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Advance directives are the primary tool for individuals to communicate their wishes if they become incapacitated and are unable to make their own health care decisions, particularly near the end of life. Despite this, 63 percent of American adults have not completed one, reports the most comprehensive study to date on the subject from researchers
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Diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are common medical conditions. The two are linked, and problems with insulin can characterize both conditions. Approximately 1 in 10 females of childbearing age have PCOS, and around 9.4% of people in the United States have diabetes. People with PCOS are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Keep
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Morning sickness can put a real strain on pregnant mothers. And when diet or non-medicinal treatments fail, a drug that contains doxylamine and pyridoxine is often prescribed. However, the drug’s effectiveness has been called into question. In 2017, researchers working at the University of Toronto in Canada and the Keenan Research Centre of the Li
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Ascariasis occurs when a type of roundworm known as Ascaris lumbricoides infects the small intestine. Though common across the globe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that ascariasis is not common in the United States. Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and outlook for an ascariasis infection.  
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Scientists probing the reason why cancer is far less common in individuals with Huntington’s disease have revealed that the gene responsible for the fatal brain condition produces a molecule that is deadly to cancer cells. In a recent paper published in the journal EMBO Reports, scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, note exactly how
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New research uses nanosensors to detect protein-to-protein interactions that may signal cancer. The findings may prove especially useful for identifying lymphocytic leukemia much earlier on. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death both in the United States and worldwide. According to the National Cancer Institute, there were more than 8 million cancer-related deaths
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Concerta and Vyvanse are two stimulant medications that doctors can prescribe to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Vyvanse can also treat binge eating disorder. ADHD is a common condition in children, and it can also occur in adults. Among other symptoms, people with ADHD may have difficulty planning, organizing, and concentrating on tasks at
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Hyperinsulinemia, where the body contains too much insulin, is a condition with links to insulin resistance and diabetes. Though hyperinsulinemia can relate to type 2 diabetes, it is not the same condition. Hyperinsulinemia is usually the result of insulin resistance. This article provides an overview of hyperinsulinemia, including its causes, links between insulin resistance and
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Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have recently investigated the possible associations between conditions relating to mental health, such as depression and anxiety, and the presence of different types of allergy. Their findings, they say, should prompt scientists to pay more attention to these links. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Sperm needs to come into contact with the vagina for pregnancy to occur. Fingering is very unlikely to introduce sperm to the vagina and cause pregnancy, but it can happen. Fingering can only cause pregnancy if a person’s fingers are covered in preejaculate or ejaculate when they insert them into the vagina. In this article,
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A recent small scale study looks for differences in connectivity in the brains of people who drink tea regularly and those who rarely drink tea. The findings seem encouraging, but much more work is needed. Spending just a few moments searching the internet for the health benefits of tea produces hundreds of supposed benefits. However,
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Researchers have found that marine Actinobacteria, a family of bacteria that lives in seaweed, may have antimicrobial and anticancer properties. Many people think of microbes as organisms that cause disease, but humans host billions of microbes that are essential to our life. Microbes include bacteria, protozoa, fungi, algae, amoebas, and molds. Microbes produce compounds that
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Antidepressants are more effective for some people than they are for others, but what factors influence how well they work? Research in mice suggests that exposure to external stimuli may play a key role. “Antidepressants” is the term by which people usually refer to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of drugs that doctors
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