New research suggests that flu vaccines can help keep heart attacks and strokes at bay in people with hypertension. Although the flu is a common illness, the burden of this condition in the United States is considerable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza results in up to 960,000 hospitalizations and
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Today is Friday the 13th, and vast numbers of people across the world will avoid going about their usual business because they fear this day will bring them “bad luck.” In this Spotlight feature, we examine the psychological mechanisms behind superstitious thinking. Speaking of business, not only do airlines and airports routinely skip a 13th
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A bump on the elbow can occur for numerous reasons, such as skin irritation, arthritis, or an injury. People can treat most elbow bumps with over-the-counter medication or rest. Underlying medical conditions, such as arthritis, can cause permanent tissue damage if left untreated, however. In this article, we cover eight possible causes of bumps on
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FDA warning: Potential for drug misuse This medication has a boxed warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the strongest warning that the FDA requires. A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Adderall and similar medications have the potential to be misused. Taking these medications
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FDA warning: Thyroid cancer This drug has a boxed warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. In animals, Bydureon can increase the risk of thyroid tumors and thyroid cancer. It’s not known if Bydureon
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Turmeric is a spice that has anti-inflammatory properties. Many people believe that it can relieve arthritis symptoms, especially when paired with other inflammation-fighting foods. This article looks at 10 ways to use turmeric in tasty, healthful recipes. People have used turmeric for a variety of health conditions for thousands of years. One of its compounds,
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Having an itchy neck can be frustrating. The itch may appear with or without a rash, and its potential causes include irritants and allergic reactions. Many home remedies, including cold wraps, can help soothe the sensation of itching. Having an itchy neck can range from being very mild to extremely irritating. Along with the itch,
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Some people experience itchiness, redness, or swelling after using a condom. These can be symptoms of a latex allergy. Latex comes from the milky sap of rubber trees. Manufacturers use latex in a variety of medical and commercial products, including condoms. Natural rubber latex contains proteins that can cause allergic reactions. According to a 2016
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This is a restrictive diet that requires a person to reduce their daily intake to 1,200 calories. For some people, 1,200 calories are too low and can lead to malnourishment. Most nutrition labels base their recommendations on a 2,000 calorie diet. So, consuming 1,200 calories a day may involve a significant reduction in daily calories
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Constipation is a relatively common complaint among people living with diabetes. Diabetes can cause constipation either directly or indirectly. Diabetes can lead to persistently high blood sugar levels, which may cause nerve damage that can result in constipation. In some cases, a person’s diet or medication may also cause constipation. The symptoms of constipation can
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According to the National Institutes of Health, people have used marijuana, or cannabis, to treat their ailments for at least 3,000 years. However, the Food and Drug Administration have not deemed marijuana safe or effective in the treatment of any medical condition, although cannabidiol, a substance that is present in marijuana, received approval in June
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Millions of people around the world have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition that often has a significant impact on well-being and quality of life. New research from Israel outlines a new therapy option that could help people with OCD that does not respond to other treatments. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,
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What is Opdivo? Opdivo is a brand-name prescription drug. It’s approved for use in adults with certain types of the following cancers: Opdivo is also approved for use in children ages 12 years and older with certain types of colorectal cancer. Opdivo contains the drug nivolumab. It’s a monoclonal antibody, which is a drug that’s
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What is Farxiga? Farxiga is a brand-name prescription medication that contains the drug dapagliflozin. Farxiga is used to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. It comes as a tablet you take by mouth. Farxiga belongs to a class of medications called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. In clinical studies, Farxiga decreased
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