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Could this amino acid improve glucose control in diabetes?

Could this amino acid improve glucose control in diabetes?

The discovery of a previously unknown effect of the amino acid alanine on cell metabolism could lead to new drugs for short-term control of blood glucose. Could an amino acid provide clues to diabetes? Amino acids are small building block molecules that the body uses to make proteins. Alanine is classed as a nonessential amino […]

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What is this white spot on my eyeball?

What is this white spot on my eyeball?

There are just a few causes of white spots on the eye, and most are easily treatable. The most common reasons are corneal ulcers and pingueculas. White spots on the eyeball can vary in severity. Some may be hardly noticeable while others can cause a lot of discomfort. Eye problems of any sort can cause […]

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How perfectionism affects your (mental) health

How perfectionism affects your (mental) health

Sure, saying you’re a perfectionist may sound good in a job interview, but does striving for perfection make you feel good about yourself? Studies show that constantly chasing the specter of perfection may seriously harm your mental health and well-being. In this (imperfect) article, we explore the dangers of aiming to be perfect. The constant […]

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What causes a pimple in the nose?

What causes a pimple in the nose?

A pimple in the nose can be irritating and painful. Often, it results from a simple blocked pore or an ingrown nose hair. Other times, it can indicate a more severe condition, such as an infection. In this article, we look at the most common causes of a pimple inside the nose, and we suggest […]

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How do hearing and sight influence cognitive decline?

How do hearing and sight influence cognitive decline?

Previous research suggested that hearing loss and abnormalities in the eye are tied to memory loss and a higher Alzheimer’s risk. New evidence now indicates that addressing hearing and sight problems can slow down cognitive decline. Opting for hearing aids and cataract surgery can make a big difference when it comes to slowing down cognitive […]

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How do dairy fats influence the risk of type 2 diabetes?

How do dairy fats influence the risk of type 2 diabetes?

The debate on whether dairy and dairy-derived fats are good or bad for health has been going on for many years. However, recent data seem to suggest that milk, cheese, and yogurt may be more beneficial than harmful. A new international study corroborates evidence that dairy fats may lower the risk of diabetes. Is dairy […]

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Balanitis (Inflammation of the Head of the Penis)

Balanitis (Inflammation of the Head of the Penis)

What is balanitis (inflammation of the head of penis)? Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin of the head of penis (glans penis). If the foreskin is involved as well, it is referred to as balanoposthitis. What are the signs and symptoms of balanitis? Is it painful? Usually, most common signs and symptoms of balanitis […]

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Is compulsive eating before a period normal?

Is compulsive eating before a period normal?

Compulsive eating is common in the days leading up to a period. Several tips and strategies can help a person curb these cravings. Compulsive eating, or binge eating, is an overwhelming urge to eat more food than necessary. It may involve snacking when not hungry or eating in secret. Some people feel sadness or shame […]

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How does psoriatic arthritis affect the spine?

How does psoriatic arthritis affect the spine?

Psoriatic arthritis tends to develop in the large joints, particularly in the hands and feet. However, it can also affect the spine, causing pain in the back and pelvic area. Psoriatic arthritis is most common in people with psoriasis or individuals with a family history of the disease. Around 30 percent of people with psoriasis […]

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Seed oils are better for cholesterol than olive oil

Seed oils are better for cholesterol than olive oil

An analysis of data from dozens of studies reveals that replacing saturated fat in the diet with unsaturated fat reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. In addition, of the unsaturated fats, seed oils such as sunflower have the strongest effect. Is olive oil or seed oil, such as sunflower, more healthful? Dr. Lukas Schwingshackl — from the […]