An Italian study investigated whether developing PTSD after a terrorist attack might make you more susceptible to specific co-existing chronic diseases or conditions.   Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that develops after a traumatic event. Symptoms include disturbing dreams, feelings, and thoughts that are related to such events, including symptoms of panic.
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Researchers recommend different plans and programs to the level of exercise for those with diabetes and cardiovascular risk. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are associated with an increased risk of mortality. Exercise and diabetes are linked; previous studies have shown that there are added benefits to exercising for those diagnosed with diabetes. If there are no
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A new study published in PLOS Medicine investigated how obesity contributes to the development of kidney cancer. Multiple studies have demonstrated a consistent positive association between obesity and kidney cancer, regardless of risk factors for this cancer such as hypertension. This relationship have been found to be stronger in women, although it has also been
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Researchers from the United States developed new life-saving devices that could self-charge using the mechanical motion of the heart. Heart arrhythmia, also known as an irregular heartbeat, causes a person’s heart to beat too quickly, too slowly, or with an irregular pattern. Millions of Canadians currently experience irregular heart rhythms. Arrhythmias can cause sudden cardiac
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A recent study analyzing the receptor that leads to nausea could be crucial in the development of drugs to reduce chemotherapy side effects. Most currently used cancer drugs are known to cause many chemotherapy side effects. These unpleasant side effects are sensed through a class of receptors called neurokin 1 receptor (NK1R). Pharmacological targeting of these
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A recent study by Hauer and colleagues investigated whether oxygen therapy can promote deep, restorative sleep. The brain is very sensitive to circulating oxygen levels and can undergo permanent damage in response to hypoxia (low oxygen levels). Moreover, it has been shown that different oxygen levels can have a significant impact on brain activity. For
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In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigated the genetic variants involved in the fat distribution amongst men and women. Many descriptions of body shapes draw comparisons to fruits; more women are reported to have a pear-shaped body while more men tend to have bodies shaped like an apple. These differences arise from differences
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Collaboration between two research groups led to identifying a species of bacteria that protects against cow’s milk allergy. Food allergy is an adverse reaction of our body to the ingestion of certain foods. The immune system recognizes food components as a threat and starts a reaction. While definitive proof still lacks, research studies indicated an
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A recent study examined the effects of self-administered happiness exercises in individuals recovering from a substance use disorder. In individuals who struggle with addictions, it seems that simply working on not using the substance may not be so effective. Recent studies have been focusing on increasing the overall well-being and happiness experienced by those with
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In a recent study published in Nutrients, researchers found that eating a vegan diet regulates blood sugar, satiety, weight, and promotes beneficial gut hormones. Obesity increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. A change in dietary intake can decrease those chances. Research shows that consuming red meat and processed meat
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Researchers in the USA investigated how genetic testing can help in the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease in some patients. The kidneys have many functions including blood filtration, maintaining fluid balance, blood pressure control, red blood cell production, and keeping bones healthy by vitamin D metabolism. In people with chronic kidney disease, these
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