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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Certain personality traits are linked to a tendency toward exceedingly selfish behaviors. There may be a huge gap between the selfishness of a narcissist and that of a psychopath, but current research shows that all negative personality traits share the same dark core. New research suggests there is one core factor that drives all negative
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Existing cancer drugs could be repurposed as treatments for vascular inflammation, according to new research from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Several drugs approved by the FDA for cancer treatment may also treat vascular inflammation. Publishing their findings in Cell Reports, the authors describe new insights into the way G-protein-coupled receptors
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Depression with psychotic features is when someone experiences both depression and psychosis. Psychosis refers to a disconnection from reality and may include symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. Major depression with psychotic features is also sometimes referred to as psychotic depression. It is a grave illness characterized by a combination of unipolar major depressive symptoms
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Highlights for perindopril Perindopril oral tablet is available as a generic drug. It doesn’t have a brand-name version. Perindopril comes only in the form of a tablet you take by mouth. Perindopril oral tablet is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It’s also used to lower the risk of death or heart attack in
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Highlights for sumatriptan Sumatriptan oral tablets are available as both generic and brand-name drugs. Brand name: Imitrex. Sumatriptan also comes in a nasal spray, an injectable solution, or a nasal powder. Sumatriptan oral tablet is used to treat migraine headaches. It’s used when headache symptoms first start. It’s not used to prevent headaches. Important warnings
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Highlights for meclizine Meclizine oral tablet is only available as a generic drug. It doesn’t have a brand-name version. Meclizine only comes as a tablet you take by mouth. Meclizine oral tablet is used to treat vertigo (a condition that causes you to feel like you or the room is spinning). Important warnings Drowsiness warning:
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Highlights for paroxetine Paroxetine oral tablet is available in immediate-release and extended-release forms. It’s also available as both a generic drug and brand-name drugs. Brand names: Paxil, Paxil CR, and Pexeva. Paroxetine is also available as an oral capsule and oral suspension. Paroxetine oral tablet can be used to treat depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic
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Highlights for alprazolam Alprazolam oral tablet is available as a generic drug and as brand-name drugs. Brand names: Alprazolam Intensol, Xanax, and Xanax XR. Alprazolam oral tablets come in immediate-release and extended-release forms, as well as an orally disintegrating form. Alprazolam also comes as an oral solution. Alprazolam is used for short-term treatment of anxiety
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Newborn babies sometimes get dry skin, and their lips may appear chapped as their skin adjusts to the environment outside the womb. Several home remedies can help moisturize their lips and ease any discomfort. It is common for a newborn’s lips to appear more dry and red than an older baby’s, but this is unlikely
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In babies, most facial rashes are harmless and tend to clear up without treatment. Causes can include eczema, acne, and infection. Sometimes, however, a rash on a baby’s face can indicate a more serious condition. Being able to distinguish between different rashes can help a parent or caregiver know when to seek professional advice. In
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People with a chicken allergy may have an allergic reaction after eating chicken meat, or, sometimes, after their skin comes into contact with chicken feathers. While fish and seafood are often the primary sources of food allergies, allergies to other types of meat are less common. Most people with an allergy to chicken will notice
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Although it is not a common allergy, people can be allergic to strawberries. The symptoms of a strawberry allergy range from mild to very severe. Strawberries are a favorite fruit for many Americans. The United States produced an estimated 3 billion pounds of strawberries in 2014 alone. In many areas, strawberries are available all year
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Pepto-Bismol helps relieve several digestive issues that pregnant and breastfeeding women often experience, including gas, heartburn, and nausea. Many women may be aware that they should avoid taking Pepto-Bismol during pregnancy, but what about while breastfeeding? It is unclear whether Pepto-Bismol is safe to take while breastfeeding, but most experts recommend avoiding it. Read on
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Researchers created a database for the daily circadian rhythms of genetic activity. The findings may help physicians time the delivery of drugs in accordance with a person’s body clock, boosting treatment for cardiovascular disease and other conditions. Our body clock can influence how effective drugs are — especially for treating cardiovascular problems. Our circadian rhythm,
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NyQuil products are over-the-counter medications designed to relieve the nighttime symptoms of cold and flu. Women who are breastfeeding may wish to use NyQuil to alleviate their symptoms but may worry about the effects of NyQuil on the baby. Some NyQuil products are likely safe to use while breastfeeding, while others may not be, depending
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Breastfeeding can be challenging on its own, but having psoriasis can make it more uncomfortable and difficult. With the right approach, a woman can relieve her psoriasis symptoms safely while breastfeeding. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusively breastfeeding infants for the first 6 months of life. They then suggest gradually introducing foods while continuing
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