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Everything you need to know about Pap smears

Everything you need to know about Pap smears

A Pap smear, sometimes called a Pap test or smear test, is a procedure that doctors use to look for changes in the cells of the cervix. These cellular changes can result from cancer, precancer, or the human papillomavirus (HPV). During a Pap test, a doctor or specialized nurse swabs the cervix through the vagina. […]

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Diabetes leg pain: Everything you need to know

Diabetes leg pain: Everything you need to know

Diabetes develops when a person’s body does not make enough insulin to process sugars present in the blood. This can lead to many complications, including leg pain. When people with diabetes experience leg pain, it may be the result of nerve damage. Nerve damage can occur if a person with diabetes does not receive treatment […]

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Ways to prevent gestational diabetes

Ways to prevent gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can occur during pregnancy. It is not always possible to prevent it, but a pregnant woman can take steps to reduce her risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gestational diabetes develops in approximately 2–10% of pregnancies in the United States each year. […]

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How to burn fat if you cannot workout

How to burn fat if you cannot workout

A person will burn fat when their body uses more energy than it takes in from the diet, resulting in a calorie deficit. Maintaining a calorie deficit can be time-consuming, and many people find it challenging to fit regular exercise and healthful meal preparation into a busy schedule. However, other simple methods of burning fat […]

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Why might smoking and drinking alcohol raise the risk of osteoporosis?

Why might smoking and drinking alcohol raise the risk of osteoporosis?

Recent research has uncovered a cell mechanism that could help explain why smoking, alcohol, and other modifiable factors could raise the risk of developing the bone disease osteoporosis. Scientists find a cell mechanism that could explain why certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, increase the risk of osteoporosis. The mechanism spurs a cell type in […]

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Too much dietary fat in the brain may impact mental health

Too much dietary fat in the brain may impact mental health

People with obesity are often likely to develop depression as well, but the mechanisms at play are still unclear. New research in mice may now explain what happens in the brains of individuals who have a high-fat diet. How might a high-fat diet impact mental health? Many studies — including one that Medical News Today […]

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Fibromyalgia: Is insulin resistance ‘the missing link?’

Fibromyalgia: Is insulin resistance ‘the missing link?’

Researchers have noticed that a drug that doctors commonly use to treat insulin resistance can also address the pain of fibromyalgia, which has provided them with a new clue about this chronic condition. Researchers have managed to diminish fibromyalgia-related pain using a drug for insulin resistance. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes abnormal pain […]

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Breakfast cereals: ‘Almost zero correlation’ between health claims and nutritional content

Breakfast cereals: ‘Almost zero correlation’ between health claims and nutritional content

Health claims that manufacturers make on food packaging might not match a product’s nutritional benefits, but people still make buying decisions based on these claims, researchers reveal. Do the claims on cereal boxes sway us? The nutritional facts and ingredients that appear on a product’s packaging aim to reveal what consumers want to know about […]

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Eat walnuts to lower blood pressure, new study suggests

Eat walnuts to lower blood pressure, new study suggests

A new study suggests that eating walnuts might help people at risk of cardiovascular disease to lower their blood pressure — that is, if they consume them as part of a diet low in saturated fats. Can eating walnuts reduce cardiovascular risk? The scientists, at Pennsylvania State University in State College, explain that their study […]

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Metoprolol vs. labetalol

Metoprolol vs. labetalol

Metoprolol vs. labetalol: What’s the difference? Metoprolol and labetalol are beta-blockers (beta-adrenergic blocking agents) used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Metoprolol is also used to treat heart pain (angina), congestive heart failure, hyperthyroidism, abnormal heart rhythms, and some neurologic conditions, and to prevent migraine headaches. Brand names for metoprolol include Lopressor and Toprol XL. […]