It may be harder for cells to repair themselves as the body ages, and this may play a role in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD. Younger people are still at risk, but increasing age may mean more lung damage and exposure to risk factors, and so a higher risk.
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A new study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, challenges the current understanding of what causes diabetes. The findings may lead to new therapies. New research finds that the PKCɛ enzyme affects the health of fat cells, shown here. More than two decades ago, researchers suggested that the action of an enzyme called protein kinase
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Ketogenic, or keto, diets are low-carb and fat-rich, and many people who follow such regimens do it to shed excess weight. However, a keto diet may bring other benefits, too. In particular, it may help keep the brain healthy and young, as new research in mice seems to suggest. Can a keto diet protect brain
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Facial swelling is a common symptom with a range of possible causes, including injuries, allergic reactions, and infections. Rarely, facial swelling can be a sign of anaphylaxis, which is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. In this article, we look at common causes of swelling of the face and how to treat them. We
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Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the large intestine. The condition is more likely to affect people between 15 and 30 and over 60 years old, but it can develop at any age, including in childhood. Ulcerative colitis causes swelling, bleeding, diarrhea, and other uncomfortable symptoms. There is
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People with a diagnosis of dementia can also face depression. For this reason, they may end up taking antidepressant drugs. Now, a study has found that these drugs may be able to treat not just depression, but dementia itself. A new study tests out the potential of antidepressants to tackle dementia mechanisms in the brain.
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Lifestyle changes are key in the management of type 2 diabetes. Scientists believe that intermittent fasting could play an essential role. Lately, intermittent fasting has become incredibly popular. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. The condition affects the body’s ability to produce insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. Diabetes is widespread in both
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Wryneck occurs when the neck muscles twist beyond their usual capacity, causing the head to tilt. The condition is also known as torticollis or loxia. Wryneck may develop over time. It can also occur after an injury to the area, or because of a reaction to medication. A person with wryneck may find it uncomfortable
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Xanax and clonazepam are both medicines that affect a person’s central nervous system by slowing it down. They belong to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines. Doctors tend to prescribe them to treat anxiety and panic disorders. The most common use of Xanax is as an anti-anxiety medication. Created in 1969 by the pharmaceutical company
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Short-lived feelings of stress are a regular part of daily life. When these feelings become chronic, or long-lasting, they can severely impact a person’s health. In this article, we look at what chronic stress is, how to identify it, and the medical consequences it can have. We also describe ways to manage stress, including medical
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Previous research suggested that hearing loss and abnormalities in the eye are tied to memory loss and a higher Alzheimer’s risk. New evidence now indicates that addressing hearing and sight problems can slow down cognitive decline. Opting for hearing aids and cataract surgery can make a big difference when it comes to slowing down cognitive
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Although scientists are not clear about what causes type 2 diabetes, people can have certain risk factors that include a family history of diabetes, being overweight, and having prediabetes. Fruit does contain sugar but is unlikely to be harmful to health when it is part of a balanced diet. In this article, we look at
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New evidence suggests that atrial fibrillation, in which the heart has an irregular beat, is linked to an increased risk of dementia. This knowledge, however, also indicates a potential preventive strategy, researchers show. An irregular heartbeat speeds up the rate at which cognitive function deteriorates, but there may be an easy way to address this.
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Diarrhea is a common symptom of Crohn’s disease. There are several anti-diarrheal medications that a person with Crohn’s can use to treat acute bouts of diarrhea. Crohn’s disease causes long-term inflammation of the digestive tract and typically affects the end of the small intestine or the beginning of the colon. Common symptoms of Crohn’s include:
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New research, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, shows that an innovative blocking agent can stop the degeneration of the cartilage when injected into the joints. Osteoarthritis often affects the knee joints. Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that affects the bones and cartilage within the joints. Although it occurs most often in
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A new study has found that people living with major depressive disorder are biologically older than people without depression, and that childhood trauma exacerbates this effect. The results illuminate the epigenetic mechanisms that might explain this discrepancy. Depression may cause premature aging, a recent study has suggested. Major depression is one of the most common
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Diet quality can affect many aspects of one’s physical health and psychological well-being. New research investigates whether or not these factors can also affect the effectiveness of treatments for mood disorders — particularly bipolar. How does diet impact response to treatment in bipolar disorder? A new clinical trial takes a closer look. The moods of
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Because there is no cure for dementia, accurately predicting who will go on to develop it is vital to minimize its impact. According to a new review, apathy may hold the key. A new study investigates apathy and its role in dementia onset. Dementia overwhelmingly impacts older adults. Although scientists know about some risk factors,
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People with allergies may find relief by using natural plant extracts and foods that act as antihistamines. Antihistamines are substances that block histamine activity in the body. Histamine is a protein that triggers allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat. Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription antihistamine medications are effective for symptom relief,
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I’m Lana Burgess, a 31-year-old freelance writer passionate about well-being. In this article, I explore why I disagree with my mom’s decision not to vaccinate me when I was a child — and how, as an adult, I decided to finally get vaccinated. ‘In a world of so many information sources, it’s easy to get
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For the first time ever, researchers investigate — in cellular detail — the damage that high levels of Viagra can do to the retina. Taking too much might threaten color vision. How might a blue pill make you see red? There are few drugs as well-known as sildenafil citrate, commonly sold under the brand name
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