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What to know about HCG pregnancy tests

What to know about HCG pregnancy tests

An HCG pregnancy test checks human chorionic gonadotropin levels in the blood or urine. This measurement means that an HCG test can test whether a woman is pregnant, as well as whether their body is producing the right level of pregnancy hormones. Typically, HCG levels increase steadily during the first trimester, peak, then decline as […]

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Can peanut butter affect weight gain?

Can peanut butter affect weight gain?

If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Peanuts are a nutrient dense food that contains vegetable proteins and healthful fats. Overeating peanut butter may increase the number of calories and fat in someone’s diet. If a person is eating more calories than they […]

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Transport breakdown in brain cells may lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Transport breakdown in brain cells may lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

After studying the process in mice and flies, scientists suggest that failure to transport the molecular machines that break down proteins in cells could lie at the heart of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Share on PinterestFaulty transportation mechanisms within nerve cells may lead to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. The ability […]

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Excessive blood fat could cause organ damage

Excessive blood fat could cause organ damage

In a new study, researchers have found the mechanisms through which high levels of blood lipids could lead to inflammation and, over time, more serious consequences, such as organ damage. Share on PinterestNew research shows how high blood fat levels can induce inflammation. Inflammation is both caused by and a risk factor for many conditions. […]

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How playing in a brass band could give your health a boost

How playing in a brass band could give your health a boost

New research from the United Kingdom suggests that people who play in a brass band experience a wide array of mental and physical health benefits — partly from playing an instrument, and, in part, thanks to the feeling of inclusion in a group. Share on PinterestBeing in a brass band could bring you many physical […]

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Cancer: Common antibiotic may boost immune system

Cancer: Common antibiotic may boost immune system

New research in mice finds that taking the antibiotic vancomycin before underoing radiation therapy alters gram-positive bacteria in the gut, thus boosting the immune system and enhancing the antitumor effect of the treatment. Share on PinterestA common antibiotic could make radiation therapy more effective. Globally, cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death, […]

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What Is the BRCA Gene?

What Is the BRCA Gene?

Articles on Breast Cancer What is the BRCA gene? Women who have the BRCA gene have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA genes (BRCA 1 and 2, when normal, repair damaged DNA) are among the genetic mutations linked to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other cancers when mutated. Every woman with a BRCA […]