A recent study examined important factors in preventing suicide among middle-aged men to develop a potential multimedia program for individuals visiting their primary doctor’s office. Discussions regarding common causes of death often bring up thoughts of serious medical conditions, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Yet, one cause, perhaps all-too-often overlooked in this discussion is
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A research team led by the University of New Hampshire developed a new hydrogel contact lens to effectively treat corneal melting, a severe eye disease that is the major cause for blindness worldwide. Corneal melting, an uncontrolled degradation of corneal tissue, is an incurable eye disease that may lead to blindness. It is caused by
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A recent study examined the relationship between exercise, brain volume, and symptoms of depression in children. Exercise has been strongly linked to positive benefits in patients with depression, as well as its prevention. This has been particularly true for young adults. It has also been suggested that exercise can modify the hippocampal volume, a brain
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Researchers explore how obesity causes changes in brain structure and function, and how differences in brain structure and function can cause obesity. A recent review published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences discussed whether obesity reduces self-control or if reduced self-control leads to obesity. The researchers found that this relationship mainly has to do with activity
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Researchers evaluated the effects of working night shifts on pregnant mothers and the outcome of their pregnancies. Many jobs today require people to work night shifts. This usually deprives them of sleep, and compels the body and the brain to alter the natural patterns of sleep, which may lead to sleep disorders. This shift-work sleep
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Proton pump inhibitors are one of the most commonly prescribed heartburn medications. These drugs have been previously linked to different adverse health effects. A recent study explored the link between heartburn medication and kidney disease. Proton pump inhibitors are a class of heartburn medication that is available by prescription. Some low dose proton pump inhibitors
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An American pilot study screened for high cholesterol in middle-school children as an indicator of hidden heart problems and diabetes. Obesity is a worldwide problem that is spreading like an epidemic among adults and children of all ethnic backgrounds. High cholesterol in kids is directly linked to overweight problems. In addition, high cholesterol in kids
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In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers studied the connection between vitamins, carotenoids, and cataracts. Age-related cataracts have been contributing to 35% of all blindness throughout the world. Many have opted to have cataract extraction surgery to restore their vision, but it will cost upwards of $5.7 billion dollars
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Researchers compared complications of atrial fibrillation between treatments with catheter ablation and drug therapy. Atrial fibrillation is a serious condition where the heart does not make regular beats. It affects 2.7 million Americans and can cause extreme tiredness and shortness of breath in some patients. For many years, atrial fibrillation was treated with drug therapy.
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A recent study investigated whether medications commonly prescribed for chronic physical conditions can treat individuals with serious mental illness. Serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and non-affective psychoses, are difficult to treat. Some drugs originally developed to treat unrelated conditions can potentially be repurposed as mental illness treatments. Statins, calcium channel blockers, and biguanides
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The Journal of Parkinson’s Disease recently discussed the positive effects of exercise on non-motor Parkinson’s disease symptoms. When one imagines the life of an individual diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, they often think of symptoms that debilitate movements such as tremors or impaired balance. However, Parkinson’s disease symptoms affect more than just the musculoskeletal system. The
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