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Researchers close in on a new depression mechanism

Researchers close in on a new depression mechanism

One key characteristic of clinical depression is anhedonia, the complete lack of pleasure in things and activities that used to be rewarding. A new study in rats has now uncovered an important biological factor that contributes to this state. Researchers have found a new ‘key player’ in depression, and the discovery could lead to therapies […]

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How a fruit compound may lower blood pressure

How a fruit compound may lower blood pressure

Blueberries, red grapes, red wine, and peanuts are some of the natural sources of resveratrol — a plant compound that has received much attention in the medical community recently. New research in mice and human cells breaks down the mechanism through which resveratrol may lower blood pressure. Red grapes and some blueberries contain resveratrol. From […]

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Through my eyes: High functioning autism

Through my eyes: High functioning autism

At the risk of explaining the obvious to the neurotypicals — people not on the autistic spectrum — in the audience, I know that I am not every autistic person. I can only speak of my experience as a thirtysomething white cis man who grew up in semirural Hertfordshire. ‘You don’t seem autistic’ is something […]

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In mice: Are animal studies relevant to human health?

In mice: Are animal studies relevant to human health?

The media is rife with claims of breakthrough biomedical studies performed in animals. However, can animals ever faithfully model human health? What can animal models tell us about human health? Avid readers of medical news will be familiar with the widespread use of animal models in biomedical research. From nutrition to cancer research and studies […]

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Is Eczema Contagious?

Is Eczema Contagious?

What is eczema? Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin where patches of skin become rough and inflamed, often producing tiny fluid-filled bumps that can leak clear fluid. Eczema can occur at any age and is often chronic. The condition has a tendency to periodically worsen and then subside. Eczema is a general term […]

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Testicular Pain (Men and Boys: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment)

Testicular Pain (Men and Boys: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment)

What is the treatment for testicular pain? The treatment for testicular pain varies depending on the underlying cause. As already noted, some conditions causing testicular pain are medical emergencies requiring immediate surgical intervention. Testicular torsion treatment Definitive management of testicular torsion requires surgery by a urologist. During surgery, the affected testicle is untwisted, and if […]

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Infant Pain Heightened After Opioid Exposure in Womb

Infant Pain Heightened After Opioid Exposure in Womb

Latest Pregnancy News THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Newborns who were exposed to opioids in the womb have stronger-than-normal reactions to pain and may require special care sooner than previously thought, researchers report. Opioids include prescription pain medications and illegal drugs such as heroin. The study included 22 newborns who were exposed to […]

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Bipolar Disorder a Risk Factor for Parkinson’s?

Bipolar Disorder a Risk Factor for Parkinson’s?

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter Latest Neurology News THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Struggling with bipolar disorder is hard enough, but now a new study from Taiwan suggests these patients are seven times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. But U.S. experts cautioned that the absolute risk of developing Parkinson’s — an incurable movement […]

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Worry Less for Better Health

Worry Less for Better Health

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Mental Health News FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Do you worry a lot? Besides the anxiety it’s causing you emotionally, it can threaten your health. Whether you worry over actual problems or the fear of future ones, it interferes with sleep and quality of life. And, according to […]