Month: December 2019

Ecstasy — or methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) — is a recreational drug that is illegal in the United States. However, some researchers believe that it could aid in mental health therapy. A new study in mice puts this idea to the test. Share on PinterestNew research in mice investigates what gives MDMA its positive effects on sociability.
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For those with metabolic syndrome, the necessary lifestyle and weight changes can be challenging. Now, a study has shown that eating within a certain time window can help tackle that. Share on PinterestNew research shows how intermittent fasting can help ease metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term for a number of risk factors
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Getty Images When it came to biomedical breakthroughs, this past decade represented a lot more hype than substance. We were promised a new era of “precision medicine,” where every patient would receive highly personalized treatments to target specifics fault in their genes. But in recent months, reports surfaced that these experimental therapies were failing most
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Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottleib testifies before the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Subcommittee about the Trump Administration’s proposed federal budget during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill May 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images The Food
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It’s Christmas Day, and you want to enjoy yourself — that’s only natural. In this feature, we provide some quick tips that will allow you to have the fun you are hoping for without affecting your health too significantly. Share on PinterestChristmas does not need to overturn healthful living completely. The holiday period is, commonly,
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If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. There are many different types of probiotic and many brands to choose from. For this reason, it can be difficult to know which probiotic is best for different situations. The best probiotics for a person can
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Both depression and anxiety can be debilitating. Also, it is not unusual for these conditions to occur together. When this happens, it can be particularly challenging. This article explores how depression and anxiety may be linked, as well as the treatment options available. Share on PinterestA person with MADD may experience symptoms of both anxiety
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Many studies have suggested that women who take aspirin may have a lower risk of breast cancer. But how does this common anti-inflammatory affect the health outcomes of women who have already received treatment for the disease? Share on PinterestResearchers have been working to find out why aspirin use is linked to such a wide
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The tonsils are two small lymph nodes located either side of the back of the throat. As with other lymph nodes, they form part of the immune system. Their job is to keep viruses and bacteria from making their way into the body through the nose and mouth. Sometimes, however, viruses and bacteria manage to
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A new, long-term study finds that midlife obesity raises the risk of dementia in women. However, calorie intake and physical inactivity do not. Share on PinterestObesity in midlife may raise a woman’s risk of dementia later on, new research suggests. Sarah Floud, Ph.D., of the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford
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Alex Raths | Getty Images Biotechnology was one of the decade’s best investments as a dizzying pace of clinical innovation fueled the discovery of treatments once thought beyond the reach of modern medicine. A more aggressive FDA also aided the trend. An investor who purchased shares of the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF in December 2009
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Meningococcemia is a severe form of blood poisoning that affects the entire body. It is also called meningococcal septicemia. The hallmark sign of meningococcemia is a rash that does not fade under pressure. The rash can appear anywhere on the body due to damaged blood vessels allowing blood to “leak” into the skin. Meningococcemia can
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Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in adults in the United States. It is also the leading cause of death from cancer. Lung cancer treatment is much more effective when the disease is in its earlier stages. However, most people with lung cancer do not experience symptoms until the disease has
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A new study has found a blood plasma linked to inflammation that could be a warning signal for certain dementias. Could it pave the way for low cost screening? Share on PinterestAn inflammation marker in the blood could help predict dementia. Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, around
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Participants hold signs in New York, NY while protesting efforts to repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act on July 29, 2017. Pacific Press | Getty Images A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision was unconstitutional but punted on deciding whether the rest of the landmark
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The Moro reflex, or startle reflex, refers to an involuntary motor response that infants develop shortly after birth. A Moro reflex may involve the infant suddenly splaying their arms and moving their legs before bringing their arms in front of their body. Doctors often check for the Moro reflex during the first few postdelivery examinations.
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In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens, citing sufficient evidence that they cause cancer in humans. Now, a new review challenges this blanket classification, having found that the strength of the evidence varies according to whether the meat contains nitrites. Share on PinterestNot all processed meats are equally
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Eco-anxiety refers to a fear of environmental damage or ecological disaster. This sense of anxiety is largely based on the current and predicted future state of the environment and human-induced climate change. According to a 2018 national survey, almost 70% of people in the United States are worried about climate change, and around 51% feel
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