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It may only take one energy drink to harm your blood vessels

It may only take one energy drink to harm your blood vessels

Is it safe to consume energy drinks in any quantity? From students pulling all-nighters to fitness enthusiasts, many people use these boosters, but a new study suggests that a single energy drink could immediately harm blood vessel function. How do energy drinks affect vascular health? A new study investigates. According to the National Center for […]

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Alzheimer’s may be treated with diabetes drugs

Alzheimer’s may be treated with diabetes drugs

A new study finds that people with Alzheimer’s disease who also took antidiabetes medication exhibited fewer molecular markers of the neurological condition. These findings could inform future Alzheimer’s treatments. A study examined the molecular pathways of brain tissue and the cells that line the inside of blood vessels in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s […]

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levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid, Levoxyl)

levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid, Levoxyl)

What is levothyroxine sodium, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Levothyroxine is a synthetic (man-made) version of the principle thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4) that is made and released by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormone increases the metabolic rate of cells of all tissues in the body. In the fetus and newborn, thyroid hormone […]

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Major depression: Existing drug reduces symptoms by 45 percent

Major depression: Existing drug reduces symptoms by 45 percent

For the first time in decades, researchers have identified a new medication that can successfully treat major depression. An existing oral drug may relieve major depression. Depression affects about 300 million people across the globe, making the condition the “leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In […]

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How to manage a polyester allergy

How to manage a polyester allergy

A person with a polyester allergy may experience irritation, redness, and other symptoms when their skin comes into direct contact with polyester. The best way to treat this allergy is to avoid all fabrics containing polyester. Learn more here.

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Depression: Three new subtypes identified

Depression: Three new subtypes identified

A new study now published in the journal Scientific Reports has identified three new subtypes of depression. The findings help explain why some types of depression do not respond well to medication. Using brain imaging techniques, researchers found three new subtypes of depression. According to recent estimates, depression affects over 300 million people worldwide, and […]

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Can cottonseed oil help lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol?

Can cottonseed oil help lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol?

High levels of cholesterol can be harmful, and they can increase a person’s risk of serious cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke. A high-fat diet can contribute to raised cholesterol levels, but some researchers say that ingesting a specific type of oil may prevent this negative effect. A new study compares the effects […]

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Could the appendix trigger Parkinson’s?

Could the appendix trigger Parkinson’s?

A new study concludes that for some people, having had their appendix removed decades earlier reduced the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by almost 20 percent. The appendix is the barely visible, tail-like appendage to the bottom left of this diagram. Parkinson’s disease is a long-term degenerative condition that affects the central nervous system. In […]