Month: July 2019

Pain in the lower left back could originate from the underlying muscles, joints, mid-back, or organs in the pelvic area. Muscle injuries and kidney pain are among the most common sources of one sided lower back pain. Back pain is very common and there are many possible causes. The exact location of the pain is
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A recent study found that routine blood tests can help predict the risk of diabetes. Diabetes is a global health concern. It can lead to various complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and neurological complications. Early diagnosis of diabetes ensures prompt care, thus minimizing the risk of developing these complications. However, many people
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What are the effects of gum chewing on hunger and appetite? Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter and get the Evidence-Based Eating Guide: A Healthy Living Resource from Dr. Greger and NutritionFacts.org. Sign up at https://www.nutritionfacts.org/healthkit. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion in my next video Does Chewing Gum Help with Weight Loss? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-chewing-gum-help-with-weight-loss).
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A recent study has investigated whether there is a link between BPA substitutes and childhood and adolescent obesity. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a commonly used chemical in the production of plastic food containers, metal food can linings, bottle tops, and water supply pipes. Because of the widespread use of BPA, 93% of Americans in 2003-2004
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Does the decision to fund prescriptions for expensive alternative lipid-lowering therapies have an impact on cardiovascular outcomes? For over twenty years, statins have been the front-line troops in the battle against hyperlipidemia. They represent both the past and the present in the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). But in medicine, it’s always wise to
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A study evaluated how blood pressure self-monitoring helps encourage patients with hypertension to exercise compared to exercise without blood pressure self-monitoring. A study published in the Journal of Hypertension by UConn researchers collaborating with Hartford Hospital evaluated self-monitoring of blood pressure and exercise adherence in hypertensive patients. There were 11 men and 13 women with
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Keeping farm animals may promote early immune development via changes to the infant gut microbiome. The gut microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria that colonize the human gastrointestinal tract. This vast community of microbes is intimately involved in numerous aspects of host health and disease. Gut microbes and their fermentation products can influence the development
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New research looks into the nutritional profile of a more environmentally sustainable meat alternative. Most of the population enjoys traditional meat products such as chicken, fish, or beef, and makes them a regular part of their diet.  Unfortunately, the meat industry is associated with negative environmental impacts as well as prominent ethical issues.  Raising animals
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A recent report has summarized current knowledge regarding the early introduction of peanuts to infants to lower their risk of developing peanut allergies. Peanuts and peanut products are delicious and very nutritious.  Peanuts are actually a legume, and they contain lots of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, vitamin E, niacin, copper, folate, manganese, iron, and more. 
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Plant-based diets as the single most important, yet underutilized, opportunity to reverse the pending obesity and diabetes-induced epidemic of disease and death. Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter and get the Evidence-Based Eating Guide: A Healthy Living Resource from Dr. Greger and NutritionFacts.org. Sign up at https://www.nutritionfacts.org/healthkit. The PCRM Geico studies I mentioned were
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A clinical trial is currently recruiting patients to assess the effectiveness of Olorinab to treat abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), is a gastrointestinal disorder that is frequently associated with cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and gas. There is no cure for IBS and patients manage symptoms typically with
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If you want to become a doctor in the U.S., there are 3 main medical school paths to choose from: MD, DO, or Caribbean. Unfortunately, there’s a terribly large amount of misinformation regarding the pros and cons of each, and which you should ultimately choose. In classic Med School Insiders fashion, we’ll cut the fat,
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Researchers in France looked at data from the NutriNet-Santé to investigate whether sugary drinks increase risk of cancer. The consumption of sugary drinks has increased by a staggering 40% in the past 25 years. Previous research has linked sugary drinks with a number of health issues including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
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A concussion is a form of head injury that can be detrimental for a child’s health. Children who suffer from a concussion may experience difficulties in brain development. Due to the sensitivity of the brain at such an age, concussions are a serious health concern among younger populations in particular.  It is essential to detect
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