weight management. Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects how the body regulates blood sugar levels. Although […]

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New evidence that social media increases loneliness

New evidence that social media increases loneliness

Although experts have debated the potential link between social media use and decreased well-being for years, a new study adds more fuel to the fire. A new study investigates the psychological impact of social media. According to the first author of the new study, which featured in the Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, no […]