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Dementia: Obesity, but not diet or inactivity, raises risk

Dementia: Obesity, but not diet or inactivity, raises risk

A new, long-term study finds that midlife obesity raises the risk of dementia in women. However, calorie intake and physical inactivity do not. Share on PinterestObesity in midlife may raise a woman’s risk of dementia later on, new research suggests. Sarah Floud, Ph.D., of the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford […]

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Inflammatory marker could be early warning for dementia

Inflammatory marker could be early warning for dementia

A new study has found a blood plasma linked to inflammation that could be a warning signal for certain dementias. Could it pave the way for low cost screening? Share on PinterestAn inflammation marker in the blood could help predict dementia. Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, around […]

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2019 in medical research: What were the top findings?

2019 in medical research: What were the top findings?

Another busy year for clinical research has come and gone. What are the most important findings from 2019? Here is our overview of some of the most noteworthy studies of the year. Share on PinterestWhat happened in medical research in 2019? In this special feature, we summarize this year’s top findings. “Medicine is of all […]

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What causes arm numbness?

What causes arm numbness?

Numbness in the arm has many possible causes that range from mild to severe. Simply sitting or sleeping in the wrong position can restrict the blood flow or put excess pressure on a nerve, making the arm go numb. However, unexplained arm numbness may indicate an underlying health condition, such as nerve damage, a herniated […]

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What causes chest pain on the left side?

What causes chest pain on the left side?

A person should never ignore chest pain. If a person is experiencing chest pain on the left side of their body, this could indicate a heart attack or other medical conditions, such as a lung problem or inflammation of the lining around a person’s heart. This article will cover the potential causes and symptoms of […]

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What are the early signs of lung cancer?

What are the early signs of lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in adults in the United States. It is also the leading cause of death from cancer. Lung cancer treatment is much more effective when the disease is in its earlier stages. However, most people with lung cancer do not experience symptoms until the disease has […]

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Liver function tests: What to know

Liver function tests: What to know

Liver function tests are blood tests that measure substances that the liver produces. Doctors can use these results to evaluate the health of a person’s liver. Abnormal results can indicate liver disease, even when a person does not have symptoms. The liver serves several essential functions that support a person’s overall health and well-being. It […]

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What to know about RSD

What to know about RSD

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a nerve disorder that affects pain regulation. Doctors now refer to RSD as “type 1 complex regional pain syndrome” or “complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) 1.” People with RSD feel excessive pain, usually in their limbs or extremities. They may also experience changes in body temperature, unusual sweating, a decreased […]

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What to know about the Moro reflex?

What to know about the Moro reflex?

The Moro reflex, or startle reflex, refers to an involuntary motor response that infants develop shortly after birth. A Moro reflex may involve the infant suddenly splaying their arms and moving their legs before bringing their arms in front of their body. Doctors often check for the Moro reflex during the first few postdelivery examinations. […]

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What is the relationship between depression and sleep?

What is the relationship between depression and sleep?

Sleep and depression can affect each other. Being excessively tired can have a significant impact on a person’s mental well-being, while someone experiencing depression may have trouble sleeping. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), when a person struggles with a sleep disorder, their symptoms of depression are more likely to be severe. This article […]