Month: March 2019

Amid growing moves for the wider decriminalization of cannabis, researchers are asking what its risks are and who may be most vulnerable to them. One study now draws a strong link between cannabis potency, frequency of use, and the risk of psychosis. A new study finds that people who frequently use potent forms of cannabis
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A red spot on the eye may look worrying, but it is rarely a medical emergency. Usually, a red spot on the eye occurs when blood collects under the conjunctiva due to a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The conjunctiva is the transparent membrane that covers the surface of the eye. The conjunctiva contains tiny blood vessels that
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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant gaining popularity in the world of natural medicine because it appears to offer the body many benefits. While there is some debate around the topic, some people suggest using CBD in the treatment of cancer. Although it is too early to make any
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Scientists have cracked a cell mechanism that drives tumor formation in most types of cancer. This finding could lead to much-needed new therapies for cancer, including the hard-to-treat triple-negative breast cancer. Scientists have zoomed in on a cellular mechanism that stabilizes a tumor-driving protein. Disrupting it may lead to new therapies. The discovery concerns the
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New research in mice reveals that an innovative light and sound stimulation therapy can clear toxic plaque buildup in the brain and reduce some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and impaired cognitive functioning. A light and sound combination therapy could fight off Alzheimer’s symptoms. The hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain include the
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Most newborn babies follow a predictable level of growth during their first year. People can track the length of their baby using average growth charts. The average length of a full-term newborn baby is 19–20 inches (in), or 49–50 centimeters (cm). However, a length of around 18.5–20.9 in, or 47–53 cm, is also normal. Male
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Apple and researchers from Stanford Medicine released some new results from an eight-month study of more than 400,000 participants, who were given Apple Watches to monitor their heart rhythm to signs of a medical condition known as atrial fibrillation. The watches are not the newest version, which has an electrocardiogram built-in, but are able to
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Meningitis causes a characteristic rash on the skin. Learning to spot the signs and distinguish a meningitis rash from similar rashes can help a person receive treatment quickly. Meningitis is an infectious disease caused by certain viruses, bacteria, or fungi. It causes swelling of the meninges, which are the coverings on the brain and spinal
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Following a series of experiments, researchers conclude that two compounds found in coffee might help slow the growth of prostate cancer cells. Although the findings are preliminary, they are encouraging. Scientists are dissecting coffee in search of cancer cures. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks on the planet and is a complex cocktail.
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Gas is simply air in the stomach or intestines, but for some babies, it seems to be very painful. When a baby has gas, tiny bubbles develop in their stomach or intestines, sometimes causing pressure and stomach pain. Many gassy babies are not bothered by their gas, but some become restless and cannot sleep until
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Occasionally waking up dizzy is usually not a cause for concern. Possible causes of regular morning dizziness can include dehydration, ear infections, low blood pressure, and medication side effects. Most people experience dizziness from time to time. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent of adults in the
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According to a small pilot study, moisturizing our skin might reduce the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Aging skin may play a role in driving chronic disease. The skin is our largest organ. One of its primary functions, of course, is to protect our
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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. With its incidence rates continuing to rise, researchers are looking for ways to spot it early on. A new laser device may be able to do so instantly. A cost-effective new laser probe may soon be the best way to check for melanoma. “With skin cancer, there’s
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New research in mouse models shows that stress hormones can help breast cancer grow, spread, and diversify, which makes it harder to treat. A study in mice sheds light on the mechanisms through which stress can contribute to the spread of breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. In
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New research, published in the journal Science Signaling, details the mechanism through which exposure to manganese can trigger protein misfolding in the brain — which may, in turn, lead to Parkinson’s-like symptoms. The findings may enable an earlier diagnosis of the neurological condition. New research helps explain how and why manganese exposure could lead to
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Mushrooms are a much-loved ingredient in cuisines around the world. They are nutritious and especially rich in antioxidants, which protect cell health. Researchers are now asking whether mushrooms can also protect against cognitive decline. Eating mushrooms may help keep cognitive decline at bay. Mushrooms are fascinating. Although some are edible and grocery stores sell them
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A heat rash can appear suddenly and look alarming, but it is not usually a cause for concern. Babies have delicate skin and are more likely to get heat rash than adults. Heat rash, which some people call prickly heat or miliaria, is a skin flare that happens after the skin gets too warm. These
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New research in mice identifies a compound that prevents ovarian cancer recurrence by eradicating the cancer stem-like cells that conventional chemotherapy leaves behind. New findings could change the face of ovarian cancer treatment. According to the National Cancer Institute, there were over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States in 2018. More
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