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Are Some Birth Control Methods Doomed to Fail?

Are Some Birth Control Methods Doomed to Fail?

Latest Women’s Health News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Women who get pregnant when using certain contraceptives might have their genes to blame, a new study suggests. A gene variant that breaks down hormones in birth control could be the culprit, researchers reported. “When a woman says she got pregnant while on birth […]

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potassium iodide

potassium iodide

What is potassium iodide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Potassium iodide is a iodine-containing liquid that is used to protect the thyroid gland and to loosen secretions in the lungs (expectorant) so that they can be more easily coughed up (expectorated). Procedures that involve the use of radioactive iodine can damage the […]

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Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax)

Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax)

What is Zoster Vaccine Live (Shingles Vaccine), and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Zoster vaccine contains live, attenuated (weakened) varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Varicella-zoster causes chickenpox and then becomes dormant in nerves. VZV reactivates and causes herpes zoster (shingles or zoster) later in life (usually 60 years of age or older) when immunity against […]

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Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs

Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs

Latest Sexual Health News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Two chemicals found in household products and food could harm male fertility in both dogs and people, U.K. researchers say. The chemicals are the plasticizer DEHP — used in products such as carpets, flooring, upholstery, clothes, wires and toys — and the industrial chemical […]

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Health Tip: Snake Bite First-Aid

Health Tip: Snake Bite First-Aid

(HealthDay News) — About 8,000 of the 45,000 snake bites in the United States each year are caused by venomous snakes. But most traditional first-aid methods do more harm than good, the World Health Organization says. Latest Prevention & Wellness News WHO recommends: Reassure the victim, if he or she is anxious. Immobilize the person’s […]

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Healthy Diet Might Not Lower Dementia Risk

Healthy Diet Might Not Lower Dementia Risk

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A long-running study questions the conventional wisdom that a healthy diet may help ward off dementia. European researchers followed more than 8,200 middle-aged adults for 25 years — looking at whether diet habits swayed the odds of being diagnosed with dementia. […]

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Dementia May Strike Differently, Depending on Race

Dementia May Strike Differently, Depending on Race

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Dementia appears to strike people of different races in different ways, brain autopsies have revealed. Hispanic and black people are more likely to suffer from dementia that’s caused in part by micro-strokes or hardening of the arteries that serve the brain, […]

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Napping may be as good as drugs for lowering blood pressure

Napping may be as good as drugs for lowering blood pressure

A midday nap may be just what you need, not just to boost your energy levels but also to lower high blood pressure. This, at least, is what new research from Greece suggests. Napping could effectively help lower your blood pressure, new findings reveal. When the afternoon slump hits in the middle of a busy […]

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When Can Kids Return to Play After a Concussion?

When Can Kids Return to Play After a Concussion?

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Neurology News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Though coaches and parents are more alert to the need for emergency attention after young athletes suffer a concussion, many may not realize how long symptoms and other effects can linger. A study in JAMA Pediatrics found that 31 percent of […]