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Sunken fontanel: Everything you need to know

Sunken fontanel: Everything you need to know

A sunken fontanel occurs when the soft spot on a baby’s skull becomes more deep set than usual. One of the major causes is dehydration. The human skull is made up from several bones that are connected by tough fibrous tissue called sutures. These sutures give the skull some flexibility, allowing the head to pass […]

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What’s the difference between Valium and Xanax?

What’s the difference between Valium and Xanax?

Valium and Xanax have uses in treating anxiety. Both are in a class of medications called benzodiazepines, which are sedatives. However, there are key differences in side effects and drug interactions. Here, we explore how these drugs work and compare their effects. Valium and Xanax are brand names for two types of medication for anxiety. […]

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What are the complications of HIV?

What are the complications of HIV?

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, reducing its ability to fight off illnesses. While over 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, 1 in 7 are unaware of their condition. With treatment, some people with HIV can considerably reduce their risk of complications and have a life expectancy […]

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Infections and cancer: The link could be stronger than we think

Infections and cancer: The link could be stronger than we think

Bacteria could have a bigger involvement in cancer than scientists may have realized, according to recent research. A viral infection may be the cause of up to 20 percent of cancer cases. A study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore has uncovered a type of bacterial infection that can disrupt DNA […]

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Just one workout offers long-lasting metabolic benefits

Just one workout offers long-lasting metabolic benefits

New research in mice finds that a single workout activates a brain circuit associated with a lower appetite, lower blood sugar levels, and better metabolism. Moreover, this effect lasted for 2 days after the workout. The findings may help improve blood sugar metabolism in people with diabetes. A single workout can offer long-lasting metabolic benefits. […]

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What is a pescatarian diet?

What is a pescatarian diet?

In the pescatarian diet, a person’s main source of animal protein comes from fish and other seafood, such as shrimp. Eating a diet consisting mainly of plant-based foods has a variety of health benefits, which the addition of fish and fish products may enhance. However, some types of fish may absorb mercury from their environment, […]

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OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

A large review of existing neuroscientific studies unravels the brain circuits and mechanisms that underpin obsessive-compulsive disorder. The researchers hope that the new findings will make existing therapies more effective, “or guide new treatments.” New research analyzes the brain scans of almost 500 people to unravel the brain mechanisms in OCD. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is […]

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FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With MS Drug

FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With MS Drug

Latest Neurology News WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Most patients with these problems […]

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Opioids Plus Other Drugs a Deadly Mix for Heavy Users

Opioids Plus Other Drugs a Deadly Mix for Heavy Users

Latest Chronic Pain News WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One in four long-term users of opioid painkillers may be at risk for overdose because of overlapping prescriptions for other drugs, researchers report. The findings stem from an analysis of all prescriptions of controlled substances for nearly 302,000 patients that were reported in the […]

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An App, Your Fingernail — and Anemia Screening Is Done

An App, Your Fingernail — and Anemia Screening Is Done

Latest Chronic Pain News WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Checking for low hemoglobin in the blood — otherwise known as anemia — usually means drawing blood for testing. But scientists say they’ve developed a wireless smartphone app that does the same by “reading” a quick photo of your fingernail. The app converts fingernail […]