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All you need to know about metoprolol

All you need to know about metoprolol

Metoprolol is a prescription drug that doctors may use to treat heart issues, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and heart failure. The most common form is metoprolol succinate, which people can buy under the brand name Toprol-XL. Metoprolol may also refer to metoprolol tartrate, which has the brand name Lopressor. Metoprolol often causes […]

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Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns

Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns

Kava kava is an herbal remedy that some people use to relieve stress and anxiety and boost sleep. This plant extract has a calming, euphoric effect that some people compare with that of alcohol. Kava kava, or simply kava, has a long history of use in alternative medicine and traditional ceremonies. More recently, it has […]

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Recalled ‘weight history’ can predict heart failure risk

Recalled ‘weight history’ can predict heart failure risk

Asking older adults how much they weighed in the past can help to predict their risk of heart failure, according to recent research. New research found that asking seniors how much they weighed in their 20s and 40s accurately predicted heart failure risk. Ideally, doctors treating older people would have ready access to accurate weight […]

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Type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline: Study finds link

Type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline: Study finds link

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s insulin production and blood sugar levels. New research, however, suggests that the scope of this condition may be broader than previously thought, as scientists find a link between type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline over 5 years. New research suggests that type 2 diabetes […]

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Internet-based CBT effective for treating severe depression

Internet-based CBT effective for treating severe depression

New research finds that cognitive behavioral therapy sessions delivered via an app can effectively treat various forms of depression, including a severe form of the condition. iCBT enables people with depression to manage their symptoms using a cell phone or tablet. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of therapy that helps change people’s […]

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How meditation impacts the way we learn

How meditation impacts the way we learn

Many anecdotes and some studies suggest that meditation can be a powerful tool for mental and physical health. New research shows that it may have yet another benefit: to help us learn faster from past experiences. According to new findings, meditation alters the way in which we learn. In a new study, researchers from the […]

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Diabetes and hypertension drug combo kills cancer cells

Diabetes and hypertension drug combo kills cancer cells

New research, published in the journal Cell Reports, finds a drug combination that kills cancer cells by depleting them of energy. In order to multiply, cancer cells need a lot of energy. Metformin is a common drug in the fight against type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose from […]

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How can you tell when you have high blood pressure?

How can you tell when you have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is called a “silent killer” because it rarely causes symptoms until it severely damages a person’s health. High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects around 1 in 3 American adults. The current guidelines and definition mean that close to half of all adults in the United States will be diagnosed with the condition. […]

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Do I have night blindness?

Do I have night blindness?

Night blindness, or nyctalopia, is where the eye is unable to adapt to low-light conditions, such as at nighttime. Night blindness itself is not a condition but the result of an existing eye disorder. When lighting is dim, the eye must adapt. Although night blindness adversely affects a person’s ability to see in dim light, […]

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How to identify and treat snake bites

How to identify and treat snake bites

Snake bites are not common in the United States, where they are very rarely fatal. Not all species of snake are venomous. Knowing which snake has bitten a person will help with treatment. The injuries that snake bites can cause range from mild to severe, but the chance of dying from one in the U.S. […]