People usually use the drug naproxen to relieve pain and swelling, but it can also help treat fever. Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Naproxen is available by prescription, or people can purchase lower-strengths forms over the counter. In this article, we provide an overview of naproxen, including how it works, its uses, and
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A new study finds that capsaicin, the pungent compound in chili peppers, can successfully stop lung cancer metastasis. New research adds to the mounting evidence that capsaicin, a compound found in chili peppers, has anti-cancer properties. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is “by far the leading cause of cancer death among both
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Hyperkalemia is a medical term for when a person has higher than normal levels of potassium. Usually, people with hyperkalemia do not have any symptoms, which makes it challenging for a doctor to diagnose. The leading causes of hyperkalemia are chronic kidney disease, uncontrolled diabetes, dehydration, having had severe bleeding, consuming excessive dietary potassium, and
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday refused to fully review the marketing application for Zogenix‘s treatment for seizures associated with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy, the company said. As part of a preliminary review, FDA determined that the application was not sufficient enough for a substantive review. Shares of Zogenix
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Stamina describes a person’s ability to sustain physical and mental activity. People with low mental stamina may find it difficult to focus on tasks for long periods and become distracted easily. People with low physical stamina may tire when walking up a flight of stairs, for example. Having low stamina often causes a person to
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Tamiflu is a prescription medicine for the treatment of influenza, or flu, in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Tamiflu in 1999. In 2009, governments across the world stockpiled the drug in response to the worldwide spread of the H1N1, or “swine flu” strain of influenza. However, recent
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Memory can deteriorate naturally, due to age, and even when this process is not related to neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, it can still affect a person’s quality of life. Now, researchers from Boston University in Massachusetts are exploring ways of fighting age-related memory decline. By resynchronizing brain waves, we could reverse some age-related memory
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Discovering a hard lump under the skin can be alarming, but it is rarely a cause for concern. Several factors can cause lumps under the skin, and they are usually treatable. In this article, we cover different types of noncancerous hard lump under the skin, their causes and treatments, and when to see a doctor.
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Modern science brings us endless possibilities to help our bodies and our minds stay healthy, but some recent scientific pursuits have also been the center of controversy. One of these is researchers’ interest in manipulating memories. Is this feat possible, and if so, why would we want to achieve it? In this Spotlight feature, we
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A major study has found that unhealthful eating is responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other risk factor, including smoking. A diet low in nutrients may cause more deaths worldwide than smoking or other unhealthful habits, suggests new research. The Global Burden of Disease Study looked at dietary consumption between 1990 and 2017 in
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The digestive system is complex, which makes the symptoms of colon cancer difficult to catch. As a result, it is vital to attend regular colon cancer screenings. Colon cancer, which is also called colorectal cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States. For men, the
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A high-protein, low-fat snack before bed may help people with diabetes stabilize their blood sugar levels overnight. Everyone’s blood sugar levels change throughout the night. In people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, these fluctuations can cause high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycemia, in the morning. A tactical late-night snack before bed may
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Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment with several benefits. For this reason, improving its effectiveness is vital. In studying the gut microbiome, scientists have found some rather unusual results. Probiotic supplements may hinder cancer treatment. Cancer immunotherapy is a relatively young field. However, it has the potential for long-term remission and less likely side effects. According
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People with diabetes are prone to nerve damage and circulation issues. In some cases, this can make a foot or lower leg amputation necessary. However, effective treatment can usually prevent this complication. Reduced blood flow to the feet means that people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing a wound or sore on this
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Low-glycemic foods are slower to raise a person’s blood sugar levels than foods with moderate or high scores on the glycemic index. But which are the best low-glycemic foods to eat? Review studies suggest that a low-glycemic diet may help reduce blood pressure in healthy adults. A low-carbohydrate diet may also improve blood glucose levels
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Several U.S. states sued the Trump administration on Wednesday to undo its recent decision that allowed fewer whole grains and more sodium in school breakfasts and lunches. The states accused the U.S. Department of Agriculture of ignoring federal dietary guidelines and scientific research on children’s nutrition when it eased rules championed by former first lady
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Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Oxidative stress occurs naturally and plays a role in the aging process. A large body of scientific evidence suggests that long-term oxidative stress contributes to the development in a range of chronic conditions. Such
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Most people experience fluctuations in their weight, and it is common to gain weight over time. However, if a person gains weight in a very short time for no clear reason, this could be a sign of an underlying health condition. When weight gain is not related to a health condition, common causes include: Anyone
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