Month: February 2020

A recent study investigated the association between olive oil and decreased risk of aging-related diseases.  Olive oil is a primary source of fat in the Mediterranean diet. It consists of monosaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), the healthy fat that lowers cholesterol levels. It is rich in antioxidants, which help prevent cellular damage and decrease the risk
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Can adopting a Mediterranean diet have further health benefits for older people? Frailty is one of the by-products of the aging process. As people get older, they naturally tend to become frailer and, as a result, are at an increased risk of inflammation and/or fractures. However, although frailty cannot be avoided completely, it can be
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When discontinuing antidepressant medications commonly prescribed to help treat depressive disorders, patients may experience antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Antidepressant medications are most commonly used to help treat depressive disorders. They are also prescribed to help with other conditions such as chronic pain syndromes, eating disorders, generalized anxiety-disorders, neuropathic pain syndromes, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Antidepressants include monoamine
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Higher levels of phthalates in mothers lead to a higher score on autism tests for boys, showing a link between phthalates and autism; these negative effects were reduced by adequate folic acid intake. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects roughly 1.7% of children in the general population.  Children who are affected
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Patients find it difficult to adapt to life after bariatric surgery, highlighting the need for better long-term care. Around the world, more than 650 million individuals suffer from obesity and related health problems, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and early death. While the degree of obesity varies, those with severe conditions are at a greater
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A new study examines the association between childhood trauma and dementia. As the global population continues to age, dementia prevalence is increasing. It’s estimated that by 2050, there will be close to 150 million dementia sufferers worldwide (1). This dementia time-bomb has led to greater research focus on the underlying causes of dementia. Although no
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This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Eastern time. Total confirmed cases: More than 75,200 Total deaths: At least 2,000 9:15 am: Plugable Technologies warns the worst of its supply disruption won’t hit for months Bernie Thompson, CEO and founder of Plugable Technologies, which sells USB, Bluetooth
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Researchers recently compared the nutrient value of non-fried potatoes with that of refined grains, addressing the question, are potatoes bad carbs? In many popular diet plans, such as keto and paleo, the plain white potato gets a bad rap. Deemed as a “starchy” vegetable, they are either prohibited in these diet plans altogether or are
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Researchers investigated brain response patterns to visual stimuli in migraine sufferers. Migraine sufferers experience intermittent severe headaches, usually worse on one side of the head and often combined with nausea, vomiting, and hypersensitivity to light, smell, or sound. Around a fifth of sufferers notice visual symptoms such as flashing lights, wavy lines, or blurred vision
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and how does it differ around the world?? Last April I was in Dallas Texas attending the HealthEvoices (HeV) meeting. A meeting for health advocates to meet and learn from each other. I went out there thinking I knew what health advocacy was but I was wrong to some extent. A while back I put
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Caesarian section births with general anesthesia have a 54% greater risk of postpartum depression when compared to C-sections with spinal anesthesia. Can decisions taken by doctors and mothers-to-be about the birthing method affect the chances of developing postpartum depression? While natural birth is still the most common form of delivery for women, the Canadian Institute
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Botox has been investigated as a potential treatment for pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Botox is well-known for its use in cosmetic procedures, however more and more research is investigating the use of Botox in treating multiple pain-related conditions, such as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of chronic pain located in the
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